North America and Canada

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Explore the diversity of North America and Canada, including the old world charm of New England, the sunny hospitality of Florida and the south, and dynamic, exciting cities of San Franciso, New York and Los Angeles.

Cruising seasons vary across this large continent. Vancouver in western Canada and Seattle in western USA are summer hubs for Alaska cruises; San Francisco and Los Angeles have longer seasons.

Southern USA is dominated by Caribbean cruises from Miami, whilst up the east coast New York is a summer destination. Eastern Canada - Quebec, Montreal and the St Lawrence river - is particularly busy with autumn Fall cruises continuing down the New England coast.

North America Port Guide

Baltimore (Maryland, USA)
Baltimore, Maryland is a departure point for cruises to the Caribbean. In the lively Inner Harbour area are restaurants, promenades, the National Aquarium, one of the world's largest and featuring a multiple-storey shark tank, and the Lightship Chesapeake, a part of the Historic Ships Museum. Baltimore also has museums to its famous sons, Edgar Allen Poe and Babe Ruth. The cobbled street of Fells Point is popular with diners and shoppers looking for upmarket boutiques.
Bar Harbor (USA)
The attractive and wealthy town of Bar Harbor is situated on Mount Desert Island, a peaceful area of spectacular coastal, mountain and woodland scenery within Acadia National Park. Seafood restaurants are plentiful in this lobster fishing port, and there are a variety of shops and galleries. Boat trips are sometimes available from the town pier, sailing into the gulf of Maine to spot humpback and minke whales.
Boston (USA)
Boston is a key port for New England cruises. Dubbed the 'Cradle of Liberty' for its part in the American War of Independence, historic Boston can be explored by following the Freedom Trail to the Old State House, Old North Church and the cobbled streets of Beacon Hill, where the bar which featured in 'Cheers' can be found. The famous Filene's Basement department store on Washington Street is a favourite with shoppers.
Charleston (USA)
The downtown area of the attractive city of Charleston is a step back in time. Some of its plantation houses are open for visitors, including Boone Hall which is still active and producing peaches, pumpkins and strawberries, and the merchant's mansions of National Russell and Heywood-Washington House. Tours through the town can be taken by horse-drawn carriage. Across Ashley River is Mount Pleasant, an old village of colonial houses.
Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Charlottetown is a Victorian-era city on Prince Edward Island and is the county seat of Queen's County. Tours of the town can be taken by double-decker bus or horse-drawn trolley, which takes in the historic Prince Street area and its clapper-board houses. Visits may be offered to the homestead of Lucy Maud Montgomery which inspired her to write 'Anne of Green Gables'.
Corner Brook (Newfoundland, Canada)
Situated on the island of Newfoundland in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Corner Brook is a gateway to hiking trails and the scenic wilderness of Gros Morne National Park. The park is dominated by 2600-ft Gros Morne mountain, a part of the Long Range, and is a spectacular area of alpine plateau, fjords, glacial valleys, lakes, and waterfalls fed by snow-melt in the summer. The town is growing as a centre of the film industry, and is home to the Atlantic Studios Cooperative.
Detroit (USA)
Detroit is famous as a centre of the motor industry and the music of Motown. Situated on the Detroit River which connects Lakes Erie and Huron, the Downtown area has the markets, shops and restaurants of the International Riverfront, Greektown and the historic Eastern Market. Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village have an interesting collection of buildings and exhibits ' the Wright Brother's Bicycle shop, Abraham Lincoln's chair and Rosa Park's bus among them. Hitsville was the first Motown Records HQ, now the Motown Historical Museum.
Fort Lauderdale (USA)
Fort Lauderdale on the Florida coast is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, being a convenient departure point for cruises to the Caribbean. It is also a popular destination in its own right, having intricate waterways, wide sandy beaches and excellent shopping. Las Ollas Boulevard has chic boutiques and galleries, and Sawgrass Mills has hundreds of stores and restaurants.
Galveston (USA)
Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico is connected to the mainland by a bridge giving access to Houston and the state of Texas. The island has 32 miles of beaches, good restaurants, golf courses and Moody Gardens, which has an Aquarium and collections of endangered plants and animals. Galveston has invested heavily in preserving its historic buildings and maritime history ' open to the public are several important houses, including Samuel May Williams House with its traditional front porch, the Michael B Menard House and the Tall Ship Elissa.
Gloucester (Massachusetts, USA)
This fishing port in Massachusetts is a typical New England town, with good beaches and seafood restaurants, and a long-established artists' colony living and working in Rocky Neck on Smith Cove. Artists often give free demonstrations in their studios. Gloucester is also well-known for its antique shops, traditional Virginian buildings, the graves of George Washington's ancestors, whale watching and wildlife sanctuaries.
Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Halifax was Canada's first British town, founded in 1749 and a gateway to Nova Scotia's rugged coastline and picturesque countryside. The coastline is famed for its string of well-preserved lighthouses, including the much-photographed example at Peggy's Cove. Halifax is overlooked by the citadel of Fort George, and has a boardwalk with restaurants, shops and museums.
Hawaii (USA)
The state of Hawaii has eight main islands. 'Big Island' has a variety of dramatic scenery and tropical Hilo sits between the vast volcano of Mauna Lea and the ice-capped peak of Mauna Kea. Black sand beaches edge the west coast around Kona, and in the capital, Honolulu, is Iolani Palace, the seat of Hawaii's former monarchs. Besides the stunning 422-foot Akaka Falls, Hawaii's treasures include Waikiki Beach and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hilo (Hawaii, USA)
Hilo is on the east coast of Hawaii's Big Island, and its administrative centre. Green gardens and cascading waterfalls surround the bay and the city sits at the foot of Hawaii's three volcanoes. Hilo has a colourful Farmer's Market, art galleries and restaurants. Liliukalani Gardens is a 30-acre Japanese garden with red bridges, pagodas and a tea house and out of townis Wailuku River State Park, waterfalls and the famous pools of the Boiling Pots.
Honolulu (Hawaii)
Honolulu on Oahu island is Hawaii's state capital, surrounded by tropical rain forests and beaches. Waikiki beach is the island's main resort where surfing lessons are available along with restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, and the town is home to Iolani Palace, formerly the seat of Hawaiin royalty. There are stunning views of the coast from Pali Lookout on the slopes of the Koolau Mountains.
Jacksonville (Florida, USA)
Jaxport is the name given to one of Jacksonville's four cruise and port terminals situated on St John's River, just inland from the small town of Maryport. The port gives access to Gold Head Branch Park and the traditional homestead of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Jacksonville has miles of beaches, the Cummer Museum of Art and St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.
Kennebunkport (USA)
Kennebunkport is an attractive town on a river of the same name, situated just inland from the coast of Maine. It has a long history of shipbuilding and seafaring, and the town has several mansions built by sea captains in the 18th and 19th-centuries. Two miles to the east is the fishing village of Cape Porpoise with fish restaurants, galleries, and the Goat Island Lighthouse, and Goose Rocks Beach is a scenic 3-mile stretch of sands with small islets offshore. George Bush has a summer home in Kennubunkport
Kona (Hawaii, USA)
Kona is situated on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island, with a landscape of lava black- and green-sand beaches, coffee plantations, macadamia groves and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kona's Captain Cook Monument was erected in 1874 and is thought to mark the place of Cook's death in Kealakekua Bay. There is an interesting archaeological site at Pu'uhonua Honaunau, with village huts, temple platforms and fish ponds.
Lahaina (Hawaii)
Lahaina on Maui island was once Hawaii's state capital and a centre of the global whaling industry. It has superb beaches and an impressive mountain landscape, with quaint wooden-fronted shops and banyan trees in the town. Humpback whales can still be spotted off the coast and in the Whaler's Village Museum displays include examples of scrimshaw carvings. Visits may be offered to the dramatic, 3000-ft deep crater of Haleakala, where there is also an important astronomical observatory.
Los Angeles (USA)
San Pedro is the port for Los Angeles and its excellent restaurants, shopping opportunities and museums. Los Angeles is a huge, sprawling city and an important commercial, sporting and creative centre which includes the Hollywood Hills, Venice Beach and Bel Air. The chief sights are Rodeo Drive and its expensive shops, Sunset Strip which links Holllywood and Beverly Hills, the fantastical Watts Towers and the new Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry.
Memphis (USA)
Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee and known as the Blues City. It has many attractions including Elvis Presley’s Graceland with its infamous décor and the Peabody Memphis, a legendary hotel famous for its Peabody Ducks which march to and from the Grand Lobby. Other highlights include Sun Studio where Jonny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis recorded music and the National Civil Rights Museum housed in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated.
Miami (USA)
Miami is often called the Cruise Capital of the World. Greater Miami has a skyline of glass skyscrapers along Brickell Avenue and many luxurious boutiques, and across the river is the cosmopolitan Downtown area with historic shopping arcades and restaurants. South Beach is lined with Art Deco buildings, and Miami Springs was built in the style of a Mexican pueblo. Other places of interest include the vibrant area of Little Havana, the World Heritage Site of Everglades National Park an hours' drive away and the tropical reef of Biscayne National Park.
