Travel tips you can trust
Criteria include the interest level of shore excursions in a Canada New England cruise port city and beyond. My port rankings exclude the embarkation ports Montreal and New York.
Old Quebec City Quebec
This French-Canadian city has retained its French spirit and 18th-century architecture. Wander down its narrow, winding cobblestone streets - and enjoy the gourmet restaurants. Read my Old Quebec City page for more tips and insights.
Follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and other historic sites. Visit its restored harbor area. Try famous New England dishes (click New England Cuisine for my list and descriptions).
Bar Harbor Maine
This is an active fishing port with a tourism infrastructure. Don't miss ordering food from one of the picturesque harbor-side lobster shacks. And visit nearby Acadia National Park (especially at peak-foliage time).
Halifax Nova Scotia
Go on one of Halifax's renowned pub crawls. View Titanic artifacts in the Maritime Museum and visit the Titanic passenger graveyard. Take excursions to nearby pretty Peggy Cove and historic Lunenburg.
Newport Rhode Island
Visit the mammoth "summer cottages" and Victorian gardens of Vanderbilt and other 19th century moneybags. Pay a visit to the Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. Explore the thriving yacht harbor.