Bar Harbor, ME, is a cute town with lots of shops and eateries, plus Acadia National Park is nearby. Halifax is another walking city with interesting history and wineries. Quebec City is a quaint, yet romantic, port with delicious food and breathtaking vistas.
Fall foliage is not only for retirees, many families enjoy them. Royal Caribbean International’s Serenade of the Seas is a great option for a family reunion.
The five- to seven-night foliage cruises are great for families who don’t wish to buy air tickets. Canada / New England itineraries as more affordable and “hip” than an Alaska cruise. A pre- or post-cruise New York City stay is also a lot of fun to add to the trip.
Book Early, Don’t Expect Deals: Balcony staterooms on fall foliage voyages sell out fast, so book early to get the accommodations you want. That may even mean booking for the following year. Balconies are especially prized, and they can really be enjoyed on itineraries that include the St. Lawrence River. Sitting on a private balcony on a crisp fall evening with the moon reflecting off the water is evocative. Pricing rarely goes down for these cruises. No looking for last-minute sales and deals here.
Royal Caribbean, Princess and Disney are offering a few shorter itineraries for busy families. Carnival and Norwegian also provide family-friendly options. Holland America does some lovely 14-night roundtrips from Boston that go all the way to Montreal. And then luxury small ships such as Silversea’s Silver Whisper and Seabourn’s Seabourn Quest create an upscale cruise experience.
American Cruise Lines has launched a new 11-day “Grand New England” itinerary roundtrip from Boston on the latest 165-passenger American Constellation. New ports of call are Provincetown, MA, and Kennebunkport, ME. Highlights include a lobster bake luncheon at Penobscot Bay, a tour of Newport and the Breakers Mansion, Captain Jack’s Lobster boat adventure and an Acadia National Park tour.
Looking ahead to 2018, Quebec City will become a new port for Disney Cruise Line on two new Disney Magic sailings between New York and Quebec. Departing September 20 and September 27, both cruises feature two full days in Quebec City as well as maiden calls at Saguenay and Baie-Comeau, Canada.
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Susan Young 7/10/2017 Travel Central