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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.

 

The SL1 Silver Line bus should have luggage racks. It also has 1 low step to get on - really no worse than a rental car shuttlebus.

 

If you are at the Renaissance, my preference would be to walk the 2-3 blocks up Congress Street to the World Trade Center station instead of to Silver Line Way. This is a real station with elevators. You purchase your tickets from the machine and either take the escalator or elevator down to the platform. The secret is to board the SL1 bus at the rearmost door which gives you direct access to the luggage racks and the most space. Silver Line Way is an outdoor station platform on the street with no controlled access. That means that you have to use the front door to either buy a ticket or register you ticket with the driver. The front of the bus has more limited luggage storage and a narrow aisle that can be very awkward with luggage.

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The SL1 Silver Line bus should have luggage racks. It also has 1 low step to get on - really no worse than a rental car shuttlebus.

 

If you are at the Renaissance, my preference would be to walk the 2-3 blocks up Congress Street to the World Trade Center station instead of to Silver Line Way. This is a real station with elevators. You purchase your tickets from the machine and either take the escalator or elevator down to the platform. The secret is to board the SL1 bus at the rearmost door which gives you direct access to the luggage racks and the most space. Silver Line Way is an outdoor station platform on the street with no controlled access. That means that you have to use the front door to either buy a ticket or register you ticket with the driver. The front of the bus has more limited luggage storage and a narrow aisle that can be very awkward with luggage.

 

Thanks so much for this info - very helpful!

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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?

 

We are just back from the Canada/New England cruise and we booked the HOP-ON-HOP-OFF OTT online. The stop is just about a block from where you get off the ship, BUT you should let them know you are going to be there (time and date) as the trolley does not always stop there - it's a sub route. Having said that, it was perfect for us. We got on and did the full route (not getting off) which I think was about 2 hours. We then had a free Harbor Cruise included in our tickets. That was ok (so-so). Then, we got on the sub-route back to the ship (which you get at stop #1) and he even dropped us at the door.

 

The trolley trip offered by the cruise lines is often a tour which is not HOP-ON etc. It cost more so we went right to the source on the internet to book. There were not hundreds of people getting on this option. I think there were 4 of us from our ship.

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We are just back from the Canada/New England cruise and we booked the HOP-ON-HOP-OFF OTT online. The stop is just about a block from where you get off the ship, BUT you should let them know you are going to be there (time and date) as the trolley does not always stop there - it's a sub route. Having said that, it was perfect for us. We got on and did the full route (not getting off) which I think was about 2 hours. We then had a free Harbor Cruise included in our tickets. That was ok (so-so). Then, we got on the sub-route back to the ship (which you get at stop #1) and he even dropped us at the door.

 

The trolley trip offered by the cruise lines is often a tour which is not HOP-ON etc. It cost more so we went right to the source on the internet to book. There were not hundreds of people getting on this option. I think there were 4 of us from our ship.

 

Thank you so much for your answer! That's just what I needed to know. Based on that information, I went ahead and bought a ticket for the Trolley. One more question-- how do I let them know that I am going to be there? Their website is a little confusing -- it says that they stop where the cruise ships dock on the regular route, but only on days when there are ships in port. So I assumed they'd stop there on the day our ship (a large one) is there.

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Thank you so much for your answer! That's just what I needed to know. Based on that information, I went ahead and bought a ticket for the Trolley. One more question-- how do I let them know that I am going to be there? Their website is a little confusing -- it says that they stop where the cruise ships dock on the regular route, but only on days when there are ships in port. So I assumed they'd stop there on the day our ship (a large one) is there.

 

We thought they'd stop too but the people before us had been waiting awhile. If there isn't an email link through their website, you might try giving them a phone call just to give them a heads up. It could save you time and grief. Enjoy your cruise and the trolley.

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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 YOUR EXPERIENCE AROUND BOSTON, IT'S BEEN 2 YES SINCE WE WERE THERE.... AND WE LOVED IT...THIS TIME WE JUST WANT TO RELAX AND ENJOY OUR TIME...

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We are just back from the Canada/New England cruise and we booked the HOP-ON-HOP-OFF OTT online. The stop is just about a block from where you get off the ship, BUT you should let them know you are going to be there (time and date) as the trolley does not always stop there - it's a sub route. Having said that, it was perfect for us. We got on and did the full route (not getting off) which I think was about 2 hours. We then had a free Harbor Cruise included in our tickets. That was ok (so-so). Then, we got on the sub-route back to the ship (which you get at stop #1) and he even dropped us at the door.

