North America Cruises
The seasons dictate the type of cruise that you will take in north America.
It is certain that you will embark on an Alaskan Cruise or Canada and New England Cruise during warmer months when you can use the long days to enjoy the amazing scenery.
The hurricane season will like affect your sailing dates in the Caribbean as it is best to avoid the north Caribbean (north of 9 degrees) during this time. That still permits cruises to the likes of the Dutch Antilles and Atlantic crossing Panama Canal transits but sailing to or from Florida at this time is not advised.
Below we discuss the best type of cruise for you at the appropriate time of year.
Canada and New England Cruises
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA is famous for its yacht construction, including 1992 America’s Cup winner, America3.
At Camden, Maine, USA you can view and sail the historic tall ships of the Maine Windjammer Association
Castine, Maine, USA is like an American versión of an English sleepy village where you can bit of shopping, eat lobster and enjoy a slower pace of life.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada is a place to enjoy the outdoor life such as river rafting, ziplining zipline or hiking.
Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada are sandy islands in the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence with fresh snow crab, lobster and scallops.
At Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada you can tour the cramped hold aboard the full-size replica of Hector which anchored here in 1773.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada is where the Saint John River pours into the Bay of Fundy and you will find the world’s highest tides. At Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada you can board Zodiacs for two-hour nature and bird-spotting tours to view humpback and big blue Whales.
The following destinations are very popular on the Alaskan Cruise routes:
The Canadian Rockies and Alaska where you can visit Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula
On the Alaska to Vancouver route you can enjoy glaciers and fjords using expedition-style excursions that allow for hiking, kayaking, “wet” Zodiac.
Anchorage to Vancouver
Alaska and Vancouver Island allows you to visit two less-frequented ports of call: Skagway in Alaska and Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada.
Seward to Vancouver where you can visit rare places such as Yakutat; Elfin Cove, the Inian Islands, Sergius Narrows and Metlakatla.
Vancouver to Alaska where you can disembark at familiar names such as Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau and Skagway.
Panama Canal Cruises
The canal, known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, was completed in 1914.
The number of options has increased recently due to the completion of the Panama Canal Extension project which will allow the largest cruise ships to transit the Canal .
There are several main ways to cruise the Panama Canal. The first is the Florida to California (or vice versa) two week route which will allow you to visit destinations on the west coast of Central America as well as several Caribbean islands.
Port options include Costa Rica’s Puntarenas and Limon, party towns Cabo San Lucas or Acapulco in Mexico, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, historical Cartagena in Colombia, Grand Turk, Key West and the beautiful beaches of Aruba.
Other Panama Canal transit options include repositioning between Alaska and the Caribbean transit the waterway, for example, Vancouver to Miami.
Shorter cruises are also available exploring the southern Caribbean. Panama and Costa Rica.
Finally, you will find cruises heading to or from Europe to the west coast of south America.
Of course, you will never find the ideal cruise, unless it is your own yacht, but try to catch as many of these islands as possible.
Bequia is part of the Grenadines, a collection of 32 islands west of Barbados. Bequia is the second largest of the group, however, it is still only 7 square miles in size.
St. Barts has a land area of 8 square miles and a population of just over 9,000 people. The capital is Gustavia, which is also the island’s main harbor. Although this island is only ten minutes from St. Martin, it feels like it is a world to itself. St. Barts is expensive and has a party atmosphere, but if you want to get a look at some famous personalities, this is the place to be.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are located to the east of Puerto Rico. The territory, comprises of four main islands and more than 50 smaller ones to form an archipelago.
Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands, located south of The Bahamas. Turks and Caicos is particularly known for its miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches and vibrant coral reef.
The Cayman Islands, located in the western Caribbean sea, is a British Overseas Territory, comprising of three small islands. Grand Cayman, the largest island of the three, is known for its luxury beach resorts, shopping villages and the many sites made popular for water sports.