New England Coastal Cruises
New England Coastal Cruises
New England Coastal Cruises are becoming very popular as baby boomer travelers become aware of their existence.
Because of the Jones Act, the well-known ocean cruise brands are not allowed to sail from American port to American port. They must have an international port in their itineraries.
This is why you typically will see a New England ocean cruise hop up to Canada in order to get an international port in the itinerary.
However, American-owned cruise brands can offer a New England Coastal Cruise that sails from American port to American port.
If you click on the map above, this is an example of American Cruise Lines’ 11-day Grand New England Cruise itinerary.
The itinerary starts and ends in Boston. However, the exciting part is that you will have the opportunity to visit small New England ports that you will never get to call on with the bigger ships.
Furthermore, because you are sailing in U.S. coastal waters, you will enjoy less sailing time and more time visiting ports. I like that. 🙂
Five New England Cruise Itineraries Available
Our friends at American Cruise Lines have four coastal cruises and one river cruise available to explore the northeastern U.S.:
- Grand New England Cruise – 11-days Boston to Boston
- New England Islands Cruise – 8-days Providence to Providence
- Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise – 8-days Portland to Portland
- The Cape Codder Cruise – 8-days Boston to Boston
- Hudson River Cruises – 8-days on the Hudson River NYC to NYC.
Carol and I absolutely love the charm and beauty of New England.
In fact, I’ve got my eye on the Grand New England Cruise and one of the Hudson River Cruises. Don’t be surprised to see us sailing these in the near future.
Best Time of Year for a New England Coastal Cruise
Without question, the most popular time for these cruises is during the fall color season.
However, if the fall doesn’t work for your calendar, perhaps a summer cruise might be to your liking. While a busy time of the year, you are certain to be able to take advantage of the many festivals all up and down the coast.
To help you understand the climate in this region, here is a chart that shows the temperatures for the most northern city: Bar Harbor, Maine.
How to Book a Cruise with American Cruise Lines
Of course, you can book this cruise directly with the cruise line.
However, the price is the same booking with us as it is booking direct.
With that being the case, why not take advantage of our relationship with American Cruise Lines and let us do all the work.
Like we say, “We do the work. You have the fun!”
Free Perk When You Book With Us
Furthermore, as a perk for booking with us, we will throw in $100 that you can use towards an optional shore excursion.
Here is a fun example of one you might choose:
Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise:
Board the Lively Lady for a cruise of Camden Harbor. Watch a live lobster fishing demonstration presented by Captain Dominic during which you may see lobsters, baby lobsters, starfish, sea urchins, crabs, mussels, and an occasional surprise from the deep. Along your journey, view Curtis Island lighthouse, traditional sailing vessels, Maine’s scenic coastline, and seaside mansions only visible from the water. In addition to seagulls and cormorants, you may also see harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, osprey, and guillemots (a cousin to the puffin.
For more information or to book an American Cruise Line cruise, please call Roaming Boomers Travel Services at (480) 550-1235 or use our convenient online information request (click here), and we’ll reach out to you.
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