Enchanting New England Cruising, Perfected

The islands and harbors of New England and Maine are among the most desired summer vacation retreats. From the quaint island villages of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, to the rugged beauty of the Maine coast, we have created captivating small ship New England cruise itineraries for the most discerning traveler.  Enjoy an authentic Maine lobster bake, indulge in the area's rich maritime history, or be led by our local expert guides to alluring destinations such as Newport's "Avenue of the Mansions," or the scenic mountain tops of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. New England's historic towns and rocky beaches are beautiful both in the summer and the fall. Treat yourself to a breathtaking fall foliage cruise round-trip from New York City and experience the colorful and quaint Hudson River cruise.

Maine Coast & Harbors Cruise

Portland, ME to Portland, ME

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$5,145
$4,645
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Aboard our modern coastal ship, explore Maine on this unique Portland round-trip journey. Highlights include a traditional Lobsterbake, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, as well as the botanical gardens of Boothbay Harbor.
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New England Explorer Cruise

Boston, MA to Boston, MA

12 Days / 11 Nights
From
$7,350
$6,750
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On this cruise out of Boston, discover the rich maritime heritage of New England. Explore the magnificent Newport mansions, learn about Gloucester's fishing history, and relax in picturesque Martha's Vineyard.
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New England Islands Cruise

Providence, RI to Providence, RI

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$5,455
$4,955
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Go island hopping and experience the personalized adventure that American Cruise Lines offers, both on board and ashore. Discover charming Nantucket and beautiful Block Island, and admire the scenic coves and bluffs while you cruise Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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Cape Codder Cruise

Boston, MA to Boston, MA

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$6,640
$6,140
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"The Cape Codder", explores the charming villages and cottages that adorn the quaint ports featured along this itinerary. In addition to our classic stops, guests will also visit the Mass Maritime Academy, Newport, RI, and New Bedford, MA.
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Downeast Maine Cruise

Bangor, ME to Bangor, ME

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$6,995
$6,395
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Featuring breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and delicious, fresh seafood, this 8-day adventure through Maine is the perfect summer getaway. Discover scenic harbors, explore national parks, and immerse yourself in the region’s maritime history.
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Yankee Seaports Cruise

Boston, MA to New York, NY

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$5,145
$4,645
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Aboard a brand new Coastal Cat, explore the best seaport towns between the vibrant cities of Boston and New York. Immerse yourself in American history in Plymouth and New London. Discover the rich maritime history of Mystic, Sag Harbor and Port Jefferson.
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Grand New England Cruise

Boston, MA to Boston, MA

16 Days / 15 Nights
From
$11,820
$10,820
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On this epic journey, travel along the picturesque waterways of New England that tell the story of American history, from the Mayflower’s landing to the Boston Tea Party. A centuries-old shipbuilding tradition lives on here in shipyards along the shoreline and schooners that adorn the harbors.
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Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise

New York, NY to New York, NY

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$5,760
$5,260
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On this round-trip Hudson River cruise journey from NYC, experience all the autumn beauty of New York, including the state's capital, Albany, and the Catskill Mountains. Learn more about our spectacular fall foliage NYC cruises.
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New England Fall Foliage Cruise

Portland, ME to New York, NY

15 Days / 14 Nights
From
$10,835
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On this brand new 15-day journey from Portland to New York, experience the best destinations in New England, including Bar Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, and New York, NY. Savor the freshest seafood in the region and take part in a traditional Lobsterbake.
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Hudson River Summer Classic Cruise

New York, NY to New York, NY

8 Days / 7 Nights
From
$6,640
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On this round-trip Hudson River cruise journey from NYC, enjoy the warm temperatures, verdant landscapes, and fewer crowds along the Hudson River Valley during the summer season.
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Featured Ports

Martha's Vineyard, MA

New York, NY

Bar Harbor, ME

Portland, ME

New England Cruises FAQ

What do I wear on a New England cruise?

The best strategy for packing for your New England cruise is layers, no matter what the season, so you can be prepared for a sudden change in weather. New England weather has a reputation for being unpredictable. There’s an old saying, "Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes." Heavier layers are needed for spring and fall cruises which are generally in the mid-60s throughout the day and can be quite chilly in the early morning and into the evening, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Be sure to bring layers that you can shed as the day warms up, perhaps a few light sweaters and a waterproof windbreaker for taking in the beautiful New England coastal views from the sun deck.

For cruises between late June and early September, temperatures are generally in the 70s and 80s, varying slightly depending on where you are along the coast. In the summer, you can pack lighter clothing but don’t forget at least one pair of long pants and a jacket or sweater to be prepared for cooler weather.

With all cruise seasons, choose clothing with a simple color scheme that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Also important are comfortable walking shoes and binoculars for enjoying all that nature has to offer.

When is the best time for a New England coastal cruise?

The best time of year to cruise to New England depends on whether you prefer warmer weather or more colorful landscapes. Perhaps one of the most popular times for cruising New England is in September and October, when the fiery hues of fall foliage are in full display.

Spring is a pleasant season for walking tours and visiting attractions without getting overheated. Nature lovers will love viewing the wildflowers that burst to life across the region, ideal for exploring the area’s many gardens and national parks.

Mid-June through August is warmer with sunny weather perfect for relaxing on the sun deck or partaking in a lobsterbake. Outdoor activities are in full swing with a variety of enjoyable excursions available, such as kayaking, chartering a fishing boat, or exploring the sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

What Sets Us Apart

Complimentary & Inclusive

Our guests enjoy their onboard and onshore experiences while cruising the most fascinating parts of the country and we take care of the rest. Enjoy our complimentary offerings, including breakfast room service, select onshore excursions, all meals, evening cocktails, and more. All tips and gratuities are included with your cruise reservation.

An All-American Experience

We build, flag, and crew our ships right here in the United States. Our pride in the All-American experience we provide is the backdrop and an ode to the historic destinations we visit, especially in New England, with places like Boston, New Bedford, Gloucester, and so many others.

Daily Onboard Entertainment

Learn about maritime history with stories and songs, view hand-drawn maps and illustrations that display the geology of the New England itineraries, understand coastal wildlife, or tap your toes to the piano and banjo. Whether musical or historical, there is something for everyone to enjoy on board.

Private Balconies

Along with the most spacious staterooms in the industry, you will experience breathtaking views and unobstructed scenery on your private balcony. In New England, we recommend soaking up the fall foliage or summertime ocean views while enjoying your morning cup of coffee or evening cocktail.