Cruise Port Boston

At Travel New England we spend a lot of time writing about New England as a destination. We sometimes forget that not only are we a destination, but also a point of embarkation to other fun adventures around the world. Our airports and ports are a starting point for many a trip abroad. An excellent example of this is Cruise Port Boston.

Typically when one thinks of taking a cruise you envision embarking a ship in Florida some place (Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Tampa). But Boston is also a port of embarkation for cruises. From Boston cruises leave for Bermuda, New England and Canada, across the Atlantic, and to points south and west when they reposition the boats for winter.

Following is a round up of the ships sailing to/from Cruise Port Boston and their destinations:

Compagnie du Ponant
Compagnie du Ponant runs a cruise from Quebec to Boston aboard the LeBoreal in September. They also cruise from Boston to Curacao in September.

Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises sails the Crystal Serenity from Boston to Quebec in September.

Holland America Line
Holland America sails two ships, the Maasdam and the Veendam out of Boston to New England and Canada in the summer and fall. The Veendam also does one trans-Atlantic crossing in July. They also run a repositioning cruise of the Veendam to San Diego through the Panama Canal in October.

Picture of the Norwegian DawnNorwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian sails the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda all summer long, to New England and Canada in September, to Bermuda again in October, and a repositioning cruise to New Orleans in November.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean sails the Brilliance of the Seas for New England and Canada in September and October. They also run a repositioning cruise to Tamp in October.

Seabourn sails the Seabourn Quest from Boston to Montreal in September and October.

Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises sails the Crystal Whisper from Boston to Quebec in October.

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Old Sturbridge Village Celebrates Independence Day

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, was one of a few holidays commonly celebrated in early 19th century New England. Keeping with that tradition, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) has big plans to celebrate Independence Day this coming Friday. Fun on tap for Friday for both the daytime and nighttime includes:

  • Dancing and singing
  • Drilling and marching on the common
  • Fife-and-drum music
  • Fireworks (purchase your tickets by July 1 for a discount)
  • Games and contests
  • An Independence Day celebration buffet in the Oliver Wight Tavern
  • A parade
  • A reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • . . . and more . . .

To get you more in the mood check out their video…


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2014 New England Fireworks Displays – Summer is Here with a Bang

Picture of FireworksThe 4th of July is now only a week away. Throughout the spring we look for the beginning of the summer season. For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. For me, its when I see the first fire Flies of the season (see Fireflies are Back). For others it is, of course June 21 when summer “officially” starts. But for the tourist season, the date when summer quite liter starts with a bang is the 4th of July.

The 4th of July, when we celebrate our nation’s birth with picnics, parades, and, of course, fireworks. If you are looking for a great fireworks display to help celebrate the birthday of the ol’ red, white, and blue then check out the links below to find one near you.

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2014 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Connecticut

Switching to Southern New England in our roundup of Independence Day fireworks displays puts us in the State of Connecticut. There are numerous wonderful fireworks displays all over the State throughout the long 4th of July weekend.

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2014 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays in Maine

The second installment in our roundup of 2014 4th of July fireworks displays in New England finds us in the State of Maine where there will be numerous fireworks celebrations this coming 4th of July weekend:

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2014 Vermont Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Summer 2014 has begun and it is never too early to start thinking where you are going to catch some great Fourth of July fireworks. To help get you in the mood for Independence Day, we are pulling together lists of fireworks displays across New England. For our first we start in the State of Vermont. Below you will find a list of 4th of July fireworks displays in Vermont to help you celebrate America’s birthday:

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Patriots, Whirligigs, and Fun at the Smith-Appleby House

The Smith-Appleby House will play host a special craft and historical tour at the Smith-Appleby House on Sunday, June 29, from 1 PM to 4 PM. At this event kids will get to make a whirligig (pinwheel), and everyone gets a tour of the Smith-Appleby House to learn about daily life in Colonial Rhode Island.

This event is part of the Rhody Ramble Open House series.

