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From Florida to Maine and beyond, a U.S. Atlantic Coast cruise is going to give you a great opportunity to discover America. On this cruise you can visit bustling cities like Miami and Boston, where there are unending attractions such as South Beach and the Freedom Trail. You’ll also make stops in smaller ports like Newport, Rhode Island – a cozy town on the water that was home to some of the U.S.’s most wealthy – and Bar Harbor, Maine – a quiet port with stunning scenery and home to Acadia National Park. These cruises may also go into Canada to visit idyllic towns with lots of greenery and lighthouses. 

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Things to Do on a Cruise to the US Atlantic Coast

As you cruise up or down the U.S. Atlantic Coast you’ll be visiting cities and towns with amazing attractions. Continue reading below for a selection of things to do that are sure to please everyone from the young to the young at heart:

US Atlantic Coast Breakers Mansion of Newport, Rhode Island

  • See the opulent Breakers, a mansion owned by the Vanderbilt family, when you visit Newport Rhode Island. This decadent summer “cottage” was the epitome of the American Dream at the turn of the century.  
  • Roll up your pants and check out the beautiful sea glass at Sea Glass Beach in Hamilton, Bermuda. These colorful gems make for amazing photos and perfect souvenirs.  

US Atlantic Coast Broadway in New York City

  • Spend an evening at a Sugar Shack. This is a house in Quebec where the sap from the maple trees is transformed into syrup. Here you’ll get a great meal and be entertained by local musicians  
  • Experience all the razzle dazzle of Broadway when you visit New York City. You can catch a performance of a crowd-pleasing musical or go deep with a Tony-winning play.  

US Atlantic Coast Beach chairs along South Beach, Miami

  • Lay out in the sun on Miami’s South Beach. This shoreline spot is a major draw for international visitors.  
  • Think you’re pretty smart? Well then you should go to Harvard. Take a tour of America’s oldest college when you visit Boston.  

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Cruises along the U.S. Atlantic Coast are offered on luxury ships. As you sail in and out of beautiful ports you’ll be able to fully unwind on these amazing ships while all your needs are met. 

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U. S. Atlantic Coast: Departure Ports

Currently there are two major ports from which to embark on a U.S. Atlantic Coast Cruise: New York and Montreal. Both of these ports are major cities that offer travelers a lot of transportation options and they also have lots of attractions. In New York you’ll find the expansive Central Park, the theater district and world renowned art museums like The Met and MoMa. In Montreal you also have great art and amazing history. You can view Napoleon’s famous hat at the Musee de Beaux-Arts Montreal. You can also descend underneath the city’s Museum of History to see the spot where the city was founded in 1642. 

St. Johns, Newfoundland

St. Johns, Newfoundland

National Geographic Magazine classified St. John's as one of the top ten Oceanside destinations in the world.

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Boston Harbor and Financial district in Boston, MA

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Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport at dusk

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Cobblestone street in Beacon Hill, Boston

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Downtown Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Bridge

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Historic colorful wooden houses in Newport, RI

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The Historic Egg Rock Lighthouse in Maine

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Portland Lighthouse in the evening

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The lighthouse at Acadia National Park

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East Coast Inland Passage-American Star

The East Coast of America is unique and diverse, and an intracoastal waterway cruise is a great way to experience the regional changes and history that formed our nation. From the horse-drawn carriages in Beaufort, to the cobblestone streets of Charleston, the Wright Brothers’ great flying machine in Kitty Hawk, and the 18th century battlefields on St. Simons Island – the history of America will unveil itself before your eyes on this cruise!

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1 Jacksonville, FL/Amelia Island, FL You'll be greeted at the ship, and we'll enjoy a Welcome Reception onboard.

2 Jekyll Island, GA Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island. At the end of the 19th century, wealthy men in America, including J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, purchased the entire island as a hunting resort prized for its “splendid isolation." Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village,” 240 acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

3 St. Simon's Island, GA St. Simons Island offers guests a view of the area’s rich past, including the momentous 18th-century battlefields and sprawling, antebellum plantations. Enjoy its diverse wildlife as well as the moss-draped oaks that shade walkways. Make sure to visit St. Simons Lighthouse, which houses a fantastic museum devoted to the history of the Georgia Coast.

4 Savannah, GA With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets, and majestic architecture, Savannah is a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its 19th-century opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent shops.

5 Hilton Head, SC Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of pristine beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the American Alligator.

6 Beaufort, SC Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements, and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring you through the narrow streets of this district, past 18th and 19th-century homes, famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. Visit historic forts, elegant homes, and majestic plantations, to discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South."

7 Day of Cruising Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising as you continue on your journey through the East Coast Inland Passage. This classic water way is known as the highway for north and southbound East Coast cruisers, and an east-west path along the outskirts of the Gulf of Mexico.

8 Charleston, SC The port city of Charleston is known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, it is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through magnificent parks and gardens.

9 Wilmington, NC Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today, the city continues to flourish and boasts an outstanding reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Explore Georgian, Victorian, and antebellum-style homes restored to their original grandeur. Stroll through beautiful gardens and city streets lined with shopping venues and seafood eateries.

10 Beaufort, NC/Morehead City, NC Visit the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, NC, the third oldest town in North Carolina. Explore the 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing on the other. Just across the Newport River is Morehead City, a bustling port town, with a mix of fishing boats, art galleries, antiques, and a rich seafaring history.

11 Kitty Hawk, NC Learn about the birth of flight in Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers successfully piloted sustained powered flights in the first incarnations of modern airplanes.

12 Norfolk, VA Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes, and the Norfolk Naval Station.

13 St. Michaels, MD Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. As you dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, get a glimpse of life in the 1800'

14 Baltimore, MD Baltimore is a great American city, bustling with excitement, Colonial history, and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the charming Inner Harbor. Visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner".

15 Disembark in Baltimore, MD Enjoy breakfast on board the ship, before beginning your journey home. Reflect upon your adventures and the new friends made along the way.

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The American Cruise Line fleet of ships are the newest and most environmentally friendly small ships in the US. The cruise line prides itself on their hospitable staff, and that you’ll be graciously received no matter which ship you cruise on. The large staterooms with interior entrances ensure you have a relaxed, private area to watch the river from, or visit any of the many onboard lounges. Daily entertainment will be brought onboard, including musicians, historians and naturalists.

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West coast cruises.

Pack your shades and get ready to explore with a cruise to the West Coast.

Discover your adventurous side with a cruise to West Coast of the U.S. and Canada. Take in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles with a drive down Sunset Boulevard. Peruse through bustling Pike Place Market in Seattle, or head to Vancouver, Canada, and hike the exhilarating Grouse Grind to a panoramic chalet at the summit. Marvel at Alaska's glacial mountains and at the dramatic cliffsides and lush, green valleys of the Napali Coast. Discover the magic with a West Coast cruise.

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West Coast California Palm Trees

Culture and Quirk

Get to know the distinctively laidback and unmistakably unique culture with the best West Coast cruises.  

San Francisco, California Alcatraz Island Prison Attraction

The Weird West

Check out the island prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco. Eat a classic California burrito in San Diego , with French fries actually wrapped into the tortilla. Or try spam musubi — essentially spam sushi — in Hawaii.

Los Angeles, California Hollywood Sign

Get Starstruck

A trip to the West Coast wouldn't be complete without a celeb spotting in Los Angeles . Take a tour of the Warner Brothers Studio, then head to Griffith Observatory for sprawling views of the city. End your day with a live performance at the Dolby Theater.

San Francisco, California Golden Gate Bridge and Coffee Cup

Cafe culture is huge on the west coast, so a visit wouldn't be complete without stopping by a local coffee shop and enjoying a warm cup of joe. Get a scientifically precise pour over at Blue Bottle in San Francisco or a stoutly pulled espresso shot at Dubsea Coffee in Seattle.

