New England and Canada cruises offer sophisticated, eye-catching ports of call. Take in the sights of the Atlantic Ocean coast, enjoy whale watching, and see the beautiful fall foliage. Newport, Portland and Bar Harbor are quaint towns with lighthouses and crab shacks. Explore Canada's Maritime provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Finally, immerse yourself in French Canada with stops in Quebec's cities and countryside.
When it comes to cruising, mention Canada and the first image that comes to mind is vivid fall colors. Although Canada offers outstanding scenery at any time of the year, many cruise lines sail there only during the late summer and early fall seasons, attracting passengers who dream of seeing spectacular landscapes highlighted by a medley of pigments. Sailing along the St. Lawrence River accounts for much of the time spent on these particular itineraries. A relatively narrow stretch between Montreal and Quebec City, the St. Lawrence expands as it heads eastward to the Maritime Provinces and Atlantic Ocean. An outlet of the St. Lawrence, the Saguenay Fjord, allows views of both sides of the shore, making leaf peeping from onboard a ship an attractive activity requiring little effort. An autumnal cruise definitely illustrates the relevance of the red maple leaf on the Canadian flag.