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Cruising up the East Coast of North America

Updated on October 7, 2014

Cruises starting in New York City

There are many cruises that begin in New York City. This allows you to cruise up the east coast of North America and see citites places like Halifax, Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Providence, Rhode Island, Portland, Bar Harbor, and Quebec City.

Most major cruise lines service Canada from New York including: Disney Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cuard Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Oceana Cruises, and Carnival Cruise Lines. Like Alaska, cruises to Canada only happen during the months of May thru October.

First determine the ports you would like to visit and then determine which cruise line services the ports of call. You will probably need to make a compromise as each cruise line visits certain ports.

Starting in New York City gives you the option of staying for a week or two in the city prior to or after your cruise. Find hotels in New York City.

Cruising from New York City

The first thing you see when sailing out of New York City is the Statue of Liberty. How many people think of viewing it in that way? As you watch the New York skyline disappear in the distance, you start thinking about your different ports of call like Halifax, Quebec City, Boston, Rhode Island or Martha's Vineyard.

Depending on your iteraray you may be on the ship for about three days before stopping in your first port. How does it feel being on a ship? Well, a little unsettling. You definitely feel it lurching from side to side. The first thing you do is have a ship drill in which everyone young and old has to get out onto the ship deck and put on your lifejackets. Then you get to your room and it seems like your berth in your cabin is hardly able to contain you, but somehow you manage to have a good night's sleep without falling off the edge. Oh, and they put chocolates on your pillow. Yum.

The best thing about is a cruise is the wonderful camraderie. They have a cruise TV channel that broadcasts mini cruise programs all day about how you just have to pick up those amazing chocolate covered blueberries in Martha's Vineyard. Then there's the shows. We ended up seeing 42nd Street performed on the New York broadway and then by the Cruise ship Entertainers, (shame it wasn't the other way round but it was still quite good). Then there is the comedian who ends up using you in his skit for by making fun of your accent and the singer who is very unfashionably (for the British anyway) patriotic singing 'America, Land of the Free' on the last night but you have to say the spirit of togetherness everyone feels on the ship is relatively cool.

Visiting the midnight chocolate buffet, often, doesn't do much for your waistline. But the problem with the ship is that sometimes all there is to do is eat. And boy do the Americans like to eat! Some were so fat they had to be in wheelchairs and they still stuffed all the cookies available in their mouths. If you're looking for something more like exercise we didn't find it - the gym was pokey and there was a mock golf hitting range with a ball and a net.

Seeing the sights of the stops were fantastic but sometimes you do get tired of being stuck on the ship. If you get sick you have to see the ship's doctor and you don't know who you're dealing with. Then you can get irritated about the lack of space on board. Spending a lot of money on the casino sometimes isn't an option and spending time at the Internet Cafe might be all you have to do.

New York to Canada Cruise Destinations

Cruises Starting in New York:
New York City, New York

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Boston, Massachusettes:
Boston, MA

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Quebec City:
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Halifax, Nova Scotia:
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Portland, Maine:
Portland, Maine

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Bar Harbor, Maine:
Bar Harbor, Maine

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island:
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is fun especially if you have never been to Canada before. It is known for its Scottish influences, fresh air, beautiful parks and for being the resting place of many victims of the Titanic sinking. The city is also host to a number of Titanic artifacts on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Halifax Coast

Halifax Coast
Halifax Coast

Boston, Massachusettes

Boston is a charming place to visit because of its cafe culture, sophisticated brownstone-lined streets and its picturesque beauty in the Fall/Autumn time.



Martha's Vineyard, Massachusettes

Martha's Vineyard is a small Summer colony where quaint shops and pretty cottages are set against lighthouses and stunning beaches.

Newport, Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest US state but contains a significant amount of the country's historic landmarks. Newport for example is visited by many tourists who wish to see the famous Gilded Age mansions.

Mansion Garden in Newport

Mansion Garden in Newport
Mansion Garden in Newport

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    • SportsPHAN profile image


      5 years ago

      Yay Boston! Yay Martha's Vineyard! I've gone every summer since I was a little kid. Menemsha Beach was my personal favorite when I was doing research for my top Massachusetts Beaches lens.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I like your take on the cruise experience. I took my first last April around Panama. The only thing I did not like was I had to pay for every minute I spent on Squidoo. No free Internet. If you are a web junky a cruise is not for you.

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      7 years ago

      Martha's Vineyard is a place I have always wanted to see. Maybe I will take this cruise some day and see it.

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      stuhaynes lm 

      7 years ago

      It's something I'd really love to do...

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      8 years ago

      Interesting...(I've never been on a cruise) thanks for sharing...and thanks for visiting my Steampunk Jewelry lens...I appreciate it!

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      8 years ago

      I have never been on a cruise.

      I do not like to be on water.

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      8 years ago

      Yes, I have been on a cruise twice once to The Bahamas and once to Mexico. Good information for those who are thinking about taking a cruise.

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      8 years ago

      i'll love to go on a cruise trip one day....nice lens


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