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Does anyone have information to share about this tour, please? We are older and do not want to do a lot of walking. I have been to Boston several times, but my husband has never been. I'd like him to see some highlights, like the North Church and Quincy Market, etc. Any information would be appreciated.

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Are you buying the tour through the cruise line or are you buying it independently? Cruise line tours can be just riding around with no hop on hop off whereas if you buy it independently, you can hop on hop off. If it's a ship's tour, read the description carefully.

 

On cruise days the independent tours pickup near the cruise terminal. Post back about what you're looking at and I can tell you more about how it works. Ship and date would be nice and tour description, if it's a ship's tour.

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I am looking at Grandeur's tour that is shown as 1 hr. 45 min. Not really interested in getting off, just sight seeing. We usually do things on our own or an private tour, but we need to use some OBC.

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We were also considering the HOHO...however I've read that the traffic is a concern...yes/no :confused:

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I am looking at Grandeur's tour that is shown as 1 hr. 45 min. Not really interested in getting off, just sight seeing. We usually do things on our own or an private tour, but we need to use some OBC.

That is likely to be the nonstop trip just riding around Boston. I've seen the trolleys staged at the pier. However I don't know the exact route they follow. If they follow the regular Hoho route, there are a number of places you may not actually drive by like the Paul Revere House and North Church. The North End Streets are narrow and one way and I don't think the trolleys attempt to use them. Quincy Market is also not very visible from the surrounding streets.

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I am looking at Grandeur's tour that is shown as 1 hr. 45 min. Not really interested in getting off, just sight seeing. We usually do things on our own or an private tour, but we need to use some OBC.

 

We are also seniors upper 70s/60s & are doing on a Saturday which will probably have less traffic.

By not getting off you miss a lot IMO - pix @ Cheers, US Constitution ship & museum, freedom trail places, etc.

 

If the OBC is refundable use it to pay for the probably cheaper HOHO direct ~$75 for 2 seniors.

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There's a Duck Boat that might be interesting!

 

I have been on both and like the hop on hop off feature of the trolley (not purchased through the cruise line). If you are not planning to get off anyway, then the duck is a nice tour.

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Thanks. Unrefundable OBC so need to use it. I'll look at the duck tour. Does this tour actually get views of Revere's house, Old North Church, etc.?

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Thanks. Unrefundable OBC so need to use it. I'll look at the duck tour. Does this tour actually get views of Revere's house, Old North Church, etc.?

It looks like your sailing RCL Grandeur. How much OBC do you have? Why don't you just cash out your OBC in the casino and take the hit of a few dollars. Have you prepaid your gratuities? The OBC can be used for that. The RCL board can help you with other options like a cash account. Then you can just do exactly what you want in Boston.

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I know how to get cash. Interested in using OBC for other stuff. I have enough to cover gratuities and specialty dining. Not interested in buying tee shirts, spa, etc. I do want to do some sort of Boston tour.

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Thanks. Unrefundable OBC so need to use it. I'll look at the duck tour. Does this tour actually get views of Revere's house, Old North Church, etc.?

 

Take a look at the map. I do not remember getting an up close view of the Old North Church on the Duck Tour.

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The Duck tour does not go through the North End. A major focus of the tour is splashing into the Charles River and cruising around for a bit.

 

Could you provide more details about how much walking you want to do? The Old Town Trolley Hoho stops about 6 blocks from the Paul Revere House and 8 blocks from the Old North Church and it's about 8 Blocks to walk between the two sites. This is Stop 2. The trolley also stops at the east (Stop 1) and west ends (Stop 5) of the Faneuil Hall Quincy Market area, which is about 5-6 blocks long.

 

The trolley also picks up at the pier, but you have to walk to the end of the ship in the direction of the traffic on Black Falcon Ave to get the trolley. This trolley is a connector trolley that takes you to Stop 1 at Faneuil Hall to connect with the main trolley route. Stop 2 is the stop for the North End.

 

If this sounds doable, then I still recommend that you cash out your OBC and use it to pay for the regular Hoho tour if it's not being offered by RCL.

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Thanks for all the detailed information. We can manage that walking if we decide to do this. Might try the Concord/Lexington ship tour instead.

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I haven't been on the Lexington/Concord ship tour but I have been to both locations. If you have not been to Boston before I would recommend the trolley tour there before going to Lexington/Concord. Unless you are a super history buff there is just not that much to see.

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Could you post the description of the Lexington/Concord tour? I live in the area and love it, but as the previous poster said, it's a history based tour. The Battle Road is bucolic - gorgeous when the leaves turn. There are lots of historic houses/museums. It's nice to walk across the Old North Bridge and to see Walden Pond. The shops in downtown Concord are interesting. But...you have to like that kind of stuff and depending on where you go, there could be a bit of walking.

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Does anyone have information to share about this tour, please? We are older and do not want to do a lot of walking. I have been to Boston several times, but my husband has never been. I'd like him to see some highlights, like the North Church and Quincy Market, etc. Any information would be appreciated.

 

We are the same when it comes to walking. I found their website online and booked directly through that. It was less expensive than through the crew ships or even through our travel agent. It is hop on hop off, but what we will do first is just do the full circuit and see if there is anywhere we want to go back to

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We have done Old Town Trolly Tours twice and just booked again for October. On-line price for 2 seniors was $71.74 This is a wonderful 19 stop HOHO. There is nothing you won't get to see. I highly recommend them. I actually phoned them and the price is better than what showed online.

The Old Town Trolly picks up at the pier, so no transportation needed to get to the stop. They emailed me my ticket and said print it or just show driver your phone.

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We have done Old Town Trolly Tours twice and just booked again for October. On-line price for 2 seniors was $71.74 This is a wonderful 19 stop HOHO. There is nothing you won't get to see. I highly recommend them. I actually phoned them and the price is better than what showed online.

The Old Town Trolly picks up at the pier, so no transportation needed to get to the stop. They emailed me my ticket and said print it or just show driver your phone.

 

What do you do with your luggage if you go immediately to the trolley from the pier?

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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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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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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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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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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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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/bus/routes/?route=SL1

http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/bus/routes/?route=SL2

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

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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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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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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/bus/routes/?route=SL1

http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/bus/routes/?route=SL2

 

Thanks again 138east. Your info has been very helpful.

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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?

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