You don’t need to be born in the USA to appreciate the patchwork of states this nation has to offer. Take a cruise to one of its characterful port-of-calls including San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Boston and – of course- a transatlantic trip to New York. With many a cruise line ready to take you on an all-American adventure, which city is calling your name? Have a look at some of our favourite top ports to stop at in the USA and be inspired for your next all American cruise.

San Francisco

Docking into this Californian hub of culture, finance and famous landmarks, you will spot the infamous Golden Gate Bridge waiting for you to take the obligatory snapshot. Once on dry land, walk around the quaint Italian quarter, lose yourself in the Museum of Modern Art and join in with the bustling nightlife. San Francisco’s cool ocean breeze will keep you company as you tour the city on Segway or stop in for some fresh seafood delights at one of the many sea view restaurants.

Highlights from San Fransisco day excursions also include Sonoma Wine Country, reached by crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge, where you can taste some of the premium vintage wines that California has to offer. Princess Cruises takes you here as part of its Californian Coastal itinerary, starting at San Francisco and journeying through to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Fort Lauderdale

The sunny starting point for many a voyage, this Florida port makes a collage of blue, white and green with its beautiful shoreline, while lively visitors and inhabitants give it an infectiously good vibe. Carnival Cruise Line sail around the Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, where you’re welcome to explore the city’s meandering canals and browse stylish boutiques before setting off to some idyllic island destinations, including St Maarten and Puerto Rico.

Fort Lauderdale is known for its airboat rides through the everglades, where you can spot their famous reptile inhabitant – the crocodile. Very family friendly, you’ll find endless fun outdoor activities for the kids on this trip, including 90-minute pirate ship excursions that take you past famous Fort Lauderdale landmarks.

New York

Start spreading the news that you’re leaving today (as the song goes!) and take a transatlantic cruise to New York. You can sail past Lady Liberty herself and get yourself ready for some serious shopping, heights and sights from the Empire State Building to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Cunard will treat you on a luxurious journey from Southampton to New York onboard Queen Mary II.

Whether you want to catch a show on Broadway, devour a cupcake or two from Magnolia Bakery or discover if Brooklyn really is the new Manhattan, there are plenty of places to check out in the Big Apple. New York is home to the rich and famous so keep an eye out, you may even spot a few celebs along 5th Avenue or in Central Park. If you’ve been shopping your way through New York City, there’s no need to worry about luggage weight limits either, just bring it all back to the ship and cruise home to the UK with your purchases in tow.


Home to fine educational institutes, a contemporary cityscape and thriving tourism, Massachusetts’ capital is a forward-thinking city which warmly invites visitors. Discover its long colonial past in the Museum of Fine Arts, taste the local clam chowder or watch a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

Boston is also a city rich in history and was the birth place of the American Revolution. Today you can walk through the city on a ‘Freedom Trail’ and check out the Boston Common, American Revolution landmarks and some of America’s oldest public parks. Royal Caribbean® offer numerous cruises to America, including a North American east coast tour sailing from Baltimore and stopping at Boston, Portland, New Brunswick and Halifax.

Lost Angeles

California dreamin’ is the name of the game in LA, where those very dreams can easily come true. Be part of the high life by visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre, The Grammy Museum and Hollywood Bowl. If the celebrity lifestyle isn’t really your thing, find a spot on the Santa Monica State Beach, spend the day at the zoo or see a game at Dodger Stadium.

While you’re here make sure to check out some of that famous LA grub too, from on-the-go food trucks to beachside burger joints and locally-sourced sushi restaurants. To make the most of your USA cruise, Princess Cruises offers you a California tour, where you’ll port not only in Los Angeles but also in some of Cali’s most famous coastal towns – including Santa Barbara and San Fransisco.

The American Dream is waiting for you across the Atlantic Ocean – all you have to do is make it happen. Have a look at some of our best cruise deals for the USA and get planning your American adventure today.

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