5 of the best US cruises to book now for 2022 & 2023
By Claire Benktander | 20 Jun 2022
July 4th is just around the corner, and to celebrate, we’ve chosen the top five US cruises and destinations to explore this magnificent region.
Whether you want to cruise-and-stay in California, voyage down the Mississippi River or take a transatlantic voyage to New York, there’s a range of options to suit everyone. Here are our top five US cruise picks.
5 of the best US cruises to book now for 2022 & 2023
West Coast cruises
Princess Cruises’ Classic California Coast cruise
Explore the Californian coast with this Princess Cruises‘ round trip voyage starting among the bright lights of Los Angeles in California. After exploring the city’s glitz and glamour, you’ll then head to San Francisco, where you’ll find everything from seafood eateries on its famous harbour to an abundance of green spaces and famous sights like Alcatraz prison and the famed Golden Gate Bridge.
Then, stop off in the seaside cities of Santa Barbara and San Diego for fine dining and city slicking, backdropped by the Californian coast and iconic Pacific Coast Highway. It all ends in Ensenda in Mexico before you sail back to LA. Alongside it all, enjoy a multitude of dining options, including a seafood bar, nightly entertainment from films to musicals, a luxurious spa and much more.
Princess Cruises’ 7-night Classic California Coast cruise starts from £879pp, round trip from Los Angeles. Departs October 2022 & March-April 2023. Find out more at princess.com.
Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruise
With some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and a rich variety of wildlife, a cruise to the 49th US state makes for an incredible adventure holiday. One of the popular ports of call on Celebrity Cruises‘ itinerary is Alaska’s capital Juneau, where you can see stunning glacier formations. Another highlight is Ketchikan within the Inside Passage, which offers another chance to spot wildlife such as black bears and bald eagles.
See them both as you sail from Vancouver and cruise past the Inside Passage on Celebrity’s 11-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruise before stopping in Sitka, witnessing a calving display of glaciers at Hubbard Glacier as well as boarding the White Pass Scenic Railway in Skagway and spotting humpback whales in Icy Strait Point, all alongside Celebrity’s signature brand of luxury.
Alaska’s 11-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier cruise starts from $1,513pp, round trip from Vancouver. Departs September 2022. Find out more at celebritycruises.com.
Eastern Seaboard cruises
Viking’s Eastern Seaboard Explorer cruise
Viking‘s autumn cruise lets you witness the shades of autumn in Canada and New England as you explore Quebec City and Saguenay in Canada before cruising the scenic St. Lawrence River and the Cape Cod Canal. Overnight stays in Montreal and Boston let you immerse yourself in these vibrant cities, enhanced with Viking’s included excursions to explore further in every port.
Finish in New York, filled with landmarks like the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center.
Viking’s 13-day Eastern Seaboard Explorer cruise starts from £4,990pp, from Montreal to New York. Departs September 2022 & 2023. Find out more at vikingcruises.co.uk.
American Queen Voyages’ New Orleans to Memphis cruise
Enjoy a charming river cruise on American Queen on the Mississippi, the fourth longest river in the world, and you can uncover the unique heritage of the towns between New Orleans and Memphis. Music enthusiasts will be particularly charmed by a call at Memphis to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and experience the thriving nightlife at one of the city’s many live music venues.
Explore it all with American Queen Voyages and a cruise on American Queen, with extra stops at Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana’s most famous historic towns to get a taste of the historic south, all alongside the delights of the world-famous American Queen, christened in Memphis in 2012 by Godmother Priscilla Presley, with menus showcasing including Cajun and Creole cuisine alongside stimulating lectures, spa services and much more.
American Queen Voyages’ 9-day New Orleans to Memphis cruise starts from $1,299pp, from New Orleans to Memphis. Departs monthly in 2022, 2023 & 2024. Find out more at aqvoyages.com.
Great Lakes cruises
Ponant’s A Voyage Along the Great Lakes cruise
America’s Great Lakes make for a spectacular cruise, and Ponant explores them all in luxury with their Smithsonian Journeys sailing. Set sail aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for an eight-day cruise to discover the Great Lakes in late summer, starting in cosmopolitan Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario, filled with museums, parks, and gardens.
Then, as well as talks and discussions aboard the ship by world-class experts, and a shore excursion in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture, you’ll call into spectacular Niagara Falls, a Natural Wonder of the World. Then, stop at Lake Huron and its many islands including the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island. Finally, sail into Lake Superior and Mackinac Island, ending your voyage by sailing the length of Lake Michigan and disembarking at Milwaukee in Wisconsin.
Ponant’s 7-night a Voyage Along the Great Lakes with Smithsonian Journeys starts from £5,380pp, from Toronto to Milwaukee. Departs August & September 2023. Find out more at uk.ponant.com.