Cruiseport Boston (Black Falcon Cruise Terminal) Address
1 Black Falcon Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
Like almost everything in Boston, the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal offers modern conveniences that have developed out of a rich history. Boston's cruise terminal was once a World War I warehouse, but following an $11-million renovation in 2010, it's now a fully functioning cruise terminal covering 50,000 square feet over three stories. There's not much to the Boston cruise port, but the facility itself boasts exposed original beams, Italian stone flooring and 30-foot-high vaulted ceilings.
Its enticing Bermuda and Canada/New England itineraries, along with its close proximity to Downtown Boston, make the Boston cruise terminal a favorite among locals, East Coast residents and out-of-towners looking to spend a few days in this history-rich city before sailing the Atlantic. With just one terminal for departing passengers and one terminal for cruisers visiting "Beantown" on a port of call, Cruiseport Boston is a pretty straightforward experience (but a few tips never hurt). Here's what you need to know if you're departing on a cruise from Boston.
Directions to Boston Cruise Terminal
From the North (south on I-93)
Inside the Tip O'Neill Tunnel on I-93, take Exit #23 (Purchase Street). Turn left at the set of lights (at the top of the ramp) onto Seaport Boulevard. Continue straight on Seaport Boulevard (which changes to Northern Avenue). At the end of Northern Avenue, turn right on Tide Street and make an immediate left onto Drydock Avenue. Follow Drydock Avenue and turn right on Black Falcon Avenue. There will be signs directing you to ship locations, as well as police officers to assist.
From the South (north on I-93)
Take Exit 20 to I-90 East/Logan Airport. Inside the tunnel, take Exit 25/South Boston (right lane only). At the traffic lights, continue forward onto East Service Drive. At the next traffic signal, turn right onto Seaport Boulevard (which changes to Northern Avenue). At the end of Northern Avenue, turn right on Tide Street and make an immediate left onto Drydock Avenue. Follow Drydock Avenue and turn right on Black Falcon Avenue.
From the West (Mass. Turnpike, I-90 eastbound)
Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike/I-90 East toward Logan Airport. In the tunnel, take Exit 25/South Boston. Follow directions above.
Getting to Cruiseport Boston from the Airport (Mass. Turnpike/I-90 westbound)
When exiting Logan Airport, follow signs to enter the Ted Williams Tunnel (toll). Take Exit #25 (South Boston) and stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Congress Street and turn left onto B Street. At the next signal, turn right onto Seaport Boulevard (changes to Northern Avenue). Follow directions above.
The cost to take a cab from the airport to the cruise terminal is approximately $25.
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are currently banned from picking up passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport. Otherwise, the rideshare companies are prevalent and readily available throughout other parts of the city.
Getting There by Public Transportation
Subway (The "T"): There are no T stops located right by the cruise terminal. The best way to access the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is the Silver Line, which is a bus system (see below). Note that the Silver Line isfreefrom Logan Airport inbound to South Station (including a free transfer to the Red Line).
Bus: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit Service conveniently stops one block from the cruise terminal. If you are coming from Boston's Logan International Airport, you will need to board an SL1 bus at one of Logan's four passenger terminals (no fee on buses departing Logan). You will get off at Silver Line Way (located behind the Manual Life building), cross over from the inbound side to the outbound side track and get on an SL2 Bus. (Fee required, visit MBTA Fare Info for rates.) Once on the SL2 bus, you will then get off at the Drydock Avenue stop. The cruise terminal is on Black Falcon Avenue, across from the Design Center. From the bus stop, the cruise terminal is approximately a two-minute walk.
Amtrak to Boston Cruise Terminal
South Station is the closest Amtrak station to the cruise terminal (located roughly a mile away). You will need to get on an SL2 bus and get off at the Drydock Avenue stop.
Rental Car Services in Boston Near the Cruise Port
There are no rental car agencies located at the cruise terminal. Logan Airport's Rental Car Center (located at 15 Transportation Way, East Boston, MA 02128), houses most major car rental companies. All car rentals must be returned to the rental agency, there are no rental drop-off areas at the cruise terminal.
Black Falcon Cruise Terminal Parking
If you are parking at the cruise terminal, you can drop off your luggage and your party at the terminal before parking your vehicle. The C1 parking lot, located on Terminal Street, is the second open lot on your left. Black Falcon Avenue turns into Terminal Street. If no spaces are available in the C1 lot, you will be directed to the EDIC garage. To get to the EDIC parking garage, continue straight on Black Falcon Avenue, turn right at the stop sign onto Design Center Place, turn left onto Drydock Avenue and then make an immediate right into the garage.
The C1 lot is open air and does not have any height restrictions. There are a limited number of ADA-accessible spaces, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If none are available, you will be directed to the EDIC garage. For more information, contact the EDIC garage at 617 482-2487. Cruise passengers receive a special daily rate of $20. Cash, Visa or MasterCard are accepted.
Porters are available onsite to assist with luggage during embarkation and disembarkation.
What Time to Arrive/Embarkation
Embarking passengers can enter the terminal as early as 10:30 a.m. for security screening and ticketing. Passenger boarding usually starts around noon. Always default to the time listed or suggested on your cruise line-issued e-docs for the best estimate of when to arrive.
Wheelchairs should be requested via your cruise line or travel agent, not at the terminal.
Where to Eat or Shop Near Boston Cruise Terminal
There are no food or beverage services at the terminal. The Cruiseport Boston area is offset from downtown by a road called Drydock Avenue. Here, you can find the Drydock Cafe (7 Drydock Avenue) for no-frills seafood and American comfort food. If you fancy a beer before boarding, the Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall is en route (306 Northern Avenue); if you're more a cocktail person, head to The Whiskey Priest (150 Northern Avenue). If you dig seafood, Boston favorite Legal Seafoods has two locations within a mile of the port. Otherwise, plenty of shopping and dining can be found just across the Fort Point Channel in the Waterfront District, only 2 miles away from your cruise ship.
Bathrooms are available when you first enter the cruise terminal, near the police station, as well as within the building after security clearance.
Wi-Fi at Cruiseport Boston
Wireless internet is free and available throughout the Boston cruise terminal using the network "cruiseboston."
Where to Store Luggage
Due to security restrictions, luggage cannot be stored at the Boston cruise terminal.
Where to Sit
Seating is available with rows of plastic chairs in blue, white and gray along a wall showcasing antique cruise and travel posters.
More Tips About Cruiseport Boston
The closest hotels to the cruise port are Marriott Renaissance Boston Waterfront, the Seaport Hotel and the Westin Boston Waterfront. Embarkation days are busy at the cruise port; budget more than enough time to battle the long line of traffic (only one way in) to make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare.
--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor