Anyone looking for a way to explore the icy waters and rugged coast between Maine and Nova Scotia in style can choose among several luxurious cruises that traverse the region. Many cruise lines run between Boston, Massachusetts and Halifax, Nova Scotia, often with stops at Maine's coastal cities like Portland and Bar Harbor in-between.
Royal Caribbean International--Jewel of the Seas
Jewel of the Seas begins its seven-night round trip journey in Boston, Massachusetts with a full-day stop in Portland and Rockland, Maine. On the following day, Jewel is in Saint John, New Brunswick for a full day before cruising to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following a full day in Halifax, Jewel of the Seas has one day at sea before arriving in Boston.
Jewel of the Seas, which is 962 feet, was inaugurated in 2004 and can accommodate 2,501 passengers. Noteworthy on Jewel is the rock-climbing wall, a beautiful indoor Solarium, golf simulator and sport court on the upper deck. Children from three to 17 have their own supervised activities through Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean Youth facilities.
Holland America Line--Maasdam
Maasdam departs Boston, Massachusetts on an ambitious seven-day itinerary to Montreal, Quebec. The first port for a full-day stop is Bar Harbor, Maine with the following day being in the Halifax, Nova Scotia port. The following day, Maasdam travels to Sydney, Canada for a full day and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island the next day. Before arriving in Quebec City, Maasdam is at sea for one day. From Quebec City, Maasdam arrives in Montreal for disembarkation.
Maasdam, which is 719 feet, was inaugurated in 1993 and can accommodate 1,258 passengers. Noteworthy about Maasdam is the Crow’s Nest nightclub on the top level of the ship with stunning views of the ocean because of the floor to ceiling windows. The ship has three swimming pools, large whirlpool, a spa offering an extensive list of services, and a fully-equipped fitness center and Broadway-like nightly entertainment. Children from three to 17 have their own supervised activities with Holland America’s Club Hal.
Norwegian Cruise Lines--Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit’s seven-day excursion is in a different port every day. From Boston, Massachusetts, Spirit arrives in Bar Harbor, Maine for a full-day in port. The following day, Spirit is in Saint John (Bay of Fundy) for a full day in port before sailing to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a full day in port the next day. Spirit sails to Sydney, Nova Scotia for a full day in port then a full day in port in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Norwegian Spirit spends one day at sea before arrival in Quebec City for disembarkation.
Norwegian Spirit carries a water theme throughout the ship with the Tivoli pool, four outdoor hot tubs, two water treadmills and the kid’s pool with water slides. There are 15 dining venues and 10 bars and lounges. The Roman Spa and Fitness Center has floor-to-ceiling windows with a full complement of beauty and fitness services. Norwegian Spirit is 879 feet and capable of accommodating 1,996 passengers since 2004.