With the approach of autumn, cruise lines begin to chart new courses, particularly in North America’s Northeast, where many ships sail between New York and Montreal.
Ranging from one to two weeks, Canada and New England cruises typically skirt North America’s East Coast for nature’s unparalled annual display of fall foliage. On cruises to New England and Canada, passengers witness a spectacular palette of colors as leaves change from emerald green to hues of ruby, amber and gold.
Itineraries are designed to ensure that there is plenty of time ashore to sample succulent Maine lobster, scavenge for antiques and amble through quaint towns and parks. Ships typically drop anchor in Boston, Newport and/or Bar Harbor, Maine as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec. In Boston, stop for a lobster salad sandwich and a bowl of clam chowder, true New England delicacies. Don’t miss a visit to the Breakers in Newport, where the Vanderbilt family built their 70-room summer “cottage” at the end of the 19th century.
Skip the port town of Bar Harbor only if you must, but don’t miss the view from Cadillac Mountain and the beauty of Arcadia National Park with its rugged coastal beauty. Golfers can tee off at Kebo Valley Golf Club, the country’s eighth oldest golf course, which wraps itself between the mountains and the sea.
In Halifax, absorb the strong Scotch heritage, while feeling as if you’ve arrived in France in the French-speaking Canadian province, Quebec.
Highlighting many sailings are scenic transits along the St. Lawrence River and Saguenay Fjord, which offers some of the world’s most stunning and marine-rich scenery.
A Canada New England cruise also combines the Colonial America’s historic attractions with visits to grand estates of the wealthy perched on craggy ocean cliffs. Be sure to pack a camera to snap the rugged beauty of the Northeast Coast.