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#21
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Originally posted by clagkids
What do you do with your luggage if you go immediately to the trolley from the pier?
Properly just a cruise day in Boston - not final destination. Just a 5 minutes walk from the terminal.
We did the Old Trolley tour on our Boston stop.
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#22
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Originally posted by clagkids
What do you do with your luggage if you go immediately to the trolley from the pier?
It looks like you are disembarking in Boston and want to do a trolley tour. Could you provide more details? Are you flying out of Boston later that day (flight time?) or are you checking into a hotel or perhaps renting a car?
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My cruise ship is in Boston from 11AM to 8PM on a weekday. It looks like the trolley only runs until 5PM. I've been to Boston before, but it's probably been 20+ years, so I think it would be a good way to get reacquainted. I'm just concerned that it might be a bit of a time crush. And if I wanted to stay in Boston after 5PM, I guess I'd have to Uber/Lyft/taxi back to the ship.

Also, I'm wondering what it's like trying to get on the trolley at the pier if there are hundreds of people disembarking at the same time. I was going to buy direct from OTT (it's cheaper and there's a senior discount) but if the cruise ship(s) have monopolized the trolleys -- I guess I'm not sure how that works. They have designated departure times, so maybe they reserve a certain number of seats? I had a bad experience with the HOHO bus in Barcelona -- the lines to get back on were so bad I only got off one time.

Can anyone share their experience with OTT in Boston and offer some advice?
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Originally posted by 138east
It looks like you are disembarking in Boston and want to do a trolley tour. Could you provide more details? Are you flying out of Boston later that day (flight time?) or are you checking into a hotel or perhaps renting a car?
Yes, we will be disembarking in Boston Sunday morning. Our flight home isn't until Monday evening and we are staying at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel Sunday night. Thinking about getting a 2 day pass. Figured we could walk to the hotel and drop off our luggage and then go to stop 19 - Boston Fish Pier but concerned we might not ever get on due to the previous Black Falcon stop (18A). Or store luggage at the cruise ship pier if that is available. Any ideas or thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Originally posted by clagkids
Yes, we will be disembarking in Boston Sunday morning. Our flight home isn't until Monday evening and we are staying at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel Sunday night. Thinking about getting a 2 day pass. Figured we could walk to the hotel and drop off our luggage and then go to stop 19 - Boston Fish Pier but concerned we might not ever get on due to the previous Black Falcon stop (18A). Or store luggage at the cruise ship pier if that is available. Any ideas or thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
You should drop your luggage off at the Renaissance. If you don't want to walk the whole way, take the Silver Line bus in front of the terminal one stop to Silver Line Way ($2.75/pp), which will get you much closer. There is only one other Silversea ship in port that day and the Hoho doesn't start until 9 am, so I don't see a problem getting on at stop 19.

Look closely at the trolley map. The Seaport area loop is separate from the main loop. It takes you to stop 1, which is the beginning of the main loop where you transfer to another trolley.

What are your plans for getting to Logan Airport on Monday? You do know that the Silver Line bus will quickly take you there from Silver Line Way for $2.75/pp.
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Originally posted by clagkids
Yes, we will be disembarking in Boston Sunday morning. Our flight home isn't until Monday evening and we are staying at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel Sunday night. Thinking about getting a 2 day pass. Figured we could walk to the hotel and drop off our luggage and then go to stop 19 - Boston Fish Pier but concerned we might not ever get on due to the previous Black Falcon stop (18A). Or store luggage at the cruise ship pier if that is available. Any ideas or thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
We did this exact same thing 2 years ago-disembarked on a Sun morning-took a taxi to Renaissance Waterfront. There we checked in about 8-8:30, (way too early to get keys to our room), and stored our luggage with them. The trolley stopped right at the Renaissance (yea)-we had already bought a 2-day pass online-it might have been a Groupon-showed it to the driver and off we went. We had a free Duck tour included and we did that first. When you're ready to go back, you will transfer to a trolley that goes to the waterfront and it takes you right back to the hotel. Yea! We asked the first driver how to get back and he told us all this. It seems like when we got to the central trolley area we had to get off and get on a different trolley that took us all over town. It was SO easy. You might call the Renaissance and ask for the Concierge and make sure they're still stopping there (at the side door). Things could have changed in 2 years.
Also, you can catch the streetcar right across from the hotel and take it to the nearest Subway stop. I had printed off the trolley schedule ahead of time and knew what we wanted to do. They also give you maos on the trolley.
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Originally posted by sooner2
We did this exact same thing 2 years ago-disembarked on a Sun morning-took a taxi to Renaissance Waterfront. There we checked in about 8-8:30, (way too early to get keys to our room), and stored our luggage with them. The trolley stopped right at the Renaissance (yea)-we had already bought a 2-day pass online-it might have been a Groupon-showed it to the driver and off we went. We had a free Duck tour included and we did that first. When you're ready to go back, you will transfer to a trolley that goes to the waterfront and it takes you right back to the hotel. Yea! We asked the first driver how to get back and he told us all this. It seems like when we got to the central trolley area we had to get off and get on a different trolley that took us all over town. It was SO easy. You might call the Renaissance and ask for the Concierge and make sure they're still stopping there (at the side door). Things could have changed in 2 years.
Also, you can catch the streetcar right across from the hotel and take it to the nearest Subway stop. I had printed off the trolley schedule ahead of time and knew what we wanted to do. They also give you maos on the trolley.
Just to clarify the "streetcar" or "trolley" is the Silver Line bus which takes you to South Station for a free transfer to the Red Line subway. My experience with the "trolley" schedule is that it is not precise but merely reflects the overall frequency of the service. The stop for the Renaissance is Silver Line Way and you can take either the SL1 or SL2 bus. The SL1 goes to the airport and most SL2's go all the way to Black Falcon Terminal.

