Canadian Cruises along the country's eastern coast deliver a wealth of breathtaking destinations - from towering cliffs and long peaceful beaches, to picturesque bays and charming villages, there is no shortage of ways to discover the sights and enjoy the renowned hospitality of this area. Rich with history and abundant with natural beauty, all these wonders have been here for thousands of years and are simply waiting to be enjoyed from our Canadian cruises.
New England is widely recognised as a beautiful and distinctly American region, and is a perfect cruise destination. There are spectacular sandy beaches, mansions, vineyards and marinas, alongside such historical sites as Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution. Lighthouses are scattered along the rocky, picturesque coastline where whale watching is a major draw for visitors. Head further south and you reach the most iconic of American cities - New York. Cruises into this remarkable city are something to behold. There's something truly breathtaking about gliding serenely by the Statue of Liberty - a sight that has greeted millions of travellers before. New York cruises have to be on everyone's 'must do' list for that sight alone.
|Halifax, Nova ScotiaShow more||Canada|
About Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax is the principal city of Nova Scotia and one of the most dramatically indented coastlines in the world. It is also one of the closest Canadian ports to Europe, hence its early prominence in transatlantic trade (Samuel Cunard was born here). For lovers of maritime history, a call at the cruise port Halifax will be one of the most memorable of a cruise around the USA’s Eastern Seaboard and the Canadian Maritimes.
When the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in April 1912, the rescue and recovery operation was co-ordinated from Halifax, which became the last resting place for many of its victims. The city’s fascinating Maritime Museum – set right on its waterfront - holds remnants of the ship, including a steamer chair.
Equally interesting are the two- to three-hour ‘Historic Halifax Downtown Walks’, which leave from the International Visitor Centre on Sackville Street and show visitors the city’s highlights, including the 19th century mansion of George Wright, one of the 33 millionaires who joined Titanic’s maiden voyage.
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Always a highlight of a ‘Fall Foliage’ cruise along the New England and Canadian coastline, Quebec City is a living testimonial to the grace of Old Europe. Its steep cobbled streets make an atmospheric counterpoint to the trees blazing crimson, yellow and gold and creating one of the most dazzling spectacles on earth.
Artists display their wares in its tree-lined squares and Europhiles can shop for fine antiques and savour fine coffee, croissants and La Vie Francais in Parisian-style pavement cafés.
Do not miss the magnificent view from the turrets of medieval-style Chateau Frontenac, which dominates the city. Despite its appearance, this hotel-cum-museum dates from the 19th century, when it was constructed by the Canadian and Pacific Railway Company. A visit here for afternoon tea-with-a-view will make a perfect end to a day ashore.View typical shore excursions for this port
|St. John, New BrunswickShow more||Canada|
About St. John, New Brunswick
Located on the Bay of Fundy, Saint John has a vibrant arts centre, quality dining and shopping, pristine parks and history lined streets. One of the city’s biggest attractions is the reversing falls of the Saint John river whereby the Bay of Fundy causes the river flow to reverse. The city is also home to Martello Tower, a harbour fortification built during the war of 1812 and Fort Howe with its excellent views over the port.View typical shore excursions for this port
|HonoluluShow more||Hawaiian Islands|
About Honolulu, Hawaii
If you associate Hawaii with flower garlands, grass-skirted hula dancers, fabulous beaches and spectacular volcanic scenery, a call at the capital and main Hawaiian cruise port, Honolulu, will more than live up to your expectations.
With its alfresco, whitewashed shopping malls, elegant hotels and magnificent Waikiki Bay, this city is hedonism personified. You can spend a perfect day ashore browsing the designer boutiques and enjoying a lazy lunch in a waterfront hotel garden before retiring to the soft sands and warm waves that surround the island.
And if that is not enough, there are plenty of other things to do – including tours to historic Pearl Harbour or lovely Waimea Falls Park, where you can watch daredevil locals diving from the towering cliffs which surround the spectacular waterfall into the churning waters below.
If you are feeling daring yourself, you can also take a flight over the island’s stunning volcanic scenery in a helicopter or a light plane.View typical shore excursions for this port
|Bar Harbor, MaineShow more||USA|
About Bar Harbor, Maine
One of the most popular New England cruise ports, Bar Harbor has something of the look of Old England about it with visions of Cornwall evoked by the rugged coastal walk below its craggy, granite cliffs. But Main Street is classic small town America, full of stores where staff know all the locals by their first-name and bars which are packed with huntin, shootin and fishin trophies.
The cruise dock is right in the centre of the town, too, so take a stroll and maybe try one of the locally-caught Maine lobsters which are on every restaurant menu - then learn more about your meal at the Maine Lobster Museum and Hatchery. Bar Harbor is on an island (Mount Desert) connected by bridge to the mainland and in the middle of the Acadia National Park - an intoxicating mix of lakes, forests and mountains. Look out for towering Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole where the ocean thunders against the cliffs.
