Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts and New England's most famous. Located in a natural harbor full of significant historic sites including The Freedom Trail, a visit here is truly historic.
Cruising Canada and New England is simply breathtaking. Calm waters reflect rugged snow-tipped mountain peaks, lush forests bathed in deep green and golden hues, and cosmopolitan cities packed with fascinating sights and irresistible smells.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or considering your first vacation to the region, read on to discover more about what makes a Canada and New England cruise such a magical experience.
At Cunard, our Canada and New England cruises offer a mix of natural beauty and rich culture and history. If you so choose, you can leave the busy cities behind and take in the rugged natural landscape of the plentiful National Parks. However, a cruise to New England and Canada is so much more than scenic splendor alone, as every port is packed full of cultural, culinary and architectural delights.
Cruises to New England and Canada are full of unforgettable experiences, but there are some things you simply can’t miss. Make sure some of these top experiences are on your Canada and New England cruise itinerary.
The cruise season in New England and Canada typically runs from May to October, with the most popular cruising period taking place in the fall. The trees begin to shift into their renowned fall colors and the weather is crisp and cool – perfect for a leisurely afternoon watching the beautiful coastline drift by while cosily wrapped up on deck.
While summer in Canada and New England may enjoy fewer rainy days and more abundant sunshine, evenings are still cool. Daytime average highs reach around 68 degrees Fahrenheit, with evenings dipping to around 53 - 59 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a very comfortable time to travel.
Autumn in Canada and New England ushers in the peak season for cruising, with cool, crisp days interspersed with more frequent showers and the first snowfalls arriving in November. Temperatures can change rapidly, with the daily average temperature dropping from a comfortable 66 degrees Fahrenheit in September to a brisk 23 in November.
While not the traditional season for cruising, visiting Canada and New England in the winter months provides a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the plentiful snowfall and visit some of the numerous ski mountains close to Quebec City, such as Stoneham Mountain Resort or Mont Tremblant. Temperatures often dip well below freezing, with an average daytime temperature of 5 to 23 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
While still a quiet period for cruising, the end of spring heralds in the beginning of the tourism period, with temperatures slowly rising to reach around 59-66 degrees Fahrenheit in May. Even though rain showers are still frequent, quick spells of sunshine signal the arrival of summer.
The weather in Canada and New England can be unpredictable, so it’s always best to be prepared for sporadic bursts of sunshine, showers or snowfall depending on when you travel.
Read our cruise packing guide for more helpful suggestions on the types of clothing to include in your luggage, Gala Evening theme ideas, and a list of must-haves for a Cunard cruise.