Canadian Rockies Park in the West Coast

Get Lost in the Right Direction

From snorkeling in the Pacific to exploring the Canadian Rockies, you'll find endless adventures everywhere on a cruise to West Coast.  

Hawaii Amazing 4x4 Tour

Coast on Four Wheels

The rugged west coast is the perfect place to roll. Kauai , often called the Garden Island of Hawaii, is filled with lush forests, hiking trails and waterfalls. Perhaps the best way to see it all is on a 4x4 tour. Explore the unexplored parts of the island, and see why people from all over the world flock to its shores.

California Joshua Tree Exotic Desert Landscape

Find Your Wild Side

The national parks of the West Coast are full of natural wonders waiting to be discovered. Check out the exotic desert landscapes of Joshua Tree just outside Los Angeles. Hike through the rugged mountains of Olympic National Park near Seattle. Or go kayaking at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve near Victoria, British Columbia .

Vancouver Skywalk Suspension Bridge

Explore Like a Local

West Coast life is all about being active and outdoors. Get a bird's-eye view from the Skywalk suspension bridge in Vancouver, or walk the city's Seawall Trail along the coastline.

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Best West Coast Cruises

A cruise to West Coast is filled with exciting destinations, each with its own style and vibe. Discover the West Coast onboard the Best Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships.

Ocean Waters and Snow Mountains Part of the Alaska Experience


Alaska beckons with boundless natural beauty and wild discoveries. Hit the trails in Kenai Fjords National Park . Watch for breeching whales and playful Steller sea lions during a boat ride across Resurrection Bay in Seward . And wander among colorful totems in culture-rich Ketchikan.


Mexico Cabos San Lucas Rocks


With its laid-back resort towns, renowned beaches and rich Mexican heritage, the Baja peninsula is one of the world’s most iconic vacation destinations. Venture deep into wine country near Ensenada , unwind shoreside in lively Cabo and dive into history and culture in quaint Mazatlán.


WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO West Coast Cruises Insider

Depending on the time of year you visit the Pacific Northwest, rain is common here, so be sure to pack appropriate clothes. Compact umbrellas, light rain jackets and waterproof shoes are just a few of the items you should pack.

Whether you're ATVing or waterfall trekking, you're sure to find yourself outside no matter what you do in Hawaii. Always have your bathing suit, sunscreen and sunglasses in your day pack.

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Although the West Coast is known for its sunshine, it tends to cool off at night no matter the season, so pack light layers.

Hiking in Vancouver is a must! Be sure to pack insect repellent and bear spray to be cautious.

There's some etiquette to know when visiting Stanley Park in Vancouver. The majority of the path is a very strict one-way. If you get confused, refer to the signs providing direction all along the path, or ask a local to help you out.


From artisanal baked goods to ultra-fresh seafood, the creators of West Coast cuisine are committed to excellence.

Doughnuts and Coffee in Seattle

The Old Way to Doughnut

When visiting Seattle, you need to try Top Pot Doughnuts. This doughnut shop is not only known for its hand-made circles of love but also its vintage aesthetic and commitment to doing things the old-fashioned (and delicious) way.

Vancouver, British Columbia Briny Oysters

Take a Bite of Vancouver

Being that this city is located on the Pacific coast, you can enjoy some of the freshest fish in the world. On top of that, organic vegetables and locally sourced meats are plentiful at restaurants across the city. Head to Bluewater Cafe for cold briny oysters on the half shell.

Hawaiian Classic Shaved Ice Cream

Keep Your Cool

Beat the heat with the Hawaiian classic shaved ice. You'll find both locals and travelers enjoying this icy cool treat. What is shaved ice? It's a dessert made with ice finely shaved from a block, topped with fruit and fruit puree syrups. Head to Island Vintage Shaved Ice in Honolulu and order the lilikoi over soft serve ice cream.


Discover the West Coast's varied hubs of adventure. Experience the rugged coastlines of Washington and Oregon, the mountains of British Columbia, the turquoise waters of Hawaii and the wilderness of Alaska. Whichever west coast cruise port you choose, you're sure to discover why so many call it the "best coast."

 National Park Mountains Snow, Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Flowers Nature Mountains , Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska

Misty Fjords National Monument, Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska

Coastal Town Seascape Views, Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Seattle, Washington Mountains

Seattle, Washington

Stanley Park Urban Greenspace, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

National Park Forest, Inside Passage, Alaska

Alaska Inside Passage, Alaska

Iceberg Snow Glacier, Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Vancouver Island Mountains, Inside Passage, British Columbia

Inside Passage, Canada

Seascape Mountain Side Ocean, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Glacier Icy Snow, Endicott Arm & Glacier Dawes

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Alaska

Parliament Garden, Victoria British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Bar Harbor, Maine Lush Landscape at Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor, Maine

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Red And White Lighthouse

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Gros Morne National Park, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Mcnabs Island Lighthouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Honolulu, Hawaii, Waikiki Beach Aerial View

Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii

Quebec City, Quebec, City And Chateau Frontenac

Quebec City, Quebec

Saint John, New Brunswick, Reversing Falls

Saint John (Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick

St. John's, Newfoundland, Aerial View

St. John's, Newfoundland

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a Beautiful Day, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Rocky Coastline

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Los Angeles, California, Aerial view of Venice Beach

Los Angeles, California

Chilkat Peninsula, Skagway, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

Hilo, Hawaii, Rain forest on coast

Hilo, Hawaii

Astoria, Oregon, Coastal landscape and Columbia River

Astoria, Oregon

Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Hawaii (Kailua Kona), Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii Canyon Aerial View

Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Aerial View Crystal Blue Beach

Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii

San Francisco, California Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, California

Montreal, Quebec Cobbled Streets

Montreal, Quebec

Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord

Saguenay, Quebec

San Diego, California Downtown Bay

San Diego, California

Mount Kilauea, Hawaii Lava Flow

Mount Kilauea (Cruising), Hawaii

Napali Coast, Hawaii Panoramic View

Napali Coast (Cruising), Hawaii

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Santa Barbara, California

Alaska Glacier Bay Mountains

Glacier Bay (Cruising), Alaska

Chilkoot Lake Haines Alaska

Haines, Alaska

California Catalina Island Harbor Sunny Day

Catalina Island, California

Downtown Lodge Houses Stilts, Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

Resurrection Bay Mountain Side Ocean Kayaking Nature, Seward, Alaska

Seward, Alaska

The Lone Cypress, seen from the 17 Mile Drive, in Pebble Beach, California.

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California Coast Cruises

Experience the best of the west on california cruises.

Best Cruises From the West Coast

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From the rolling hills of California to the mist-shrouded mountains of the Pacific Northwest, lies 1,478 miles of coastline dotted with modern metropolises and charming towns full of personality. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed week sampling local culinary delights through California’s renowned wine country, an adventurous trek along the rugged Pacific coastline, or the inside scoop on Hollywood’s entertainment industry, Princess Cruises offers the best cruises from California.

Classic California Coast

Journey through the land of golden hills on roundtrip cruises departing from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Gaze across Monterey’s mesmerizing shoreline from a waterfront eatery. Watch the fog roll in as you walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Literally walk in the footsteps of screen legends at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Soak in all of California’s laid-back spirit while enjoying newly added summer departures.

Pacific Wine Country

Drink wine so close to the source that you could reach out and touch the grapes on a Pacific Wine Country or Coastal cruise. Befriend a local who teaches you the best way to swirl world-famous reds in Napa. Uncover new layers in a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from a tasting room near the ocean in Santa Barbara. Discover the beauty of city life as you tour San Francisco by cable car with a newfound appreciation of a perfect California Coast pour.

