On May 4, Massport held a dedication ceremony renaming Cruiseport Boston as “The Flynn Cruiseport Boston at The Black Falcon Terminal". Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation renaming the Cruiseport Boston in honor of Raymond L. Flynn, former mayor of Boston and United States Ambassador to the Holy See. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was in port and hosted Raymond Flynn onboard, as well as students from Boston’s Condon K-8 school for lunch and activities in the Seaplex. Anthem is the largest ship to ever sail into Boston – with a capacity of 4,180 guests and measuring 1,141 feet long and 126 feet wide.
Other attendees at the dedication ceremony included speaker of the house Robert DeLeo, mayor Martin J. Walsk, Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn, and south Boston community members.
The event also celebrated the official kickoff of the 2017 cruise season, which runs from April into November. This season will bring over 150 vessel calls to the Flynn Cruiseport – up 30 percent from last season – as Boston becomes a bigger base for cruising. According to a written release, "the brand recently announced Royal Caribbean will expand its presence in Boston with five award-winning ships, and a total of 26 cruises planned throughout the summer and fall seasons of 2018. This will double the number of calls into Boston than Royal Caribbean has had in Boston and create a 3-7% increase in the number of visitors brought to the city."
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport.