The journey up the East Coast holds views and history.
From Florida all the way up the eastern coast of the United States there are plenty of shore excursions and historical sites for tourists on cruise ships to enjoy. Even while on the water, travelers can watch for the many scenic views the Atlantic side of America has to offer.
Holland America Line: Canada/New England
The 13-day trip on the Holland America Line travels up the East Coast from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, up to Montreal, Quebec. With stops in Newport, Rhode Island, Gloucester, Massachusetts and Nova Scotia. Land excursions include the Salem Witch Museum, scenic nature walks and a Victorian walking tour. As of 2010, rates start at $1,099 per person, with standard interior rooms that contain two lower beds which are converted to one queen-sized bed. An upgrade to the Deluxe Veranda Suites for $4,299 per person will provide two lower beds which are converted to one king-sized bed, a Whirlpool bath, large sitting area, private veranda and floor-to-ceiling windows. While on-board, travelers can visit the Culinary Arts Center which offers chef lectures, cooking demonstrations as well as wine tasting with a class in mixology. The ship also boasts a Digital Workshop, which offers workshops on best edit your cruise photographs.
American Cruise Lines: East Coast Inland Passage
Departing from Jacksonville, Florida, this 14-day cruise will take you along a series of rivers, canals and other waterways. Starting at just $6,880 going up to $11,665, this small ship offers a cultural experience with stops at Revolutionary War naval battle sites and tales of legendary pirate and Civil War sieges. The trip also focuses on wildlife with open viewing decks and glassed-in observation lounges. American Cruise Lines also offers on-board entertainment such as informal lectures, open discussions and activities from naturalists and historians.
Holland America Line: 45-Day Portugal, France, and the Far North
This 45-day cruise starting from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, will take you not only up the East Coast but also across the Atlantic Ocean to Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Scotland among others. Shore excursions on this trip stops include famous cities as Amsterdam where tourists can view the Van Gough museum and Oslo which boasts the Viking Ship Museum. Starting at $5,799 per person with two single beds, travelers can also enjoy the Greenhouse Spa, Ocean Bar and Pinnacle Grill on-board as well as go to the movies, get a drink at the Piano Bar and even hit the casino.