From April through November of every year, my home port of Boston, Massachusetts
is host to an impressive roster of passenger ships. On many weekends, particularly
during the busy autumn season, you may find me in the neighborhood, camera in hand,
to admire and capture some of the beautiful ships whose itineraries bring them to
our lovely city.
As we approach the end of the year—a busy time in my paying job—I thought I’d make
a quick share of some of the photographs I took during 2011. According to the Massachusetts
Port Authority, 22 ships made 107 calls on Boston in 2011, including three ships
(Norwegian Dawn, Maasdam, and Jewel of the Seas) that used Boston as their home port.
Below are several of my photographs on the few days this year that I was able to
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Maasdam (Holland America Line)
July 9, 2011
This first one is most special to me, as it is one of the rare instances that I am
taking a photograph of the cruise terminal from a ship on which I am a passenger.
The view is of the newly renovated Cruiseport Boston, also known as Black Falcon
Cruise Terminal, just prior to our disembarkation from ms Maasdam. The cruise had
begun in Montreal a week earlier, and had taken us to Quebec City, Prince Edward
Island, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, and Bar Harbor. Maasdam has been a part of
Boston’s spring through autumn cruise seasons since 2004.
Carnival Glory called on Boston five times in September and October, typically on
week-long cruises from New York. Starting in June 2012, she will homeport in Boston
for 4- and 5-night summer cruises to Saint John and/or Halifax and one 7-night cruise
that also includes Sydney and Portland.
Explorer of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
September 22, 2011
Explorer of the Seas was another seasonal visitor, making four calls on Boston during
September and October. These itineraries took her from Bayonne, New Jersey to various
ports in New England and eastern Canada. I am glad I saw her this year, as another
RCI ship (Brilliance of the Seas) will handle these routes in 2012.
It was a royal day in Boston on September 22, not just because there were three ships
in port, but also because it marked the maiden call of Queen Elizabeth. The Cunard
Line and the City of Boston have a long relationship, dating back to 1840 when Cunard’s
first passenger ship, Britannia, called on Boston during her own maiden voyage. The
maiden arrival of Queen Elizabeth was a grand occasion, during which the Captain
and crew were welcomed by representatives of the Massachusetts Port Authority, the
British Consulate-General of Boston, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other local dignitaries
and tourism officials.
As this was one of several three-ship days in Boston, I also include a photograph
of our version of cruise ship row. From left to right, Carnival Glory, Queen Elizabeth,
and the departing Explorer of the Seas.
Silver Whisper (Silversea Cruises)
October 9, 2011
As I have a preference for smaller ships, I do my best to visit the port when one
of these vessels is visiting. My schedule permitted only one such visit this year,
and Silver Whisper find the bill most wonderfully. This luxury cruiser made three
calls on Boston for the fall foliage season, and will return several times next autumn
on her 10-night itineraries between Montreal and New York.
Enchantment of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
October 13, 2011
Enchantment of the Seas made six calls on Boston between late June and October. The
October 13 arrival was special to me as I had several friends on this sailing, a
9-night New England/Canada cruise from Baltimore. We spent a lovely few hours together,
and I was glad to show my city to good friends.
Vital statistics: 82,910 gross tons, 2,253 passengers (double occupancy), 1,185 crew
members, 989 feet length (lengthened by 73 feet in 2005), 105 feet beam, maiden voyage
Jewel of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
October 29, 2011
We start almost where we began, with a photo of Cruiseport Boston taken from a cruise
ship. This was the last call of the season for Jewel of the Seas, and I was fortunate
to be a guest that day for a ship tour. (This also enabled me to experience the boarding
process, which Cruiseport Boston does highly efficiently.) Jewel of the Seas has
homeported in Boston the past few years for Canada/New England cruises, typically
spanning September and October. I look forward to her return in September 2012.