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About Boston

Boston is a big city, but it doesn't feel that way when you're walking around -- and make no mistake, this is one of those cities perfect to explore on foot. (If you're not a walker, join a trolley or amphibious vehicle tour.) In 20 minutes, you can stroll from the Common (Boston's Central Park) down to the waterfront and pass major historical attractions, shops and food purveyors along the way.

Boston is, perhaps, America's most glamorous historic city, dating back more than 350 years. The city was founded in 1630 by colonists led by John Winthrop, and it gets its name from an English village. The events that led to the American Revolution, including the infamous arguments over the tax on tea that led to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, started there. During the protest, three British ships were raided by colonists dressed as Native Americans who dumped tea into the harbor. In 1775, Paul Revere helped spread the word that the British were coming. The next day, the "shot heard round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution.

These days, Boston, also dubbed "Beantown" (the moniker is another colonial-era legacy, referring to a time when baked beans made with molasses were a Boston specialty), has a European feel, in part because of its many ancient buildings and cozy ambiance. But, it is not a city museum by any stretch. As an area home to major educational institutions, including Harvard, MIT and Boston College, a big student population also contributes a fresh, edgy feel.

The "locals" are part of Boston's charm. Just keep in mind they tend to come in two categories: friendly and grouchy. (There are even restaurants that specialize in surly waitresses.)

This is a big sports town, and the Red Sox and the Patriots are king. A conversation on either will bring emotional discourse. Sure, there's lots of American history, especially on the Freedom Trail. (Just follow the red lines down the sidewalk.) But if television history is more your style, visit the bar that was the model for "Cheers." If you're a movie buff, there are numerous filming locations throughout Boston. Tours are available where you can visit the backdrops for "Good Will Hunting," Legally Blonde," "The Departed," "The Social Network," "American Hustle," "Boston Legal" and many more.

As a visitor, you also shouldn't overlook the city's many museums. Boston has great shopping both for those who want to spend big bucks and for those looking for "bah-gans." And if you're a foodie, you can find everything from haute cuisine to Fenway Franks. If you order "chowda," it will be the creamy kind. (Don't even ask for tomato-based.)


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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Boston

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    King's Wharf, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Boston Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      King's Wharf
    • Day 4
      King's Wharf
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Boston
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

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    Norwegian Gem Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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    juried
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Exceptional service, wonderful memories
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    subiero
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Beautiful Ship and great weather!
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Boston

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Charlottetown, Sydney ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Boston Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 7
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 8
      Boston
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

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    Norwegian Gem Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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    seabluffmom
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    12 Caribbean Cruise on the Norwegian Gem
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Disappointed
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Boston

    Leaving:
    Quebec City
    Visiting:
    Charlottetown, Sydney ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Boston Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Quebec City
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 7
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 8
      Boston
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

    Reviews

    Norwegian Gem Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

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    spedteacher908
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Fabulous trip
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    rocknjoe
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Exceeded expectations (but they were low to begin with)
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Boston

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    King's Wharf, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Boston Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      King's Wharf
    • Day 4
      King's Wharf
    • Day 5
      King's Wharf
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Boston
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    Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Wide variety of dining and entertainment options are crowd-pleasers

    Not enough indoor spaces for peace and quiet

    Appealing to cruisers of all kinds, Norwegian Gem offers something for everyone

    Reviews

    Norwegian Gem Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    While not one of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest or largest vessels, Norwegian Gem nonetheless has ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Casey2828
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Upgrade Bid to a Haven Suite
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    theoz
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Panama Canal 21 day cruise
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Boston

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Bar Harbor, Halifax ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Boston Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      St. Lawrence River (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Herbs Mom
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost a Perfect Journey
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 164 Night
    Cruise to Boston

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Kauai, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    164 Night Cruise to Boston Route (Oceania Cruises)
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      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Kauai
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
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      Hilo
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
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      Nuku Hiva
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      Cruising
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Bora Bora
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      Bora Bora
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Pago Pago
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Suva
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Paihia
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      Auckland
    • Day 29
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 33
      Cruising
    • Day 34
      Brisbane
    • Day 35
      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 36
      Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)
    • Day 37
      Cairns
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      Cairns
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      Cruising (Coral Sea)
    • Day 40
      Thursday Island
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      Darwin
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