The Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise is a delightful and memorable experience. There is no hotel pick-up for the cruise but the departure point – 200 Seaport World Trade Center on the Commonwealth Pier – can easily be reached by public transportation.
To obtain your boarding pass please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket desk at the dockside. Boarding begins 30 minutes before sailing time. Make sure you arrive in good time so you can settle down comfortably to enjoy the trip.
A keepsake photo of you and your party will be taken upon boarding, so go ahead and smile for the camera! (You can decide to purchase or not, when you dock.)
Welcoming staff will greet and seat you, and take your drink orders (payable direct). Please note that many tables are designed for cabaret-style seating with other guests, reminiscent of ocean-going cruises. Feel free to get up and explore the ship – especially the outdoor strolling decks.
As the Spirit of Boston pulls away from the dock, grab your streamers and drinks and join in a festive ‘Bon Voyage’ toast.
Once you’ve been invited up to the Grande Buffet, help yourself to whatever you like. You can even go back for seconds and thirds as long as the buffet is open!
The menu may vary from time to time but here is an example of the delicious fare you can expect to enjoy: Download the sample menu
Menu subject to change.
While you dine, you will be entertained with a fascinating narrated tour of Boston’s historic harbor and breathtaking skyline, which can be clearly seen through the huge panoramic windows.
Some of the major landmarks on your cruise are listed below:
World Trade Center:The financial hub of Boston.
Boston Tea Party: Here in 1773, rebels disguised as Indians dumped tea into the harbor to protest British taxes.
Boston Massacre: A simple circle of cobblestones marks the site where five American colonists were killed by British soldiers in 1770. The brutality of this incident helped spark the anti-British rage that ultimately led to the American Revolution.
Old North Church: Built in 1723, this is the oldest church building in Boston. The first bells on the American continent sounded from the church in 1744. Its steeple is best known for the lantern signal that sent Paul Revere on his famous ride.
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge: Completed in 2002, this beautiful structure is the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It commemorates civil rights activist Lenny Zakim and the American colonists who fought the British in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Bunker Hill Monument: This 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, which took place June 17, 1775. The monument contains exhibits about the battle.
Old Ironsides: The USS Constitution, also known as ‘Old Ironsides’, earned her nickname because of her invincibility in battle. Old Ironsides was launched in 1797 and is the oldest fully commissioned naval vessel in the world.
USS Cassin Young: A World War II Naval Destroyer that is now a floating museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Mystic Tobin Bridge: The Tobin Memorial Bridge was erected in 1948-49 and opened to traffic in 1950. It connects the Charlestown section of Boston with Chelsea.
McKay Shipyard: Donald McKay opened this shipyard in East Boston in the mid-1800s at the height of the great Clipper ship era. He built the fastest sailing vessels of the age, and some still hold speed records today.
Penny Ferry Berths: Site of East Boston's famous ferry that used to cruise to downtown Boston for a penny a person.
Logan Airport: Boston's largest international airport, it boasts one of the nation’s tallest control towers and is the Fourteenth busiest airport in the world.
Fort Independence/Castle Island: Fort Independence is located at the entrance to Boston Inner Harbor. First settled in 1634. The island features the nation's oldest fully maintained fort.
When lunch is over, why not stretch your legs – head topside for the largest outdoor patio deck in Boston and catch a breath of fresh air and an amazing view? Or you could hit the dance floor. From line dances to Top-40 hits, Spirit’s DJs know how to get everyone up and dancing, right to the end of the cruise.
Your cruise ends at around 2:00pm and you will be dropped back at the starting point.