BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Boston & New Orleans hotels ( or B&B )

so, we're scheduled to leave from Boston next year, on a repo to N.O.   I know nothing about Boston, ( been there a couple of times ) and less about New Orleans. We intend to stay in Boston the day before the cruise, and probably two days in New Orleans.  In Boston I want to be near the port, wherever that is.  In N.O, location doesn't matter as long as we can get to the French Quarter. Research has shown a lot of neighborhoods. More than NY it would seem. Very confusing.

Any opinions on where to stay in either city, or both, would be greatly appreciated.  I know it's early to start planning this, but the sooner I can book hotels, it's less I have to think about later.

Thank you all in advance. Have a great Labour Day.

 

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noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Hi BAK1061,

It just so happens that I am right outside of Boston and just 20 minutes from the cruise port so I can help you out.  

The part of Boston where the cruise port (aka Black Falcon terminal) is located is also referred to as the Seaport or innovation district. It has built up tremendously over the last 10 years or so. There are several major hotels along Congress St. These are within walking distance from a lot of fun areas in Boston but if you prefer not to walk, there is public transportation and always taxi or Uber options.

For hotels close to the port, look at the Seaport Hotel or the Renaissance. I have been to both and they are quite nice.  There is also a Westin and a Residence Inn but I have not been to either of these. I'm not sure of your budget but will tell you that there aren't many choices for budget hotels close to the cruise port. If you have ever used AirBNB, it might be worth looking into.  The residential options in that immediate area are sparse (it is mostly business and hotels), but Southie isn't terribly far and may have some options. Southie has definitely become more integrated than it was decades ago but still has a solid core of Irish population. It is quite densely populated with mostly triple deckers. L St. is a main thoroughfare and it's a quick 10-15 min ride to the cruise port from there. This is not a walking option to get to any of the things I've described below in things to do.

As for things to do, it's Boston so pretty much every thing can be fun. You can walk along the Boston Harborwalk (http://www.bostonharborwalk.com all the way from Seaport to Christopher Columbus Park at Atlantic Ave. From there, follow Atlantic Ave to Hanover St where you enter the main thoroughfare of The North End. This route combines walking with history and tops that off with great Italian food.  I definitely recommend the North End for dinner. I would be happy to recommend restaurants, there are probably a couple hundred establishments in North End and surroundings.

If you have great weather and some daylight, you might jump on one of the National Park tours and check out the Boston Harbor Islands (http://www.nps.gov/boha/index.htm. Check the site for dates and times of operation. These depart Rowe's Wharf which is a stop along the Harborwalk. Also in that area, the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common (a bit of a detour but not too terrible).  If you are a shopping addict, Newbury St. is the high end avenue running perpendicular to the Common. That requires a taxi ride.

Well, that's a start. Any questions, ask away.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I think that CruisingCM gave you good advice.  My daughter went to college in Boston and it is a great walkable city.  Have a good time in Boston and enjoy your cruise.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Thank you.  I'll print this out when I hook my printer back up.  Moving is a horror. I am surrounded by boxes.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Hi BAK, 

My wife and I are doing the same cruise in 52 days. We also booked well in advance (last October). This cruise sells out fast. I will make sure that I report on hotels after the cruise as we too as spending a night in Boston and a couple in New Orleans. I am not sure what transportation options you are planning but my wife and I opted for the train. This was recommended to my wife on a different cruise board by a number of the other people that have been on this cruise before and are on it this time around as well. In our case we will drive to the Amtrak in Buffalo (Depew) and take the train to Boston and then from NO back with a change of trains in Chicago. We have sleeper berths for the two trains coming home and plan to relax and enjoy the scenery. 

 Cheers,

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We are driving to Boston. It's about 3, 31/2 hours.   I'll just rent a car one way.   From New Orleans, our plan, is to fly to Atlanta to spend a couple of days with family. Also, to spend three days at a community we may buy into.  That part is up in the air. We may just fly home after N.O.

We booked this a couple of weeks ago while on our Bermuda cruise.  We've been on the Dawn before. Not the best thermal suite, but nice. I don't know if there were any changes made since I believe it was dry docked a couple of years ago.

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