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“Boston: History beyond freedom’s trail” is complete!

There are than a dozen U.S. cities well rooted in history. There are cities well known for sailing, contemporary architecture, cultural diversity, and their sports traditions. We must not forget that there are cities well known for their distinctive accents. The one city that captures the traveler’s imagination in all of these categories is Boston. Boston was one of a handful of cities that shaped our country’s history. We can be sure of that. Boston is known for much more than massacres, tea parties, and witchcraft trials. This new lecture, set to debut in August 2017, will take would-be travelers “beyond freedom’s trail”.

Costing the city a record 14.6 billion dollars. the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (a.k.a The Big Big), was the most expensive engineering project in United States history.

When traveling to Boston, it’s easy to take the train or simply drive. Boston is also a popular port-of-call for cruise ships during the Summer and Fall months. Boston is a city home to thousands upon thousands of commuters. By bus, trolley, train, or subway, Bostonians use them all. The one event in Boston’s history, which Bostonians are happy for its completion, is the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. Bostonians referred to it as “The Big Dig”.

“The Big Dig” was the most complex and most costly engineering project in United States history. “The Big Dig” began in the year 1982. The plan was to alleviate the traffic headaches caused by the elevated highways knifing through the city’s central area. “The Big Dig” included tunnels under Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor leading into South Station. Also included was the construction of the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge over the Charles River. Lastly, “The Big Dig” dictated the relocation of commuter trolley lines. “The Big Dig” cost a record-shattering 14.6 billion dollars. For the worst part, “The Big Dig” caused Bostonians and commuters alike, hours of construction traffic. “The Big Dig” was complete by late 2006. It’ is a pleasure to see Bostonians sleeping easy these days.

Built in 1928, the legendary Boston Garden was the home of the Celtics and Bruins.

Boston is well-known for its sports history. New York is referred to as the mecca of the sports world. Boston’s sports history is rooted much deeper than New York. Two of the most iconic sports facilities in Boston’s history are Boston Garden and Fenway Park. The Boston Celtics started playing at Boston Garden in 1957, and won 16 NBA championships during the Garden’s era. The Boston Garden, completed in 1928, had a few home disadvantages. The Boston Bruins’ hockey rink was undersized as opposed to the standard dimensions. The Boston Garden was also built without air conditioning, making every basketball and hockey match-up an uphill challenge. Boston Garden closed its doors for the final time in the Spring of 1995, making way for a new era in Celtics and Bruins history. The TD Garden (f.k.a Fleet Center), became the new home. Boston Garden was demolished in the Spring of 1998.

Fenway Park has been historic home of the Boston Red Sox since April 1912.

Fenway Park was built in April 1912. Home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park was the site of only one World Series Championship celebration. It was the 2013 World Series Championship over the St. Louis Cardinals. It was once the home of the New England Patriots. When Fenway Park was completed, the stadium never made headlines as opposed to an ocean liner that sank that same month.

Boston’s historic South Station is Amtrak’s terminal, home to more than 40 trains arriving and departing on a daily basis.

Boston still has the most intriguing transportation system. Aside from having the oldest subway system in the United States (the T), Boston’s two railroad stations have their own stories to tell. Boston’s South Station is the most breathtaking. North Station was torn down in 1927, to make room for Boston Garden. South Station is Amtrak’s terminal, and serves the MBTA. In its hay day, South Station was the busiest railroad station in the country, handling up to three hundred trains a day. Today it is still busy, handling Amtrak’s Northeast Regional trains, Acela Express, and the Lake Shore Limited (New York/Boston-Chicago). Circa 1940, the station had a shed, covering the station platforms. The shed was later destroyed by fire. The whole terminal was feared to be completely demolished. The famous front facade of South Station was saved. South Station today serves as Boston’s railroad gateway. Today, South Station is a historic city landmark.

Held every April, the Boston Marathon welcomes runners from all over the world.

Every November, all eyes are on New York City for the New York City Marathon. Every April, the Boston Athletics Association hosts the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon begins in Boston suburb of Ashland, MA. The route cuts eastward through the suburbs of Natick, Wellesley, Brookline, Newton, and concluding in downtown Boston on Boylston Street. Ever since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the race’s popularity has grown tremendously. No city’s marathon has welcomed more runners than Boston. The Boston Marathon has welcomed runners from all over the world, including those with disabilities. With regards to sports, Boston is among the candidate cities for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

A treat for all travelers alike, Boston is at the very “heaht” of New England.

Boston is more than just a popular city for travelers from all around the world. It is a city that is constantly evolving. Boston is the city that welcomes ideas, traditions, cultures, and leaders from all over the world. Ever since the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston has been a city for the strong and courageous. Ultimately, Boston is a city that stands at the heart or “haht” of New England. Boston is where our country’s history “stahted” and it is where history “chahges” on.