West Coast Getaways

Escape the everyday on a West Coast Getaway. Immerse yourself in the diverse history and charms of San Diego on an open-air trolley. Cruise to the welcoming port of Santa Barbara, and discover the beauty of the “American Riviera.” Take advantage of our newly added summer departures and savor a few days away.

The Princess Difference

Cuisine inspired by world–renowned chefs. Broadway-style entertainment from award-winning creators. Shore excursions crafted to immerse you into what makes the region truly unique. Princess knows that the journey and the destination aren’t separate, but together they make the most cherished memories.

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With 2- to 11-day sailings and departures from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., it’s easy to see why Cruise Critic has named our California Coast cruises the "Best Cruises from the West Coast." Experience what draws people to California, from fog-covered redwood forests to bright lights and excitement.

With spectacular ships offering everything you’d find at an seaside resort – from gourmet dining to world-class entertainment – there’s no better way to see the West Coast’s best cities, hidden gems and famed Wine Country than aboard our California cruises. Savor a unique selection of California wines, and partake in our new Silverado Wine Blending Experience. Sample cuisine from some of L.A.’s hottest chefs, such as Curtis Stone and Ernesto Uchimura. Our Entertainer’s Showcase features Hollywood insiders, from actors to musicians and writers, sharing stories and plying their craft. Princess also offers Discovery™ and California Science Center curated activities that explore California’s wildlife, history and national parks.

Extraordinary adventures await in diverse ports, from Ensenada to Santa Barbara and  Vancouver , B.C., each rippling with indelible beauty. Rejuvenate your senses as you stroll sun-kissed beaches and sip luscious wines under the stars. Explore laid-back coastal cities and walk beneath ancient reaching branches in the Muir Woods. Watch for marine mammals with a keen eye and quick shutter finger, as the most beautiful parts of this coast are often hidden in plain sight.  Learn more about California Cruise shore excursions

We have a wide range of comfortable accommodations for families or friends traveling together. There is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms — Interior, Oceanview, Balcony and Mini-Suites — many with interconnecting options too! For families or groups traveling with five or more members, we offer a Two-Bedroom Family Suite option — with room for up to eight people, luxury amenities and a comfortable sitting room.

Indulge in the Finest Cuisine on a California Cruise

Wining and dining are integral parts of the California Coast cruise experience. From fajitas and margaritas to wine-tasting events and local delights that celebrate fresh ingredients and exotic influences, Princess serves up a diverse menu of food and dining options throughout the day.

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California has always been at the forefront of cuisine, with its emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, delicate meat and seafood dishes and compelling presentation. Taste flavors and influences from countless cultures, including Europe, Mexico and Asia, in one-of-a-kind dining experiences only enjoyed on the California Coast.

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It’s your vacation, so indulge! Each evening, you’ll have your choice of delectable desserts to choose from in our dining rooms. Perennial guest favorites include the Princess Love Boat Dream, traditional New York cheesecake and create-your-own sundae. You’ll also find freshly baked made from scratch pastries offered in The Pastry Shop, International Café, and World Fresh Marketplace.

Celebrate California Wines On Board a West Coast Cruise

Excite your palate with gourmet pairings at Vines wine bar. Learn what makes California wine some of the best in the world through tastings and talks with experts. Experiment with flavors and aromas under expert guidance to create your own signature wine blend.

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Enrich your palate together

Meet new friends while savoring fine wine selections served with hors d'oeuvres. Take in entertaining lectures by knowledgeable staff and drink in the distinct differences in terroir, grape varieties and production methods in wines from world renowned growing regions. Perfect for wine enthusiasts, from the burgeoning to the experienced.

Silverado Wine Blending Experience

A blend all your own

Create your own malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon blend under the instruction of a master craftsman from the Silverado Vineyards in California’s famed Napa Valley. In this exclusive onboard experience that features some of the best from the winery’s Mt. George vineyard, follow along to learn how to custom blend, practicing an art that winemakers around the world have been perfecting for centuries.

Vines Wine Bar

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Voted one of the "Best Wine Bars at Sea" by  USA Today , Vines wine bar is a cozy nook for the casual oenophile to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine with gourmet pairings, like antipasti and tapas. Vines boasts an extensive and highly diverse selection of wines not available by the glass anywhere else on board.

California Cruise Entertainment

Hollywood has always been the mecca for entertainment so it should come as no surprise that we bring the hottest talent to the Princess stages. Enjoy the best music, entertainment and craftsmanship of Hollywood and Broadway in this exclusive opportunity on board a Princess California Coast cruise.

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Laughter & wonder

Laugh with top-ranked comedians from Comedy Central and comedy clubs across the U.S. When the laughter dies down, closely watch magicians from iconic L.A. hot spots like the Magic Castle, a members-only private club that specializes in jaw-dropping sleight of hand, as well as from Penn and Teller's television show  Fool Us .

Hollywood Insiders

Bright lights, big stars

Hear celebrities from your favorite entertainment share their experiences on board select sailings in our exclusive Entertainer’s Showcase and Workshop. Meet the stars of stage, screen and music at parties, and hear behind-the-scenes tales of your favorite movie, play or album over exquisite food and drinks. Meet the actors, composers and musicians who shaped some of the most memorable media in history and learn about their careers, methods and lives.

Movies Under the Stars

Big screen & big stars

Cuddle up under a cozy blanket with warm popcorn for an evening of Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy popular comedies, dramas and action movies, plus on-screen concerts starring musical legends at Movies Under the Stars®, a poolside movie theater located on the ship’s top deck.

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Get to the heart of life on the coast with locally inspired programs and partnerships. Witness fantastic displays of nature like expressive sea lions and migrating whales. Learn about colorful, historical cultures and more on our California Coast cruise.

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Do as the locals do. Princess has partnered with local experts to bring you immersive adventure off the beaten path. Dine at local hot spots hidden in plain sight. Attend events and have experiences only known through word of mouth. Listen as experts reveal California’s history, national parks and Spanish missions from a local point of view.

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Experience a new perspective of California and the West Coast on board or ashore, day or night. Learn about California from the locals who know it best and uncover the secret lives of sharks during Shark Week at Sea with Discovery at SEA. Amaze your friends after a class at the Wizard’s Academy courtesy of the California Science Center.

Sail the stars

Embark on a cosmic voyage to the heavens from our top deck through Stargazing with Discovery at SEA, developed with renowned astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi and L.A.’s famous Griffith Observatory. On this interactive guided tour, learn how to find your bearings, identify the major constellations, and hear the secrets of the stars and the legends around them.

Pacific Coast Cruise Ports and Excursions

Immerse yourself in the colorful sights and sounds of the Golden State and beyond. Locals wear the region’s signature laid-back spirit like a uniform. It’s in the sand, on the streets and in hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Pictures don’t do it justice; it has to be felt and experienced, and the best way to do so is on board a Princess West Coast cruise.

California coast cruise shore excursions

Uncover the history, natural wonders and culinary delights of the California Coast through shore excursions specially designed to show you more of the state. Inspire your mind with up-close encounters with fascinating creatures and sites on immersive Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ excursions.

Discover even more with discovery at sea

Princess has joined forces with Discovery to offer exclusive excursions and tours that are not only fascinating for the whole family, but also recommended by two of the most trusted names in world travel – Discovery™ and Animal Planet™. Hear inside stories from regional experts, and learn what it’s really like to live in each of the areas you’re visiting during your Princess California cruise.

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Enjoy a narrated drive around Astoria, and visit the Astoria Column, view the Flavel House and many picturesque homes, hotels and neighborhoods that have been featured in movies like  The Goonies ,  Short Circuit ,  Benji the Hunted  and others. Take in the views and brews of some Astoria's finest craft beers while looking out over the scenic Columbia River.

