Fall in love with New England's enchanting foliage, historic landmarks and small-town culture.
New England's quintessential charm lines its streets — literally. Each of the six states that comprise the region is unique, but New England's shared history can be felt in both its small towns and its bustling cities. Cruise to New England and wind your way through cobblestone streets dotted with antique lampposts and colonial homes. Take a trip to Maine and hike your way through Acadia National Park, known for its stunning granite cliffs and rocky beaches along the Atlantic coastline. Then make your way further south to the old seaside town of Portland, a haven for artists, foodies and water lovers alike. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston to learn about the American Revolution in the very places it began.
Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the cities where America got her start.
Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, and it has the historical landmarks to prove it. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile walk filled with all of the rich New England history that you read about in books. You'll see the meetinghouses, churches and burial grounds that were integral parts of forming the United States.
Bring a bag of peanuts to a baseball game at Boston's famed Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox since 1912. The Fenway Park is one of the main attractions in Boston. If you're more of an art enthusiast than a sports fan, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are both nearby.
Delight your eyes and taste buds by enjoying tea and popovers at the Jordan Pond House, which overlooks the mountains of Maine and Jordan Pond itself. Portland, Maine, has a reputation among foodies — it's known for the indulgent sweets at Holy Donut, the locally made Gelato Fiasco and the delectable shellfish at The Shop. If you go to Boston, the North End is a Little Italy of pasta, pastries and cafes.
Experience the wilder side of New England in its less tame but still exquisite north.
You can't miss taking in the sights of Acadia National Park in Maine during your vacation. Known as the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast, it's no wonder 3.3 million people visit every year. Hike to the peak of Cadillac Mountain — the first place in the U.S. to see the sunrise between October and March — then feel the rush of ocean waves down in Thunder Hole. Finish the day with a relaxing sun soak on Sand Beach.
Portland, Maine, is the quintessential New England town, surrounded by miles of coastline and idyllic lighthouses. Visit the coastal shops and restaurants along Commercial and Exchange Streets. You'll find artsy spots like Asia West and Sea Bags Maine filled with keepsakes and sundries. If you have the chance, head to the picturesque Portland Head Light, a lighthouse just a 15-minute drive away in Cape Elizabeth.
The north of New England, at the tail end or beginning of your adventure, you'll find Old Quebec, a 400-year-old town that oozes European romance. Take a walking tour of this UNESCO world heritage site, making sure to take in views of the Citadel, the St. Lawrence River and the Chateau Frontenac (reputed to be the most photographed hotel in the world).
Autumn is one of the best times to visit New England, with comfortable temperatures, crisp air and colorful fall foliage.
Most New England cruises start, stop or finish in Canada, so make sure you have both Canadian and U.S. currency on hand.
Depending on the season during your New England cruise, you'll need different clothes and footwear. Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as many New England ports are best experienced on foot. Packing layers is a good idea when visiting the region too. In the summer months, the weather can cool down at night so it's always best to have a sweater or light jacket on hand!
Take advantage of New England's coastal locales by diving into some lobster rolls, oysters and clam chowder. Once you've had your fill of raw delicacies, indulge in the many fried options that the area has to offer, from donuts and cannolis to plentiful French fries.