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Cruises to Provincetown (Cape Cod)

Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA (Photo: holbox/Shutterstock)

About Provincetown (Cape Cod)

Located at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown -- or simply P-town to locals -- is a well-established tourist haunt that has long been a haven for artists and writers, as well as the LBGT community.

The Pilgrims arrived there by ship in 1620. Portuguese whalers and fishermen came on the scene in the mid-1800s. At one point in the 1800s, the bustling port had 80 piers. By the 1970s, whaling had given way to whale-watching as the tourist industry took hold. Today, just three piers remain.

Cruise vessels dock at the quarter-mile-long MacMillan Pier, where artisans sell their goods from small stands. A town crier in full Pilgrim regalia greets visitors near the end of pier, calling, "Hear ye, hear ye. All is well in Provincetown because you are here!"

Its busy, boisterous and aptly named Commercial Street hosts a mix of scruffy and quaint -- T-shirt shops, taffy and fudge joints, high-end galleries and clubs featuring drag shows coexist here. Just outside of town, the Cape Cod National Seashore beckons with 40 pristine miles of habitats ranging from marshes to uplands to cranberry bogs. You can explore via biking and walking trails, or just hit one of its swimming beaches.

--By Jayne Clark, Cruise Critic contributor

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MS Roald Amundsen
MS Roald Amundsen (Photo: Hurtigruten)

7 Night
North America CruiseDetails

58 Reviews
Leaving:Halifax
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
Sep 12, 2023
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Insignia

21 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

204 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 21, 2024
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Le Dumont d'Urville
Le Dumont d'Urville (Photo: Ponant)

12 Night
U. S. Atlantic Coast CruiseDetails

8 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Ponant
Oct 24, 2022
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National Geographic Sea Lion

8 Night
New York City To Cape Cod: Whales, Great White Sha...Details

18 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Lindblad Expeditions
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Virgin Voyages

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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6 Night
Boston, Ma To Saint John, NbDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 19, 2023
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6 Night
Saint John, Nb To Boston, MaDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:St. John
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 26, 2023
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7 Night
Boston, Ma To Saint John, NbDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 13, 2022
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14 Night
Boston To Nassau, BahamasDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 27, 2022
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7 Night
Boston, Ma To Saint John, NbDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 20, 2022
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13 Night
Savannah To HalifaxDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Savannah
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Apr 9, 2023
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14 Night
Savannah To HalifaxDetails

11 Reviews
Leaving:Savannah
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Apr 19, 2023
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8 Night
Exploring Coastal Maine: Lobsters, Lighthouses And...Details

18 Reviews
Leaving:Gloucester
Cruise Line:Lindblad Expeditions
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7 Night
Saint John, Nb To Boston, MaDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:St. John
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Oct 27, 2022
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14 Night
Boston To Nassau, BahamasDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Nov 3, 2022
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Why go to Provincetown (Cape Cod)?

Pros:

Streets jam-packed with shops, eateries, nightclubs and galleries

Cons:

In high season, sidewalks and narrow streets are crowded and clogged with traffic

Bottom Line:

Bustling tourist town with artsy side and miles of pristine wilderness

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

There's an ATM in the alley by the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery at 299 Commercial Street. (After you get your cash, spend some at the bakery on malasada, a delicious fried-dough confection that's sort of a cross between a churro and a funnel cake.)

Language?

English is the official language.


Provincetown (Cape Cod) Cruise Reviews
Did Cape Cod park tour. Very interesting and beautiful viewsRead More
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ohiogeorge
Great trolley tour with excellent guide. We were docked right downtown so access back to shopping, etc. after the tour was easy. Finally found my fried clam strips at Johns Footlong and carried them back to the shiRead More
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