Montreal (Canada)
Montreal sits on the St Lawrence River, and combines the flavours of North America with the culture of France. Old Montreal has a strong caf' culture, interesting shops and the Jean-Talom Market in Little Italy. The grand City Hall can be found near the port, and early high-rise commercial buildings can be seen on the Place d'Armes. Montreal has many art galleries and museums, and the 19th-century Basilica of Notre Dame.
Nawiliwili (Hawaii, USA)
This is the principal port of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This tropical paradise is dotted with green valleys, rainforests and has fabulous beaches. The dramatic scenery includes the red-rocked Waimea Canyon, 3500-ft deep and 10 miles long, and many waterfalls and ocean cliffs. Backdrops for South Pacific and Jurassic Park were filmed around Nawiliwili.
New Brunswick (Canada)
The chief port for the province of New Brunswick is Saint John, an attractive city which gives access to the famous Reversing River Rapids in the Bay of Fundy, and scenic forests, hills and coastline. St John has an Old City Market, built by shipwrights and topped with a roof in the shape of a ship's hull, and the 19th-century British Carleton Martello Tower. Tours can be taken by horse-drawn trolley, passing the old courthouse and King's Square, laid out in the shape of the Union Jack.
New Orleans (USA)
With its atmospheric French Quarter, New Orleans, also known as the 'Big Easy', is situated on the Mississippi River. It's possible to explore this small city via the historic streetcars, taking in the French Quarter ' Royal Street for shops and the balconied Galliers House, the Jazz Historical Park and French Market. Pitot House is a typical Creole Plantation House on Moss Street, and paddlewheel steamboat trips can be taken from the harbour.
New York (USA)
New York City is a paradise for shoppers and home to the legendary stores of Bloomingdales, Bergdorf's and Macy's and a string of fashion houses on Madison Avenue. Landmarks not to miss are Times Square and its neon signage, Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Station where the popular Oyster Bar serves up 30 varieties.
Newport (USA)
During the Golden Age, Newport was America's summer playground for the rich and famous who built 'cottages' here in the 19th and 20th centuries. The most well-known is Breakers, a 70-room Italianate house built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Downtown Newport has unusual shops, restaurants and colonial houses. Miles of scenic coastline are a haven for birdlife ' the Cliff Walk takes a route past Newport's mansions and rocky beaches. John F Kennedy was married in the town's St Mary's Church
Philadelphia (USA)
Philadelphia is famous for the Liberty Bell, the symbol of American Independence which was rung at the reading of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. It's now kept outside its original home, Independence Hall where the Declaration was signed. One of Philadelphia's green spaces is Longwood Gardens, consisting of an Italian Water Garden, woodland and an arboretum. There are numerous museums, including the Franklin Institute, and the new Comcast Center, where there is an Interactive Technology Lab and a 2000sq ft HD Video Wall in the lobby.
Port Everglades (USA)
Port Everglades is a busy, man-made cruise terminus which is part of Fort Lauderdale, the Florida city of Hollywood and Dania Beach, and is situated 23 miles north of Miami. Despite its name, Port Everglades is not part of the Florida wetlands.
Portland (Maine, USA)
The seacoast town of Portland is the hub of Maine's south coast. There is a pleasant restored waterfront with pubs, restaurants and galleries, and cobbled streets in the Old Port area. The Victorian mansion in the town centre is one of the best examples of Italian architecture in the country. Along the coast is Cape Elizabeth and the world's oldest permanently-operating lighthouse.
Quebec (Canada)
The old city of Quebec is situated on the St Lawrence River and is dominated by the 19th-century hotel of Chateau Frontenac and its huge red brick and green-roofed tower. Tours by horse-drawn carriage take visitors to the charming Quartier Petit-Chaplain beside Old Port, and the cobbled streets and chic boutiques of the Lower Town. A spectacular funicular links the Lower and Upper Towns. Six miles outside Quebec are the Montmorency Falls, one and half times higher than Niagara and crossed by a suspension bridge.
Saguenay (Canada)
Saguenay is situated at the head of the scenic Saguenay Fjord, a glacial valley below the mountains of Valin. This area of Quebec is renowned for its natural beauty and the St Lawrence Marine Park, where rare blue whales and belugas are sometimes seen. Villages line the fjord, including L'Anse-Saint-Jean which has an historic covered bridge.
Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)
Saint John is the chief port of New Brunswick Province, an attractive city and gateway to untamed countryside and the scenic coastline of New England. The town has an Old City Market which is topped with a roof built in the shape of a ship's hull, and the 19th-century British Carleton Martello Tower. Horse-drawn trolley tours might include the Old Courthouse and Kings Square. In the Bay of Fundy are the famous Reversing River Rapids.
San Diego (USA)
San Diego in the south-west corner of California is close to the Mexican border. Balboa Park is a tranquil area of manicured gardens and Spanish colonial architecture, and the Timken Museum has works by Rembrandt and Rubens. Also worth a visit is the Air & Space Museum to see the Apollo 9 Command Module, the Aquatic Park which is home to a killer whale, and the picturesque seaside district of La Jolla, 15-minutes from central San Diego.
San Francisco (USA)
San Francisco is a compact city of several districts ' Chinatown, fashionable Nob Hill, Union Square for Macey's department store, bohemian Haight which was the birthplace of the Hippy Movement, and Fisherman's Wharf on the historic Streetcar Line. Pier 39 is the place to go for seafood restaurants and speciality shops, and the famous Cable Cars run up the steep streets between the wharf and Market Street. Trips may be offered to Alcatraz Island and the historic federal prison, or around the harbour below Golden Gate Bridge.
Savannah (Georgia, USA)
The graceful town of Savannah has strong roots in America's colonial past, which can be seen in the peaceful squares and fine houses of the Historic District. The Roundhouse Railroad Museum traces the history of railroad construction from the 1830s onwards, and Old Fort Jackson was the HQ for the Confederate Savannah River during the Civil War. East of Savannah is Tybee's Island, which has a scenic shoreline, an 18th-century lighthouse and birdlife attracted by its dunes, sub-tropical forests and salt marshes.
Seattle (USA)
Seattle has a magnificent setting beside Elliott Bay, with Lake Washington behind and the snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier in the distance. Seattle has a modern skyline of glass skyscrapers and the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair and topped with a restaurant and Observation Deck. Popular with visitors are the Pike Place Market and the Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center. Possible trips from Seattle are the San Juan Islands and 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls.
St John's (Newfoundland, Canada)
The historic port of St John's is the capital of Newfoundland island and the oldest city in Canada. The landscape of Newfoundland is very scenic, with ancient volcanoes, and icebergs which have calved from glaciers in Greenland. Cabot Tower can be seen at the mouth of the harbour on Signal Hill, and Witless Bay has an Ecological Reserve and a puffin colony.
Sydney (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Sydney is Canada's third-largest city, located on picturesque Cape Breton Island. It was founded in 1785 by British Loyalists and has a Scottish flavour ' the Highland Village at Hector's Point is a tribute to the Gaelic heritage of Nova Scotia. Nearby Baddeck is on the shore of Bras d'Or Lake and was once the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell. Other visits might include Fortress Louisbourg, which is a living museum where locals dress in period costume.
Tampa (Florida, USA)
This city on the Gulf Coast is conveniently placed for Florida's beach resorts, theme parks and Busch Gardens which has rollercoasters and a reconstruction of the Serengeti Plains. The revitalised old town of Ybor City which had a Spanish, Cuban and Italian population is now a state park and has outdoor restaurants and cigar-makers.
Toronto (Canada)
Modern shopping malls, skyscrapers and restored 19th-century buildings make up Toronto, where the harbour area has been reclaimed from the old docks to create shops, restaurants and seating areas. Visitors can ascend the CN Tower, which offers a 360-degree view of the city. The key attraction is nearby Niagara Falls, trips by boat through the mist given off by the falling water, and the tunnels hewn out of the rock behind them.
Vancouver (Canada)
The beauty of the natural landscape around Vancouver attracts visitors for skiing, hiking and fishing, and the port is a common call for cruises to Alaska and the Inside Passage. In the city there are good restaurants in the warehouse district of Yaletown, shopping opportunities in Robson Street and Granville Island, Chinatown and the restored Gastown district. One of Vancouver's most popular attractions is the Capilano Suspension Bridge above the Capilano Canyon, and the Treetop Walk.
Washington DC (USA)
The state of Washington is south of British Colombia on the Pacific Coast. Its landscape consists of snow-capped mountains, lakes and islands and Mount St Helen Volcanic Monument. The area is popular with nature lovers, winter sports enthusiasts and walkers. Its largest city and port is Seattle, backed by Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. Highlights are the Space Needle Observation Deck, Pike Place Market and the Seaport Maritime Heritage Center. The state of Washington may be visited en route to Alaska's Inside Passage.
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