We give you the day-by-day details of what to expect on your small-ship New England cruise.
A northeasterly region of the United States, New England includes the states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut—each state with its distinctive character and appeal that attracts travelers from all over the world. Rich in natural beauty, history, and culture, this region is an ideal destination for a family cruise as it has something of interest for everyone.
The Atlantic coastline of New England offers enough options for you to savor the local delicacy— fresh lobsters. In fact, so well-known is this delicacy that there are New England lobster cruises, specifically designed to let guests enjoy the beautiful lobster dishes available in the region.
The season for a New England cruise usually runs from the months of April into October, and is especially recommended in late summer and the time of fall foliage so that you get to experience the beauty of the region at its best. The main ports for cruise ships in New England include Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Newport, Portland, Boston, and Maine—with a number of major cruise lines and small-ship lines offering interesting cruises for every traveler.
The American Glory
On the 10-Night Grand New England Cruise, you will get to experience the beautiful coastal towns and island villages while sailing on the American Glory cruise ship. This small ship belongs to the well-known American Cruise Lines, and offers you an exciting cruise itinerary that takes you to various ports and attractions in New England. With a capacity of just 49 passengers, the American Glory promises you an unusual cruise experience as compared to the massive vessels of most other major cruise lines. A country-club atmosphere and an open seating dining that encourages socialization among the guests onboard are the highlights of this New England cruise. Departing from Providence in Rhode Island or Portland in the state of Maine, this cruise will take you on a memorable 11-Day trip with ports of call in various places from southern New England to Maine, with each port offering an array of attractions and activities for all guests.
Day-by-day itinerary for your Grand New England Cruise
Day 1: Providence, Rhode Island
With a number of attractions such as a museum, zoo, botanical center, and river walk, the port of Providence has something of interest for everyone. You can explore the various historical and architectural landmarks at this interesting harbor before or after your New England cruise, depending on your point of embarkation. Also referred to as the ‘Renaissance City’, Providence will give you many memorable moments as you spend time discovering and enjoying the many sights here.
Day 2: Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Nantucket is sure to charm you during your Grand New England cruise with its sand dunes, cobblestoned streets, and beautiful lighthouses. You can spend time strolling on the beautiful streets of this small island as you marvel at the historical landmarks it has to offer. The steepled churches, beautiful cottages, and unpainted cedar-shingled structures offer you the old-world architectural charm. However, upscale boutiques, contemporary art galleries, and numerous eateries achieve the perfect balance of the new and old, making Nantucket an attractive stop during your voyage. While you are on this island, do not forget to make a trip to the Whaling Museum, which gives you the interesting history of the role of Nantucket as a whaling hub of the 19th Century.
Day 3: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
This island in Massachusetts offers sandy beaches, colonial homes, and beautiful gardens that make for perfect vacation trips. You can opt for a guided tour of Martha’s Vineyard that takes you through all its major attractions. For the history buffs, the Cottage Museum and MVM Historical Society / Museum are must-visit places on this New England island. The Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge makes an excellent destination for a family outing with its walking trails, lighthouse, and native wildlife.
Day 4: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Located on Cape Ann, the city of Gloucester has been attracting visitors since decades with its scenic landscapes and harbors. When your New England cruise ship docks here, you will have a tough time picking out activities from the range of options available—take a schooner cruise, a narrated sightseeing tour, explore museums and art galleries, or take a guided group tour of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. Picking out activities early on will help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city.
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