A Guide to Cruising The Americas

The USA is the main hub for the homeports to reach other parts of the Americas.

Take a transatlantic cruise from the UK to New York City, from here you can cruise north to Canada and beyond or south to Florida and the northern Caribbean islands.

Florida is the gateway to the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera.

Say Aloha to Hawaii with island hopping opportunities, visit Oahu and Waikiki Beach or pay your respects at Pearl Harbour. See the volcanoes on the Big Island, Hawaii, catch water sports in Maui or just escape from it all in Kauai.

Cruising through the Panama Canal in Central America, on board ship you can focus on the transit with on board lectures as the ships navigate the locks. Visit Costa Rica and head for the rainforest or hit the beach.

The Baja Peninsular, Mexico's Gold Coast, may include lounging on the beach, kayaking a sandbar or exploring the culture including the Mayan ruins.

It may be hard to know where to begin in South America however a cruise around the Galapagos Islands, a must do for nature lovers, or add a trek to Machu Picchu before or after your cruise. A Round The Horn cruise takes passengers from Brazil south to the tip of Argentina before exploring the fjords of Chile.

The 49th State, the largest in the US, is perfect for cruisers, with so many opportunities to appreciate its vast natural beauty. Sailing along the Inside Passage visiting Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau. Towering mountains, massive glaciers, tranquil waterways, acres of rainforest and the opportunity to see whales, eagles, bears. moose and seabirds.

From Alaska you can venture into Canada's Yukon or from New England you cruise the Atlantic coast enjoying whale watching and Canada's Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Finally immerse yourself in French Canada with stops in Quebec's cities and countryside.







Tracey Strand