As the East Coast cruising season has just come to an end, Princess Cruises is reminding passengers it's the perfect time to start planning a Canada & New England voyage for 2012. Whether travelers are intrigued by charming Canadian ports, including quintessentially French Quebec City, or wish to follow in the footsteps of America's founders in historic cities, Princess' fall cruises next year offer the perfect way to discover these timeless vacation destinations.
Emerald Princess and Caribbean Princess will offer 11 voyages on three itineraries – a week-long roundtrip sailing from New York; a 10-day one-way voyage, sailing between New York and Quebec City and featuring an overnight stay in the charming French-Canadian city; and a 12-night Canada & Colonial America cruise from Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale for a voyage along the entire eastern coastline.
All itineraries feature the opportunity to experience area highlights, such as the historic treasures of Boston, the beauty of Maine's Acadia National Park, and the dramatic mansions of Newport, RI.
"The natural beauty of this coastline mixed with the area's rich history makes Canada and New England one of our favorite cruise destinations," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. "Where else can you find such brilliant fall foliage, colonial landmarks, rugged beauty and quaint towns all in one voyage?"
Passengers can extend their Canada & New England voyage with one of two cruisetour options that create a full land/sea vacation to America's colonial treasures, or to Niagara Falls and some of the favorite cities in Canada.
The 2012 Canada & New England program includes:
Canada & New England – Caribbean Princess sails on its popular roundtrip seven-day sailings from New York, featuring calls at Halifax (Nova Scotia), Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Boston and Newport. Caribbean Princess will offer seven departures between September 8 and October 20, 2012.
Classic Canada & New England – Emerald Princess sails on three Classic Canada & New England 10-day cruises between New York and Quebec City, featuring calls in Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Sydney (Cape Breton Island), and Charlottetown plus an overnight stay for extra time in charming Quebec City. Emerald Princess departs between September 26 and October 16, 2012.
Canada & Colonial America – Emerald Princess also offers one sailing along the full East Coast on a 12-day Canada & Colonial America itinerary from Quebec City to Ft. Lauderdale on October 26. This cruise features an overnight in Quebec City plus calls along the Eastern seaboard in Sydney (Cape Breton Island), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Bar Harbor (for Acadia National Park), Boston, Newport, New York and Charleston.
Cruisetours – For those who would like to extend their Canada & New England vacation, Princess offers escorted pre- or post-cruise land tours in conjunction with these sailings, in which passengers can travel back through historic America or spend further time in Canada with a complete land and sea experience. The Historic America cruisetour includes travel to Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg; Richmond and Monticello in Virginia; Gettysburg, and Philadelphia, while the Maple Explorer cruisetour includes the Canadian cities of Toronto (for Niagara Falls), Ottawa, Montebello, and Montreal.