Boston Cruises – A Best Kept Cruise Secret

Boston Cruises are a fantastic way to begin or end a vacation. You know Boston, of course. The Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Tea Party, Old Ironsides. You could explore the city forever. But why not do your exploring as a prelude to some vacation time on a cruise?

Yes, a cruise. Boston has been one of America’s leading ports since before we were America. Holland America sails the Maasdam out of Boston. Norwegian Cruise Lines sails the Norwegian Majesty, the Norwegian Gem and the Norwegian Dream. Royal Caribbean offers the Jewel of the Seas. Your choices for cruise lines, ships, and itineraries are varied enough that everyone should find some rest and relaxation.

The Maasdam is the one of Holland America’s smaller ships, and the smallest of the ships sailing out of Boston. Placed in service in 1993, she displaces 55,000 tons and can carry approximately 1200 passengers. Being an older ship, cabins on this cruise vessel are a little larger than on the newer ships. The Maasdam sails from Boston on a circular, 7-day tour of Newport, Rhode Island; Portland, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Bar Harbor, Maine; and returning to Boston.

This is a lovely cruise to take in the fall, when the New England landscape lights up with legendary colors. Bring some warmer clothes and enjoy a drink out on the deck while you watch some gorgeous scenery go by.

Another cruise the Maasdam sails on is the 7-night Canada and New England discovery, which visits Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; cruises up Saguenay Fjord in Quebec; then visits Quebec City and finally docks in Montreal. If you yearn for more time aboard ship, she also has a 17-day “Voyage of the Vikings” that leaves Boston, and visits Sydney, Nova Scotia; Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Qaqortoq, Greenland; Isafjord, Akureyri, and Seydisfjiordur, Iceland; Lerwick, Scotland; Stavanger and Oslo, Norway; and finally docking in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Another smallish ship (as cruise ships go) is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Majesty. She was built in 1992 and completely refurbished in 1999. The Norwegian Majesty has been stretched to 680 feet and now displaces almost 41,000 tons. She sails round-trip from Boston to Bermuda, and back again. In 2008 Norwegian’s Dream will take over this route and the 7-day Canada and New England route will be offered.

In September and October, Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas sails for 7 days on its Canada and New England cruises. This is a roundtrip cruise from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick. There is also a shorter, 5-night cruise that eliminates St. John, New Brunswick from the cruise.

Jewel of the Seas is 962 feet long and displaces over 90,000 tons. She offers a sports court and rock climbing wall, solarium, fitness center, casino, day spa and dedicated youth facilities. There’s something on board for everyone, no matter your mood.

Consider sailing Royal Caribbean from Boston to warmer climes with their 10-night Caribbean cruise. Leave the cool weather of Boston and head for Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Maarten and Aruba. The ship docks at the end of the trip in Miami, Florida.

Boston cruises are not particularly well-known. But this best-kept secret can offer you value that few other cruisers will find.

Enjoy a Memorable Holiday in the Lively City of Boston

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest and most popular places in the United States. As the largest city in New England, it has been termed as the unofficial “capital of New England”. It is best known for its libraries, cultural manifestations, universities and colonial architecture.

The city is usually crowded by tourists all year round. So any time can be appropriate to visit, depending on what you are looking for. Fall is generally a good time to go on account of pleasant weather and special events. However, prices are higher at this time and availability of hotels and restaurants is difficult. While winter is a bit bitter, you might want to experience the indoor activities such as theater, food and wine festivals that it has to offer. You are also likely to obtain cheap tickets to Boston in this season. Summer is the hottest time of the year, so think twice before visiting during this season.

Logan International Airport, situated in the East Boston neighborhood, handles most of the flights to Boston. Aer Lingus is one of the flights offering huge airline discounts. Delta Airlines, KLM and Air Canada also operate cheap flights to Boston. If you are planning a visit in May, June, September and October you should book your tickets well in advance to get cheap airline tickets.

Culture of this amazing city has its roots in New England. There are a number of ornate theaters, like Boston Opera House. Thanks to a thriving underground music scene, the city has a variety of music. From bands like Boston and Aerosmith to countless local musicians, the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra, indie rock and hip hop, there are tons of things for music lovers. Many of the world famous music schools are located in Boston. This city also gave birth to the hardcore rock genre of music.

The city has a lively and colorful African American Culture. The three cities Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester, which have Blue Hill Avenue running through them, comprise a giant community of African American people. Along with Caribbean, Chinese and soul food restaurants, the Avenue has many hair and nail salons.

There are many significant festivals and events in Boston. Annual events like St. Patrick’s Day and Boston Marathon are famous the world over. It is also one of the first cities to host the annual First Night Festival, a major arts and activity festival. The Boston LBGT Pride parade and festival, witnesses around 400000 participants each June.

Museums are another attraction in Boston. They are plentiful and cater to most interests. The famed Museum of Fine Arts has a prestigious collection, which people come to see from all over the world. Boston Children’ Museum and The MIT Museum are other places you should visit.

The city’s cuisine is inherited from New England as well. It gives a lot of importance to seafood and dairy products. The New England clam chowder is one of the best dishes of the city. There are also a variety of Asian and Italian restaurants. All in all, the city is a foodie’s paradise.

City’s nightlife is renowned around the world. It has plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from. Most clubs even have souvenir shops for tourists. There are many dive bars and brewery tours available as well.

America’s Favorite Bar

Do you want to go where everybody knows your name? How many of us really wished we could walk into the actual doors to Cheers? On Thursday nights starting in September of 1982 until 1993, millions did watch as Norm (George Wendt) walked through those doors, hearing his name called out in unison by those in the bar. Sadly, it never happened for Cliff (John Ratzenberger).

Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) started the first episode with such a love-hate relationship that everyone knew where it was going, but it took much longer than expected, with great comedy and drama along the way. Anticipation brought viewers back, Thursday after Thursday, only to find Sam rejected by Diane in so many funny ways. Then the romance culminated in one of the funniest shows ever, and continued to have twists and turns, until it was over. Then Frazier (Kelsey Grammer) enters to eventually propose to, and plan to marry Diane. The wedding that never happened was one of the best cliff-hanging endings to a season.

Finally, Diane returns only to leave Sam, the bar and Boston. And CHEERS was never the same. Shelley Long was so perfect as Diane, but it seems she could not recapture the magic in any other role. Kirstie Alley came along as Rebecca. She was funny, and did a good job, but just couldn’t replace Diane. The dynamics between Sam, Carla (Rhea Perlman), Norm, Cliff, Woody (Woody Harrelson), and Frazier remained to carry the show through the remainder of the five seasons.

When you look at the spin-off of FRAZIER, the continued successful career of Woody Harrelson, Bebe Neuwirth, and Ted Danson’s later series of BECKER you see how influential the show remained. It was often mentioned or parodied in other shows. For years it could be seen every night in syndication. Many of us never tired of watching.