The birthplace of the United States of America, New England is an incredible region that holds special significance in the hearts of many Americans. With key locations like Plymouth, Boston, and Portland in this region, along with countless coastal towns, sandy beaches, beautiful cobblestone streets, and historic buildings dating back hundreds of years, New England is a wonderful place and one of the best ways to explore this region is by sea. Many major cruise lines, including the likes of Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises, run routes along the New England coastline and beyond. Read on to learn about a few of the best New England cruises you might like to take.

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- Royal Caribbean - 6 Night Canada & New England - Adventure of the Seas

Climb on board the exquisite Adventure of the Seas for this '6 Night Canada & New England' cruise out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey. This almost-week-long cruise lets you enjoy the beauty of the New England coastline, stretching all the way up to the border, and then heading over the border for a stop off in Canada too. It's a great cruise, very highly rated by past passengers, and is available at an excellent price if you book in advance, with interior rooms and ocean view rooms available for around $500-650.

This cruise takes place aboard the Adventure of the Seas, which is one of the most beloved ships in the Royal Caribbean lineup. A Voyage-class ship, the Adventure of the Seas has recently undergone a big makeover to be better than ever before, with a whole host of contemporary new features to make your cruise experience even more enjoyable. Some of the highlights of this cruise ship include its fantastic water slides, its fine dining speciality restaurants, its two-storey Adventure Dunes mini golf course, high speed internet access, the Splashway Bay water park, and the Flow Rider surf simulator.

This New England cruise sets off from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), NJ and visits three locations as it heads north along the eastern coast of North America to New England and Canada. The first stop is at the iconic Bar Harbor of Maine. From there, you'll head over the border to Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada, before stopping off at the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia. All three of these ports of call are unique, breathtakingly beautiful, and rich in experiences and emotions just waiting to be felt and enjoyed.

- Celebrity Cruises - 10 Night Independence Day Cruise - Celebrity Summit

For a truly unique experience that lets you enjoy an amazing New England cruise while also celebrating one of the most important days of the year for the United States of America, choose the '10 Night Independence Day Cruise' from Celebrity Cruises. Set to depart about a week before Independence Day, this cruise lets you celebrate the big day on a luxury cruise liner and make some truly magical Independence Day memories that simply wouldn't be possibly on dry land.

The '10 Night Independence Day Cruise' takes place on the Celebrity Summit. A Millennium-class cruise ship that is simply gorgeous inside and out, the Celebrity Summit has won awards for its unique sense of style and wonderful features. Not only that, but this ship is also undergoing major redevelopment and renovation ahead of the Independence Day cruise to be better and more beautiful than ever before. You'll find everything you could possibly need on board, from speciality, fine dining restaurants to shops, bars, clubs, live entertainment, swimming pools, spa treatments, and more.

This amazing cruise sets off from Bayonne, NJ and makes its way along the coast to its first stop in the charming New England coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island. Next, you'll head over the border and stop off at the two key Canadian locations of Sydney, Nova Scotia and Halifax, Nova Scotia before returning to American waters and visiting Bar Harbor, Boston, and Portland in time for Independence Day, able to visit some key historical and cultural sites and truly celebrate America in style.

- Princess Cruises - 27 Night Canada & New England - Caribbean Princess

One of the longest and most varied cruises available in or out of New England right now is the '27 Night Canada & New England' cruise from Princess Cruises. Lasting a full three weeks and offering an astonishing amount of variety over the course of its magical journey, this cruise can make all of your dreams come true and really feels like four or five vacations wrapped up in one incredible package. The prices start from under $100 per night for a simple interior room, with many other accommodation options available on board the Caribbean Princess.

Speaking of the Caribbean Princess, this ship is simply phenomenal in every imaginable way. You'll find all you need on board, and the ship won't stop surprising you with new experiences and amazing opportunities each day and night. On a ship this size, there's always something amazing waiting around the next corner and always something fun to do at any time of day or night. With so much to do on board, you won't even want to go to sleep, and you'll definitely want to book another trip in the future.

This astonishing cruise makes a long list of stops over the course of its 27 night journey, including several stops around Canada after leaving from Quebec City before it arrives in New England. There, you'll stop off at some of the region's prettiest and most historic locations like Bay Harbor in Maine and Boston in Massachusetts. The journey then pushes on to New York City, before following the coast round to Norfolk, Virginia, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After that, it's time to take in the warm waters and sunshine of the Caribbean, with stops at places like Antigua, St Thomas, Barbados, and Curacao.