The 8-day cruise spends all of its time exploring the Massachusetts coast, visiting ancient lighthouses and spotting whales

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An 8-day cruise explores the Massachusetts coast, leaving only once to visit Rhode Island.

Known as the Cape Codder Cruise by American Cruise Lines, travelers begin and end their 8-day, 7-night cruise in Boston.

“Travel to the picturesque city of Gloucester and admire old lighthouses, historic schooners and impressive houses that line the waterfront,” the website states. “Visit Provincetown, a bohemian port city with unique art galleries and excellent whale watching opportunities. Enjoy the charming villages and gingerbread houses of Martha’s Vineyard. Along the way, enjoy the delicious fresh seafood that New England is known for, from oysters and scallops to the world-famous clam chowder and lobster chowder.”

Some of the stops are Martha’s Vineyard, New Bedford and Provincetown.

The ship accommodates 170 guests and began in 2018. The next cruise is August 26, with additional dates until 2023. Prices start at $4,960.

However, other cruise lines offer opportunities to explore other parts of New England.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers cruises from Boston to Maine and Canada. Royal Caribbean cruises also offer stops in Maine and Canada.

Many cruise lines that have been forced to close during part of the COVID-19 pandemic have lowered vaccination requirements and bookings have increased.

“We’ve seen a huge spike in bookings, like a massive spike in bookings,” Harr Travel CEO Danny Genung told The Washington Post.

Those looking for day cruises can also find unique Boston excursions.

The Liberty Clipper offers guests a 2-hour sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor aboard a classic tall ship. On a 1-hour cruise, guests can explore Boston Harbor and see “Boston Tea Party ships, the USS Constitution and Boston Light – the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the United States.” And on another short cruise, guests can bring their dogs.

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