New England and Canada
are Open for Cruising
The autumn colors of the coastal forests are no longer the only reason to take a cruise of New England and Maritime Canada. The region’s seaside charm is present all year long, and the cruise ship docks are active from May through October.
Cruises of New England/Canada sail from convenient home ports like Baltimore, Boston and New York. Itineraries include ports that are surrounded by rugged natural beauty and provide the opportunity to revel in history.
Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island, earned a reputation as a wealthy summer colony in the mid-1800s when well-to-do southern families escaped summer’s heat in cottages along Bellevue Avenue. By the early 1900s, America’s wealthiest families summered in Newport in the comfort of spectacular oceanfront mansions. Some, including The Breakers, built by the Vanderbilt family, are open for tours. For exterior views of the mansions and clifftop views of the Atlantic, stroll the famous Cliff Walk.
Bar Harbor, Maine, also has a history as a summer playground for the rich and famous, situated between scenic Frenchman Bay and the granite mountains of what is now Acadia National Park. It’s worth taking a hike, bike ride or drive up Cadillac Mountain for wonderful 360-degree views. In downtown Bar Harbor, visit the galleries and shops that promote the work of local artists. Or, sail on a lobster boat to learn how lobstermen capture the tasty seafood; you might also spot some harbor seals along the way.
Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, Canada, has the world’s second-largest natural harbor, so it’s a natural stop for cruise ships; plus, it’s a lively city with some historic gems. Pier 21, just steps from where most cruise ships dock, is an interesting museum of immigration: Halifax received 1.5 million immigrants from 1928 to 1971. Military history buffs will want to visit the Halifax Citadel, a fort that dates from 1749. Those interested in the sunken cruise ship Titanic can visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which has a large collection of Titanic memorabilia. Many of the survivors and victims of the sinking were brought to Halifax; some are buried at Fairview Lawn and Mount Olivet cemeteries.
New England/Canada cruises also visit ports like St. John, New Brunswick, on the Bay of Fundy; and charming Quebec City, Quebec, on the St. Lawrence River. To plan a summer or fall cruise of this beautiful region, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.