The cruise port at Boston is considered one of the fastest growing high-end cruise markets in the country, and is located just 10 minutes from Boston Logan International Airport. It is less than 2 miles from Boston’s Back Bay, Newbury Street, and the Copely Square shopping areas. The principal cargo handling facilities are located in the neighborhoods of Charlestown, East Boston, and South Boston, and in the neighboring city of Everett.
Boston is the oldest continually active major port in the Western Hemisphere. It did not become an international cargo port until 1630, but previously served as a trading area for native American tribes. It was after the Massachusetts Bay Colony was formed that the port came into its own. The port was reborn when the Massachusetts Port Authority was established.