North American cruises boast unrivalled scenery and cities. An east-coast itinerary takes in Nova Scotia and Canada to Boston, Washington and the Big Apple all the way to Miami and the Caribbean while a transatlantic no-fly cruise from Southampton to New York is also extremely popular. Alternatively, head to Alaska or Hawaii for the best in nature while San Francisco, L.A, Las Vegas and Seattle offer amazing city stops. North America cruises boast fantastic bucket-list cruise and stay tours too, such as the Rocky Mountaineer railroad in Alaska and tours of the national monuments and parks of inland USA.
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With such a variety of options when it comes to cruising it’s easy to see why North America is the top cruise destination in the world. Boasting a wide range of cultures, cuisines, histories and landscapes to experience, taste and explore, as well as unmatched choice when it comes to choosing the best cruise line and package for your needs, North American cruises have it all.
As the region with the most cruise holiday options in the world, you’re sure to find a cruise line and ship perfect for your needs. Choose a small luxury yachting experience ideal for a romantic getaway or hop aboard one of the giants of the sea with amusements for all the family.
To get the full North American cruise experience on your cruise holiday, go for one of the cruise lines providing the laidback American style of cruising like NCL, RCL or Carnival. They’re great for families looking to have fun in the sun between going ashore, with plenty of entertainment for everyone such as waterparks, kids clubs and open dining times. Alternatively, if looking for classic, no-fly transatlantic cruises to America, you’ll find no one rivals Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 when it comes to luxury and tradition between Southampton and New York.
When it comes to the weather and terrain, North America is one of the most diverse areas on earth, from the rocky canyons of Texas to the sweeping coasts of Maine, everglades of the south and vast fjords and glaciers of Alaska. Most holiday makers visit during the height of summer due to the school holidays. At this time of the year the weather is best, although cruise fares tend to be higher and the cruises themselves busier.
If you'd like something a little quieter, we’d advise you to go either side of the crowd if you can- you’ll also find the heat a bit more pleasant in the south while the cold isn’t as biting to the north!
Whether you’re a culture vulture, nature lover or city slicker, North America has the perfect cruise destination for you- and there’s nothing stopping you seeing everything you want in one grand trip!
If you want to spend some more time exploring this continent, North America is top when it comes to cruise and stay packages. These are as varied as rail and sail adventures aboard the rocky mountaineer, escorted land tours of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon or family fun at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. If you’re just wanting to spend a few days in New York or Miami either side of your cruise, that’s fine too- we have a plethora of hotels and flight connections available from our tailor-made packages!
The laidback west coast of the old frontiers is ideal for those looking to mix having a wild time in iconic cities with getting back to nature in some of the world’s best national parks during their North American cruise. As well as classic west-coast cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco you’ll easily find many sailings going up to Seattle, Alaska and Canada or down to Mexico. In addition, many cruises along the western seaboard even cruise out into the Pacific to visit the idyllic islands of Hawaii.
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The land where the Pilgrim Fathers first landed and the nations of the United States and Canada were born, the east coast of North America is rich in history, natural beauty and iconic cities:
If you don’t like flying or simply have a passion for traditional ocean travel, transatlantic cruises to America direct from Southampton to New York are a good way to start your North American cruise. This is a particularly special experience onboard Cunard’s ships with a style of classic British cruising complete with elegant balls, afternoon teas and their celebrated White Star service.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for some fun in the sun in a more modern American style of cruising, head to Miami, the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America, on a fly cruise package.
A highlight of a cruise to the east coast is the wide options of cruise and stay packages available to make the most of your time at sea and ashore alike. With tours of the battlefield of Gettysburg, land tours through Amish Country or to Toronto and Niagara Falls, a land tour is perfect for culture vultures or those just wanting a hotel stay exploring New York either side of their cruise.
Thanks to the unique American Queen Steamboat Company, there’s more to a North American cruise than just the oceans. Onboard this iconic paddle steamer, there’s never been a more romantic way to see the delights of the south than a trip down the mighty Mississippi all the way to New Orleans for vibrant Cajun dishes and jazz late into the night.