Head south and dance to live mariachi music in the Riviera del Pacifico. Visit the oldest winery in Baja California, and enjoy the beautiful weather as you taste wines crafted from nearly ancient vines. Sample delectable dishes under beach umbrellas, and enjoy the day’s special from local street vendors. If you’d like to see one of the world’s largest marine geysers, visit the scenic peninsula of Punta Banda, home to La Bufadora.

L.A. is more than swimming pools, shopping and palm trees. It’s a world-class city that embraces its movie star good looks. Explore the star-studded Hollywood Hills. Visit the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, which features the handprints, footprints and autographs of more than 200 stars like John Wayne, Judy Garland and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson preserved in cement. Wander Olvera Street for authentic colors and tastes of Old Mexico.

Relax on a sun-soaked beach. Take a tour of the county’s thriving wineries. ‘Ooh’ and ‘aah’ over the 4,000 rare animal breeds that call the San Diego Zoo their home. Watch thrilling shows featuring bottlenose dolphins at Sea World Adventure Park. Enjoy that south-of-the-border feeling with a stroll through Old Town. Sample the nightlife – all Classic California Coast cruises stay here until 11 p.m.

You just may leave your heart in this iconic city. Home to cable cars, fog and world-class food, San Francisco is a cosmopolitan city with hip neighborhoods, parks and gardens and a relaxed atmosphere. Take a stroll down Lombard Street, the “most crooked” street in the world. Watch interesting characters flow through Union Square from a coffee shop window. Appreciate 1,000-year-old redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument.

Nicknamed “America’s Riviera,” Santa Barbara boasts whitewashed houses draped with bougainvillea, sapphire-blue water rolling up a rocky coast and palm-lined beaches. Even with all of that beauty, wine and whales may be the stars of this charming coastal city. Journey to the quaint Danish village of Solvang for wine tasting. Step aboard a high-speed catamaran and cruise out to the glistening waters of the Channel Islands to watch whales and dolphins frolic.

At 110 years old, Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated public farmers' market. It’s also home to the original Starbucks, where javaphiles toast to the legendary coffeehouse. Let your eye guide you to local art, and your nose to hole-in-the-wall eateries, along eclectic streets. Tour and sample the wines hidden away in the state’s most popular wineries’ private cellars.

If you’re looking for adventure in Vancouver, gather up your courage for a daring walk across the nearby Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge swaying 50 meters high. Stop and smell the cherry blossoms in world-famous Stanley Park, a West Coast rainforest fittingly dubbed the “Green Heart” of Vancouver. Ascend Grouse Mountain in the Super SkyRide tramway for a postcard-worthy view of the city over rolling hills of Douglas firs.

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You don't need to fly to Europe for a river cruise, with new ships and routes creating even more options right here in the United States. Some of the most scenic itineraries traverse the Mississippi, Hudson, Columbia, and Snake rivers, showcasing natural, cultural, and historical attractions along the way. Passengers can visit wineries in Washington, taste Creole cuisine in New Orleans, or learn about the Siege of Vicksburg right where it happened.

On these voyages, you'll sail with anywhere from 100 to 400 other guests aboard either modern riverboats or classic paddle wheelers that hearken back to a different time. Like their European counterparts, river cruises in the U.S. typically package everything at a single price, including staterooms, meals, guest lectures and enrichment programs, entertainment, and most shore excursions. Some even include pre-cruise hotel stays.

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American Cruise Lines’ Music Cities Cruise from Memphis to Nashville

It's hard to choose from American Cruise Lines' 35 itineraries. For arts and culture lovers, the eight-day Music Cities Cruise along the Mississippi, Ohio, and Cumberland rivers presents an opportunity to visit several charming cities and towns in the South. The itinerary is offered on four different 180-passenger ships, including the American Serenade and the classic American Splendor paddle wheeler.

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The voyage begins in Memphis, where passengers can visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, take in a show at one of the nightclubs along legendary Beale Street, or tour Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland. After a day of cruising, the ship stops at Paducah, Kentucky, where you can admire the more than 50 murals on the floodwall along Water Street before exploring the National Quilt Museum. The next day, the ship travels through the Barkley Lock and past the stunning coves and limestone bluffs of the Cumberland River's Lake Barkley– a view best enjoyed from the balcony of your stateroom. In Dover, Tennessee, guests visit historic Fort Donelson National Park and learn about the garrison's role during the Civil War. The next day, passengers can tour the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center and Fort Defiance in Clarksville, Tennessee, and cap off the experience with a whiskey tasting at Old Glory Distilling Co. The voyage ends in Nashville, where you can stroll along historic Lower Broadway, visit museums dedicated to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, and take in a Grand Ole Opry show. 

American Queen Voyages' Upper Mississippi Cruise from St. Louis to Minneapolis

History buffs will love this nine-day cruise along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers aboard American Queen Voyages' 245-passenger American Countess paddle wheeler. The itinerary offers guests a chance to explore the idyllic river towns that inspired the Father of American Literature.

After departing St. Louis, the cruise arrives in Alton, Illinois, where guests can play golf on championship courses, explore the National Great Rivers Museum , or just stroll around the town's historic districts. Day three brings passengers further upriver to Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, from which the author drew inspiration for several of his novels. On day four, the ship stops at Bettendorf, Iowa, for a hop-on hop-off tour of museums, artist studios, the German American Heritage Center , and the Quad City Botanical Center . In Dubuque, Iowa, guests can take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator, billed as "the world's steepest, shortest scenic railway". Day nine, finds the the ship at La Crosse, Wisconsin, famous for its rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas. The final port is Red Wing, Minnesota, home to beautifully preserved artisan workshops, factories, and pioneer-era architecture. After disembarking, passengers can explore nearby Minneapolis before going home.

American Cruise Lines’ Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise

This eight-day fall foliage-themed cruise takes leaf peeping to a new level. The round-trip voyage out of New York City takes nature lovers through the heart of the Hudson Valley  –  swathed every fall in a blanket of bright orange, red, and yellow. Whether you sail on the classic 48-stateroom American Star or the 100-passenger American Eagle , you'll enjoy a stunning display of colors from the comfort of your balcony. On shore, you’ll have the opportunity to hike to the highest waterfall in the Empire State , walk across the longest pedestrian bridge in the world , and visit the homes of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park and author Washington Irving in Sleepy Hollow.

Viking Cruises’ New Orleans & Southern Charms Lower Mississippi Cruise

This eight-day round-trip cruise takes in historic estates, military sites, and comunities bursting with Cajun and Creole culture. After departing New Orleans, the Viking Mississippi stops in the Louisiana towns of Darrow and St. Francisville, which boast Greek Revival mansions, Spanish moss-draped avenues, and even a haunted house . Day four brings travelers to the oldest city on the river, Natchez, Mississippi, home to a rich African American heritage . The next day, guests can learn about one of the most consequential battles of the Civil War at Vicksburg National Military Park before setting sail for the vibrant capital city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The ship then returns to New Orleans, where guests can stay longer or catch a flight home.

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UnCruise Adventures’ Rivers of Adventure & Wine Columbia and Snake River Cruise

Spotting wildlife and sipping wine go hand-in-hand on this UnCruise Adventures expedition around the Pacific Northwest. The seven-night round-trip journey from Portland isn't your typical leisure cruise. Instead, passengers get to go on rainforest hikes, rafting adventures, winery visits, and scenic kayaking excursions through dramatic canyons.

After the champagne departure from Portland and a stop at Astoria, Oregon, the ship passes through the Columbia River Gorge. Passengers can disembark for a guided hike, then return for a wine tasting with the ship's sommelier. The gourmand adventures continue with an excursion to Walla Walla, Washington, which includes visits to olive oil makers, chocolatiers, and family-owned wine cellars. Day five begins at the mouth of the Palouse River, where guests can kayak or paddleboard. The next day, passengers can visit Columbia Hills State Park and Rowena Plateau on foot or by skiff boat while enjoying river dips, farm-to-fork delights, and a wine tour and tasting. Guests then disembark at The Dalles, Oregon, for whitewater rafting or a relaxing winery tour. The adventure ends with a farewell dinner back at Portland.

