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United States of America

Home of the brave, land of the free, the United States of America is a country brimming with different notions of culture and endless offerings. It comprises a total of 50 states making up the geographic continent of Northern America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific. The US provides an extensive range of opportunities when it comes to travel, with action-packed metropolises, beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, sandy deserts, deep canyons and more. Hardly surprising then, that cruising by sea would offer just as many unique opportunities… There are dozens of USA ports, new and old, modern and quaint, busy and peaceful, big and small — all waiting to be discovered…

From the legendary coffee culture in Seattle to the staggering Grand Canyon in Arizona, there’s plenty for you to enjoy when you set sail for the United States. It’s also home to Florida — the official Cruise Capital of the World, boasting sparkling beaches, impressive art-deco architecture and buzzing bars. Check out New York’s bustling boroughs and notable landmarks — from the Statue of Liberty to the brightly-lit Times Square! If you time your cruise in the fall, you can also marvel at the glorious trees in New England, bursting in a kaleidoscope of colours!

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California is full of contrast, with sun-kissed surf and beaches in the south, moody redwood forests in the north and a plethora of bucket-list-worthy attractions in between! Los Angeles in Southern California is famous for its Hollywood Walk of Fame and Disneyland Park, as well as the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and its upscale fashion street Rodeo Drive! Going up north, you’ll find the hilly city of San Francisco — well-known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, antique cable cars and stunning Victorian-style houses. San Diego is a popular port of call for beach enthusiasts, loved for its all-year-round warm climate and 70-mile shoreline. 

New York

Known for the lively New York City that never sleeps and the majestic Niagara Falls straddling the border between the US and Canada — this state brings you some of the world’s most-loved locations, including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and the list goes on! New York is truly a place of opportunity, of inspiration, as seen in countless musicals, movies and novels. It’s vast, bustling and electrifying, but it’s the kind of place you’d love to lose yourself in. 


Calling all the sun and sand aficionados! The Sunshine State is a proud owner of hundreds of miles of beach, thanks to its idyllic location with the Atlantic on one side, and the warm swell of the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Miami is a hotspot for beaches and nightlife, home to the world-class Miami Beach that attracts millions of visitors each year. Once you’ve soaked in enough sun, switch things up with the endless adventure and entertainment in Orlando — nicknamed the “Theme Park Capital of the World”! Bring out the child in you as you witness the magic and fun unfold in Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and more! 

Natural Wonders

While the United States of America is primarily known for its modern innovations and energetic city atmosphere, the country doesn’t fall short of serene landscapes, spectacular bodies of water and seasonal sceneries! Discover a whole world of natural wonders, from the postcard-perfect autumn displays in New England and the otherworldly grandeur of the northern lights in Alaska up to the deep canyons in Arizona and the misty mountains in Hawaii, and all the sprawling national parks somewhere in the middle of it all…


  • The Grand Canyon in Arizona, a geological phenomenon formed a million years ago, revealing an astonishing mile-deep gorge surrounded by stratified red rocks.

  • The tallest sand dunes in North America can be found in Colorado — the Great Sand Dunes National Park, where you can hike the towering Star Dune and sandboard down the powdery slopes.
  • Niagara Falls comprises three awe-inspiring cascades of waters, spanning the border between New York state and Ontario — an amazing 3-million litres of water pour over the falls every second!

  • Witness the breathtaking Fall Foliage, where landscapes across New England are cloaked in ever-changing colours — Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine offer the best leaf peeping experience! 

Things to do in the United States of America

Explore the eerie history of New Orleans

New Orleans is affectionately nicknamed the “Big Easy” for the easy-going and laid-back lifestyle of its locals! Dubbed as the Crown Jewel of New Orleans, French Quarter is the historic heart and easily one of the major draws of the Big Easy, making it a great starting point for exploring the city’s points of interest. For a fresh and unique experience, relive the city’s spine-chilling past with a Dark History Tour, where you’ll learn about the paranormal encounters, spooky urban legends and scandalous stories veiled behind the neighbourhood’s seemingly colourful buildings and vibrant streets.

