Cruises That Depart From Boston

Cruises leave from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal at Boston's Cruiseport Boston, the oldest continuously operated port in the western hemisphere. Operated between April and October, the port welcomes more than 100 vessel calls and more than 250,000 passengers. The port is 3 miles from Logan International Airport---about a 10-minute drive. An indoor parking garage costs about $16 per day for ticketed cruise passengers.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line offers seven cruises that leave from Boston, including seven-day, round-trip cruises from Boston to Bermuda on board the Norwegian Dawn. Beginning in 2011, you can choose from 22 departure dates from May to October with rates starting around $650 for an inside cabin to approximately $1,200 for a suite. You can also take a seven-day fall foliage cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit in September and October from Boston to Quebec City, stopping at Bar Harbour, Bay of Fundy, Halifax, Sydney and Corner Brook. Rates range from about $970 to $3,350, depending on the cabin.

Holland America Cruise Line

Holland America Cruise Line offers departures from Boston aboard the ms Maasdam, a smaller 719-foot cruise ship that holds 1,258 passengers. A 14-day Canada cruise from May to September docks in Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Quebec City. As of 2010, rates start at $1,550 for an interior cabin to $6,650 for a deluxe verandah suite. If you have more than a month to travel, consider the 35-day Voyage of the Vikings that takes you to Canada, Great Britain, Iceland, Greenland, France, Ireland and Scotland. Prices start around $6,600 for an interior cabin to about $12,500 for a deluxe verandah suite.

Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line

You can choose from four seven-night round-trip cruises along the New England and Canadian coasts in September and October on board Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Sea. Prices start around $660 to about $2,150. If you'd like a Caribbean cruise that disembarks in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., or Tampa, Fla., at the end of October, you can choose from two special one-way 13- or 14-day cruises that stop in Caribbean ports, including St. Thomas, St. Martin, St. Lucia, Barbados and Curacao. Cabin rates start around $950 and go up to about $4,300.