Holland America Line's 2024 Canada and New England season is set to feature 29 sailings that range from weeklong getaways to longer, more in-depth journeys.
The close-to-home cruises that depart or end in Boston, Massachusetts are described as idyllic for family getaways and guests looking to explore North America's Atlantic Coast.
One extended roundtrip-Boston itinerary also stretches up to the dramatic landscapes of Iceland and Greenland.
From April through October, Volendam and Zuiderdam offer a series of seven-day "Canada & New England Discovery" departures with ports that showcase the region's delicious seafood, deep maritime history, quintessential charm and natural beauty.
Ten and 11-day cruises on Volendam add Newfoundland, while a 24-day expedition adds Greenland and a circumnavigation of Iceland.
"A Canada and New England cruise has it all for travellers looking to stay closer to home but experience a taste of Europe, beautiful scenery, amazing food, natural beauty and incredible history," said Beth Bodensteiner, Holland America Line's chief commercial officer. "Our expanded season allows travelers to explore the region from spring through autumn, including the popular fall foliage, and by offering longer cruises we can extend up to Greenland and Iceland for a truly unique vacation."
Early Booking Bonus
For a limited time, when guests book 2024 Canada and New England cruises with the Have It All premium package, the standard package amenities of shore excursions, specialty dining, a Signature Beverage Package and Surf Wi-Fi are included — plus the added perk of free prepaid Crew Appreciation, along with free upgrades to the Elite Beverage Package and Premium Wi-Fi.
Highlights of 2024 :
- A 24-day cruise departing July 27 on Volendam sails roundtrip from Boston and circumnavigates Iceland, enhancing Holland America Line's homeport initiative that allows guests to see the world from their doorstep, with just a short flight or drive to the port. The cruise makes six calls around Iceland, with 10 additional visits in Greenland, Maine and Canada's Nova Scotia, Labrador and Newfoundland.
- Volendam will cruise between Boston and Montréal, Québec, Canada in both the summer and fall on a series of seven-day "Canada & New England Discovery" itineraries with convenient weekend departures. Ports include Bar Harbor, Maine, and the Canadian destinations of Québec City, Québec; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; and Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia. (The Sept. 28 departure exchanges Bar Harbor for Rockland, Maine.)
- Zuiderdam will sail seven-day "Canada & New England Discovery" itineraries between Boston and Québec City, with weekend departures and overnight calls at Quebec City at the beginning or end of the cruise. Ports include Bar Harbor, Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax. (The Sept. 21 departure exchanges Bar Harbor for Rockland and doesn't include a Quebec overnight.)
- One seven-day "Historic Coasts" cruise roundtrip from Boston aboard Volendam departs July 20 and calls at Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; and Halifax and Sydney.
- Volendam offers longer "Newfoundland & New England Discovery" cruises that sail between Boston and Montreal. Ports on the 10-day cruise includes Quebec City, Baie-Comeau and Havre-Saint-Pierre, Québec; Corner Brook, St. Anthony and St. John's in Newfoundland; Halifax and Portland. The 11-day departure calls at Portland, Saint John, Corner Brook, Charlottetown and Quebec's Saguenay.
- Both Volendam and Zuiderdam will cruise the region in the fall so more guests can view the impressive display of the changing foliage. Itineraries feature scenic cruising through the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay Fjord.
- Holland America Line's perfectly sized ships are small enough to enable cruising the scenic St. Lawrence River, with calls at Montréal and Québec City on nearly every itinerary and large enough to host multiple spaces for live music, entertainment productions and specialty dining.
- Volendam offers 13- and 14-day repositioning cruises along the Atlantic Coast between Montréal and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in April and October. Both cruises include an overnight at Quebec City. Zuiderdam's 11-day Atlantic Coast cruise from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale in October adds Charleston, South Carolina.
Food & wine
Exclusive shore excursions in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine highlight the tastes of the region.
On Canada and New England cruises, guests can indulge in authentic poutine and maple syrup–infused treats or farm-to-fork cuisine in Quebec City; explore the best of Nova Scotia's culinary scene along Halifax's iconic waterfront boardwalk; and sample Prince Edward Island's freshly-shucked oysters, lobster sliders and home-grown mussels.