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As North American coastal cruising is gaining in popularity, new entrants are introducing different and larger vessels to the market, and new destinations such as Cuba are on the rise. Pictured here, a beach landing of the Blount Small Ship Adventures vessel the Grande Mariner.The Grande Mariner, operated by Blount Small Ship Adventures, deploys its unique bow ramp in Belize.Blount Small Ship Adventures vessel the Grande Caribe at Oswego on an Erie Canal itinerary. The line says it is the only overnight cruise ship on the canal.The American Cruise Lines ship American Spirit has 51 cabins, some with individual balconies.The Legacy, sailing for Un-Cruise Adventures, is a replica of a turn-of-the-century coastal steamer.The cabins on coastal cruise ships tend to be small and cozy, like this one on the Legacy.The lounge in the Safari Voyager, operated by Un-Cruise Adventures.The bridge on Un-Cruise Adventures' Safari Voyager.The dining room on Pearl Seas Cruises' Pearl Mist.The Pearl Mist is one of the few coastal cruise ships to have individual balconies.The topside Sun Deck on the 210-passenger Pearl Mist.The partly-covered Lido Lounge on the Pearl Mist.

The rise of coastal cruising

Cruises that hug the coasts of North America appeal to older, well-traveled passengers seeking a small-ship experience that doesn't require distant travel, and new vessels and destinations are adding excitement to the market. READ MORE




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