Best Shopping near the Cruise Port in Boston

Boston's Cruise Port Allows Easy Access to Boston's Best Shopping

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.


Copley Place
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Copley Place located in the Back Bay, offers high-end stores with a variety of quality merchandise. This indoor shopping "mall" is a sight to see. The two story design with extra wide walkways allows guests to enjoy the space while shopping at their favorite retail stores. Here are retailers and stores that make Copley Place unique in Boston and additional spots to buy gifts: Neiman Marcus (only Boston location), Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Barney's New York, and Tory Burch. Built with luxury in mind, the marble columns, gorgeous floors and rotunda are worth a look. Restaurants, and two hotels offer perfect places for a mid-shopping escape. Connected to the Prudential center by a glass encased bridge, the Copley Place Mall is ideal for mall hopping. It is also a great spot to enjoy some time shopping for yourself or a gift for someone special.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Copley Place is easily accessible by T or taxi and is filled with upscale retailers that aren't on every corner.

Jessica's expert tip: Even if the stores housed here are beyond your budget; the beauty of the building is worth a walk through.

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A Boston social and commercial centerpiece since 1742, Faneuil Hall was originally established as a market for merchants, fishermen and vendors. It later hosted inspirational appearances by prominent figures like Samuel Adams and George Washington, which earned it the nickname "Cradle of Liberty." In the 1970s, a major renovation to the aging structure transformed it into one of America's premiere urban marketplaces. Now, it boasts more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food stalls. Some folks (and publications) refer to the retail component as Quincy Market. Here you'll be able to pop in and out of stores while enjoying a piece of the Freedom Trail.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Walkable from Boston's Cruiseport, Faneuil Hall offers a variety of stores in one location and is a must see Boston attraction.

Jessica's expert tip: Many retailers here cannot be found elsewhere like the Boston Sports Store geared towards ladies, Lucy's League.

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Jessika Goranson opened Holiday Boutique and has grown this favorite Boston boutique quite a bit since that time. Holiday exudes femininity from the decor to the attire within; this is the place to shop for all those girly girls out there. The store is stocked with clothing from designers from smaller fashion houses both in and outside the U.S. Add to the designer goods a hand made selection of celebratory dresses, skirts and tops, and you are sure to find something to suit you. The fun does not stop there because Holiday takes their goods to another level by offering a re-worked vintage label, "Holiday-Pretty Little Vintage". And even a signature cashmere collection.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Holiday Boutique offers unusual finds on scenic Beacon Hill, giving you a wearable memory of Boston.

Jessica's expert tip: Order a custom made creation and enjoy this special little item for years to come.

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Faneuil Hall/Government Center

Lucy's League is a female sports fan's fantasy! Filled with sports attire that actually has style, Lucy's League is a must when buying for the lady who loves her team! With a focus on Boston, Lucy's League carries a range of attire that works for all seasons (Red Sox bikini anyone?). From sexy tanks to preppy tailored sweatshirts, you can subtly or bluntly show support of your team without lacking style. Lucy's League is in Faneuil Hall and sells women's attire for all Boston sports teams, making it an ideal spot to pick a souvenir for the female sports lover in your life.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Lucy's League is in historic Faneuil Hall and is the store to buy a bit of Boston sports memorabilia for your female fan.

Jessica's expert tip: Lucy's League is not cheap; sweatshirts can run upwards of $100 while $40 seems to be the going rate for T's.

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Louis Boston is a Boston legend. As the place to shop for high end designer attire for men and women. Their accessories, as well as merchandise, is designed by true rising stars in the fashion world. The open, airy, chic space is shared with trendy restaurant, Sam's and up-scale salon Mario Russo. Here you'll rub elbows with Boston's well to do and you'll leave dressed to impress. You'll also love their interior design selection and the service that will make you feel extra special. The closest store to the Cruise Port, Louis Boston is an easy walk to or from your ship.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Selling upscale attire and home goods, Louis Boston is the closest shopping to the Cruiseport.

Jessica's expert tip: Shop at Louis, eat at Sam's and make an appointment at Salon Mario Russo for a pampered day in one location.