 

The trolley trip offered by the cruise lines is often a tour which is not HOP-ON etc. It cost more so we went right to the source on the internet to book. There were not hundreds of people getting on this option. I think there were 4 of us from our ship.

This is what we were thinking of doing. Just staying on the trolley the whole route, then doing the harbor cruise after. Is it interesting enough to stay on and not get off and explore? We have no real desire to do any shopping or eating. Also, if you DO get off, explore, then you just go back to where you got off to wait for another trolley so you can hop on again??

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This is what we were thinking of doing. Just staying on the trolley the whole route, then doing the harbor cruise after. Is it interesting enough to stay on and not get off and explore? We have no real desire to do any shopping or eating. Also, if you DO get off, explore, then you just go back to where you got off to wait for another trolley so you can hop on again??

 

We found it interesting enough to stay on the bus and not get off at different stops. Getting on and off would be fine provided you have a lot of time in town. We were getting back on the ship that day at 4 pm to return to Montreal, so we had limited time. Yes, if you get off you just reboard the trolley at the same stop, or walk to another stop on the route. However, when you get off at various stops, sometimes there is a large crowd getting back on and you may have to wait for more than one trolley. Factor this in to your time. Start as early in the day as you can-less crowds.

 

Also, remember that the trolley from the ship connects to the main route and you will have to transfer to another bus. Be sure to leave yourself time to get the other trolley back to the ship in time IF you are reboarding as we did.

 

Actually, I wasn't impressed with the Harbor portion and it takes a lot of time waiting to get on, and for the cruise itself.

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Thank you for the heads up! Would you do it again? Hope you had a great cruise!

 

Oh yes, I would do it again. We had great fun and saw a part of Canada we had not seen before. :)

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Oh yes, I would do it again. We had great fun and saw a part of Canada we had not seen before. :)

(y) That's great! But I meant the trolley in Boston! :confused:

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(y) That's great! But I meant the trolley in Boston! :confused:

 

 

OH.. Yes. Provided I had more time in Boston the second time around.

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Just got back. I should have listened to the poor reviews for Old Town Trolley Tours on TripAdvisor! We got the first trolley from the pier (0900), then had to change to the regular tour bus. We got off at the Boston Commons and walked part of the Freedom trail, including stopping for lunch, but I got nervous about getting back to the ship in time (4PM), so we attempted to reboard at the State House stop for Boston Commons. We waited for over an hour as trolley after trolley passed us by as they were completely full. There were a number of people waiting with us. At least 7 trolleys went by before one stopped and enough people got off that we could get on. We didn't risk getting off again. The driver on our first trolley was, I guess, showing off his "southie" upbringing, and cursed and yelled and cut off other cars and buses all along the route. There was a lot of construction going on downtown as well, which added to delays. Would not do this again.

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I can echo Splinter....I meant to come here to give advice on this tour. We were in Boston on a gorgeous, warm sunny day. (9/25) Waited on a long line, got on one bus, transferred to another, etc. I went to college about 1/2 hour from Boston and spent many Saturdays taking train in and was anxious to see it again. I was glad we went, BUT we stayed ON the bus. Just to sightsee and I really wish he had spent more time at places. Like Fenway Park. Being a big NY Yankee fan, I was looking forward to seeing that but he just drove right by. He DID drive slowly, but still....and we DID stop at many of the pick up stops and there were a # of people who had been waiting for a long time and driver had to tell them that bus was full. He DID call other buses to inform them of people waiting. Splinter, I remember one woman saying she had waited over an hour....Anyway, I think if you were to want a tour of Boston, the HOHO is fine. Not great, just fine. If you want to go to specific places, walk around, etc, find some other mode of transportation. I was happy I went, enjoyed it for the most part, but did not think it was worth the price. I felt sorry for those who made plans to see specific sites and areas and then spent most of their time waiting for transportation.

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I wonder if they run fewer buses in the fall. We were there in late August and did not have this problem. Plenty of buses and plenty of seats.

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This sounds really cool, but I know my mom would get really flustered and frustrated if she had to wait for an hour or more for a trolley. We are going to get in to Boston the Friday before our cruise which leaves on Sunday. Do you think it might not be so bad on a Saturday? If not, maybe we can just do the tour without getting off.

