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Top 5 New England Cruises

Cruise Your Way Through New England and Canada

Cruises are one of the best ways to travel. They combine a slow pace with intimate exploration so you can visit multiple places and experience the best of a region. New England is beautiful year-round, whether dusted in snow during winter or in fall when the spectacular copper and red leaves put on a display in the forests. Whether you prefer smaller, more private vessels or large cruise liners, and no matter whether you’re enjoying a short week away or a two-week odyssey, there’s the perfect New England cruise out there for you.

1. Holland America 11-Day Newfoundland & New England Discovery

This is one of the best cruises out there for seeing both Canada and New England. It's a short but packed adventure. Holland America doesn’t hold back on the places you’ll get to see on this cruise, which sets off in August in perfect time for the fall foliage to start peeking out. Travelling between Boston and Montreal, the cruise takes in a huge seven different ports on its itinerary including Novia Scotia, Halifax, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

You’ll sail on their beautiful Volendam ship, which has stunning, spacious staterooms, an outdoor pool and multiple onboard dining options. You won’t find much in the way of kids' clubs and parties; instead, lectures, theatre shows and sit-down banquets are perfect for older passengers or those with accessibility issues.

2. Norwegian 7-Night Canada & New England: Newport & Portland Cruise

If you only have seven days to spare, Norwegian has you covered on this cruise. It allows you to explore five stellar areas, which include Rhode Island, St. John's, Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. This is just one of many New England cruises Norwegian has coming up, so you can pick one that fits exactly what you’re searching for.

They generally depart from Boston, New York or Baltimore, and their gorgeous Breakaway ship packs in plenty of things to see and do for days at sea. Catering to both adults and children, there’s a spa, shopping, a comedy club and a waterslide. All of this while getting to explore incredible sights like Fort Howe Lookout in New Brunswick and The Citadel in Halifax.

3. Regent Cruises: Fall Foliage Boston to Montréal

Another cruise that embarks in Boston, Regent’s New England cruise is focused on seeing the region’s spectacular fall colors. You’ll get to explore big cities on the packed itinerary while also seeing breathtaking nature in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

The journey takes place on their mid-sized Seven Seas Grandeur and has the perk of being completely all-inclusive. Generally, Regent includes airfares, dining and unlimited shore excursions making this a cruise to splash out on if you want the ultimate luxury New England cruising experience. The onboard suites are lavish, and you can also enjoy boutiques, a spa, multiple dining options and plenty of refined entertainment while at sea.

The cruise is 11 nights, making it perfect for an amazing two-week escape to explore the region.

4. Carnival 7-Night Canada & New England

If you only have one week to spare you might be worried that there isn’t a cruise that can show you the best of New England in such a short space of time, but think again. Carnival’s epic 7-night cruise sets sail from New York and heads straight for the picturesque shores of Halifax before continuing to Sydney and St. John's.

Onboard, your two days at sea will allow you to enjoy the multiple Italian restaurants and bars on their Italy-themed ship Venezia, which also has a theatre, waterpark and spa. On the trip, shore excursions such as lake tours, tasting sessions and city walks are at your fingertips to truly make the most of your New England vacation.

5. MSC Cruises 14-Night Bermuda, Canada & New England

Looking for the big one? The cruise to top all cruises? MSC’s jaw-dropping two-week cruise covering Bermuda, Canada and New England crams in so much to see and do. You’ll get the privilege of exploring the best of everywhere, from Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax, to Newport and Boston. Before heading to the brisker temperatures of New England, you’ll also get to relax in the sunshine for three days in Bermuda to start off your trip.

Their amazing ship, the MSC Meraviglia has world-class restaurants, a swimming pool aquapark, boutiques, a Technogym and a range of drinking and entertainment options, not to mention the grand staterooms where you can admire the changing fall colors from your private balcony.