Flynn Cruiseport Boston

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Flynn Cruiseport Boston
Cruiseport Boston and Design Center, June 2017.JPG
Flynn Cruiseport Boston, with no ships docked
CountryUnited States United States
LocationBoston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°21′48.96″N 71°2′11.77″W / 42.3636000°N 71.0366028°W / 42.3636000; -71.0366028[1]Coordinates: 42°21′48.96″N 71°2′11.77″W / 42.3636000°N 71.0366028°W / 42.3636000; -71.0366028[1]
Operated byMassachusetts Port Authority
Owned byGovernment of Massachusetts
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Available berths9[2]
Employees1,000 [3]
Port DirectorLisa Wieland
Draft depth35 feet [2]
Passenger traffic389,619 (2018)[4]

Flynn Cruiseport Boston, formerly known as the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, is the main port for all cruise ships visiting Boston, Massachusetts. The port is owned and operated by Massport, which operates most of the Port of Boston, and is located in the Seaport District of Boston. It is primarily open between the months of March and November, with its busiest season being in the early fall, as multiple Canada and New England cruises use Flynn Cruiseport as either a port of call or port of departure. In 2018, the port handled over 389,000 passengers, up over 26% from 2016.[4] Massport handled 402,346 passengers with 138 calls by 34 different ships from 21 cruise lines in 2019.[3]


Flynn Cruiseport from a departing ship, with Downtown Boston in the background

Originally called Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, the port was renamed in 2017 to Flynn Cruiseport Boston after former Boston mayor Raymond Flynn. Flynn opened the cruise terminal in 1986, and in its first year the port hosted 13 ships and 11,723 passengers. The main portion of the terminal underwent an $11 million renovation in 2010, while the secondary terminal was renovated in 2015 for a total of $3.2 million.[5]


Three ships docked at Flynn Cruiseport
From left to right: AIDAdiva, Albatross, and Eurodam at the cruise terminal

In 2019, six ships were scheduled to utilize Flynn Cruiseport as their port of departure.[3] The ships sail for Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean International, and the Seabourn. These ships include:


Massport reports that Flynn Cruiseport supports 1,000 jobs in the Boston area, as well as generates $56 million in business revenue.[3] The port regularly reports its passenger volume numbers for each month it is in operation. Yearly totals can be seen in the table below, with 2019 being updated through July.[4]

Volumes 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total 328,305 309,027 388,222 389,619 209,631
Percent change from year before 4% -6% 24% 0.4%


  1. ^ admin. (2010). "Port of Boston". Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Ship Facilities Plan" (PDF). Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "About Flynn Cruiseport Boston". Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Flynn Cruiseport Statistics". Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Governor Baker Massport Officially Dedicate The Flynn Cruiseport Boston at The Black Falcon Terminal". May 4, 2017. Archived from the original on October 24, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.

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