The air turns crisp; leaves take on hues of gold, crimson and
vermillion. Whether clients want to visit quaint coastal villages
or metropolitan meccas, fall foliage cruises can provide an
opportunity to experience changing leaves and cooler temperatures.
A seasonally steady product, fall cruises recently have become more
popular, reaching an all-time high last year, according to
officials. And cruise lines are gearing up for what should be
another banner season.
“There’s nothing quite like a cruise to Canada or New England,”
said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines
International Association (CLIA).
“The popularity of close-to-home vacationing coupled with the ...
expanded roster of Northeastern departure ports make fall foliage
cruises an attractive choice for many travelers.”
Along with more ports of call and package options, cruise lines are
getting more creative with their fall itineraries and shore
excursions, which range from the traditional to the more eccentric.
Crystal Cruises, for example, offers five fall itineraries aboard
the Crystal Symphony, which include a Broadway performance and
private lunch with the cast of “Wicked” in New York City. In
Boston, Crystal passengers choose between tickets to see “Blue Man
Group” or “Shear Madness” as an optional evening shore excursion.
Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas, clients enjoy a
traditional New England lobster bake and a visit to Maine’s Acadia
Cunard’s Splendors of the Fall cruise departs Sept. 26 from New
York for a 12-day adventure that includes a complimentary beer
tasting. Later, a roving pub crawl through Halifax in Nova Scotia,
comes complete with traveling musicians to serenade clients along
History buffs can get dressed up and experience the life a
19th-century Redcoat soldier as part of Holland America’s shore
excursions, while nature lovers will get a thrill when they spot
beluga whales swimming in Quebec’s scenic St. Lawrence River.
Fans of the macabre might prefer Norwegian Cruise Line’s walking
tour of haunted Halifax, or a ghost tour of Quebec with Radisson
Seven Seas Cruises.
Seasonal packages are also available. Celebrity Cruises has a Sea
& Stay package with one- or two-night hotel options in
Baltimore. Selected Radisson Seven Seas Navigator departures,
between New York and Montreal, include free economy-class airfare
and a complimentary two-night hotel stay in New York with tickets
to a Broadway show or $750 off cruise fare.
While fall itineraries typically include stops in Quebec, Montreal
and Nova Scotia, as well as New York City and Boston, this year,
more ports of call are also available with departure points out of
Phila- delphia, Baltimore, Charl- eston, S.C., and Norfolk, Va.
This year, the options for fall travel are almost as numerous as
the falling leaves themselves.