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When you take a cruise on the east coast of the United States and Canada, you’re on your way to one of the most historic parts of North America. East Coast cruises that focus on this region take you to iconic cities, rugged coastal towns, and beautiful national parks.
East coast cruises that sail through New England and southeast Canada are some of the most well-known ones -- particularly in Autumn -- but if you want to explore beyond this region, you can also find east coast cruise itineraries that sail down the coast to popular cities like Charleston, South Carolina, and Key West, Florida. Many of our east coast cruises also visit Bermuda, and offer a double overnight while in port there.
In Florida, you’ll also find our embarkation home ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, which offer incredible Caribbean itineraries that conveniently depart right from the east coast of the United States.
The history and scenery you’ll encounter will have you marveling at all there is to learn and see when you cruise the Atlantic coast of Canada and the United States. Here are some of the top highlights to experience during your east coast cruise.
One of the most popular times to sail on an east coast cruise is during the autumn months when the northeast area of the U.S. and southeast region of Canada is awash in colorful fall foliage. See the trees brimmed in shades of vibrant red, orange, and yellow when sailing by the coast and while exploring the ports of call.
East coast cruises will take you to some of the most beautiful and historic cities in the United States and Canada. Some popular cities include Boston, Halifax, Portland, Quebec City, Newport, Rhode Island; and Charleston, South Carolina. During an island getaway to Bermuda, you can take a break from the beach to explore the historic colonial town of St. George.
One of the United State’s most beloved national parks can be seen on sailings that stop in Bar Harbor, Maine, a quaint little city that is the gateway to Acadia National Park. This park is situated on Mount Desert Island making for stunning coastal drives and forest views.
The eastern coastline of the United States and Canada is dotted with historic lighthouses, built to keep ships from striking rocky shores before the days of GPS navigation. Lighthouses you won’t want to miss are Castle Hill and Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport; Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, Maine; and Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
East Coast cruises will take you to a variety of scenery and destinations. During your sailing you will get to experience small town charm in Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island and big city living when you’re in the likes of Boston, Massachusetts and Charleston, South Carolina. When your ship moves north to Canada, you’ll visit picturesque islands like Prince Edward Island and multicultural metropolises such as Quebec City.
Spend your time in a big city or on a remote coastline while on east coast cruises thanks to our varied collection of shore excursions. No matter what type of experience you’re looking for while in port, we are sure to have an ideal fit, from guided tours to scenic drives to foodie fun.
East Coast cruises sometimes leave the shores of the Eastern United States and sail to beautiful Bermuda. Known for its pink sand beaches, world-class golf courses, and historic island towns, Bermuda is a great place to spend a day in – and more! All of our Bermuda sailings have two overnights giving you more time to explore.
Explore a city with an expert guide who will regale you with tales of the city’s past and present. Walk along the Freedom Trail in Boston or through the French-inspired buildings of Quebec City. Marvel at mansions from the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island or amble through the arts district in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A fun and scenic way to see those famous lighthouses and other sites during your sailing is on a coastal drive that takes you straight to them. Enjoy rugged coastline, panoramic viewpoints, lighthouses, and cultural stops like a visit to a working farm.
The east coast is famous for its signature dishes, especially its seafood. Don’t miss out on trying a lobster roll or local oysters; made even easier on shore excursions that take you to a lobster bake or oyster farm. In Canada, eat some of its famous poutine. And in Bermuda, try some Black Rum Cake or local fish stew.
Most places in Canada and the United States take credit cards, but if you want to be ready for whatever your day in port may offer you (or have cash tips handy for tour guides, cafes, etc.) be sure to have both Canadian Dollars and U.S. Dollars in your wallet.
East coast cruises that occur during shoulder season can be tricky to pack for since the weather is changing with the seasons and can vary from day to day and port to port. Therefore, clothing that can be easily layered is smart to pack. You’ll also probably want to bring a light rain jacket or poncho that can be easily folded and stowed away in a daypack.
If traveling during the summer months, know that east coast summers tend to be hot and humid so clothing made in light, breathable fabrics are ideal.
If your cruise is sailing from the east coast to Bermuda, be sure to pack a bathing suit and beach attire so you can lounge comfortably on Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches.
If visiting during fall foliage time, set your expectations accordingly as different ports will likely be at different peak leaf color times as you travel up and down the coast. Be sure to have that camera ready to catch all those gorgeous autumn colors!