Our Maine cruises provide you with the quintessential New England vacation experience. Think lighthouses, fall foliage, rugged coastline, quaint fishing towns, and lobster – so much lobster!
During a cruise to Maine, you get to visit some of the most beautiful regions of the United State’s eastern most state, while skipping traffic gridlock and the risk of missing out on views because your eyes are on the road. Instead you can sail the coast of Maine on our stunning Celebrity Summit, an elegant ship that underwent a modernization in March 2019 as part of our fleet-wide $500 million Celebrity Revolution.
Maine has a rugged coast sprinkled with dark sand beaches and a rocky shoreline. Along the way you’ll find fishing villages that seem to be from another era not far from exciting, bustling cities. Here are some other top highlights you won’t want to miss experiencing during a cruise to Maine.
One of Maine’s claims to fame is the fresh seafood that is constantly caught off its shores. You’ll find a variety of fish dishes, but it’s Maine’s oysters and lobster that are some of the most sought after seafood in the world. Try a traditional lobster roll and visit an oyster farm.
A top thing to see in Maine only happens once a year: fall foliage season. Like the rest of the northeast, the colors of the trees in the autumn months change into a lovely array of red, orange, and yellow. Luckily for cruise (and fall!) aficionados, you can find Maine cruises during this time.
Maine is home to a number of historic lighthouses lining its coast, leftover from decades past when a lighthouse was the only thing to prevent ships from crashing into the shore. Some of these lovely lighthouses can be toured today, while others make for a stunning photo op.
Maine cruises will take you to two beautiful and wildly different cities: Bar Harbor and Portland. These two ports of call will let you experience the nature side of Maine and its fishing village and Victorian past as well as its present day culture that includes skyscrapers and innovative restaurants.
Maine shore excursions will take you around the coastal area of the state and let you experience first-hand what makes Maine so special, from national parks to local cuisine to historic cities.
While in Bar Harbor, you’ll be on Mount Desert Island, the same island that’s home to Acadia National Park. Take a shore excursion there for scenic drives and forest hikes and to see Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and the granite peak of Cadillac Mountain.
Take off on a scenic cruise around the shores of Maine on a lobster fishing vessel. Sample some fresh lobster meat and learn about local fishing practices. Some lobster shore excursions will let you experience a traditional New England lobster bake or lobster roll as well.
Learn about the history of Portland, Maine, on one of the shore excursions that take you on a tour to Portland’s main sights, such as the Portland Observatory, Victorian-era homes, and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Explore Portland by bus, foot, or even horse-drawn carriage.
Our Maine cruises are packaged up into Canada and New England itineraries. On these itineraries you’ll cruise to Maine ports of call after departing the embarkation ports of Cape Liberty, New Jersey, or Boston, Massachusetts, and before arriving to harbors in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. How many of those provinces you visit depends on your cruise itinerary.
When booking your cruise to Maine, decide what time of year you’d like to visit. Canada and New England cruises mostly occur in the fall. Ports of call on Maine cruises are especially alluring during the fall months when you can see the warm pops of color topping the trees from the ship and as you walk around port.
If you want to cruise to Maine in the spring or summer, then our Canada and New England cruise that sails to Maine ports of call in May and June will be your best bet.
Since you’ll be traveling during shoulder season or summer, you won’t encounter the stark winters New England gets. Expect the weather to be temperate, but with dips into cooler temps particularly in the evenings. And you never know when you might be there for a heat wave so check the weather report before your vacation and stick in a couple extra pairs of shorts or t-shirts if it looks like it will be unseasonably hot.
A light rain jacket or poncho is also smart to pack in your suitcase and bring with you in your daypack since New England and southeast Canada are both areas of the world prone to rain.