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  • 02
  • Sep
  • 2015

Fall Foliage Cruises are Bursting with Color

The ever-changing view of the fiery red, glowing orange, and golden yellow foliage is what makes a Fall Foliage cruise an international favorite. In addition, the rugged seaside villages, colonial history and rocky coastlines draw folks to the East Coast this time of year. Cruising Canada and New England is one of those “bucket list” items that everyone should experience in their lifetime.  There’s no better time to visit than the fall. The foliage is brilliant, lighthouses dot the coastline, and there’s always an authentic lobster bake to be savored!

Fall foliage colors and details in Acadia National Park in Maine, New England, during their famous Autumn

Fall Foliage Cruises are Bursting with Color

You’ll discover the unmistakable charm of New England and eastern Canada.  Northern Atlantic ports offer a glimpse into the past, as well as the present-day beauty of their landscapes. Learn about America’s forefathers in Newport and Boston. Bar Harbor is known for its stunning rocky shores and tall cliffs.  On the Canadian side, Halifax and Saint John portray a different kind of lifestyle, where things are quieter and the pace is slower.

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Choose Your Itinerary

Many major cruise lines has at least one ship sailing a Canada/New England itinerary in the fall. Voyages range from seven-nights to 14- or 17-nights.  Peak foliage times run from late September to mid-October.  Princess Cruises sails from Quebec City.  Holland America Line and Norwegian both offer Boston to Quebec itineraries. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity sail round trip from Bayonne.

Port Highlights

Boston: History comes to life here.  This city is filled with museums, galleries, parks and historic sights. Take the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that includes the route of Paul Revere’s ride, view restored tea ships at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, or take a short trip to Concord to see the bridge where Minutemen fired “the shot heard ’round the world.”boston-tea-party-ships-and-museum

Newport: This former summer playground of the famously rich is home to opulent mansions from the Gilded Age. Grandest of all is The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with a lower loggia that features a mosaic of dolphins made from thousands of pieces of marble.

Bar Harbor: The main attraction is Acadia National Park, a 47,633- acre mix of rocky shores, towering cliffs and forested mountains.  In town, relax on the Village Green or sip microbrews at a pub.

Halifax: Visit Pier 21 (Canada’s Museum of Immigration), take little ones on a Theodore Tugboat cruise, or see the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, featuring a vast collection of Titanic memorabilia. Outside the city, visit the restored village of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Halifax is also a great place to feast on lobster.

Saint John, New Brunswick: A must-see is the Bay of Fundy. Watch how the highest tidal range in the world causes a river to reverse direction, sending 100 billion tons of swirling seawater into the Saint John River.

Quebec City: Get a taste of France without crossing the Atlantic. Visit the Place Royale, a picturesque plaza that’s considered the birthplace of French civilization in North America, and  La Citadelle, a sprawling star-shaped fortress and active military garrison that is a national historic site.


La Citadelle

Learn more about Fall Foliage cruises by contacting a travel advisor at Since fall is on our doorstep, you can find some great last minute deals to the East Coast. For more information, please feel free to check us out online at or give us a call at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784). Our experienced travel advisors will be happy to answer all your questions and help you check off another destination from your bucket list!

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