Canada / New England Cruises
Canada / New England Highlights
If you're looking to sail somewhere different – somewhere extraordinary – then you belong on a cruise to Canada and New England. Home to numerous centuries-old mansions, historical sites, and vineyards, Canada and New England offer travelers a one-of-a-kind experience. If you visit the region during the most popular seasons, you'll enjoy picturesque fall foliage and the opportunity to book whale-watching excursions.
Popular Canadian and New England cruise destinations include:
Bar Harbor, Maine: Located on Mt. Desert Island off the coast of Maine, Bar Harbor is home to the highest elevation along the U.S. Atlantic shoreline and features the Eastern Seaboard's only fjord.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: This small urban port is the liveliest location on historical Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Gloucester, Massachusetts: A scenic fishing village located off Cape Ann.
Halifax, Nova Scotia: The gateway to Canada's Atlantic coastline, Halifax is one of the most-visited ports of call on Canadian itineraries.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Located off Cape Cod, this Massachusetts island is one of America's most-recognized vacation destinations.
Montreal, Quebec: Canada's second-largest city is home to many attractions, from museums and universities to botanical gardens and its famed Old City.
Newport, Rhode Island: Known as "America's First Resort," Newport is internationally recognized for its yachting and tennis competitions.
Quebec City, Quebec: Filled with historic sites, the "old city" of Quebec is North America's only walled city.
Saint John, New Brunswick: Canada's first incorporated city has the largest number of covered bridges in North America.
St. John's, Newfoundland: Canada's oldest city, home to many historic sites and growing in popularity amongst younger, "trendier" cruisers.
Sydney, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia's second-largest city sports many must-see attractions, including the Bras d'Or Lakes and North America's largest historical reconstruction.
Canada / New England Activities & Attractions
Acadia National Park: Bar Harbor's main attraction. Activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and tours of the park. Sites within the park include Thunder Hole and Cadillac Mountain.
Bar Harbor Activities: Options include biking, canoeing, lobster fishing, nature cruises, art galleries, walking tours, and whale or seal watching.
Charlottetown Attractions: Highlights include Beaconsfield Historic House, Confederation Centre of the Arts, and Founders' Hall.
Darlings Islands: A short trip from Saint John. Home to the beautiful Enan Lane Gardens.
Downtown Newport: Attractions include the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Casino, the Museum of Yachting, Touro Synagogue, Trinity Church, Thames Street's shops/restaurants and the shops in Washington Square.
Gloucester Attractions: Highlights include Gloucester's famous Fisherman Statue, Hammond Castle, and several pre-revolutionary war structures.
Halifax Attractions: Highlights include the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax Citadel, Halifax Public Gardens, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Province House, Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory, and St. Paul's Church (Canada's oldest Protestant church).
Halifax Excursions: Tour the historic pubs of Halifax, take a trip to nearby villages like Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg, or go whale watching.
Lunenburg: Waterfront village near Halifax and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to beautiful beaches, campgrounds, and golf courses.
Montreal Attractions: Highlights include Basilique Notre-Dame-De-Montreal Cathedral, Biodome (Zoo & Environmental Museum), Botanical Garden, Hochelaga Native American Village, Insectarium, Montreal Casino, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Olympic Stadium, Parc du Mont-Royal (featuring horse-drawn carriage rides), and St. Joseph's Oratory.
Montreal Shopping: Visit shops along boulevard St-Laurent and rue Sherbrooke, or browse the Quartier Latin and Montreal’s world-famous underground city.
Newport Activities: Highlights include boating adventures, a stroll along the world-famous Cliff Walk, golfing on over 25 courses, kayaking, jet skiing, and mansion or vineyard tours.
Old Montreal: Highlights include Château de Ramezay, the Gothic Church of Notre Dame, Home Jacques-Cartier (a pedestrian mall), Place Jacques-Cartier, and St. Sulpice Seminary.
Peggy's Cove: A fishing village featuring an historic lighthouse. Located thirty minutes from Halifax.
Prince Edward Island Attractions: Highlights include Rainbow Valley Family Fun Park, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, and the Royal Atlantic Wax Museum.
Prince Edward Island Excursions: Options include biking along Confederation Trail, golfing, sea kayaking, and driving tours.
Prince Edward Island National Park: "Home" of the fictional Anne of Green Gables.
Quebec's Old City: Home to plenty of boutiques, galleries, museums, and sidewalk cafes. Attractions include Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, Chateau Frontenac Hotel, Maison Chevalier, Musee de la Civilisation, Musee d'Art Inuit Brousseau, Musee du Fort, Place-Royale, Quartier Petit-Champlain, rue de Tresor Alleyway, the shops along rue St. Jean, and Vieux Port.
Saint John Excursions: Options include bicycle tours, city tours, kayaking, and jet boat rides in Reversing Falls.
Saint John Shopping: Great shopping opportunities are available in Brunswick Square, Market Square, Saint John City Market (a farmer's market), and along King Street.
Saint John Sites: Attractions include Fort Howe, Loyalist House, the Old Country Courthouse, Reversing Falls, Saint John's Heritage Preservation Area, Loyalist Burial Grounds, and Trinity Royal Preservation Area.
Sillery Sites: A short drive from Quebec City. Highlights include Bois-de-Coulonge Park and Villa Bagetelle.
St. Anne-de-Beaupre: An historic Canadian cathedral located in Quebec.
St. John's Attractions: Highlights include Cabot Tower, Cape Spear Lighthouse, Salmonier Nature Park, Signal Hill National Historic Site, and the Water Street Shopping District.
St. John's Excursions: Options include bird watching, kayaking, and whale watching.
Sydney Sites: Attractions include the Alexander Graham Bell Museum (located just outside of Sydney), Cape Breton Highlands, and the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
The Citadelle: A city fortress in Quebec where you can view the changing of the guards and "beating the retreat" ceremonies.
Canada / New England Ports Of Call
Canada and New England cruises vary in length, lasting anywhere from four days to two weeks. Most itineraries depart from Northeastern cities, with Boston and New York City being the two largest and most popular departure ports.
Some cruise lines offer one-way Canadian cruises that visit more ports than a typical roundtrip cruise, allowing you to see more attractions and come ashore in the most popular port cities for longer periods of time. The most popular Canada and New England destinations include Martha's Vineyard, St. John's, Bar Harbor, Newport, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, Sydney, Quebec City, Saint John, Gloucester, and Halifax.
When To Visit Canada / New England
Fall cruises to Canada and New England are extremely popular because of the region's colorful autumn foliage. The "official" Canada and New England cruising season runs from May through late October. Shorter cruises (4 - 5 nights in length) tend to be offered during the summer months, while longer Canadian and New England cruises (up to 14 nights in length) are more frequently available during the fall.