to see & things to do
by sea, the north Atlantic coast of the United States and
the Maritime Provinces of Canada appear almost untouched. Along
coastal waters and the banks of the St. Lawrence River,
lighthouses stand watch on craggy promontories where time
seems to have stood still in colonial era towns and fishing
villages. Ports of
call offer a window to days gone by when independence was
won and settlers fanned out to tame the wilderness.
increasing popularity of Northeast Passage and Fall Foliage
cruises has proven to be a boon for inquisitive cruisers. From
late summer through autumn, there’s no better way to
experience the magical changing of the seasons than by
taking a cruise to the most picturesque ports in New England
and Canada. With
more ships plying the Atlantic and St. Lawrence than ever
before, chances are you’ll find one to fit your budget and
year-round cruise destinations, New England and Canada
cruises are seasonal. Mother
Nature doesn’t always cooperate, but the “peak” for
Fall Foliage color is generally sometime in October,
depending on how far north the ports of call are located. If
the cruise itself or historic sites are your objective,
you’ll find more cruises of varying lengths offered during
summer months as well.
England and Northeast Passage cruises take several
itineraries of seven to ten days are one-way from New York
to Montreal (or vice versa) and include such ports as
Boston, Newport, Bar Harbor, Portland, Halifax, and Quebec
selecting an itinerary, it’s important to pick the right
ship to ensure the cruise meets your expectations.
Ships range from small excursion/adventure vessels to
megaships with every resort convenience at hand.
The former are more casual and destination intensive,
while the latter conform to a traditional cruising standard. Unlike
the not-so-distant past, the majority of Fall Foliage cruise
passengers are not senior citizens.
Newer and larger ships in the region have been a boon
for families whose children find as much to enjoy onboard as
their parents and grandparents.
comfort, think layers and stick with cottons and other
natural fabrics when you plan your wardrobe. Plan
to buy souvenir sweatshirts and make them a part of your
warmth plan. Late
in the season, instead of a heavy coat, take a tightly
woven, hooded windbreaker, a cap that covers the ears, and
appreciate warm socks and comfortable walking shoes. Remember,
a nighttime stroll on deck can be chilly—even in summer
months—on the north Atlantic.