Canada, New England, and New York Cruise Information
About Canada, New England, NY cruises
When considering the best time of year to go on a cruise to Canada, mid-May to late-June can be ideal, as temperatures have not yet reached their highest and Spring is in full bloom. Canadian and New England autumns are also spectacular in September and October, while winter tourists will find December and January to be the best time to enjoy consistent snow.
New York remains a popular tourist attraction year-round but may be at its best during the holiday period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. The the summer months, when many of the local residents go on vacation, is also popular.
July and August are peak tourism periods in Canada, but the Christmas period is also a busy time and there is an upsurge in tourism during the February school vacations. In New England, the colorful autumn leaves bring thousands of tourists from mid-September to late October.
For Canada cruises, the most expensive time of year is the summer period, particularly from mid-July to mid-August. The holiday period in December and January also sees prices rise, while the cheapest times to visit Canada are January, May, June, September, and October.
New England tourists have to contend with the highest prices during the autumn and winter months, but prices fall during the January to March.
For visitors to New York, the most expensive months are undoubtedly during the Thanksgiving to Christmas period, when shows and restaurants are booked out and the shops are packed. Prices can also rise during the summer months. The cheapest time to visit the Big Apple is during January and February.
The most important ports in this region are those of New York; Boston, Portland and Bar Harbor in Maine, and the Canadian ports of Halifax, St John, and Quebec City. Millions of people travel to Canada each year to enjoy the beautiful winter conditions, but the summer months also have a lot to offer for nature lovers.
The vibrant cities of the region draw tourists from all over the world to Boston’s unique atmosphere, New York’s vibrant culture and Francophone Quebec City each offering their own blends of language, music, food, and history.
There are also no end of popular shore excursions available in New York, including trips to famous department stores such as Macy’s, guided walks around famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Central Park and a sightseeing trip on a New York ferry.
During the Canadian stretch of a cruise through the north-east, highlights can include trips to Quebec City’s Old City, with its distinctive, beautiful architecture and Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia, famous for its lighthouse. Boston gives visitors the chance to go whale watching and to wander around the historic city harbor.
Royal Caribbean Cruises offer a range of Canada, New York and New England cruises that begin in New York and take in several New England and Canadian stops. Holland America Line also offer a selection of cruises from Boston, including a fourteen-night New England and Canada discovery cruise that calls at Bar Harbor, Halifax and Quebec on the Maasdam and Veendam.