North America & Alaska
North America & Alaska
North America has always been popular on the cruising circuit with the USA and Canada's vast East and West seaboard's to navigate, transatlantic voyages into New York City and the warmer climates of the West Coast, Hawaii and Florida, all offering up a great choice of cruise itineraries.
Eastern Seaboard: Whether you've booked a transatlantic journey or plan on heading North to explore the wild frontiers of Canada, or South to discover the fascinating history of Americas deep-south, New York is one of the most popular North America starting points for a cruise. Ports steeped in history are dotted all along the Eastern Seaboard and the autumn colours and long, light evenings of the late summer months make it a popular time to travel. Combining with a city break in Toronto, New York or Miami is a good idea or even an add-on to the stunning Niagra Falls.
Canada & Alaska: Canada has traditionally been a favourite destination amongst British travellers. Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec are diverse and historic destinations and most cities and attractions are easily reached from the sea. Cruises that voyage through the St Lawrence Seaway to Montreal and Quebec are particularlyexciting and many ships dock overnight so you can explore these interestijng cities.
There are few places on earth that match Alaska when it comes to wildlife and awe-inspiring landscape - gigantic glaciers, jagged mountain and a myraid of islands and inlets not to mention whales and bears and hundreds of species of birds. There is no better way to experience these natural wonders than from the deck of a cruise ship. Alaska is now a cruise destination that is very much in demand. Most itineraries involve a transit of the Inside Passage, just north of Vancouver with ports of call including the Alaskan capital Juneau as well as Skagway and Haines. Other itineraries head even further west from Seward out through the Bering Sea through the volcanic Pribilof Islands into the Russian Far East. The sea conditions in this most northern of regions dictate that the cruising season is rather short, with most itineraries oprating between June and September.
West Coast & Hawaii: Fantastic ports like San Francisco and Los Angeles are the most popular starting points for a Pacific cruise to Hawaii, particularly as they both have direct flights form the UK. Most cruise lines will cruise between these mainland ports and Hawaii with a couple of days at sea in each direction. The mild temperatures throughout the year make Hawaii a popoular year round cruise destination, although the long flight times make it one to save for when you have plenty of time on your hands.