North America Cruises
Canada & New England cruises (East Coast) usually begin in Montreal, New York or Boston, and call on popular Canadian ports including Halifax and Quebec City. Experience rugged coastlines guarded by lighthouses, quaint villages and fishing boats bobbing in picturesque harbours.
Pacific Northwest cruises (West Coast) capture the rich pioneer history, Native American culture and splendid natural beauty. Some Pacific Northwest cruises venture inland via the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers. Other Pacific Northwest cruises sail coastal itineraries generally before or after the Alaska cruise season. These itineraries focus on the metropolitan cities of Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.
Why cruise North America?
The diversity of the towns and cities on North America and Canada’s East and West coasts mean that a cruise to North America can be whatever you want it to be. From the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, perhaps America’s most iconic city to the laid back Canadian welcome you can expect in places like Quebec or Montreal. In between you will find some of America’s most stunning national parks and the New England coastline is a joy to visit in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn. Head on over the West coast and you can explore the wonderful city of Seattle before heading north to Canadian treasures like Vancouver and Victoria on Vancouver Island. A cruise to North America and Canada throws up so many different options whether you love the outdoors or you’re more of a city lover.
North America Destinations
Choosing which side of North America to visit will be the first big decision you face. For many, the lure of New York is too good to pass up and with the bonus of trips to Boston and the New England coast, it’s easy to see why. For those looking for something a bit more rugged, the coastline of California, Oregon and Washington throw up some real gems before you cross the border into Canada. Some of the river cruises on the West coast are also spectacular. Here are just a few of the destinations you can visit along the way:
• New York • Boston • San Francisco • Seattle • Victoria • Vancouver • Los Angeles • Baltimore • Portland • St John • New Brunswick • Halifax • Quebec • Newport, Rhode Island • Montreal • Santa Barbara
Who's sailing to North America?
Each of the cruise lines operating on both coastlines of North America offer something a bit different from the luxurious Princess Cruise liners to the smaller American Cruise lines which will often take you into smaller ports which are not as accessible to the big liners. Whatever it is you’re looking for, from a relaxing time on deck to adventures on land, the variety of cruise lines operating on both coastlines will cater for your every need.
When is the best time of the year to go to North America?
Depending on which coast you choose to visit will depend on the best time of year to cruise.
The high season on the East Coast is typically September and October which is slightly unusual, however the fall in New England is one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world. A cruise up the East Coast from New York or Boston to Canada will ensure you capture the leaves as they turn colour and guarantee you some amazing photos to share when you get back. The weather around October time can however start to get a bit chilly, especially the further north you go so make sure you pack enough warm clothes. Low season tend to run from May to August and the summer weather makes this an excellent time to visit.
West CoastThe high season on the opposite coast tends to run to a similar schedule to Alaskan cruises with the main season running from March to November. There tends to be less demand in the warmest summer months of July and August which can be a good time to think about a cruise to avoid the crowds.
Find out more and book today
To choose your North American cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to North America. Happy cruising!