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Look for wildlife while cruising through Sitka Sound and enjoy a close-up encounter with a raptor that will greatly enhance your understanding of one of Alaska’s most iconic animals. After considering the water conditions, seasonal migration patterns and recent wildlife sightings, the captain will chose a route through the sound that offers the best chance to see humpback whales, porpoises, sea otters and eagles. The breathtaking mountainous scenery will make the onboard experience all the more memorable. In Alaskan Odyssey Theater, you will watch a high-definition movie on a 180° screen that focuses entirely on bald eagles, the only sea eagle native to North America. The filmmakers used the most cutting-edge techniques to show these majestic birds in their natural habitats. Still, nothing compares to observing a raptor close-up in person, which is the show’s finale. It may be a bald eagle, peregrine falcon, snowy owl or another bird being rehabilitated at the center.

• Cruise through pristine Sitka Sound on a sleek catamaran and take in the natural beauty. • Look for whales, porpoises, sea otters and bald eagles soaring overhead. • Watch a movie on bald eagles on a big screen for an immersive experience. • See a raptor up close during a live demonstration after the movie.


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By Sue Bryant

Last updated: February 22nd, 2024

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Explore beautiful coastal towns, hike around breathtaking national parks, and stroll through historic districts by taking a cruise along the East Coast of the United States and Canada.

East Coast cruises are wonderful opportunities to soak in the New England charm in picturesque towns such as Portland and Rockport, Maine; brush up on your history in cities like Charleston, South Carolina, and Boston, Massachusetts. Head further north and immerse yourself in French Canadian culture and cuisine in Quebec City, or sail south to balmy Bermuda.

If you’re considering a cruise along the Atlantic, here are five of the best East Coast cruises to explore.

Canada & Boston

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Quebec City, Canada

Sail round-trip from Boston on an immersive 10-night cruise that takes you along the estuary of the St. Lawrence River into Quebec City, where there’s an overnight to explore the delights of this cosmopolitan place.

Quebec is more than 400 years old, its enchanting Old Town packed with European charm. Gaze in awe at the intricate Chateau Frontenac and make time for the fantastic, interactive Musée de la Civilisation.

You’ll also visit Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, a landscape of rolling farmland and pristine beaches. Sights here include the red-and-white lighthouse and the house that inspired the classic novel Anne of Green Gables.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia

The picturesque port town of Sydney, Nova Scotia , is another stop on this cruise, set amid green countryside. This sleepy place was put on the map by Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell, who lived here and changed the world with his invention of the telephone.

You’ll also have four days at sea to enjoy the comforts of the sleek Celebrity Silhouette , where you’ll find a beautiful pool deck and the inviting Lawn Club, with real grass, picnic blankets, boules, and croquet.

Boston to Fort Lauderdale

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Willemstad, Curacao

This is an unusual itinerary that combines history and culture with the sun-soaked ABC Islands , Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao, in the far south of the Caribbean.

Over 10 nights, you’ll sail from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, with your first port of call Bermuda’s historic Royal Naval Dockyard. You’ll have time to explore the old military installations around the dockyard, now repurposed as museums, shops, and restaurants.

Bask on Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches. There are thriving coral reefs to explore, too, as well as spectacular caves.

You’ll have five blissful days at sea, interspersed with port calls, to enjoy the pool deck and many bars and restaurants of Celebrity Eclipse as you head south through the Caribbean.

In pretty Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao , the waterfront is lined with gabled Dutch houses in rainbow colors. Explore the markets and striking street art of the Punda district and sample the famed Blue Curacao liqueur.

White sand beach in Aruba

Aruba , like its neighbors, has beautifully preserved Dutch architecture, beaches of white sand, and sea that’s an almost dazzling shade of turquoise. Tiny Bonaire, meanwhile, is a snorkeler’s dream, encircled by a marine park with some of the best underwater life in the Caribbean.

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Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

Discover the pink sand beaches of Bermuda on a 7-night cruise that takes you to this string of islands off of the East Coast.

Our Bermuda cruises combine two overnights in Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda with at least two days at sea, allowing you to fully explore the highlights of this island nation while also enjoying all the amenities on board.

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In Bermuda, snorkel around the area’s many sunken ships, stroll through the shops in downtown Hamilton, and descend into the stunning Crystal Caves, a magnificent natural wonder. During your days at sea, savor world-class cuisine, watch five-star shows at the theater, and relax by the outdoor pool, all while relishing impeccable service and attention from our dedicated crew.

Read: Best Time to Visit Bermuda

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Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts

On a Boston, Maine, and Canada cruise, you’ll sail to picturesque towns throughout New England and Canada. Cruise from Boston and spend the morning walking along the Freedom Trail and learning more about the Revolutionary War.

Many itineraries stop in Portland and Bar Harbor in Maine, where you’ll have the opportunity to hike through the sprawling trees and wildlife of Acadia National Park and sample fresh lobster.  In Halifax, Nova Scotia , make your way to the top of Citadel Hill for panoramic views of the harbor city. While in Sydney, follow in the footsteps of Alexander Graham Bell and discover the town’s Scottish roots.

Depending on your itinerary, you might visit Saint John in New Brunswick , where you’ll be able to watch the thrilling Reversing Falls Rapids and spend a night in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, a gorgeous waterfront town with Victorian homes and some of the world’s best mussels.

Landscape view of Old Quebec City including Chateau Frontenac

Chateau Frontenac, Old Quebec City

Other cruise itineraries include an overnight stop in Quebec City , where you’ll quickly understand why it’s called the “Paris of America” after having a romantic dinner in a cozy bistro and walking along the city’s beautiful boardwalk.

Read: Romantic Getaways on the East Coast

Bermuda & Charleston

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Charleston, South Carolina

If you prefer cruises with overnight stays , you’ll love this ten-night itinerary, which includes two overnights in both Charleston and Bermuda.

Walk around the cobblestone streets of Charleston’s French Quarter, tour an old plantation, discover the beauty of Magnolia Gardens, and enjoy a Southern meal in one of the city’s many award-winning restaurants.

After a couple of days at sea, take advantage of your three days in Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda , where you can have fun at Harbour Nights, a weekly party in downtown Hamilton with live music and local street food.

Where do East Coast cruises depart from?

Most East Coast cruises depart from either Boston, Massachusetts or Cape Liberty, New Jersey, two major American cities with plenty to do in case you want to extend your vacation.

Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is known for being a history buff’s dream. While you’re here, visit Boston Common, the city’s oldest park, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the Paul Revere House.

Sports fans won’t want to miss seeing a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, while teenagers might enjoy crossing the Charles River and landing in Cambridge, home to Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Meanwhile, Cape Liberty, New Jersey is conveniently located less than an hour’s drive from New York City. If you sail from New Jersey, you could add a few days to your vacation and explore the Big Apple.

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Central Park in Manhattan, New York City

With so many attractions to choose from, the possibilities of what to do in New York are endless. Walk around Times Square and Central Park, have lunch in one of its many award-winning restaurants, shop in SoHo, or catch a Broadway play in the evening.

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When do cruises along the East Coast sail?

The East Coast cruise season kicks off in April and lasts until October. Autumn is one of the most popular seasons to sail around the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada for its gorgeous fall foliage . Once you’re sailing past a coastline dotted with trees in dramatic shades of red, orange, and yellow, you’ll understand why.

Autumn landscape of Acadia National Park in Maine

Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine

Get ready to sail on a cruise along the East Coast by booking one of these extraordinary itineraries today. Don’t miss out on discovering the best of New England, Bermuda, and South Carolina while on board one of our award-winning ships. Browse our East Coast cruises and reserve your shore excursions today.

