Living in the Northeast or the Mid-Atlantic, you’ve got lots of great vacation options that are just a drive away. There are the great cities of New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C. There are the beautiful open spaces of the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah Valley. And of course the popular beaches of Atlantic City, N.J. and Ocean City, Md.
However, sometimes you want to travel abroad and see the wonders of the world. If you are like me, flying isn’t your idea of a stress free and fun vacation. It just seems to be such a hassle these days. Luckily, the Northeast is lined with cruise ports, which means you are probably only hours away from a cruise ship.
Here is a list of all the cruise ports where you can embark on a cruise from Massachusetts to Maryland:
Cruise from Baltimore, Md. – This port has Carnival and Royal Caribbean ships.
Cruise from Boston, Ma. – This port is home to Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Holland America ships.
Cruise from Cape Liberty, N.J. – Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises ships sail from this port.
Cruise from New York City, N.Y. – Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America and Cunard Line ships sail from this port.
The most visited cruise destinations from these ports are the Bahamas and Caribbean islands like St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), St. Maarten (half-French and half-Dutch island) and San Juan (Puerto Rico). Bermuda is also a popular destination with its beautiful beaches and pristine golf courses. Ships will arrive here each week giving passengers up to three days to explore the island.
In the fall, these East Coast cruise ports specialize in cruises to New England and Canada where the changing colors of the leaves and stoic lighthouses put passengers in a romantic mood. For those looking for a more epic voyage, some ships even make the crossing to Europe. The Queen Mary 2 is famous for her transatlantic crossings. In five days you arrive in England and unlike travelers who fly, you don’t have any jet lag to contend with.
Cruise lines are committed to the ports in the Northeast. Norwegian Cruise Line decided to homeport their most anticipated ship the Norwegian Breakaway in Manhattan. The ship even has a painting of the Statue of Liberty on her side and has a few New York style hot dog carts onboard. This fall, Royal Caribbean will introduce their latest ship the Quantum of the Seas, which will sail year round from Cape Liberty, N.J. This ship has already gained a lot of buzz with the announcement of some revolutionary features like the North Star; a special capsule that passengers can board taking them over the side of the ship and 300-feet above the water for an amazing 360-degree view of the open ocean.
So when you are thinking about your next getaway, the cruise industry is hoping you’ll consider the convenience and excitement of cruising from a port near you.
Have you ever cruised from one of the East Coast ports? Was it easy for you to get to and from the port?
Erica Kritt works at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation! Visit The Cruise Web for the best Caribbean cruise deals.