Excursion - Boston, Massachusetts, USA   

Crystal Boutique Adventures - Behind-the-Scenes at the New England Aquarium

Join this special excursion, available only to a limited number of our Crystal guests, for a personalized, behind-the-scenes tour at the magnificent, recently renovated New England Aquarium.

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    4 Hours

Your exclusive outing begins with a brief transfer from the pier to the New England Aquarium.

A global leader in ocean exploration and one of Boston’s premier attractions, the aquarium is more exciting than ever, thanks to a dramatic renovation. Reopened in the spring of 2013 after a ten-month-long makeover, the aquarium has welcomed guests into a totally reimagined experience, with a fully renovated main building and a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation of its signature exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank.

Already considered one of the world’s most complex and sophisticated aquatic exhibits, the Giant Ocean Tank now boasts a stunning new Caribbean coral reef teeming with an expanded population of intriguing animals. Sharks, stingrays, penguin colonies, seals and a series of close-up-encounter touch tanks make the New England Aquarium a must-see for anyone fascinated by the underwater realm.

We have arranged for you an exclusive, behind-the-glass peek at one of the aquarium’s galleries. You will be joined by an expert educator for a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes, offering insights into the aquarium and its many interesting creatures. Learn what the animals eat, how their tanks are maintained, how sick animals are nursed back to health and gain other in-the-know tidbits.

Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

Then, allow your guide to walk you over to the Cheers bar “where everybody knows your name.” Visit the authentic replica of the Cheers set in historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace! This accurate duplication of the famous Hollywood set features a central island bar, Tiffany lamps, overhead TV lights and a catwalk. In addition to traditional pub fare and an abundant beverage selection, this location showcases some of the original costumes worn by the Cheers cast. The Cheers store offers officially licensed Cheers merchandise.

Enjoy a beverage of your choice and a cup of their award-winning “Clam Chowda.”

Return to your Crystal ship as one of the few travelers to enjoy such an insider’s view on one of the world’s greatest aquaria.

Important Notes:
This excursion is manual wheelchair accessible with advance notice. Please contact the Shore Excursions Desk to ensure accommodation and availability. This excursion involves approximately three hours of walking inside the aquarium. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable, walking or sports shoes. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. See information concerning special cancellation conditions. This Crystal Boutique Adventure MUST be pre-reserved.