Sue has been writing about cruising for 20 years and is lucky enough to have sailed all seven continents. She lives in London, where she is cruise editor of The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers, as well as a freelance contributor to magazines and websites worldwide.

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Silversea is the “jewel in the crown” of the Royal Caribbean Group, not to mention the original luxury cruise line, first entering the space in 1994. The company touts 12 all-inclusive ships with destinations all over the world. Whether you want to explore the American West Coast, South America, Northern Europe and the British Isles, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, or even Antarctica, Silversea has a cruise to fit your fancy.

Speaking of fancy, the most luxurious cruise that Silversea offers is its 125-Day Chile to Norway sail, which rings up at $94,700. You don’t have to invest that much to enjoy a Silversea cruise, though. No matter which type of suite you book, you can expect butler service, optional 24/7 in-suite dining, endless access to premium beverages and craft cocktails, and complimentary caviar around the clock.

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Paul Gaugin stands out for its single-ship escapade into the luxury cruise space. With a variety of cruises that explore French Polynesia and the South Pacific, Paul Gauguin is a small-ship cruise line with 7-, 10-, 11-, and 14-night itineraries that focus on intimate experiences, delectable cuisine, stunning stateroom balcony views, butler service, and more. With a 1:1.5 crew-to-guest ratio, you can rest assured knowing that all of your needs will be met aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin.

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Scenic is unique in that it not only offers luxury ocean cruises but river cruises, too. The brand prides itself on operating and innovating with guest experience in mind. As such, all of its cruises have so much to offer voyagers, from extensive dining, leisure, and wellness options to striking design elements that will make you want to stay aboard for much longer than your itinerary.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has nine ships with oceanic destinations spanning from the Arctic and Europe to the Caribbean and Australia. Meanwhile, if you find yourself in France, you may want to check out Scenic’s beloved river cruises, in which you can tour the Seine in the utmost style.

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Ponant has a fleet of 13 luxury cruise ships with destinations dotting the globe. The award-winning French cruise line is beloved for its tailor-made voyages, in which guests have access to myriad bespoke experiences both on and off board, from in-room dining to once-in-a-lifetime immersive excursions.

Since Ponant ships offer smaller capacity—more akin to a private yacht experience—they’re able to navigate private ports and preserved locations that large-scale cruise ships are unable to access. While aboard Ponant’s all-inclusive ships, you can anticipate exceptional French cuisine, delicious fine wines, complimentary Champagne and spirits, room service, and more.

Of course, if you need further inspiration to look into the cruise line, perhaps the fact that three-mast yacht, Le Ponant, is part of the Relais & Châteaux portfolio will do the trick.

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It’s also worth mentioning that the luxury cruise line took it to the next level with its spa, Aurora Spa. The gorgeous, sea-view spa offers a variety of face, body, salon, and healing treatments, including massages, facials, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and even IV drip therapy—so you won’t have to worry about feeling hung over at sea (especially considering the cruise line offers complimentary Champagne, fine wines, and premium spirits).

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While the staterooms and suites are stunning and the shore excursions are aplenty, it’s the food that really stands out aboard Windstar. As the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar offers a number of themed culinary cruises with food and bev from some of the most notable chefs of today, including Maxime Bilet (The Cooking Lab) and Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Habitat, Baja Bao).

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The Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with luxury, so it’s no surprise that the company extended into oceanic adventures with a fleet of three superyachts. Where the Evrima was built in 2021, the Ilma and Luminara yachts are forthcoming in 2024 and 2025.

While classic cruise lines have a capacity in the thousands, often edging upward of 4,000, the Ritz-Carlton superyachts offer a more curated experience to 500 passengers or less. From the outside, the yachts are sleek and serene, fitting in beautifully with the sea. Within Evrima’s walls, though, moody modern interiors with magnificent ocean views await.

Guests can look forward to soaking tubs, expansive private balconies complete with sun beds and a whirlpool, walk-in wardrobes, and more. As far as destinations are concerned, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection embarks on oceanic adventures in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

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Seabourn is a luxury cruise line that speaks to our soul—and for more reasons than the simple fact that it touts a “Veranda Suite Upgrade.” The luxury cruise line sets sail in the Arctic, Canada and New England, the Amazon, Arabia, Africa, and India, and more.

Each of the fleet’s yachts, which carry between 458 and 600 guests, is outfitted with ocean-view suites only, so no matter what excursion you book, you can anticipate traveling in luxury style with a picturesque backdrop. You can also look forward to mouth-watering cuisine courtesy of renowned chef Thomas Keller.

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Editor's note: This page reflects news on Hurricane Beryl from Wednesday, July 3. For the latest news on Hurricane Beryl please follow USA TODAY's live updates on the storm for Thursday, July 4 .

Hurricane Beryl was retreating from Jamaica late Wednesday and is expected to pass just south of the Cayman Islands overnight as a major hurricane, bringing intense winds and heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 2 a.m. ET Thursday, Beryl was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph and was about 110 miles southeast of Grand Cayman — the largest of the Cayman Islands. After roaring by Jamaica's southern coast, the hurricane was expected to unload "devastating hurricane-force winds, life-threatening storm surge, and damaging waves" across the Cayman Islands, according to the hurricane center.

The Cayman Islands could get up to half a foot of rain through Thursday. Weather officials are also warning about life-threatening surf and rip currents along parts of western Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the coast of Belize.

Beryl was on track to approach the Cayman Islands on Wednesday night and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula about 24 hours later, still as a hurricane but weakened by expected wind shear.

In Jamaica, emergency crews evacuated people living in flood-prone communities and nearly 500 people were in shelters by Wednesday afternoon, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

“We’re concerned about widespread damage and potentially catastrophic impacts in Jamaica,” said Bernie Rayno, AccuWeather's chief on-air meteorologist. "Flooding may last days to even weeks. Widespread power outages are expected. Beryl will likely damage many homes and businesses and cause severe coastal inundation."

The chances of Beryl impacting part of the Texas Gulf Coast have increased with the projected path veering northwest, AccuWeather reported , although it would not bring anywhere near the ferocity of its devastating assault on the southern Windward Islands earlier this week. The current track calls for Beryl to weaken to a tropical storm as it crosses the Yucatan and then becomes a hurricane again before making landfall along the coast near the border of Mexico and Texas.

The storm is projected to drench Jamaica with 4 to 8 inches of rain, and 12 inches are forecast in some places, which could cause "life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides," the NHC said. Holness declared all of Jamaica a "disaster area" and imposed an islandwide curfew Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Monday, Beryl made landfall in Grenada's Carriacou island as a Category 4 hurricane, ravaging the southern Caribbean Islands, flattening hundreds of buildings and causing the deaths of at least seven people. On Monday night, Beryl became the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record. Driven by record-hot ocean temperatures, Beryl's rapid strengthening has stunned experts.

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∎ The death toll from the powerful hurricane rose to at least 10, according to Reuters. But that figure is expected to increase as communications come back online across islands damaged by flooding and intense winds.

∎ The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica posted on X that a small section of the roof of its passenger boarding pier was damaged by Beryl. "Once the storm has completely passed, a full assessment of damage will be done," the airport stated on X.

∎ The Meteorological Service of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Costa Maya to Cancun, a popular tourist destination, according to the NHC. Tropical storm warnings were also issued for other parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.

∎ Venezuela's vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, and senior officials in her traveling party were injured by a falling tree Tuesday night while surveying an area near the country's Caribbean coast where the Manzanares River overran its banks after heavy rainfall caused by Beryl.

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Will Hurricane Beryl hit Texas?

Portions of South Texas are now within the forecast cone of Hurricane Beryl , which meteorologists say could arrive in the state over the weekend or early Monday.

