4. Lighthouses and Lobsters in New England/Canada
Lobsters, colonial history, beautiful rugged coastline and whale sightings are among the attractions of these sailings. Leave from ports in Boston or New York and head up to the delights of scenic Maine; the historical attractions of Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the wonders of the Bay of Fundy in St. John, New Brunswick. Some cruises also stop in Newport, R.I., with its over-the-top Gilded Age mansions.
5. History and Culture in Europe
Many culture vultures consider a cruise to points in Europe a must. The Mediterranean is a favorite: Ships embark from ports in Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Athens for visits to the big cities and quaint towns — including points along the French Riviera — of the region's eastern and western reaches. Northern Europe cruises explore the Baltic, visiting cities in Scandinavia as well as St. Petersburg, Russia; the British Isles; or the stunningly beautiful coast of Norway.