Fall Foliage Cruise Ports
Cruising the Atlantic Coastline of the United States and Canada is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Fall. Our partner, Regent Seven Seas, gives this summary of some of the best ports along the Eastern seaboard.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Tall ships unfurl their sails and make for the open sea, while harbor seals, porpoises and whales play in the wide blue bay. From the mid-1800s until the great fire of 1947, Bar Harbor was a haven for wealthy summer visitors who built shingled, 60-room "summer cottages" on rocky promontories and islands. Today, the main interest is Acadia National Park, a magnificent landscape of towering coastal mountains and coves, lakes, hundreds of streams and ponds, and Somes Sound, a splendid glacial-carved fjord.
Home to more colleges and universities than any other city in the United States, Boston has been the intellectual capital of America for more than 350 years. Step into the past along Boston’s Freedom Trail, leading you through some of the most interesting chapters in U.S. history: the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall, and Beacon Hill. You will discover 16 of America’s major colonial and revolutionary sites in all, and all within a 1.5-mile walk.
Newport, Rhode Island
Known as the ‘Queen of Summer Resorts’, Newport was home to many of America’s wealthiest Gilded Age tycoons including the Astors, Belmonts and Vanderbilts. Today, the traveler can tour these opulent mansions, carefully restored by the Newport Preservation Society. Walking tours of Newport showcase a fine collection of pre-Revolutionary War buildings in the Colonial Downtown section, sophisticated boutiques and excellent restaurants.
Welcoming travelers to an innovative and historic cityscape, Nova Scotia’s Halifax offers excellent dining and friendly maritime smiles. Tour Halifax Citadel or take a stroll along the historic waterfront or through the delightful Public Gardens, the oldest Victorian gardens in Canada. Lobster and seafood are local specialties and always tempting to the taste-buds.. The Micmac Indians, called the area ‘Chebuctook’, meaning Great Long Harbor and the city’s ideal location on one of the largest natural harbors in the world made it a strategic asset for convoys in both world wars. Scenic Dartmouth lies on the opposite shore and can be visited by crossing on the oldest saltwater ferry in Canada.
The diversity and rich cultural heritage of Montréal never ceases to captivate the traveler. Take a horse-drawn carriage through the Vieux-Montréal, the largest collection of historic buildings in North America. Browse the shops and boutiques along the 19-miles of neon-lit corridors of the Underground City. Explore the exquisite works on display at the Musée des Beaux Artes or walk part of the Jardin Botanique, the largest Chinese garden in North America.
Quebec City, Canada
Prepare to be thoroughly charmed by this great historic city. The only walled metropolis in North America provides a taste of authentic, profoundly French culture. Stroll the cool cobbled streets of Basse-Ville with its outstanding 17th- and 18th-century architecture, graceful parks and delightful sidewalk cafés. Head over to the Rue du Trésor where many local artists display and sell their artwork. Discover Place Royale, a beautifully restored market square and the green-turreted castle of Château Frontenac, Québec’s most celebrated landmark. Stop for spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River, Île d’Orléans and the Laurentian Mountains at Dufferin Terrace.
Saint John, Canada
Explore the sophisticated urban delights of Canada’s oldest incorporated city and its extraordinary natural wonders in Saint John and the Bay of Fundy. Discover the area’s Loyalist heritage and shipbuilding industry with a visit to the New Brunswick Museum. Enjoy the Victorian Architecture as you stroll to the Old City Market. Look for maple syrup, local handicrafts, hard cider and other food items and souvenirs. With the world’s highest tides, head out to view the thrilling natural wonder of the water as it roils and swirls literally reversing the river’s flow during the change from low to high tide.
Combine a fantastic cruise experience with the beautiful Autumn scenery for the ultimate Fall Foliage vacation.
Enjoy Modern Luxury when you sail with Celebrity to Canada/New England. Thoughtfully crafted itineraries treat you to the best of Autumn with stops in charming ports such as Boston, Bar Harbor, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City and more.
Holland America Line
Along the eastern coast of North America, the ports of New England and Canada's Atlantic Provinces bear witness to both fascinating histories and diverse cultures that continue to thrive to this day. Whether you want to step back in time or see what the future holds for its metropolises, a journey along the east coast of North America promises to be eye-opening and unforgettable.
Royal Caribbean Cruises
New England boasts some of the most exquisite colors in the fall. But it's also home to the "Cradle of Liberty" we know and love as Boston, not to mention the best lobster this side of the Atlantic in Maine. Journey to the oldest cities on the Atlantic Coast with a New England cruise.
Carnival Cruises offers 4, 5 and 7 day cruises departing from the Big Apple, New York City. Gaze back at famous lighthouses overlooking the coastline. Explore the nautical life of quaint seaside villages. See some of the most historic harbors.
The pages of history and stunning natural beauty blend seamlessly as you cruise the color-drenched shores of Canada & New England. Visit the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove in Halifax, return to the Gilded Age in Newport and so much more. On board, you'll dine like a New Englander on succulent crab cakes and lobster.