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New England is a region in the northeast of the United States made up of six states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, being the only one that doesn’t have direct ocean access. Most of our New England cruises will visit the beautiful cities of Boston and Portland, sometimes going up as far north as Canada and down to Florida. If you love history, nature, and good food, our New England cruises are perfect for you. Take a sail through Boston Harbor or visit New York and marvel at the Statue of Liberty, built in 1886 and a symbol of freedom. If it’s white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters that you’re looking for, head over to the Caribbean or Bermuda. If you have any questions about planning your east coast cruise, don’t hesitate to contact our travel specialists.
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Hanseatic Inspiration230$12312Embark on a journey of self-discovery aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration, a Polar Class 6 expedition ship. Explore remote corners of the planet, enjoy …
American Glory100$6640Navigate New England, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Southeast comfortably aboard the American Glory, a rivership that provides the luxury of river …
American Independence90$5145The American Independence, accommodating 90 guests, explores the East Coast of the U.S. Built-in 2010 by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, it features …
American Constitution170$7350The American Constitution is designed to expertly navigate inland coastal waterways and can accommodate up to 170 guests. With spacious staterooms …
Silver Shadow388$5950Award-winning Silver Shadow has all the hallmarks of extreme luxury at sea. With one of the highest space-to-guest ratios at sea, Silver Shadow is a …
American Liberty100$7780Discover the ultimate fusion of expedition and river cruising aboard American Liberty. Experience scenic views, explore inaccessible ports and cruise …
National Geographic Resolution126$9352New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with …

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Where else will your East Coast cruise take you?
Some cruises go as far north as the east coast of Canada and onward towards Quebec.
Get to Know Boston

The City of Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and also the largest city in the commonwealth with a population of about 685,000 people. 

Known today for classic Fenway Park, the Boston Marathon, and its role as the setting for the sitcom Cheers, Boston has played a major role in America's history since its earliest days - as a key city during the American Revolution (remember the Boston Tea Party?) and as a staple meeting place for the Founding Fathers as they envisioned their new country.

Visitors to Boston can now enjoy the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science or the Museum of Fine Arts, historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the stately Boston Common park.

Get to Know Martha's Vineyard

To the south of Cape Cod sits idyllic Martha's Vineyard, a favorite summer getaway from the busy buzz of city life for east coasters for centuries.

On the quiet harbor, you will see tranquil towns, picturesque lighthouses, and postcard perfect beaches. 

Stroll the sandy trails to see the Carpenter Gothic cottages at Oak Bluffs.

While New England cruises are full of exciting activities around the big cities, a stop in Martha's Vineyard offers a great chance to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
Fall Foliage in New England
Perhaps the best time to visit New England on a cruise is during the fall, when the peak summer tourist season is waning and the temperatures begin to get a bit cooler. 

Not only is the climate more enjoyable during the fall, but the foliage on the trees is absolutely gorgeous - a full palette of colors with every shade of orange, yellow, and red you can think of creating an autumn scene that is hard to match.  

Watch as the leaves cling to the trees in what looks like a fiery display of the change of seasons.
Whale Watching on New England Cruises
From mid-April through October, visitors to New England can enjoy the marvel of whale watching right from the panoramic decks of your New England cruise ship. 

Keep your eyes open for any of the whales that migrate through the New England waters, including pilot, minke and right whales, finbacks, and the most majestic of them all, the humpback whales, as they breach the water and splash powerfully back below the surface.
Get to Know Cape Cod
You could probably identify Cape Cod on a map at a quick glance - it is the recognizable hook shape off the coast of Massachusetts, and it is one of the most popular summertime destinations in all of New England. 

Home to quiet villages and towns, here you can enjoy miles of sandy beachfronts, the freshest seafood, and winding trails. Towns include Chatham, Barnstable, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Provincetown, and Mashpee to name a few.

Some cruises even visit famous and beautiful Martha's Vineyard - the island south of Cape Cod. 
Enjoy fresh seafood on New England cruises
There's no better place to enjoy seafood on the United States' east coast than New England. Freshly caught each day by fishermen whose families have been at it for generations, it seems that everyone in New England has their own unique recipes for preparing fish and shellfish. 

Maine probably has the best lobster in the world, known for its sweet flavor. Throughout all of New England, you can enjoy lobster and other shellfish like clams and crabs. 

Clam Chowder
Creamy and delicious, New England clam chowder is a Boston favorite, cooked with fresh clams and served with rolls or oyster crackers to add a crunch to the smooth texture. 

There are a number of small and medium sized family owned vineyards and wineries in New England, proud to invite you to enjoy their vintages.

FAQs: New England Cruises

What cruise ships travel through New England?
There are a number of vessels that offer cruises through the coastal waters of New England, and we offer our cruises on what we consider the top three: the sleek and elegant Le Dumont-d'Urville, and the well appointed sister expedition cruise ships M/V Victory I and M/V Victory II. Each of these ships offers comfortable accommodations, deluxe appointments onboard, delicious meals in the dining areas, and of course hand-crafted itineraries that highlight the best that New England has to offer.
How much does a New England cruise cost?
New England cruises range in price from $3,400 per person to $8,000 per person, but the majority of the 9-13 day itineraries average between $4,500-$6,000 per person. While these are a bit more expensive than other cruises in the continental United States, the value definitely makes it worth it in all the experiences that you will have on your cruise.
What will I see and do on a New England cruise?
New England tours are great for travelers seeking an active experience with opportunities for relaxation. Among the activities you will experience on your New England cruise are highlights like cycling, historic tours, whale watching, strolling through parks, and savoring the delicious seafood, lobster, and wine for which the region is known. 
What are the top cruise ports in New England?
The small port towns and big cities along the New England coast characterize this region and its unique and relaxing atmosphere. The top cruise ports in New England include Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Newport, Bar Harbor, Rockland, and Provincetown. Some New England cruises go as far as Canada, traveling down the St. Lawrence River to destinations like Montreal, Halifax, and event Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes.
Should I do a land tour or a cruise of New England?
New England's culture and history was built on its long coastline, and there's no better way to visit all of the staple destinations than a cruise. Land tours might focus more on a very small area or even just one city, whereas a cruise is carefully designed to show off the best that each new town has to offer every day.
When is the best time to travel to New England?
The New England cruising season starts in May and runs through October, with a peak in the beautiful autumn months of September and October, when the fall foliage is in full transition. If you’re planning a family trip and hoping to take advantage of the break, summer is a fantastic time to enjoy a cruise of the eastern seaboard of North America, all the way from Nova Scotia in Canada to the sun-kissed Bahamas, passing through historic New England and the Atlantic Coast of the U.S.

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