North America exploration cruises

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Escape the crowds on a Canada or USA exploration cruise and discover parts of these countries that aren’t often visited or all that accessible by other means.

When people think of North America they often imagine mainstream USA. Hardly undiscovered, there are nonetheless ways to cruise here that escape the crowds and take in some less obvious ports of call.

When people think of North America they often imagine the USA. Hardly undiscovered, there are nonetheless ways to cruise here that escape the crowds and take in some less obvious ports of call.

Popular exploration cruises to the USA include trips to take in the Fall foliage, when you can cruise along the New England coast, stopping in New York, Boston and Montréal in between revelling in the natural spectacle.  Alternatively, Alaska has everything you could want in terms of natural spectacle, whether it's glaciers, icebergs or isolated coves; what’s more you tend to overnight in these remote harbours meaning that you’re ideally placed to watch wildlife as well.

Because large parts of Canada lie within the Arctic Circle, this region is ideal for exploration cruising and for searching for wild and empty scenery and fascinating wildlife.

Canada is blessed with extraordinary landscapes and wilderness, such as the Rocky Mountains. The Canadian Arctic is another empty space; lying north of the northern tip of Canada are 36,000 islands and islets scattered across the Arctic Ocean. Many of these are found within Nunavut, others in the Northwest Territories.

Within the Canadian Arctic is the Northwest Passage, an historic route through the Arctic that has often proved the undoing of ships and sailors; some of the stops on exploration cruises passing through the Passage pause at Beechey Island where graves mark the point at which John Franklin’s famous expedition foundered.

Explore this area and you’ll also discover traditional Inuit communities that have thrived here alongside some wonderful wildlife and scenery.  A major highlight of your expedition cruise might be the chance to meet a polar bear in its natural environment.