Canada & New England Cruises from New York City

Your journey to Canada and New England’s striking and vast landscape begins in New York City. A view of the Big Apple’s key landmarks quickly transitions to the changing leaves of New England – you’ll notice vibrant reds and yellows as you travel up the coast – and once in port, you’ll discover the Northeast region’s historical aspects, be it forts from the Revolutionary War or long-standing French and English influences in Canada.

Come fall, the foliage attracts many to this itinerary, and New York City lets you into a range of traveling choices.

Cruise Lines

Find contemporary cruise lines a dependable choice with something for the whole family? Want to spend your time traveling in luxury? New York City’s two ports – one in Manhattan and a second in Brooklyn – present one of the largest selections:

• Carnival Cruise Line
• Norwegian Cruise Line
• Silversea
• Princess Cruises
• Cunard
• Holland America
• Crystal Cruises

On board, your trip lasts anywhere from four nights – a family-friendly option – to more than 50 days at sea – perfect for the explorer looking to see the Northeast, Canada, and even the Caribbean in a single trip. Most present several round-trip and one-way itineraries that take you through New England and around Canada’s St. Lawrence River.


St. John: This entryway to Canada’s New Brunswick province further opens up the country’s history. What many don’t realize is, St. John is Canada’s first incorporated city, and its history dates back to the Native Americans. Because of a fire, however, much of the town has a Victorian character, but what many come to see is not the architecture but, rather, the river, known for its high-rising tides and reversing rapids.

Portland: The gateway to Maine also serves as an introduction to New England culture, from lighthouses and centuries-old forts dotting the landscape to a vibrant waterfront area to its delicious lobster dishes found in the city’s restaurants.

Halifax: No cruise is complete without a stop in Nova Scotia’s capital city. Excursions range from the historical – the city’s role in the Titanic rescue is especially significant – to modern cultural attractions at the colleges and along the waterfront. Not to mention, the surrounding scenery is particularly picturesque and a must-visit for any outdoors enthusiast.

Prince Edward Island: Pop culture entombed this small Canadian province with L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. As such, attractions tend to highlight the series’ landmarks and landscapes, but if you’re looking for something else, Charlottetown, where ships typically stop, has strong Irish and Scottish influences and plenty of seafood restaurants.

Bar Harbor: Attractions center around Acadia National Park. While not especially large, it leaves an impression on travelers with its craggy seascape, which you’ll get to visit through 125 miles of trails.

Saguenay: Experience the world’s fourth-largest fjord, an area measuring 60 miles long, one mile wide, and 1,150 feet tall. As Saguenay’s prime attraction, this and the surrounding parkland can be explored by kayak, helicopter, and even by foot.

Gaspe: This port – in fact, a string of 17 coastal villages along a peninsula – is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. Forillon National Park and the stop made along Jacques Cartier’s exploration offer opportunities for hiking, visiting rock formations, and seeing North America’s largest bird sanctuary.

Quebec City: French and English cultural facets merge in this city along the St. Lawrence. While it’s known for the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City’s known as one of Canada’s most walk-able destinations, so spend time traveling by foot to see its historical, architectural, and cultural attractions.

Montreal: Canada’s second-largest city stands out for one major reason – the strong French influence around town. You’ll see it from the street signs to the restaurants, and while it reflects Quebecois culture, Montreal, in recent years, has turned into a cultural melting pot, home to multiple immigrant populations.

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