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USA Cruises

Statue of Liberty with the New York and New Jersey Skyline (Photo: kropic1/Shutterstock)

About USA Cruises

The United States wears many hats in the cruise industry. It's the homeport for almost all cruise ships that sail in the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and Canada, as well as the Panama Canal. Florida has the most homeports, but New York City, Seattle, Galveston and other coastal cities are also cruising hubs. But the U.S. is more than just homeports. Bucket list itineraries like Alaska and Hawaii, and scenic rivers (primarily Mississippi, Ohio, and Columbia) not only draw cruisers from the U.S. but around the world.

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Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity

7 Night
Cruise to USADetails

282 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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Disney Magic
Disney Magic
Disney Magic

6 Night
Cruise to USADetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Disney Cruise Line
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Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity

12 Night
Cruise to USADetails

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
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MS Roald Amundsen (Photo: Hurtigruten)
MS Roald Amundsen

7 Night
Cruise to USADetails

44 Reviews
Leaving:Dartmouth
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
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Seabourn Venture

10 Night
Cruise to USADetails

Leaving:St. John's
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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What is the best time to cruise to the USA?

The best time to cruise in the USA will vary greatly depending on the region. Cruises sailing from or stopping in Florida or Southern California are available year-round, but regions like Alaska, New England and the Pacific Northwest are primarily summer and early-fall destinations. Beyond ocean cruises, river cruises also depend greatly on the region.

Which cruise lines go to the USA?

All of the major U.S.-based cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity, Princess, Carnival, Holland America and Disney among others have ships that homeport in the U.S. and some itineraries that feature port stops in U.S. destinations (especially Hawaii and Alaska). Princess Cruises offers a number of itineraries that call on the ports of the scenic Pacific coast. Some international cruise lines like MSC Cruises and Cunard also have ships that homeport in the U.S.

What are some things to do in the USA?

Unless you book a cruise that has an actual port stop in the U.S. or you're taking a river cruise, much of what you can do and see will be before and after your sailing, particularly in cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Seattle. If you have time you can see a Broadway show in New York, check out the art deco architecture in Miami's South Beach, visit Pike Place Market in Seattle or tour the Kennedy Space Center near Orlando. For more: USA Cruises.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the USA?

No, U.S. citizens do not need passports to cruise within the United States or for cruises that begin and end in the same U.S. port.

What should I pack for a cruise to the USA?

What you pack will be highly dependent on the region of the U.S. and time of year of your cruise. Light layers and sun protection are always a good idea.

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