http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/b...tes/?route=SL1
http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/b...tes/?route=SL2
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#28
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I'm pretty sure the "included duck tour" that sooner referred to no longer exists. That was on the other amphibious company (not "Boston Ducks") that closed over a year ago.
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I have a question about the ship excursion non stop old town trolley tour and where it ends. This comes from the Old Trolley website:

The tour ends at your choice of either Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall or back at the ship.

Is Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall within walking distance back to the ship or do you have to find some other kind of transportation? We are on Anthem of the Seas. Someone in our roll call said the pier is "Black Falcon" or at least it was on their last four cruises.

We are thinking of hanging around quincy market for a bit as long as we can easily get back.
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It's about 2 miles or a bit more from Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall to the cruise terminal formerly known as Black Falcon and now named for one of our former mayors
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Originally posted by Nitemare
It's about 2 miles or a bit more from Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall to the cruise terminal formerly known as Black Falcon and now named for one of our former mayors


What would be an ideal way to return to the pier? What options are available?


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Originally posted by slyster
What would be an ideal way to return to the pier? What options are available?


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It looks like you'll be there on a Saturday. I'd just call Uber or Lyft or take a cab. The T schedule is less frequent on Sat and you have to make 2-3 transfers to get back from the Faneuil Hall area.

A good pickup place would be on the southbound side of Atlantic Ave.
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Ok thanks. Is Atlantic Ave a main strip or road nearby? Easy to get to? I'm not familiar with Boston at all. Uber sounds easy enough as long as I know where to have them meet me LOL!


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Sorry one more question. Would my destination for uber just be the Boston pier?


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Originally posted by mskaufman
Boston has a number of piers/wharfs. The cruise terminal is the Black Falcon terminal. I would go with that.


Ok. Thanks for your assistance.


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Originally posted by sooner2
We did this exact same thing 2 years ago-disembarked on a Sun morning-took a taxi to Renaissance Waterfront. There we checked in about 8-8:30, (way too early to get keys to our room), and stored our luggage with them. The trolley stopped right at the Renaissance (yea)-we had already bought a 2-day pass online-it might have been a Groupon-showed it to the driver and off we went. We had a free Duck tour included and we did that first. When you're ready to go back, you will transfer to a trolley that goes to the waterfront and it takes you right back to the hotel. Yea! We asked the first driver how to get back and he told us all this. It seems like when we got to the central trolley area we had to get off and get on a different trolley that took us all over town. It was SO easy. You might call the Renaissance and ask for the Concierge and make sure they're still stopping there (at the side door). Things could have changed in 2 years.
Also, you can catch the streetcar right across from the hotel and take it to the nearest Subway stop. I had printed off the trolley schedule ahead of time and knew what we wanted to do. They also give you maos on the trolley.
Thanks for the info, Sooner2. Great idea to call the Renaissance concierge as well.
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Originally posted by 138east
Just to clarify the "streetcar" or "trolley" is the Silver Line bus which takes you to South Station for a free transfer to the Red Line subway. My experience with the "trolley" schedule is that it is not precise but merely reflects the overall frequency of the service. The stop for the Renaissance is Silver Line Way and you can take either the SL1 or SL2 bus. The SL1 goes to the airport and most SL2's go all the way to Black Falcon Terminal.

http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/b...tes/?route=SL1
http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/b...tes/?route=SL2
Thanks again 138east. Your info has been very helpful.
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Originally posted by 138east
You should drop your luggage off at the Renaissance. If you don't want to walk the whole way, take the Silver Line bus in front of the terminal one stop to Silver Line Way ($2.75/pp), which will get you much closer. There is only one other Silversea ship in port that day and the Hoho doesn't start until 9 am, so I don't see a problem getting on at stop 19.

Look closely at the trolley map. The Seaport area loop is separate from the main loop. It takes you to stop 1, which is the beginning of the main loop where you transfer to another trolley.

What are your plans for getting to Logan Airport on Monday? You do know that the Silver Line bus will quickly take you there from Silver Line Way for $2.75/pp.
Thanks for the info, 138east. We were going to take uber to the airport but might do the Silver Line bus/subway if you can take luggage easily. More details would be greatly appreciated.
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Is it a lot cheaper to buy a 2 day pass online rather than buying it that day? Guess I am just concerned about the weather. Or can you purchase it from your hotel?