Boston was very busy on the hot Saturday that we visited. Our choice of trolley bus tour was probably ill-advised and we would have been better spending time on our own around the city.
Our cruise to Canada and New England took us across the Atlantic to St John’s, Newfoundland; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; two days in New York City; Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts; Rockland, Maine; St John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and back across the Atlantic to Southampton.
Day 15 Saturday 28th October: Boston, Massachusetts
As our planned excursion was late morning we had a leisurely breakfast at 8.45. We shared our table with 3 ladies and another couple. Lots of conversations about the cruise so far and what all had been doing in New York. We went to Explorers to wait to be called for our tour. We sat and listened to announcements about the gangplanks being too steep for passengers to safely leave the ship. We told repeatedly that replacement ones would be arriving soon. This wait was on top of the already delayed clearance that the ship had had!
‘Trolley’ Tour of Boston
EXCLUSIVE BOSTON TROLLEY TOUR WITH OPTIONAL HOP ON HOP OFF
Multiple options for savvy, independent travellers await on this sight-filled day that includes both the exclusive Boston Trolley Tour option as well as the local Hop On Hop Off bus experience. Board Boston’s only stadium style trolley fleet, the 13 foot-tall Old Town Trolleys, an exclusive experience for cruise guests. Tool around the city on an almost 2 hour fully narrated tour of the city accompanied by lively narration, colourful anecdotes, historical information and humorous facts about the city. The tour concludes at Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market, where you can choose to explore on your own and take a complimentary shuttle to the ship or, if you feel like seeing even more of this incredible city, meet the Hop On Hop Off at no additional charge
Your Trolley Tour takes in Beacon Hill, Fenway Park, Cambridge, Old North Church, the Public Garden and the bar that inspired the comedy, Cheers. See the Bunker Hill Monument and possibly the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides. On the Hop On Hop Off tour, optional stops include Boston’s North End, Little Italy, one of the oldest Italian neighbourhoods in America, the Public Garden and Boston Common. Delight in the Back Bay area, fashionable Newbury Street, Trinity Church, Copley Place Mall, the Prudential Building, Fenway Park, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Cambridge and more!
There must have been 200 passengers or more waiting for the gangplanks to be cleared. We had to walk past the other docked ships to join our designated ‘trolley bus’.
This is one of the trolley buses leaving the port area.
We passed Cheers Bar but the building was blocked by tourist buses. The other sights flashed by on out whirlwind tour.
This was the last baseball game of the season at Fenway Park. Nearby lots were jammed with all the parked cars for the game.