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USA Cruises

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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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  • What is the best time to cruise to the USA?

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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

7 Night
Heart Of The DeltaDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:Memphis
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

7 Night
America's HeartlandDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:St. Louis
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

7 Night
Heart Of The DeltaDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Viking Mississippi
Viking Mississippi (Image: Viking River Cruises)

7 Night
America's HeartlandDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:St. Paul
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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7 Night
New Orleans & Southern CharmsDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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7 Night
North America CruiseDetails

65 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
May 8, 2023
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14 Night
U. S. Atlantic Coast CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Toronto
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 23, 2023
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14 Night
U. S. Atlantic Coast CruiseDetails

Leaving:Toronto
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 16, 2023
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7 Night
North America CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
Sep 23, 2023
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7 Night
North America CruiseDetails

65 Reviews
Leaving:Halifax
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
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7 Night
Mississippi Holiday SeasonDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Dec 24, 2022
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8 Night
Memphis To New OrleansDetails

46 Reviews
Leaving:Memphis
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Dec 30, 2023
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8 Night
Memphis To New OrleansDetails

46 Reviews
Leaving:Memphis
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Dec 10, 2022
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8 Night
Memphis To New OrleansDetails

29 Reviews
Leaving:Memphis
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Nov 13, 2023
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6 Night
Boston, Ma To Saint John, NbDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 19, 2023
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More about the USA

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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