Top Reasons to Take a Canada & New England Cruise

Portland Head Lighthouse in MaineJourney along the Atlantic Coast on an exciting Canada and New England cruise. Visit delightful places which may include Boston, Massachusetts; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Newport, Rhode Island; Saint John, New Brunswick, Québec City and Montreal, Canada. Smaller ships may also call at Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the famous tiny islands just off of Cape Cod.  

From New England’s fishing villages to the Atlantic Provinces of eastern Canada, something special awaits you. These cruises sail from such departure ports as New York City, Cape Liberty (New Jersey), Boston, Baltimore, Quebec and Montreal.

Vibrant and unique colors and cultures will captivate you with delicious local culinary specialties, world-class museums, architecture, historic sites and natural beauty. You’ll cruise along dramatic coastlines adorned with stunning historic lighthouses and palace-style mansions as this region is known as a playground for the ultra-rich.

Here is a handful of reasons to take a magical Canada and New England cruise:

 Visit Several Destinations

Step aboard your exciting cruise ship and get ready to be transported in style to some of the world’s most popular and unique places. Immerse yourself in the lovely ambiance of quaint

Newport, with its spectacular mansions; Portland and Bar Harbor, boasting iconic lighthouses and crab shacks. Explore Canada’s Maritime Provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Finally, immerse yourself in French Canada with stops in Quebec’s lovely cities and countryside.

Fall FoliageFall Foliage Cruises 

Breathtaking fall foliage cruises are considered by many to be the ultimate Canada and New England vacation experience. Peak viewing season runs from late September to mid-October. It’s no wonder why guests select these sailings for their vacation every year. Imagine seeing the spectacular kaleidoscope of ever-changing vibrant colors from your stateroom balcony as you sip on a cocktail or your favorite wine..

Summer Sailings

A Canada and New England summer cruise may be your perfect multi-generational family vacation. Shore excursions offered often include  a selection of outdoor festivals, including jazz, food, Shakespeare and everything in between. Adventure-seekers may enjoy white-water rafting, hiking, kayaking, boating and more. Summertime sailings also provide the perfect opportunity to dine al fresco at onboard restaurants and relax poolside.

Culinary Delights

Foodies will get to savor some of the best regional fare in the trendy cities along the voyage. Make your way to shore side restaurants and indulge your taste buds with exceptional local cuisine. You’ll have the opportunity to please your palate with deliciously fresh seafood. Sample clam chowder from the city’s best restaurants at an unforgettable Chowderfest hosted every July in Boston. Partake of fresh-from-the-Atlantic lobster dishes such as mouthwatering lobster rolls and satisfy your sweet tooth with scrumptious blueberry pie in Maine, the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries.

Montreal offers a bevy of delectable dishes, including renowned poutine – French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and smothered in gravy. Take a bite out of Montreal’s famous bagels with their light texture which dates back nearly a century.  No visit to Quebec City is complete without trying its traditional tourtiere, a double-crusted pie filled with various meats and seasonings typically consisting of parsley, celery, onion and a touch of nutmeg – a perfect treat on cool fall days.

Exciting Shore Excursions

Enrich your cruise with a wide variety of exciting shore excursions. From kayak tours to the ultra-popular Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia your interests will be fully engaged. Tour Maine’s delightful quaint seaside towns and history-rich Boston where you can opt for whale-watching or visiting the acclaimed John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston. History will also come alive as you enjoy a scenic harbor cruise or tour the famous USS Constitution.

Freedom Trail, BostonWalk through the pages of history along the Freedom Trail which passes 16 locations significant to U.S. history, including the Paul Revere house. The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum promise a fascinating time for the entire family.

Bar Harbor is surrounded by Historic Acadia National Park which provides the perfect playground for those cruisers who wish to kayak or hike. View glacier-carved pink granite peaks such as the breathtaking Cadillac Mountain — the highest point on the U.S. Animal-lovers may catch glimpses of a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat, including moose, bear, whales, seabirds and more. Meander through some of the majestic Victorian mansions where high society once gathered for grand parties. Marvel at the incredible beauty of Tiffany stained-glass windows in Saint Saviour’s Episcopal Church.

See the palace-like mansions of Newport, once the summer playground of the rich and famous during the Gilded Age. Stroll along the famous Newport Cliff Walk with its beautiful shoreline and stunning views. Visit the idyllic Green Animals Topiary Garden with its larger than life “Green Animals” comprised of more than 80 topiary trees sculpted to look like animals. Immerse yourself in a French milieu in Québec City, dating back to 1608. Visit the immense fortress and active military garrison, the star-shaped La Citadelle and the iconic elegant Château Frontenac Hotel.

 Scenic beauty, rich history, rugged coastlines and vibrant cities are yours to explore on a Canada and New England cruise. Journey along the beautiful Atlantic Coast dotted with historic cities, quaint towns, scenic landscapes and famous lighthouses on this exciting close-to-home cruise vacation.

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