Lonely Planet Writer

Love history and luxury? A cruise line is taking travellers on a trip into America’s past

If you want all the relaxation of a cruise but would like to learn a little something at the same time, one cruise line is offering a new trip that will take visitors to some of the most important sites in American history.

White House, Washington DC.
White House, Washington DC. Image by Tetra Images

Crystal Cruises has launched a 14-day cruise from New York to Ft. Lauderdale, leaving on 25 October, with an itinerary that will bring travellers to more than a dozen of the country’s most significant historical sites. The ship will stop in New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia. Guests will be able to head to see famed historic sites like the US Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and the Washington Monument. The American heritage excursions will take travellers to many sombre locations, including Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the famous site where soldiers fought the largest battle on US soil. They will also head to Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, a coastal fortress that was a key location during the War of 1812.

USA United States Capitol.
USA United States Capitol. Image by www.infinitahighway.com.br

In the nation’s capital, visitors will also go to Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of veterans are laid to rest, and the National Mall, which is home to the World War II, Korean and Vietnam war memorials. There will also be lectures from a USA Today editor who covered the White House as a correspondent and has interviewed US presidents and foreign leaders. If that seems like a bit too much history for a vacation, never fear, the cruise will then head onto explore Aruba, Dominican Republic and Grand Turk before returning to the US on 8 November, or Election Day.