Cruise transportation: A matter of time vs. cost

Transportation often raises concern when reaching a cruise terminal. Newark International Airport is twenty minutes from Bayonne's Cape Liberty Cruise Port and approximately forty-five minutes from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

Transportation often raises concern when reaching a cruise terminal. Newark International Airport is twenty minutes from Bayonne’s Cape Liberty Cruise Port and approximately forty-five minutes from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

Cruising can’t be a more enjoyable vacation experience. The on board entertainment and on board activities are non-stop. There is something fun for everyone to do. Before all of the fun can begin, cruise passengers have to deal with the grueling process of getting transportation to and from the cruise terminal. Whether cruising locally or from a port city requiring a plane or train, finding the proper transportation always raises concern. The cost of taking a taxi, bus, or a limousine can be unimaginable. Time is also critical. Here are three helpful hints to take into consideration regarding cruise transportation.

1) Use mass transit!: When it comes to cruising from a short distance, it is best to use mass transit. If mass transit is available, use it. For example, New York City’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal are the two easiest ports to reach via mass transit. In Manhattan, the New York City Subway C and E lines stop at 50th Street. After getting off the bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, or the train at Penn Station, cruise passengers can easily take the C or E train to 50th Street. From 50th Street, cruise passengers can walk four blocks west to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. With an MTA Metro Card, the cost each direction is $2.75.

Mass transit is among the best modes of transportation when traveling to and from a cruise terminal. New York Penn Station serves Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, and New Jersey Transit, and is located along the A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3 subway lines.

Mass transit is among the best modes of transportation when traveling to and from a cruise terminal. New York Penn Station serves Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, and New Jersey Transit, and is located along the A, C, E, 1, 2, and 3 subway lines.

In Boston, cruise passengers can take the T’s silver line bus to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Boston’s South Station is Amtrak’s terminal. South Station is on the silver line route. On the T subway system, South Station is on the red line. The ride to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is fifteen minutes. From Boston’s Logan International Airport, cruise passengers can take the blue line south to State Station. At State Station, it’s a short ride to Downtown Crossing, where cruise passengers can change over to the red line. South Station is the very next stop. The MBTA’s Charlie Card is $2.25 per passenger. Regardless of what city cruise passengers use mass transit, it is paramount to PACK LIGHT.

When time is on the tight side, taxis are the proper way to reach the airport or train station.

When time is on the tight side, taxis are the proper way to reach the airport or train station.

2) If time is critical, take a taxi.: This is not to be confused with hint #1. Very often, cruise passengers will book their returning flights or trains very close to disembarkation. At many times, they book their trains and flights too close. Frequently, cruise passengers book their flights and trains too early, along with misjudging their time of disembarkation. In these situations, cruise passengers miss their bus transfer. In the worst case scenario, they miss their flights. To avoid this inconvenience, it is best to take a taxi to the airport or train station. Disembarkation can be hectic at times. Each and every week is different, predicated upon how quickly passengers clear through customs. Cruise lines such as Disney Cruise Line have disembarkation down to a science. Disney Cruise Line is known to for finishing disembarkation by as early as 9:30 am. If time is of the essence, taking taxi is the way to go.

3) Know before you go!: Some cruise passengers have tight budgets. Some cruise passengers plainly like to do things in an efficient manner. Further, there are cruise passengers who research every detail and option concerning their cruise transportation. It pays to know the drill. The cruise lines’ bus transfers can be pricey. It is often predicated upon on the cruise line and/or cruise port. Some cruise line bus transfers cost as much as $40.00 per person. A limousine ride may cost more than the bus transfer. A taxi ride may cost less than both the limousine and the bus transfer. Obtaining the contact information of taxi and limousine companies in the port area is a huge plus. It’s an even bigger plus to obtain fare quotes from each of them. It can be the difference maker. Doing ample research on the port city and transportation costs will greatly reduce cruise passengers’ worries.

Prior to sailing day, cruise passengers should research taxi, limousine, and cruise transfer fares. Being aware of fares ahead of time makes a significant difference.

Prior to sailing day, cruise passengers should research taxi, limousine, and cruise transfer fares. Being aware of fares ahead of time makes a significant difference.

A cruise vacation cannot be a more rewarding way of getting away from the real world. The entertainment, the unforgettable dining experience, and the welcoming atmosphere are all a part of what makes a cruise the perfect escape from the stresses of life. When it comes to cruise transportation, cruise passengers dislike putting up with the frustration. It comes with the territory. Cruise passengers shouldn’t have to stress at all. Cruise passengers should use mass transit to and from the port, if available. It saves a significant amount of time and money. If time is tight, cruise passengers should take a taxi to the airport or train station. Cruise passengers should not have to miss their trains or flights due to misjudging their disembarkation. This pin-points the vitality of hint #3. Cruise passengers should know before they go. Voluminous research and proper planning are the name of the game.