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Some Great Upcoming Events at Old Sturbridge Village

Always busy bringing history to life, there are a couple of great events coming up in June at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) that you may wish to add to your early summer itinerary…

Celebrate Black History Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village

Visit Old Sturbridge Village June 21 to 2, 2014 to hear uplifting stories from African-American history. Some highlights of Black History Weekend include:

  • Hear stories of an “Amistad” captive and a slave-turned-dressmaker
  • Learn about African oral traditions
  • Meet historians portraying abolitionists Abby Kelly Foster and William Lloyd Garrison
  • Learn the history of the first black public school

Bucket Town: Four Centuries of Toymaking and Coopering in Hingham

Hingham, MA, also known as “Bucket Town” because of its vibrant early New England coopering industry, was also the first and largest community of professional toymakers in America. The new exhibit Four Centuries of Toymaking and Coopering in Hingham will open at Old Sturbridge Village on June 21, 2014 and will showcase a collection of handcrafted toys and woodenware from dozens of master coopers and toymakers from Hingham, Massachusetts.

The exhibit runs from June 21, 2014 through January 18, 2015.

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Arts Alive Festival ’14 in Falmouth, MA

Mark your calendars for 3-day celebration of the arts in Falmouth and the Upper Cape. The Arts Alive Festival ’14 will take up residence on the Falmouth Library Lawn at 300 Main Street on June 20 through 22, 2014. The festival will feature:

  • A town dance on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 7 to 9 PM with The Charlie Jamieson Trio featuring Cerise
  • A Rock Fest Saturday Night, June 21, 2013
  • Continuous entertainment with over 60 performances
  • Over 50 artisans and crafts people displaying and selling their wares

So mark your calendars for the Upper Cape’s premier arts festival.

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Massachusetts Aquariums and Maritime Museums

Continuing with our series on New England’s maritime heritage finds us in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No stranger to the sea, the Commonwealth has a very rich offering of aquariums and maritime museums to help any landlubber to learn more about the sea.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis

The Cape Cod Maritime Museum preserves the rich maritime history of the Cape. The museum has primary exhibits, rotating exhibits, and the Cook Boat Shop – a working exhibit of traditional and modern boat building.

Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston

The Charlestown Navy Yard is part of the Boston National Historic Park. The Navy yard is home to the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young.

Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable

The exhibits of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum chronicle the precursors to the modern US Coast Guard – the Revenue Cutter Service and the U. S. Life-saving Service.

Cohasset Historical Society’s Maritime Museum

The Cohasset Historical Society‘s Maritime Museum is housed in the Bates Ship Chandlery in the center of Town. The museum features artifacts from Cohasset’s seafaring history.

Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyportt

The Custom House Maritime Museum preserves the maritime heritage of Newburyport, MA. At the museum you will find maritime art, model clipper ships, displays of shipwrecks and more.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Essex

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the story of the village famous for building more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than anyplace else in the world.

Hart Nautical Gallery in Cambridge

Located at MIT, the Hart Nautical Gallery is part of the MIT Museum. It has an extensive collection of full-hull ship models depicting a thousand years of ship building.

Hull Life Saving Museum in Hull

The Hull Life Saving Museum chronicles the maritime heritage of Boston.

Marine Museum at Fall River

The Marine Museum at Fall River is a maritime museum with a particular focus on the Fall River Line.

Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester is a working waterfront museum and maritime education center.

Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum on Nantucket

The Whaling Museum of the Nantucket Historical Association is housed in an old candle factory and has exhibitions relating to whaling as well as a restored 1847 candle factory.

Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked seamen.

New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford

Located in the middle of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Whaling Museum preserves the rich whaling history of New Bedford.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford

The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is home to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, and the Schooner Ernestina.

New England Aquarium in Boston

The New England Aquarium is New England’s premier aquarium and one of Boston’s biggest visitor attractions.

New England Pirate Museum in Salem

The New England Pirate Museum preserves the history of the pirates that roamed the waters off of New England.

Old Harbor Life Saving Station in Provincetown

Located in the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Old Harbor Life Saving Station was originally built in Chatham in 1897. It was moved to Provincetown in 1977 by the National Park Service. On Thursday evenings in the summer you will find breeches buoy rescue re-enactments conducted at the Station.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem

At the Salem Maritime National Historic Site you will find guided tours of US Custom House and the tall ship Friendship of Salem, a British encampment in July, and a Maritime Festival in August.

Titanic Museum in Indian Orchard

The collection at the Museum of the Titanic Historical Society covers the Titanic’s rich history, and has one of the finest collections of rare Titanic survivor artifacts.

United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy

At the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum you will find the world’s only preserved Heavy Cruiser – the USS Salem.

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Picture credits: The picture of the exhibit at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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