Alaska and the Caribbean are top destinations for many who want a "quick" getaway - the standard 7-10 day escape. These regions are tops for cruises, and for good reason. Definitely fun, exciting, adventurous and relaxing destinations. But sometimes you may just want something different.
New England, Maine and the Canadian Maritimes
Cape Cod, Maine and Canada - much, much more than just the delicious and authentic lobster bakes! Whether sailing the islands off New England or along the coastline of Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the experience is all about discovering the picturesque towns, historic ports and beautiful scenery. The small ships take you into bays and ports where the big ships just can't get into. Stroll through the charming towns of Martha's Vineyard, Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor, visit the stunningly beautiful Acadia National Park and enjoy the scenery of the Bay of Fundy. Other itineraries take you up to Prince Edward Island, home of the Green Gables farmhouse of "Ann of Green Gables" fame, and to the Gulf of St. Lawrence where you can explore the beautiful remote islands of Iles de la Madeleine. The wonderful scenery, the lack of crowds, the charming towns - you just can't go wrong in this most idyllic area!
Did you know there are cruises that explore the entire Eastern coastline? There are! From Maine down to Florida, discover the inter-coastal waterways, islands, bays, rivers and canals. Explore historic towns and cities including Charleston, Savannah and Kitty Hawk (of Wright Brothers fame) or explore the Chesapeake Bay and take in a history lesson or two strolling through Colonial Williamsburg and Annapolis.
Day cruises are a perfect way to see small portions of the Great Lakes, but now you can set your sights on something longer. One to two week long cruises explore a far greater area, including four Great Lakes, beautiful Georgian Bay, the Erie Canal, the Hudson River and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Some routes have you exploring Cooperstown and taking a tour of West Point between Boston and Montreal. Other routes include the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay with travel between Chicago and Toronto and even up to Quebec.
Europe and Asia are usually top of mind when talking about river cruising, but US rivers offer spectacular experiences as well. Consider a trip on the Columbia and Snake Rivers out of Portland, Oregon or on the Upper Mississippi, Lower Mississippi, the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.
The Mississippi itineraries (and her tributaries) draw the largest passenger count of all the US rivers. Cruises are on modern, luxurious and spacious paddle-wheelers, and offer a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Itineraries range between 8 and 21 days.
Itineraries include small charming and historic towns like Paducah, Vicksburg and Natchez, and big cities like New Orleans, St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville or Memphis. Southern charm, historical sites, the world of Mark Twain and the region's music scene are just a few reasons these itineraries are so popular.
The beautiful coastal areas of the San Juan Islands and British Columbia are best explored on a small ship cruise or yacht. Kayak in sheltered bays, look for orcas and other wildlife, visit charming small towns like Friday Harbor, get introduced to local craft beers and other regional culinary delights, hike in pristine rainforests and area national parks. What an experience!
Do you have special interests? Think themes! Many sailings throughout the year have special themes, where the cruise lines add extra or special excursions, onboard entertainment and regional foods. There are themes for all types of interests: Culinary, including food, wine, beer, crab fest and lobster bakes, Fall Foliage, Christmas Market and Special interests including Mark Twain, music (country, blues and jazz), civil war and tulip festivals.
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