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Historic Boston is a key cruise port for ‘fall foliage’ trips around New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces but anytime is a good time to enjoy this friendly, walkable city - dubbed ‘The Cradle of Liberty’ for its part in the American War of Independence.
Learn its fascinating history by following the Freedom Trail or take a subway ride beneath the Charles River to Cambridge, home of the 400-year-old Harvard University. On the other hand, you could simply settle for some world class shopping and lunch with a view of street entertainers at one of the pavement restaurants in the leafy lanes which surround pretty Quincy Market.
Or spend your day exploring the citys neighbourhoods; Back Bay - filled with elegant boulevards and imposing brownstone mansions - is the trendiest district while North End displays Bostons colonial charm at its best.View typical shore excursions for this port
|Los AngelesShow more||USA|
About Los Angeles
Alive with glitz and glamour, Los Angeles – the City of Angels - is all about fulfilling the American Dream all the way from Hollywood and the original Disneyland to swish Beverly Hills, Malibu and then Hollywood Hills where the stars love to live out that dream in their spectacular mansions.
This starry lifestyle is fun for visitors, too, though. Watch the surfers at the fabulous surfing beaches of Santa Monica, give those cards a hammering at Rodeo Drive’s exclusive shops, or be impressed by the high quality of the exhibits at the smart Downtown museums and art galleries.
The filmmaking capital of the world exudes style and offbeat artistic expression. Check out all the movie star hand and foot imprints on the sidewalk outside the famous Mann’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard or stroll the boardwalk at bohemian Venice Beach with its wacky street artists, musicians, roller skaters, cyclists and the outdoor weightlifting at Muscle Beach.View typical shore excursions for this port
|Newport - Rhode IslandShow more||USA|
About Newport - Rhode Island
Fabulous mansions, fantastic scenery and the world famous ten mile Ocean Drive make Newport, Rhode Island a must see city. From the splendour of its palatial ‘summer cottages’ to its quaint colonial streets, inviting vineyards and numerous marinas.
For a glimpse into gilded age living, visit Breakers – the most opulent and elegant mansion renowned for its intricate art and craftsmanship, or marvel at Marble Cottage – a social and architectural landmark and the first of Newport’s grand residences. Both are laced with endless carpets of green lawn and beautifully manicured gardens.
Miles of scenic coastline give it a rugged beauty ideal for sailing, riding and rejuvenating walks. For true nature lovers Newport’s sanctuaries display a wide variety of bird life and for those who want to simply relax lagoon-like Gooseberry beach is the perfect location. Other famous landmarks include Trinity Church, Redwood Library and the Gothic Church of St. Mary’s - where Jacqui and JFK were married.
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|New YorkShow more||USA|
About New York
The ‘Big Apple’ is the USA’s most charismatic city and really does have something for everyone. Love the great outdoors? Stroll through the gorgeous gardens of Central Park, right in the centre of Manhattan.
People-watching more your thing? Get a taste of local life in the quaint cafés of bohemian Greenwich Village, or star spot in the boutique and restaurant-lined streets of the sophisticated SoHo and TriBeCa districts.
Feast your eyes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or enjoy the shopping spree of your life at Saks, Macys, Bloomingdales or Century 21 on Cortlandt Street, which is the worlds largest discount warehouse and near that other must-see, Broadway.View typical shore excursions for this port
|Portland, MaineShow more||USA|
About Portland, Maine
A little slice of history, a larger slice of superb scenery and a seasoning of designer label bargain-packed factory outlet shopping - Portland in Maine has all the ingredients for the perfect New England cruise call.
Just north of Boston and nestling on a peninsula in the delightful Casco Bay, Portland is the ideal place just to go wandering. From the restored waterfronts eclectic mix of pubs, restaurants, galleries and arty-crafty boutiques to the fascinating Victorian architecture of the town centre, it is as relaxing as it is entertaining. Just along the rugged coast at Cape Elizabeth is the worlds oldest permanently-operating lighthouse - the 18th century Portland Headlight. As you might expect, the views are just spectacularView typical shore excursions for this port
|San FranciscoShow more||USA|
About San Francisco
Cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco is one of the world’s greatest travel experiences for it acts as gateway to a fascinating city set across dozens of hills overlooking the bay.
The hippies are long gone but San Francisco’s scenic beauty, laid-back ambience and more than 3,000 restaurants make it a joy to visit. The famous Fisherman’s Wharf harbourfront restaurant and multi-coloured boats complex, where seals happily sunbathe on its wooden decking, faces out towards the former island prison of Alcatraz which is now a major tourist attraction just like the city’s colourful Chinatown district and upmarket shopping centre in Union Square.
And no visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip on the city’s 130-year-old tram system carrying you up and down the improbably steep streets made famous by that stomach-churning Steve McQueen car chase in the movie Bullitt.
From the city, you can also visit the pretty resorts of Sausalito and Monterey.View typical shore excursions for this port