Published on January 31st, 2016 | by Elana Shepert0
Why We love Cruising Canada/New England with Holland America Line
From historical landmarks and breathtaking coastlines to delicious seafood fare and unique cultural havens, a Canada/New England cruise offers a chance to both relax and explore. Holland America Line escorts you along this majestic voyage in timeless elegance. All about mid-size cruising, Holland’s ships are comfortable, spacious and marked with traditional appeal. They are an ideal choice for those looking to discover this popular destination in absolute comfort. In one trip you’ll take in the pastoral beauty of Atlantic Canada’s quiet seaside treasures in addition to infamous historical heavyweights such as Boston and New York City.
While these cruises are lovely during the spring and summer months, autumn in New England reveals unparalleled artistry. The foliage takes on vibrant hues of orange, yellow, red, and all the subtle shades between. A balcony cabin or suite makes for an exquisite journey down this hauntingly picturesque coastline, as the ports salute infamous times long past. There’s nothing better than sitting out on one’s private patio, sipping a coffee or mimosa with breakfast and watching the early morning light illuminate the lovely lady of liberty or one of Nova Scotia’s idillic seaside towns in the crisp fall air.
Holland America Line serves as the perfect platform for those wishing to pair this historical journey with traditional flair, as afternoon tea and evening dances are the norm for all of their vessels. Two of their ships dominate this route: the Maasdam and Veendam, which hold a modest 1,266 passengers each. This makes for a more intimate experience on board, which is highlighted by elegant mahogany finishes, delicate glass sculptures, and an extensive art collection. Another major draw to these ships is the Culinary Arts Centre – home to plasma screens and counters displaying phenomenal cooking demonstrations, it is a favorite of foodies. The third vessel visiting New England this year is the Eurodam. With a grand departure out of New York City, it is a slightly larger ship that offers over 70% of its oceanview cabins with balconies, as well as an expanded salon.
Another exciting highlight of a Holland America Line cruise through New England is always the excursions. For food enthusiasts, there are multiple tours in gourmet hot spots like Montreal, Boston, and Bar Harbor. All three locales and many stops between delight visitors with scrumptious chowder, lobster, poutine, salt water taffy and much more. History buffs will no doubt relish this journey as some of the greatest monuments in North America await them on the freedom trail in Boston, the medieval cobblestone streets of Quebec city, and the 19th-century homes in Charlottetown.
A cruise with Holland America Line through on this charming itinerary promises to impress the traveler. With numerous engaging activities, like whale-watching, maritime museums, food tours, and more, guests are able to select the ideal experience for their needs. In addition, Holland provides an extremely comfortable, intimate atmosphere on board. Without ever feeling claustrophobic, one can still get a sense of the ship’s design and find a pleasant routine. Ultimately, this sailing with Holland offers an experience that is marked with striking beauty, fascinating history, delectable cuisine, and engrossing culture, which makes for a journey everyone should consider for a future vacation.