Seeing New England during the autumn is an unbelievable experience. The dark reds, browns and yellows of the seasonal foliage see tourists flocking to the region from around the world time and time again.
It’s also, famously, one of the most popular cruise destinations for the time of year.
And with itineraries calling at Boston, Halifax, Quebec and Bar Harbor, it’s no surprise. A cruise is undoubtedly the best way to see the Atlantic seaboard.
We’ve highlighted our favourite family-friendly cruises below.
5-day Canada/ New England
Ultimate family cruise firm Carnival Cruise Line specialises in mini-breaks and its tours of Canada and New England are the perfect getaway for families.
Departing from New York City, the Carnival Splendor takes in the beautiful vistas of the North America’s east coast, including calls at Saint John and Halifax.
This trip also includes a couple of sea days for families to recharge and enjoy the facilities onboard.
A great introduction to the region.
Cruise departs 1 September 2014.
Quebec, Canada & New England
This seven-night Quebec roundtrip on Norwegian Dawn is an opportunity to see a little more of the east coast. With calls at Sydney, Saint John, Bar Harbor and Boston, the cruise takes in many of the most popular sites of both New England and Canada’s famous Atlantic coast.
Quebec, part of French-speaking Canada, lies on the Saint Lawrence River close to Montreal, and is one of the oldest cities in North America. Old Quebec was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
While there soak up the culture and maybe even try and arrange a stay at the famous Chateau Frontenac (pictured).
Cruise departs 19 September 2014.
Canada/ New England Cruise
Family cruise specialists Royal Caribbean International has its own programme of east coast voyages that puts it up there with the best of them.
With a choice of seven, eight, nine and ten-night sailings, we chose the longest one as our favourite cruise for families seeking that autumnal break.
Departing from Quebec, the voyage includes calls at Saguenay, Sydney, Saint John, Halifax and Saint Pierre Et Miquelon before returning back to its starting point.
The sailing also includes three ‘sea days’ where guests are able to enjoy the wealth of facilities onboard Grandeur of the Seas including the rock climbing wall, comedy clubs and theatres.
Cruise departs 24 October 2014.
14-night Canada and New England Cruise
Our most extensive New England cruise is on modern luxury line Celebrity Cruises.
Starting off in Cape Liberty, New Jersey, the voyage includes calls at Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Quebec and Corner Brook.
Halifax is a town with a deep cruise history – Samuel Cunard was born there in 1787 – and is the second largest natural harbour in the world. Key sights include Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Citadel Hill as well as the many parks and wooded areas in the ‘City of Trees’.
Cruise departs 21 September 2o14.
Seven-day Canada & New England
Princess Cruises is offering guests an opportunity to travel on its newest vessel (Royal Princess) on a seven-day roundtrip from New York with calls at Rhode Island, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John and Halifax.
While in Boston guests will be able to take trips to Harvard University, Salem and upmarket Newbury Street as well as seeing some of the most historic Boston Tea Party sites that spawned the American Revolution.
It’s not known as the cradle of American independence for nothing.
Cruise departs 18 October 2014.