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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.

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  • New England in the Fall

    Silversea Luxury
    Silver Shadow
    Portland Head Lighthouse 10 Nights Cruise Only from £4300pp Exclusive fly-cruise package price from £7300pp! New York, Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Saguenay, Quebec, Quebec City

    The beauty of New England is spectacular at any time of the year but Autumn, or Fall, is when it shines brightest. The air is crisp, the apples are ripe, and the leaves are most definitely the stars of the show.

  • Enchantment of Eastern Europe & Istanbul

    Emerald Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Budapest 12 Nights Cruise Only from £3733pp Budapest, Kalocsa, Osijek, Belgrade, Golubac – Donji Milanovac, Vidin, Rousse – Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanasi, Giurgiu – Bucharest, Bucharest - Istanbul
  • Maine Coast and Harbours

    American Cruise Lines
    Choice of Ships
    Bar Harbor lighthouse 7 Nights Cruise Only from £3815pp Portland (Maine), Bar Harbor, Castine - Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Boothbay Harbor, Bath, Portland
  • New England Islands

    American Cruise Lines
    American Star
    Martha's Vineyard 7 Nights Cruise Only from £3902pp Providence (Rhode Island), New Bedford (Massachusetts), Nantucket Island, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, Newport, Bristol (Rhode Island), Providence
  • Hudson River Fall Foliage

    American Cruise Lines
    Choice of Ships
    Troy Lock 7 Nights Cruise Only from £4142pp New York (USA), West Point, Kingston, Hyde Park, Troy / Albany, Catskill, Sleepy Hollow, New York
  • In The Path Of Cartier

    Quebec City 11 Nights Cruise Only from £4251pp Boston (USA), Bar Harbor, Saint-John (New Brunswick, Canada), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Sydney, Corner Brook (Newfoundland and Labrador), Havre-Saint-Pierre (Québec), Sept-Iles, Baie-Comeau, Saguenay, Quebec City, Montréal
  • Normandy & Gems of the Seine with Highlights of Paris

    Scenic Gem
    Seine Les Andelys 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4936pp Paris, Les Andelys, Rouen, Rouen > Honfleur, Honfleur > Caudebec-en-Caux, Vernon, Conflans > Paris
  • Eastern Seaboard Explorer

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Boston S 13 Nights Fly Cruise from £4990pp UK - Montreal, Quebec (Canada), Quebec City, Saguenay, Quebec, At Sea, Gaspé, Quebec, At Sea, Halifax, Nova Scotia, At Sea, Boston, Massachusetts (USA), New York, New York - UK
  • Colourful Coasts Of Canada

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Mariner
    Bar Harbor 11 Nights UK - Montréal (Canada), Quebec City, Saguenay, Sept-Iles, Sydney, Halifax, Saint-John, Bar Harbor (USA), Boston, Newport, New York - UK  

    Discover the colonial heritage of New England and the fascinating Canadian cities of Québec and Montreal on this luxury cruise from New York. Includes return flights from the UK and guided shore excursions

  • Boston and Cape Cod

    American Cruise Lines
    American Jazz
    Provincetown 7 Nights Boston, Massachusetts, Gloucester, Massachusetts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Falmouth, Massachusetts, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Provincetown, Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts  

    Discover the nautical heritage and famous summer resorts of New England on this 7-night cruise to the highlights of this spectacular historic coastline

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

New England Highlights


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)Bar Harbor (USA)


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)Boston (USA)


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)Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island, Canada)


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 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)Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)


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)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.


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)Newport (USA)


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)Portland (Maine, USA)


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)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)Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)


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.


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)Toronto (Canada)


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)Vancouver (Canada)