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Just got back. I should have listened to the poor reviews for Old Town Trolley Tours on TripAdvisor! We got the first trolley from the pier (0900), then had to change to the regular tour bus. We got off at the Boston Commons and walked part of the Freedom trail, including stopping for lunch, but I got nervous about getting back to the ship in time (4PM), so we attempted to reboard at the State House stop for Boston Commons. We waited for over an hour as trolley after trolley passed us by as they were completely full. There were a number of people waiting with us. At least 7 trolleys went by before one stopped and enough people got off that we could get on. We didn't risk getting off again. The driver on our first trolley was, I guess, showing off his "southie" upbringing, and cursed and yelled and cut off other cars and buses all along the route. There was a lot of construction going on downtown as well, which added to delays. Would not do this again.

 

That was my experience in the fall too. In fact, our trolley was one of the first ones and we never got off because there were crowds waiting at pretty much every stop. They did say (and I verified once I finally got off) that they stopped selling tickets by 10.30am. But we ended up using the underground to go back to a couple of places we wanted to see. Next time I will do something on my own and forget the HOHO trolley.

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Hi all,

We will be in Boston on a Saturday in May. We are planning on taking a cab from the ship to the Freedom Trail then walking the trail and then taking a cab back to the ship. Does that sound ok? Anyone have an idea of the cost of the cab? Concerned that the hop-on will be busy and they stop running at 5 pm. Suggestions welcomed!

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Hi all,

We will be in Boston on a Saturday in May. We are planning on taking a cab from the ship to the Freedom Trail then walking the trail and then taking a cab back to the ship. Does that sound ok? Anyone have an idea of the cost of the cab? Concerned that the hop-on will be busy and they stop running at 5 pm. Suggestions welcomed!

 

Yes, the HOHO runs more trolleys in the peak season, but there are more people looking to use it as well. I don't recommend it to anyone, particularly on a cruise port day, as you will spend all of your limited time waiting on a trolley.

 

My suggestion, and I know Carol (138 East) says this as well, is to take a cab all the way to the end of the Trail, at the Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard. This will run $25-35 depending on traffic. This also gets you on to the Constitution before most of the crowd. Then walk the trail back, stopping as you go for whatever interests you, skipping the others, have lunch in the North End (avoid most of the Quincy Market restaurants unless you want fast food in Faneuil Hall), and if you get all the way back to the Common, a cab back to the Terminal would be about $15-20.

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Yes, the HOHO runs more trolleys in the peak season, but there are more people looking to use it as well. I don't recommend it to anyone, particularly on a cruise port day, as you will spend all of your limited time waiting on a trolley.

 

My suggestion, and I know Carol (138 East) says this as well, is to take a cab all the way to the end of the Trail, at the Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard. This will run $25-35 depending on traffic. This also gets you on to the Constitution before most of the crowd. Then walk the trail back, stopping as you go for whatever interests you, skipping the others, have lunch in the North End (avoid most of the Quincy Market restaurants unless you want fast food in Faneuil Hall), and if you get all the way back to the Common, a cab back to the Terminal would be about $15-20.

 

Thanks so much for the information. It really helps. I am assuming there are plenty of taxis at the port? Probably a stupid question!!! Lol

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Thanks so much for the information. It really helps. I am assuming there are plenty of taxis at the port? Probably a stupid question!!! Lol

 

When a ship is in, there will be plenty.

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Yes, the HOHO runs more trolleys in the peak season, but there are more people looking to use it as well. I don't recommend it to anyone, particularly on a cruise port day, as you will spend all of your limited time waiting on a trolley.

 

My suggestion, and I know Carol (138 East) says this as well, is to take a cab all the way to the end of the Trail, at the Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard. This will run $25-35 depending on traffic. This also gets you on to the Constitution before most of the crowd. Then walk the trail back, stopping as you go for whatever interests you, skipping the others, have lunch in the North End (avoid most of the Quincy Market restaurants unless you want fast food in Faneuil Hall), and if you get all the way back to the Common, a cab back to the Terminal would be about $15-20.

 

That's pretty much what I did in Sep when a friend had a port day on the Anthem. We took a cab to the Constitution for $25 (long route - a bit high), then the MBTA water taxi to Long Wharf ($3.50)(much better than the walking route and nice view of the upper harbor skyline), walked through Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, and walked the Trail backwards to the Boston Common. Took the Red Line ($2.75) at Park St two stops to South Station where helped my friend transfer to the Silver Line SL2 bus back to Black Falcon and then took the Red Line the other way back to my car.

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