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 you?

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, then join in with the bustling nightlife. Princess Cruises takes you here as part of its Californian Coastal itinerary and offers a day trip to Sonoma Wine Country, reached by crossing over the bridge.

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 infectious good-vibe. Carnival Cruise Lines sail around the Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, where you are 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.

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 Southhampton to New York on-board the 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. You might even choose to fly into the city and cruise back with all your purchases, not having to worry about luggage weight limits.


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 speciality, clam chowder or watch a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Royal Caribbean sails from Boston on a US-European cruise that takes guests to Portland, Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Los 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. Princess Cruises offer a cruise ending in this sparky city after a varied itinerary taking in the length and breadth of the Americas – Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica are just some of the possible ports of call.

The American Dream is waiting for you across the Atlantic Ocean: all you have to do is make it happen.

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