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Cruise the New England Coast

The best time to visit New England is in the Fall when the trees change into their autumn colours

We offer a range of voyages along the New England coast and Canada's Nova Scotia and Quebec. There are options of hotel stays in New York and Canada extensions to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto plus Niagara Falls.

  • Statue of Liberty and the Staten Island ferry (Blue Water Holidays customer picture)
  • Acadia National Park (Blue Water Holidays customer picture)
  • Fresh Lobster at Bar Harbor (Blue Water Holidays customer picture)

About New England Cruises

Sailing into or out of New York past the Statue of Liberty is an exciting experience, usually leaving New York late afternoon or returning at daybreak depending on direction. A stay in New York gives time to see the major sights such as the Empire State Building, Liberty Island, Ground Zero, Central Park, and Times Square, plus shopping on Fifth Avenue and maybe a theatre on Broadway.

Newport in Rhode Island is a famous yachting centre, and home to fabulous mansions as the 1920's millionaires vied to build the biggest and best along the coast. The Breakers, built for the Vanderbilts, is one of those visited on shore excursions.

Along the coast is Boston, renowned for the infamous 'Tea Party' revolution and home to the Massachusetts state assembly. See the interesting port, historic buildings on the Freedom Trail, and Quincy Market shops - perhaps even the 'Cheers' TV pub.

Bar Harbor in Maine is a lobster fishing centre, with thousands of brightly coloured lobster pot buoys marking the entrance to the harbour. Enjoy a fresh lobster here, tour the interesting shops, and take a trip to Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain for scenic views and autumn foliage.

In Canada, Saint John in New Brunswick is noted for excursions to the Bay of Fundy, site of the world's highest tides.

Most call at Halifax and Sydney in Nova Scotia. Halifax is noted for its Citadel fortress, and has a superb museum about the Titanic and its disaster. Peggy's Cove lighthouse is a popular attraction. Sydney offers excursions to the Cape Breton highlands, and its folk museums reveal the Scottish heritage of the area.

After Nova Scotia the ship may turn west to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. Take an excursion to Anne of Green Gables house, or stroll the wood boarded buildings in town. Enjoy superb seafood at the amazing Water Prince Corner Store.

Along the St Lawrence river your ship reaches Quebec, with its fascinating blend of France and North America. Walk on the promenade overlooking the St Lawrence and marvel at the immense Chateau Frontenac hotel. Visit the Citadel and enjoy the bustling streets and cafes. Some continue to Montreal with its French-Canadian atmosphere.

Cruising the New England coast (Blue Water Holidays customer picture) Chateau Frontenac, Quebec and the St Lawrence River Get close to Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist

Cruise Collection

  • Canada and New England in the Fall

    10 Nights - New York to Quebec

    Princess Cruises Ship - Crown Princess Choice of Ships

    See New England in all its autumn glory and sail the St Lawrence River to Quebec on this superb 10-night holiday, visiting Newport on Rhode island, the resort town of Bar Harbor, and picturesque Prince Edward Island 2018 - Sep, Oct

    Canada and New England in the Fall Cruise Only
    From £1418pp
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  • New England Grandeur

    14 Nights - New York to Montreal

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Symphony Crystal Symphony

    Enjoy a 3-night pre-cruise hotel stay in the lively city of New York, before embarking luxurious Crystal Symphony for a 10-night all-inclusive cruise to New England and Canada in the fall, on this exclusive 14-night holiday with return flights from the UK 2018 - Sep
    Exclusive Blue Water package with 3-night New York stay!

    New England Grandeur Fly Cruise Package
    From £3759pp
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  • New England Vistas

    14 Nights - New York to Montreal

    Crystal Cruises Ship - Crystal Symphony Crystal Symphony

    Join luxury ship Crystal Symphony in New York to discover the colonial heritage of New England and the historic Canadian cities of Halifax, Quebec and Montreal 2018 - Aug

    New England Vistas Cruise Only
    From £3877pp
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  • Boston and New England Islands

    11 Nights - Boston to Providence

    American Cruise Lines Ship - American Star American Star

    Discover the nautical heritage and premier summer resorts of New England on this unique cruise and stay holiday including 7-night cruise, 3-night stay in Boston, return flights and transfers 2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    Boston and New England Islands Holiday Blue Water Package
    From £4295pp
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  • New England and Canada in the Fall

    11 Nights - New York to Montreal

    Silversea Ship - Silver Spirit Silver Spirit

    Experience the beautiful autumn colours and colonial heritage of New England, and visit the fascinating Canadian cities of Quebec and Montreal on this superb all-inclusive luxury cruise from New York to Montreal 2018 - Sep
    Pay in full by 31 Dec 2017 and save 10%!

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New England Highlights

Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland is a departure point for cruises to the Caribbean. In the lively Inner Harbour area are restaurants, promenades, the National Aquarium, one of the world's largest and featuring a multiple-storey shark tank, and the Lightship Chesapeake, a part of the Historic Ships Museum. Baltimore also has museums to its famous sons, Edgar Allen Poe and Babe Ruth. The cobbled street of Fells Point is popular with diners and shoppers looking for upmarket boutiques.

Bar Harbor

The attractive and wealthy town of Bar Harbor is situated on Mount Desert Island, a peaceful area of spectacular coastal, mountain and woodland scenery within Acadia National Park. Seafood restaurants are plentiful in this lobster fishing port, and there are a variety of shops and galleries. Boat trips are sometimes available from the town pier, sailing into the gulf of Maine to spot humpback and minke whales.