However, forecasters remain unsure of what Beryl will do and how strong it will be as it approaches the Gulf Coast after hitting Mexico: "High uncertainty remains with both the track and intensity of Beryl," the  National Weather Service said Wednesday.

"From Panama City, Florida to New Orleans, there is a low risk of direct impacts from Beryl, but from about Corpus Christi to Brownsville, Texas, the risk increases significantly due to the potential for Beryl to have more direct impacts,"  AccuWeather  meteorologist Jonathan Porter said. "That southern portion of the Texas coast is the zone we have to really watch."

Coastal threats could begin this weekend, warned: "Well ahead of Beryl, onshore winds could lead to increasing surf, rip currents and coastal flooding along parts of the Gulf Coast from eastern Mexico to Texas and western Louisiana beginning as soon as Saturday, and continuing until just after Beryl's final landfall,  said. The rip current threat could also even extend farther east along the northern Gulf Coast.

Brennan said Tuesday that "folks in the Texas coast, as we go into the holiday weekend, you're going to want to make sure you check back on the forecast and make sure you're ready for any potential impact. If we were to see tropical storm conditions affect those areas in the far western Gulf of Mexico, it could be during the day Saturday."

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More than 90% of the homes, buildings destroyed

More than 90% of homes and buildings across at least three islands were destroyed or severely damaged after Beryl tore through the southeast Caribbean, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency reported Wednesday. The agency was assisting with the disaster response in Grenada, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.

Beryl struck the islands with winds of 150 mph and higher gusts on Monday, causing significant impacts to the islands, according to Elizabeth Riley, the disaster management agency's executive director. In addition to infrastructure damages, some islands have also faced power outages and disruptions to communications.

In a briefing late Tuesday, Grenada Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell described "total destruction" on the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

"There's really nothing that can prepare you to see this level of destruction," Mitchell said. "It is almost Armageddon-like, almost total damage and destruction of all buildings. Complete devastation and destruction of agriculture. Complete and total destruction of the natural environment."

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Airlines waive fees for some in Hurricane Beryl's path

Six major U.S. airlines said they're waiving various fees for travelers who have flights booked in Beryl's path. In most cases, flights booked before July 1 are eligible for the changes. The listed flights include departures from or arrivals in airports in Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Belize.

American , JetBlue , United , Delta , Southwest , and Spirit Airlines are offering a variety of fee waivers because of the hurricane. Passengers are encouraged to check directly with the airlines on what amended policies apply to them.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said on its website travelers on international flights may be able to recover expenses from a delayed or canceled flight by filing a claim with the airline.

"If the claim is denied, you may pursue the matter in court if you believe that the carrier did not take all measures that could reasonably be required to avoid the damages caused by the delay," the agency said. 

− Krystal Nurse

Resort manager in Jamaica maintains composure as Hurricane Beryl approaches

The coming hurricane doesn't scare Tamar Atkinson, the manager of a small resort in Hanover, a community on Jamaica's northwest coast.

"The way I look at it, I can't stop it," she told USA TODAY. "If the hurricane is going to blow your house down, it's going to blow the house down."

Atkinson, 42, who moved back to Hanover a year ago after she lived in the U.S. for 20 years, already has her sea legs in weathering Jamaica's hurricanes. She remembers facing Hurricane Gilbert, a Category 5, as a little girl – the storm blew the roof off her aunt's house, where she sheltered, but left her mother's house in "perfect condition."

When Hurricane Ivan hit two decades ago, Atkinson sheltered at a nearby school. Once again, the storm blew out the school's windows but left Atkinson's house untouched. "I'm not leaving my house, and I'm not going to go crazy like the rest of the people," she said, adding that she's told her guests to "relax their nerves."

Jamaica closes all international airports as Hurricane Beryl nears island

The Jamaica Tourist Board announced Wednesday that the Sangster, Norman Manley, and Ian Fleming international airports were closed as Hurricane Beryl approached the island.

Jamaica's travel website,, doesn't list a reopening time for the airports and encourages travelers to contact their travel agents and/or airlines for flight updates. The website also encourages travelers to heed any instructions from their hotel or private accommodation on sheltering.

"We also encourage you to register with your Embassy for country-specific guidance and support," the board said on the website.

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is open on a limited basis and encourages Americans to not visit the embassy for shelter and instead seek a government-run shelter. Citizens in Jamaica are encouraged to call the embassy at (876) 702-6486 if they need assistance. 

– Krystal Nurse

Ahead of Hurricane Beryl, Jamaicans prepare their homes

Donae Maye stocked up on water, candles, and food earlier this week, before supermarkets across her hometown of Montego Bay, a city on Jamaica's northern Coast, emptied.

"There was no bread, no essentials that you actually need, no candles, very few tin products," she said on Wednesday, after a recent visit to some local grocery stores.

Maye, 27, also prepped her home, where she will shelter with her fiance, her son and his father. "We cleared away any trees that might be blocking any electrical wires and stuff like that that might fall and break the window," she said.

She's confident that her house, which is made of concrete, will stand up to the storm better than many buildings did to Hurricane Ivan 20 years ago. Back then, more structures were made of board, which didn't fare well in the storm, she said. Today, "most structures are built to withstand the winds and the hurricane," she said.

Humanitarian groups rally relief for impacted countries

Global Giving and Americares are among the humanitarian organizations collecting money for those affected by Hurricane Beryl. Both promise donations to support various impacted communities, focusing on those who are disadvantaged and on decimated medical facilities.

Cora Nally, international emergency response director of Americares, said the organization focuses on restoring damaged medical facilities and expects to deploy its workers to Jamaica soon after Beryl leaves.

"That is really going to serve as a home base for them, and we are asking them to do an assessment of all the impacted islands in the Caribbean, and we are going to be keeping an eye on the storm as it moves towards Mexico and the United States," she said.

Is Cancun in the path of Hurricane Beryl?

Among the parts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and surrounding areas under hurricane warnings were Cancun and the island of Cozumel, two popular tourist destinations packed with luxury resorts and cruise ship ports.

The hurricane warnings were issued by the Meteorological Service of Mexico as forecasters warned residents and tourists of the projected impact of Hurricane Beryl.

Brennan, the director of the NHC, said in a YouTube livestream on Wednesday that the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, faces 3 to 5 feet of storm surge as well as up to 8 inches of rain.

The record-breaking hurricane is expected to make landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday night or early Friday, NHC said.

In Jamaica, tourists shelter in hotel ballroom from Hurricane Beryl

Cecilia Garcia and her family initially planned to weather the beginning of the hurricane in the bathroom of their hotel room in Ocho Rios, on Jamaica's northern coastline. "We do have windows in our room, so I think the safest option would probably be to go in our restroom," she said.

Moon Palace Jamaica, where Garcia, 25, is staying with her parents, brother, sister and two kids, told hotel guests to evacuate to a ballroom. When Garcia and her family first visited the shelter, they found it too chaotic. "We ended up back in our room because it was very crowded," she said. "It was very hot in there."

But later on Wednesday morning, as the winds picked up, the family returned to the packed ballroom, where thin cots were arranged in rows, according to a video Garcia shared with USA TODAY.

Garcia and her family's flight back to their home of Houston, Texas, isn't until Saturday – the hurricane will strike at the midpoint of their week-long vacation. Garcia said if they chose to end their stay earlier, they wouldn't get a refund. 

Looking out at skies still partially clear on Wednesday morning, Garcia said the family was keeping calm ahead of the storm. "We're kind of used to bad weather and floods like that in Houston," she said. "But again, it's different when you're not at home, so that's the only scary part."

Hurricane Beryl spoiling graduation trip

Mona Parhar, 23, and Arezoo Rafkhani, 24, didn't start searching for early return flights from their vacation to Jamaica until Tuesday night, less than 24 hours before Hurricane Beryl was expected to sweep across the island. By then, they learned airports had closed.

