With the risk of shattering illusions that cruising should include palm trees, pristine beaches, and paradise, we are suggesting magnificent rugged coastline, vivid autumn foliage and amazing animal encounters found along the Eastern Seaboard for your next cruise. New England and Canada offer an array of distinctive destinations. Couple the itinerary with these three first-class ships, and soon you will be trading in your tropical time off for a cozy cruise in the North Atlantic.

Seabourn Quest: 11 Day Canadian Maritimes & New England

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Shades of crimson and gold transform the eastern coastline in the fall, while scents of wood burning fire from nearby villages fill the air. There is no better way to explore the Eastern Seaboard than on the stately Seabourn. Akin to a private club atmosphere, life on board Seabourn offers intimacy and personalized service that large liners often overlook. All oceanfront suites offer unsurpassed views and world-class dining delivers flavors to even the most distinguished epicures. From the moment you depart Montreal, experience the old-world charm present on so much of the journey, but especially the UNESCO City of Design. Discover the many facets of Montreal as you explore one of the most intact historical locations in the world. From there you will explore the French-Canadian countryside of Quebec, the Saguenay Fjord Park, red cliffs of Prince Edward Island and so much more before docking in Boston, Massachusetts.  Off-board activities are plentiful, with excursions for every interest, but we’d be amiss to overlook the many onboard amenities including the Spa & Wellness program in partnership with Dr. Andrew Weil and the exceptional musical productions.

Silversea Silver Wind New York to Montreal

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Discover the rich sophistication of the Northeast from the vibrant New York City, to the cobblestone streets of Boston and the splendor of Nova Scotia aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind. Designed for travelers desiring prestigious accommodations and white glove service, Silversea’s oceanview suites not only come appointed with a butler, but most have their own private veranda. Upon arrival, it is evident that your home away from home is not only lavish but offers the most upstanding service, as you are greeted with a flute of champagne and escorted to your suite.

Windstar Star Pride: Journeys of the North Atlantic Reykjavik to New York City

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Windstar lets travelers break free from the crowds and explore off the beaten path corners of the world, thanks to its smaller size. Intimate elegance resonates from the details of the accommodations; from leather headboards and Egyptian linens to the exquisite epicurean fare of the ship’s prestigious partnership with the James Beard Foundation. A foodie’s dream, imagine exceptional beverage pairings accompanying innovative cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. This incredible journey crosses the North Atlantic from Iceland to the shores of Northeast Canada and New England. See the dramatic landscape of the distant, northernmost ports of call, watch for whales in the Cape Cod Canal and enjoy a feast of fresh lobster in Bar Harbor. What lies beyond the horizon is no short of a spectacular once in a lifetime adventure.