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May 12, 2008

Whale watching and more on Canada & New England cruises

Whether it's a chance encounter with a massive sea animal or succulent meal prepared by regional chefs, travelers are showing strong interest in Canada / New England cruises. These cruises have always been extremely popular so book early if you are dreaming of a Canada / New England cruise this summer or late fall.

Whale Watching

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the coast of Massachusetts is one of the Top 10 whale-watching spots in the world. An encounter with a majestic 50-foot, 40-ton creature will take your breath away.

On-Board Naturalists

Many of the cruise ships and excursion companies offer experienced naturalists who provide onboard interpretation on the habits of the whales and other wildlife being encountered at sea, enriching the experience even further for guests.

Lovely Destinations

From Corner Brook, N.F. to Boston and many points in between, gorgeous summer days and beautiful autumn landscapes and foliage make for breathtaking splendor while visiting historic cities of New England and coastal Canada.

Great Food and Drink

Nobody leaves New England with an empty stomach. Steamed and boiled seafood obviously is a favorite, including a multitude of dishes featuring lobster, crab and clams. Atlantic seafood dishes are popular in the Canadian ports, as well, and the cuisine of Quebec is legendary. Award-winning breweries, brewpubs and wineries dot the land.

Unique Cultural Experiences

The old world meets the new in many of the cities and villages included on the itineraries of Canada/ New England cruises. Unique peoples and traditions abound on both sides of the national border, many of which are centered on the sea.

Short Drives

For many east coast cruisers, no plane ride is needed to reach the port of embarkation for a Canada/ New England voyage. Regular departures are offered from Boston; Montreal; Quebec; New York City; Norfolk, Va.; Baltimore; and Bayonne, N.J.

Substantial Deals on Several Cruise Lines

Carnival, Crystal Cruises, Holland America, NCL, Norwegian, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn all specialize in voyages along the eastern seaboard, with stops at a number of picturesque cities and locales. Rates for 7-day cruise rates range from $449 for an inside cabin to $5,000 and more for a luxury suite.

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