Flynn Cruiseport Boston Fact Sheet


Flynn Cruiseport Boston, owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) opened in 1986 and welcomed 13 cruise ships and a total of 11,723 passengers in its first season.

  • In 2013 – twenty-seven years later – Flynn Cruiseport Boston welcomed 116 ships carrying 382,885 passengers, setting an all-time record.

  • In 2014, Flynn Cruiseport Boston welcomed 113 ships, including some of the newest, largest and most prestigious ships on the seas today. These included Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess and Ruby Princess, Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Splendor, Seabourn Cruise Line’s Seabourn Quest, Oceania’s Insignia, Plantours Reisen’s Hamburg and Pearl Seas’ Pearl Mist.

  • 17 cruise lines will call Flynn Cruiseport Boston during the 2015 cruise season, which runs from late April through early November.

According to a 2013 report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA):

  • Massachusetts is one of the top ten states in the United States for economic impact from the cruise industry.

  • Cruise industry spending generates over 8,000 jobs and $479 million in income for Massachusetts workers.

  • This same report estimated that cruise industry direct spending in Massachusetts accounted for more than $493 million, with passengers and crew spending $36 million in Boston alone in 2012.

Flynn Cruiseport Boston is conveniently located 10 minutes away from Boston Logan International Airport via the Ted Williams Tunnel and 15 minutes by taxi or public transportation from Boston’s world-class shopping districts, sightseeing attractions and diverse restaurants.

Flynn Cruiseport Boston’s past has been bright, but our future is even brighter. In 2010, Flynn Cruiseport Boston launched a renovation and expansion of its main terminal into a 21st century point of departure for ocean-going vacationers. The $11 million makeover tripled the usable space on the third floor to allow for faster processing of passengers embarking or returning from a cruise. It also added vibrant colors, environmentally friendly lighting, new elevators and people movers, and signage giving visitors a sense of place and destinations served. In February 2015, renovations to the second terminal were completed. The $3.2 million project included improved ventilation, heating, lighting, additional outlets for power and data to facilitate ticketing and baggage functions, new restrooms, and new storefront installations to provide more daylight into the existing space.

Four ships currently homeport in Boston:

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Dawn sails weekly to Bermuda in summer and fall, and sails the Canada/New England coast in September;

  • Holland America Line’s Maasdam and Veendam sail every other week to Montreal and Quebec, respectively, between May and October.

  • Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas sails from Boston to ports up and down the Canada/New England coast in September and October.
    Brilliance of the Seas, Norwegian Dawn and Veendam all also offer repositioning cruises to the Caribbean at the end of the Boston season and Veendam sails one Voyage of the Vikings to Europe in the summer.

The luxury cruise line, Seabourn, also offers a Canada/New England itinerary from Boston.

About 70 percent of travelers taking a Canada/New England cruise from Flynn Cruiseport Boston travel here by air, while approximately 95 percent who take a Bermuda cruise or a re-positioning cruise to the Caribbean live within a five-hour drive of Boston.