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When childhood friends Rebecca Penner and Laura Macris decided to put their years of playing with and learning about fashion into four walls of a boutique, they opened Crush. Focusing on giving customers a hand picked selection of best women's contemporary fashion they could find, Crush focuses on juxtaposing up-and-coming designers like Rory Beca and Yumi Kim with celebrity loved lines like Alice + Olivia, J Brand and House of Harlow. Crush provides the fashion forward woman a shopping experience like no other. With two Boston shops and an online experience for those who can't make it in, you'll never be without their savvy style. Crush offers services most spots do not like personal shopping, private shopping parties and closet cleanses; they'll ensure you are always stylish.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Crush is one of Boston's top boutiques and on beacon Hill, it is a quick cab ride from the Cruiseport.

Jessica's expert tip: Take advantage of the staff's style knowledge to find a fit you're happy with in a style you love.

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Shop for resort-wear at Vineyard Vines. Here, you'll find attire to help you look like you just stepped off the ferry fresh from time on "the islands". You'll pass for a New England native who summers on the Vineyard or even Nantucket when you dress the family in the attire you find in this shop. Pastels, classic colors and cuts rule the style of Vineyard Vines where even you're youngest friend can don a freshly pressed colorful polo and embroidered shorts to match mom or dad. Ladies love the swim suits in fashionable prints and flattering fits. Men stock up on their whale embossed polo tops and seersucker suit separates for summer fun. And everyone loves their bags, belts and blazers.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: You'll look like a New Englander who summers on the Vineyard when you wear what you've bought at Vineyard Vines.

Jessica's expert tip: The quality of Vineyard Vines attire make sit well worth the cost. You'll have their clothes for years to come, and you'll still be stylish.

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The Shops at Prudential Center
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Billed as one of the Northeast's top shopping destinations, the exclusive Prudential Center offers well over 75 retail establishments, including Barnes & Noble, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lacoste, Lord & Taylor, and Club Monaco. The mall also has a pleasant food court where shoppers can grab a quick bite between stores. And for those seeking a more relaxing dining experience various restaurants call the Prudential Center Home including Legal Seafood, and the Cheesecake Factory. Connected copley Place, the Sheraton and Mandarin Oriental you can cover a great deal of the Back Bay without leaving this enclosed space. For truly great views, the Prudential Tower's Skywalk Observatory offers an unparalleled perspective of the city and beyond.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: Filled with a good mix of high end and big name stores, you can fulfill all your shopping needs at the Prudential Center.

Jessica's expert tip: The indoor structure is connected to Copley Place, be sure to make your way across the bridge for even more shopping.

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You'll find Bromfield Camera Co. hidden on a small side street in Downtown Crossing. This camera shop has everything you could imagine for you photo needs. Selling manual and digital cameras, buying old pieces, and repairing cameras in need, Bromfield Camera Co. is the place to get what you need while you're in town. With well trained staff, Bromfield Camera Co. offers competitive prices and outstanding product knowledge ideal for those shopping for a simple digital point and shoot, more advanced DSLR or even collecting a relic from photography's past. Often awarded a Best of Boston by local magazines, and heralded as a reputable camera shop by the better business bureau, Bromfield Camera is the camera store to visit while here.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: An easy cab ride, or T trip from Boston's Cruise Port, Bromfield Camera Co. allows you to get what you need under expert care.

Jessica's expert tip: If you make the trip to Bromfield Camera Co. allow some time to wander Downtown Crossing.

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Hip, contemporary CambridgeSide is an indoor mall that draws locals for easy indoor shopping at all the shops you love: Ann Taylor, Gap, Victoria's Secret, Best Buy, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and J Crew. Easily accessible by MBTA, Boston area locals enjoy the mix of stores that call the CambridgeSide close to home. Home to a decent food court and several sit-down restaurants you can enjoy a side of food with your shopping. Paid parking is available in their indoor garage. Located a block from the Museum of Science you can add a "quick" mall stop to a museum day. Best of all, CambridgeSide hosts many events throughout the year to make your shopping experience extra special.

Recommended for Shopping near Cruise Port because: The CambridgeSide is an indoor mall with many stores that will help you fill your bags with all you need.

Jessica's expert tip: The CambridgeSide placement along the MBTA makes it easy to shop without a car.

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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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