The Insider’s Guide to

Cruising Canada and New England

Peak Season
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May and June

Cruising Canada and New England

The northeast coastline of North America is dotted with metropolitan cities and quaint hamlets that serve as gateways to many national parks and historical sites. This region is most popular for its display of fall foliage in the autumn, while the summer’s warm weather is optimal for outdoor activities and dips in the Atlantic.

7- to 12-night sailings make up most of the departures from New York City, Cape Liberty, Boston and Canada. Longer itineraries sail up the Saint Lawrence River and reach as far inland as Montreal. These cruises are geared toward those with an appreciation of nature, history and fresh seafood.

Our Canada and New England Tips

If you want to see the fall foliage, your timeline to book a cruise is a bit narrower. The sailing season for Canada and New England itineraries ends in October, so your ideal time to book a cruise would be mid-September through October.


Combine the nature and history of Canada and New England with the onboard fun that Carnival is famous for. Carnival offers shorter getaways here and one-week cruises. Search this Cruise Line.


Give yourself more time to explore the French-infused streets of Canada's Old Québec, with Princess. Choose a 10-, 13- or 14-day sailing with an overnight stay in beautiful Québec. Search this Cruise Line.

Royal Caribbean

Perfect for a week-long autumn cruise, Royal Caribbean departs from historic Boston and includes stops in Maine and Nova Scotia. Search this Cruise Line.

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Planning Your Canada and New England Cruise

When to Go

Prime Time

The peak cruising season for Canada and New England is in the fall, when the main attraction is the changing colors of the foliage. Weather remains mild, however, the later in the season you go, the greater the chance of encountering colder temperatures. Kids are back in school during this time, so expect fewer families and an older crowd.

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The Off-Season

In May, the weather's warm, but the summer crowds haven’t arrived, so you’ll be able to peacefully enjoy the pool or beach. Fresh-caught lobster is abundant and cheaper too, before the summer demand kicks in. Come June, expect more families and busier beaches, but still great cruise deals.

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Factor This In

If you're cruising during the fall months, it's smart to dress in layers as temperatures can vary greatly, so pack appropriately. In summer, expect more families and crowds, while the fall season skews an older demographic. There are only a handful of sailings during Canada & New England's fall foliage months, so book early if you can.

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