Take a ferry ride to the Alcatraz Island

Set on a tiny rocky island off the shore of San Francisco, visiting Alcatraz Island is one of the unmissable experiences in California, especially for history buffs! The small island was an abandoned maximum-security prison that once held America’s most notorious offenders from 1934 to 1963. The prison was later shut down and now serves as a fascinating attraction, carrying an infamous history and legendary stories. You can take the ferry from Pier 33 to take a tour of the island or simply admire the site at a distance while sampling the local cuisine from the Fisherman’s Wharf.

Have a whale of a time in Las Vegas

Paint the town red and indulge in non-stop entertainment in the resort city of Las Vegas — the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ — providing around-the-clock fun in the form of glitzy casinos, celebrity-chef restaurants,  spectacular live shows and a turbo-charged nightlife! Follow the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign along to the neon-soaked ‘The Strip’ — home to Sin City’s most sought-after landmarks, including the Bellagio Fountains, The Venetian’s Grand Canal, The Eiffel Tower, Pyramids and even a Sphinx!

Man-made Marvels

The United States of America is packed with recognisable landmarks that reign at the top of every traveller’s bucket-list! From imposing bridges to colossal monuments, the nation has no shortage of astounding man-made marvels to discover from coast to coast. Though you've probably seen most of these attractions in postcards or photos, nothing compares to the extraordinary feeling of actually getting a glimpse of it up-close and personal. On a USA cruise, don’t miss out on checking out these world-famous man-made marvels: 


  • The Statue of Liberty is New York’s icon, a national treasure and a universal symbol of freedom, hope and democracy. Lady Liberty stands tall at a pedestal, welcoming visitors at the entrance of the city’s harbour. 

  • Crossing the photogenic Golden Gate Bridge is such a bucket-list-worthy experience in San Francisco. The colossal towers and sweeping cables making up this engineering wonder make it a truly dramatic sight.

  • The Hollywood Sign perched on the hill overlooking Los Angeles is one of the most photographed sites in the world and a famous backdrop for countless movies and TV shows!

United States of America FAQs

How long do you need to visit the USA?

Realistically, you’ll need weeks, months even, to be able to explore the entirety of the USA. A deep dive into a region is an excellent way to maximise your time. The cruise regions can be divided into Alaska, New England, Pacific Coast, Hawaii and Florida. Exploring mega metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City can already take up to a whole week if you really want to experience everything. However, you do so much and cover the major attractions even with limited time if you plan accordingly.

How much should I tip?

Tipping in the USA is expected and customary, especially in sit-down restaurants and bars. Generally, according to the insider advice, 20% of the total bill is the standard for gratuities unless a service charge is already included. For self-service shops, tipping is discretionary but is still very much appreciated. For airport and hotel door attendants, the norm is 2 USD per bag and a minimum of 5 USD per cart. Giving a tip to hotel housekeepers daily is also recommended. And for cab drivers, you can tip between 10% to 15% of the fare.

How to get around the US?

In most large cities across the states, it’s convenient to get around using cabs and subways whilst buses offer an affordable alternative. If you plan to hop cities, the best thing to do is to rent a car for  hassle-free transfers. Note that some states require an International Drivers Licence and select car rental agencies have age limits, so be sure to check the rules and regulation of the state you’re visiting prior to your trip.

When is the best time to visit the USA?

The best time depends on which region you’re cruising to. If you’re visiting Alaska, the best time would be from May to September. For New England cruises, you can book between September to October, just in time for the fall foliage. Meanwhile, summer is the most ideal season for those who plan to go to the Pacific Coast, including California and Seattle, which normally runs from May through October. For pleasant weather, the most favourable months for cruising to Hawaii would be in April, May, September, and October — with a peak season being in May. Finally, you can enjoy Miami’s best weather from February to May.

Which state should I visit in America?

With the USA's vast size, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and find it difficult to decide which state to go to. Good things about cruises, you get to visit a lot of destinations in just one trip. If you’re having a hard time choosing the best cruise itinerary, you can consider cruises to Hawaii and Alaska if you want to immerse yourself in nature. Florida is the perfect place for the sand and sea lovers, with miles of pristine beaches in Miami. California has eclectic offerings for those who want to try it all, from sun-drenched beaches to iconic landmarks and spots! And if you’re after action-packed experiences, you’ll find non-stop fun and hustle and bustle in Las Vegas and New York City.

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