Bar Harbor (USA)

Boston

Boston is a key port for New England cruises. Dubbed the 'Cradle of Liberty' for its part in the American War of Independence, historic Boston can be explored by following the Freedom Trail to the Old State House, Old North Church and the cobbled streets of Beacon Hill, where the bar which featured in 'Cheers' can be found. The famous Filene's Basement department store on Washington Street is a favourite with shoppers.

Boston (USA)

Charlottetown

Charlottetown is a Victorian-era city on Prince Edward Island and is the county seat of Queen's County. Tours of the town can be taken by double-decker bus or horse-drawn trolley, which takes in the historic Prince Street area and its clapper-board houses. Visits may be offered to the homestead of Lucy Maud Montgomery which inspired her to write 'Anne of Green Gables'.

Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Gloucester

This fishing port in Massachusetts is a typical New England town, with good beaches and seafood restaurants, and a long-established artists' colony living and working in Rocky Neck on Smith Cove. Artists often give free demonstrations in their studios. Gloucester is also well-known for its antique shops, traditional Virginian buildings, the graves of George Washington's ancestors, whale watching and wildlife sanctuaries.

Halifax

Halifax was Canada's first British town, founded in 1749 and a gateway to Nova Scotia's rugged coastline and picturesque countryside. The coastline is famed for its string of well-preserved lighthouses, including the much-photographed example at Peggy's Cove. Halifax is overlooked by the citadel of Fort George, and has a boardwalk with restaurants, shops and museums.

Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport is an attractive town on a river of the same name, situated just inland from the coast of Maine. It has a long history of shipbuilding and seafaring, and the town has several mansions built by sea captains in the 18th and 19th-centuries. Two miles to the east is the fishing village of Cape Porpoise with fish restaurants, galleries, and the Goat Island Lighthouse, and Goose Rocks Beach is a scenic 3-mile stretch of sands with small islets offshore. George Bush has a summer home in Kennubunkport

Kennebunkport (USA)

New Brunswick

The chief port for the province of New Brunswick is Saint John, an attractive city which gives access to the famous Reversing River Rapids in the Bay of Fundy, and scenic forests, hills and coastline. St John has an Old City Market, built by shipwrights and topped with a roof in the shape of a ship's hull, and the 19th-century British Carleton Martello Tower. Tours can be taken by horse-drawn trolley, passing the old courthouse and King's Square, laid out in the shape of the Union Jack.

Newport

During the Golden Age, Newport was America's summer playground for the rich and famous who built 'cottages' here in the 19th and 20th centuries. The most well-known is Breakers, a 70-room Italianate house built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Downtown Newport has unusual shops, restaurants and colonial houses. Miles of scenic coastline are a haven for birdlife ' the Cliff Walk takes a route past Newport's mansions and rocky beaches. John F Kennedy was married in the town's St Mary's Church

Newport (USA)

Portland

The seacoast town of Portland is the hub of Maine's south coast. There is a pleasant restored waterfront with pubs, restaurants and galleries, and cobbled streets in the Old Port area. The Victorian mansion in the town centre is one of the best examples of Italian architecture in the country. Along the coast is Cape Elizabeth and the world's oldest permanently-operating lighthouse.

Portland (Maine, USA)

Quebec

The old city of Quebec is situated on the St Lawrence River and is dominated by the 19th-century hotel of Chateau Frontenac and its huge red brick and green-roofed tower. Tours by horse-drawn carriage take visitors to the charming Quartier Petit-Chaplain beside Old Port, and the cobbled streets and chic boutiques of the Lower Town. A spectacular funicular links the Lower and Upper Towns. Six miles outside Quebec are the Montmorency Falls, one and half times higher than Niagara and crossed by a suspension bridge.

Quebec (Canada)

Saint John

Saint John is the chief port of New Brunswick Province, an attractive city and gateway to untamed countryside and the scenic coastline of New England. The town has an Old City Market which is topped with a roof built in the shape of a ship's hull, and the 19th-century British Carleton Martello Tower. Horse-drawn trolley tours might include the Old Courthouse and Kings Square. In the Bay of Fundy are the famous Reversing River Rapids.

Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)

Sydney

Sydney is Canada's third-largest city, located on picturesque Cape Breton Island. It was founded in 1785 by British Loyalists and has a Scottish flavour ' the Highland Village at Hector's Point is a tribute to the Gaelic heritage of Nova Scotia. Nearby Baddeck is on the shore of Bras d'Or Lake and was once the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell. Other visits might include Fortress Louisbourg, which is a living museum where locals dress in period costume.

Toronto

Modern shopping malls, skyscrapers and restored 19th-century buildings make up Toronto, where the harbour area has been reclaimed from the old docks to create shops, restaurants and seating areas. Visitors can ascend the CN Tower, which offers a 360-degree view of the city. The key attraction is nearby Niagara Falls, trips by boat through the mist given off by the falling water, and the tunnels hewn out of the rock behind them.

Toronto (Canada)

Vancouver

The beauty of the natural landscape around Vancouver attracts visitors for skiing, hiking and fishing, and the port is a common call for cruises to Alaska and the Inside Passage. In the city there are good restaurants in the warehouse district of Yaletown, shopping opportunities in Robson Street and Granville Island, Chinatown and the restored Gastown district. One of Vancouver's most popular attractions is the Capilano Suspension Bridge above the Capilano Canyon, and the Treetop Walk.

Vancouver (Canada)