When you depart your ship, or are awaiting boarding at Boston's Cruise Port you may want to spend some time shopping while you are on Boston soil. Five or fewer miles (short cab ride) to most of the shopping Boston has to offer, the Cruise Port is convenient to access.
Boston's historic, Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market is a little more than a mile from the pier, making this one place you should certainly shop while here. A stroll along the HarborWalk and onto the Greenway (a park that runs through the middle of the city while traffic flows along the roads on both sides) is a great start to a shopping excursion in Faneuil Hall. Stores here range from national chains carrying brand names you desire to small Boston themed stores ideal for buying souvenirs.
Boston's Back Bay is loaded with indoor options, set inside the connected buildings of the Prudential Center and the Copley Place Mall, you'll find an array of department stores, chains and specialty shops that are sure to suit your needs. Shopping here is a cab ride away, but well worth it as you can enjoy a stroll even if the weather does not cooperate because these climate controlled shops offer year round comfort.
For those seeking something specific, Boston's neighborhoods are fortunate to have a large selection of independent retails along its main and side streets. Boutiques like Crush and shops like Bromfield Camera Co. are just waiting for you to pop in.