New England Cruises to Enjoy Fall Foliage

Fall foliage cruises in New England and Canada sail from home ports in Montreal, Quebec City, Boston, New York City, and New Jersey.  They are a popular way to experience the beauty of the leaves changing along the seashore while enjoying the comfortable amenities of a cruise ship.  The large, popular cruise lines dedicate a number of ships to do fall foliage cruises every year.

Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas – The Jewel of the Seas is a 2,100 plus passenger cruise ship that departs in October from Boston on 7 night cruises to Canada and New England with stops in Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, and Portland, Maine.

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Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas – The Enchantment of the Seas departs Baltimore, Maryland for an 8 night cruise to popular New England and Nova Scotia ports before returning to Baltimore

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Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas – The Brilliance of the Seas departs from Quebec City with 10-11 day cruises with stops at ports in Canada and New England. It has two October cruises. The first tours Canada. The second is a one way cruise from Quebec to New Jersey.

Manhattan From Weehawken, NJ
Norwegian Dawn – The Norwegian Dawn is scheduled for three one way, seven day cruises between Boston and Quebec City in October.

Norwegian at anchor in Mykonos
Norwegian Gem – The Norwegian Gem will do a 10 night cruise departing New York that tours Eastern Canada & Quebec.
Carnival Glory – The Carnival Glory departs New York for a seven day cruise to Nova Scotia before returning to New York.

Caribbean Princess
Caribbean Princess – The Caribbean Princess sails from Brooklyn, NY for 7 nights with stops at Halifax, Saint John, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport, RI.

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Emerald Princess – The Emerald Princess will do two, ten night, one way cruises between Quebec City and New York City with stops at Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Cunard QM2. Eleuthera. Bahamas
Cunard Queen Mary 2 – The QM2 departs Brooklyn for a seven night cruise with ports of call in Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Key West - MS Veendam
Holland America Veendam – The Veendam will do two one way, seven night cruises between Montreal and Boston.

Eurodam in San Juan
Holland America Eurodam – The Eurodam will do a 10 night fall foliage cruise to Canada from New York City and a 13 night southbound cruise from Quebec City to Ft. Lauderdale in October.

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Holland America Maasdam – The Maasdam will do a 13 night repositioning cruise from Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with stops in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Maine, and Florida.

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Celebrity Summit – The Celebrity Summit departs from Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey for a fourteen night canada new england cruise with stops in Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Portland.

Crystal Symphony
Crystal Symphony – The Crystal Symphony will do two, seven night, one way cruises between Boston and Montreal Quebec. It will also do a ten night autumnal adventure between Montreal, Quebec and New York, New York.

Oceania Regatta at Pier 35 San Francisco
Oceania Regatta – The Regatta will sail on a 12 night colors, coasts and coves fall foliage cruise from Montreal to New York, and a 14 night autumn vistas cruise out of New York City with stops, among other places, at Boston, Halifax, and Hamilton, Bermuda.

Seabourn Sojourn – It sails on a ten night, one way cruise to Canada between Boston and Montreal and a thirteen night repositioning cruise between Montreal and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Silver Whisper
Silversea Silver Whisper – The Silver Whisper sails on two, one way, ten night New England Canada cruises between New York and Montreal.

Seven Seas Navigator
Regent Seven Seas Navigator – The Seven Seas Navigator sails on two, one way, ten night cruises between New York and Montreal before a fifteen night repositioning cruise from Montreal, Quebec to Miami, Florida

The larger cruise ships aren’t the only way to enjoy the fall foliage from the water in the New England area.  Smaller cruise providers do one-day and multi-day tours of the area as well.   They might not have all of the amenities of larger ships, but you may find that their small size provides distinct advantages.  Here are a few of them to consider:

Blount Small Ship Adventures sails out of New York City, Boston and Providence.

American Cruise Lines – Sails small ships on multi-night cruises from Portland, Providence, and New York City.

Atlantic Seal Cruises – Day cruises out of Freeport, Maine for seal watching and fall foliage.

Lady Katherine Cruises sails from Connecticut.

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat – The Becky Thatcher riverboat offers evening cruises along the Connecticut River.

Private Yachts –  Charter your own yacht sailed by professionals for a unique and memorable New England cruise.  Two websites to check out are CharterWave and Ed Hamilton.

If you book a fall foliage cruise, you won’t be spending all of your time on the water.  You will also get to enjoy one or more of these popular ports during your trip:

Boston Skyline
Boston – This historic city, founded in 1620, was the home of the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, and the first shots of the American Revolution.

Bar Harbor House
Bay Harbor, Maine – Acadia National Park nearly surrounds this New England fishing village and popular port for cruise ships.

Portland skyline
Portland, Maine – Enjoy the lobster, Victorian architecture, and shores of the historic port in Maine.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia – The rich culture and scenic coast makes one of the world’s largest harbors a popular destination for cruise ships as well.

Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, RI – Newport is a popular destination because of its fine fall foliage, famous Cliff Walk, early churches and magnificent mansions.

Saint John - Reversing Falls
Saint John, New Brunswick – Canada’s first incorporated city is known for the extreme tides of the Bay of Fundy, the Reversing Falls, scenic views and sea life.

Montreal Skyline
Montreal – The second largest city in Canada will transport you to Paris with its majority French-speaking population.

Quebec City
Quebec City – A charming city located on the St. Lawrence River where Samuel de Champlain established a trading post in 1608.

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