Twenty-one ships combined for 112 visits to Boston during 2013, most of which were during the autumn Canada/New England season. Of this total, seven ships used Boston as a home port, embarking passengers on 64 cruises to locations that included Bermuda, Canada/New England, Europe, and the Caribbean. The season began on May 3, 2013 with the first of Norwegian Dawn’s spring cruises to Bermuda.
Emerald Princess, the last ship of this season, arrived in Boston as part of a repositioning cruise from Québec to Fort Lauderdale, after which she will commence 10-night cruises in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Princess Cruises will return to Boston on Sept. 24, 2014 when Ruby Princess calls during the first of her 10-night round-trip cruise from New York.
Cruiseport Boston, also known as Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, was built as a warehouse during World War I and has also served as a U.S. Army base. It opened as a cruise port in 1986 and in 2010 underwent an $11 million refurbishment that included both cosmetic and functional upgrades. More than 380,000 passengers used the terminal in 2012, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority.