One of the best ways to enjoy the breathtaking hues of the changing of the seasons is on a fall foliage cruise across New England and Canada. Aside from the crisp air and the cozy sweater weather, the colorful transformation of the trees is one of the top reasons why fall is so magical.
Board Celebrity Summit in late September and early October when it cruises up the Northeast coast, and you’ll be able to spot the stunning reds, brilliant oranges, mustard yellows, and vivid greens that decorate the landscape.
Aside from giving you a prime seat to enjoy the beautiful scenery (which is especially gorgeous when it’s reflected in the water below), our fall color cruises visit a number of fascinating destinations along the way.
Learn about American history in Boston, visit charming Quebec City, eat fresh lobster in Bar Harbor, and spot the red and white lighthouses of Charlottetown.
Your fall color cruise kicks off in Boston, an exciting city full of history and culture.
Spending one day in Boston is enough to explore America’s past by visiting Revolutionary War battlefields and following the trail of Paul Revere at Lexington Green. Shop for gifts at the legendary Quincy Market in downtown Boston.
Cross the Charles River and arrive in Cambridge, where the fall weather and the Ivy League students mingling in Harvard Square will make you nostalgic for your college days.
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
In Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, you’ll be surrounded with spectacular views of the changing leaves.
One of the best things to do in Halifax is to go on a drive through the city’s scenic lighthouse route towards Peggy’s Cove, a tiny fishing village that is the site of Canada’s most photographed lighthouse. History buffs will also want to schedule a trip to the Maritime Museum of The Atlantic, which houses an important collection of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
The small port city of Sydney is full of beautiful coastal vistas, historic sites, and vibrant nature walks. Learn all about its famous landmarks and culture during a walking tour of Old Sydney.
For an undeniably picturesque view of the city, drive through the countryside, where you’ll pass by Cabot Trail’s lush hills, the Louisbourg Lighthouse, and St. Ann’s Bay.
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, head to the quaint town of Baddeck, the former summer home of inventor Alexander Graham Bell. From there, admire the serene view of the surrounding Bras d’Or Lake.
Quebec City, Quebec
Brush up on your French skills in Quebec City, the captivating capital of Quebec. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk through the streets of Old Quebec and enjoy the delectable French cuisine.
To best experience the warm colors of Quebec City in the fall, journey down the St. Lawrence River and marvel at the scenery awash in autumn hues on your way to Canyon Sainte-Anne, a verdant gorge that really comes alive during the fall.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Wander through the seaside cliffs and expansive green hills of Charlottetown, a small, picturesque town located on Prince Edward Island.
On a panoramic drive through Charlottetown, you won’t be able to stop taking pictures of all the wonderful sights, including the town’s signature red and white lighthouses, the unspoiled beauty of Prince Edward Island National Park, and the adorable Anne of Green Gables House, the place that inspired the story of the red-haired heroine.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Have you ever wanted to walk on water? During your stop in Saint John, a fishing village located on the Bay of Fundy, you can stroll across the ocean floor during low tide.
If you’re looking for adventure, one of the best things to do in Saint John is to head to the Saint John Skywalk, perched above a 110-foot cliff. Gaze down at the natural phenomenon of the Reversing Falls Rapids, where the rising tides cause the water to shift and flow upstream.
Experience the rugged coastline of Portland on a biking shore excursion. Pedal through the Eastern Promenade Trail, a waterfront path with stunning harbor and ocean views.
Pass by Bug Light, a 26-feet-tall lighthouse, and Fort Gorges, a former military fort located on Casco Bay. End your journey at Mackworth Island, where you’ll get to admire Maine’s fall foliage and its beautiful views.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Located on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is known as the gateway to Acadia National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the United States.
Sightsee during a leisurely trip to Cadillac Mountain, one of the best hikes in New England. Stop by Thunder Hole, a thrilling natural attraction where the waves crash into a small cavern and leave a thunderous clap and splash of water in their wake. Finish off your day in port with a fresh lobster lunch, a Maine must.
Book Your Fall Foliage Cruise
Can’t wait to see the stunning autumn scenery for yourself? Book your cruise to New England and Canada aboard the newly revolutionized Celebrity Summit. Indulge in redesigned staterooms, reimagined restaurants and lounges, and an enhanced spa experience. Start planning your fall color cruise today.