One of the oldest regions in the United States and undoubtedly one of its most spectacular, New England is as famous for its scenery as it is for its warm hospitality and unique local cuisine. From big cities like Boston to the smallest of Rhode Island villages, there are plenty of picture-postcard views, charming cobblestone streets and New England comfort foods to keep everyone happy.
Check out a New England cruise today and prepare to explore one of North America’s most fascinating regions.
Situated in the northeastern corner of the United States, New England is bordered by Canada to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the state of New York to the west and Long Island Sound to the south.
Perhaps best known for its fiery-coloured autumn leaves, the region’s geography is immensely diverse and consists of rivers and lakes, striking mountain ranges, rural farmland, jagged coastlines, and sandy beaches. Wild moose, dolphins, whales and thousands of bird species can also be spotted throughout the region.
One of the oldest settlements in the United States, New England also boasts an impressive colonial history and plenty of historical sites. First settled by English pilgrims in the early 1600s, today New Englanders are renowned for their independent outlook and distinctive local culture.
- Currency - U.S. Dollar (USD)
- Population - Approx. 14.44 million
- Time Zones - MTZ (UTC -07:00)
Did you know..?
New England is home to some distinctive local tastes, with a particular preference for clam chowder and lobster dishes, owing to its abundant Atlantic coastline.
Who goes there?
Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O International, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean Line are the main lines incorporating New England destinations into their itineraries.
Luxury lines and smaller ships such as Crystal Cruises, Compagnie Du Ponant, Fred Olsen, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silver Seas also offer cruise itineraries throughout the year.
Best time to go?
New England’s main cruising season falls between the months of June and October, with most departures occurring in September to coincide with the start of autumn, when the New England foliage transforms into its distinctive red, yellow and orange hues. With temperatures averaging around 26 degrees Celsius, it’s also perhaps the most comfortable time of year for cruising.
There are plenty of highlights when it comes to a New England cruise, including some maritime-themed delights.
- Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay, Newbury Street offers a diverse array of trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes and galleries
- Newport is a famous seaside city on Rhode Island, renowned for its grand colonial buildings and casual summer vibe
- A mouth-watering lobster lunch is high on the agenda for many visitors on a stop at the busy port city of Portland in Maine.