"We really have no choice but to stick it out," Parhar said Wednesday from their hotel room at the Hotel Riu in Montego Bay on the island's northern side.

The two Toronto natives booked their trip to celebrate their recent graduations – Rafkhani from Toronto Metropolitan University and Parhar from York University. "We've never experienced something like this as Canadians," Rafkhani said. "It's kind of nerve-wracking."

The pair were comforted by the hotel staff, who kept guests informed and safe. "Since last night, they've been sending us messages about how to get prepared, what they're doing and will be doing this morning," Rafkhani said. "They've been keeping us calm," Parhar said.

Jamaica braces for Hurricane Beryl

Jamaican officials warned residents to stock up on food, batteries, candles, and drinking water. Residents in flood-prone areas were also advised to prepare for evacuation.

"Secure your critical documents and remove any trees or items that could endanger your property," the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica said on X on Tuesday. "Everyone, including those living alone, should take these necessary steps now."

As a precaution, Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Tuesday night that electricity and water services will likely be shut off "if the storm reaches a serious threshold" to prevent fires and protect equipment.

"Only one hurricane has ever affected Jamaica during July," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Jesse Ferrell. "Category 4 Hurricane Dennis in 2005 did not make landfall but killed one person and caused a lot of damage."

Record-breaking path: Hurricane Beryl tears through the Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl breaks records

Forecasters have projected 2024 to be one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. Beryl has already surprised forecasters and broken records since it formed, including becoming the earliest Category 4 or 5 storm on record.

Beryl broke the previous record set by Hurricane Emily on July 17, 2005, for the strongest Category 5 hurricane. Beryl rapidly strengthened from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in about 48 hours.

The storm is also the earliest Category 4 or larger storm by more than a week, breaking the record set by Hurricane Dennis, a Category 4 storm on July 8, 2005.

It was fueled by  much warmer than normal  ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and aided in that development by light winds that allowed it to build a strong inner core.

— Jennifer Borresen, Dinah Voyles Pulver and Ramon Padilla

Hurricane Beryl tracker: See projected path of Category 5 storm

Smaller islands hit hard by Beryl

Beryl hit St. Vincent and the Grenadines especially hard, according to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

"The hurricane has come and gone, and it has left in its wake immense destruction," he said, adding that Union Island had 90% of homes "severely damaged or destroyed."

After making landfall in Grenada's Carriacou Island on Monday, strong winds and high water levels smashed fishing boats in Barbados, downed power lines in Grenada and St. Vincent, and knocked out drinking water in St. Lucia, according to officials.

Grenada's Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell noted on Tuesday that the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique were significantly impacted by the hurricane. In addition to downed power lines, roads remained impassable and fuel stations were destroyed.

"The situation is grim. There is no power. There is almost complete destruction of homes and buildings," Mitchell said.

Contributing: Cheryl McCloud, USA TODAY Network-Florida ; Reuters

Hurricane Beryl: Will Disney World, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head be affected?

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Hurricane Beryl continues to bring "life-threatening wind and storm surge" to residents as it pushes further into the Caribbean Sea.

According to USA Today , Hurricane Beryl became the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record Monday night. Its winds increased to 160 mph as it barreled through the southeastern Caribbean, making landfall on Carriacou Island  in Grenada. On Tuesday, it was downgraded from a Category 5 storm to Category 4 as it moves west this week, passing over or near Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

But will Hurricane Beryl hit the United States and the Gulf Coast? Here's what to know.

What to know about Hurricane Beryl

USA Today reports that Hurricane Beryl made landfall Monday on Carriacou Island with winds of 150 mph. The hurricane caused at least three deaths and has also destroyed entire communities across the Grenadines and St. Vincent. 

Hurricane Beryl is "expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Jamaica" on Wednesday,  according to the National Hurricane Center . Beryl is forecast to pass near the Cayman Islands on Thursday, bringing torrential rain to the area. Water levels could reach 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the southern coast of Haiti. Tropical storm conditions are also forecast for the Dominican Republic.

As Hurricane Beryl moves across the Caribbean Sea, its possible impacts on the U.S. and Gulf Coast remain unclear. AccuWeather hurricane experts said they expect the U.S. will avoid direct impacts from the hurricane, but residents "should not let their guard down."

The National Weather Service office in Houston wrote Monday night, "We are still not anticipating any impacts from Beryl to Southeast Texas." But the NWS adds that "it will be something worth monitoring" since most models show that Beryl will land in the Bay of Campeche by the end of the work week.

How will Hurricane Beryl impact Caribbean cruises?

USA Today reports that the following ships and cruise lines have changed itineraries this week to avoid Hurricane Beryl. Click here to see a list of alternate stops.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Breakaway ship and Norwegian Jade).
  • Carnival Cruise Line (Carnival Liberty ship and Carnival Horizon).
  • Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy ship).

How will Hurricane Beryl affect Disney World and other theme parks in Florida?

AccuWeather meteorologists stated that the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and the Florida Peninsula should be "all-clear" from direct impacts from Beryl but warned residents not to let down their guard, the Naples Daily News reports . The storm will likely move westward to Mexico, but if high pressure across the Southeast weakens, it could move farther north and potentially impact the Gulf Coast.

Due to this, residents in the U.S.,  especially on the Texas coast,  should closely monitor the hurricane's progress and forecasts and prepare for a potential tropical system.

As of Wednesday, all Walt Disney World parks and studios remain open under normal conditions. For severe weather updates, visit .

If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane warning for the Orlando area within seven days of a guest's scheduled arrival date, they may reschedule or cancel their Walt Disney Travel Co. Disney Resort hotel packages and most room-only reservations (booked directly with Disney). Per the theme park's FAQ page, there will be no cancellation or change fees.

Customers who purchase Disney tickets through a third-party site will still be responsible for any nonrefundable payments and cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers.

The policy also applies to Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort if a hurricane warning is issued for those destinations, the site states.

Universal Orlando Resort's  severe weather policy  similarly offers penalty-free rebooking and cancellations for vacation packages, hotel stays, and tickets booked directly through Universal in the event of a tropical storm, hurricane warning, or state of emergency declaration within seven days of a guest's arrival. For now, the resort is operating as usual.

SeaWorld Orlando also remains open as of Wednesday. The park also has a Weather-or-Not Assurance policy for extreme weather,  USA TODAY reports . It gives guests a 12-month return window if inclement weather causes the park to close early or adjust operating hours.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Water Park are also open for regular operating hours.

Are airports in Florida closed due to Hurricane Beryl?

According to the Federal Aviation Administration , airports across the southeastern U.S. are operating normally as of Wednesday. All airports in Florida remain open and are not experiencing any significant arrival or departure delays.

How will Hurricane Beryl affect Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and other destinations?

The  USA TODAY storm tracker map  highlights Beryl's projected path but does not illustrate the full width of the storm or its impacts. At 11:10 a.m. ET Monday, Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Grenada’s Carriacou Island as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph.

Hurricane Beryl became a Category 5 hurricane  on Monday night when its winds increased to 160 mph as it barreled through the Caribbean, the  National Hurricane Center  said. It was downgraded from a Category 5 storm to Category 4 Tuesday.

Beryl is forecast to move across the southeastern and central Caribbean Sea this week, passing near Jamaica on Wednesday and the Cayman Islands on Thursday.

Major U.S. tourist destinations, such as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Wilmington, Charleston, and Savannah, are not currently in the storm's projected path.

Contributing: Anthony Robledo, Gabe Hauari , Nathan Dillard ,  Susan Miller, John Bacon, Jorge L. Ortiz, Dinah Voyles Pulver & Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY; Cheryl McCloud, USA TODAY-Network Florida .


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