With summer in full swing, it’s time to start planning your fall travels. This is a great time to consider booking a cruise as it’s the start of the season for some destinations, while repositioning cruises and shoulder season itineraries can offer significant savings opportunities. Here are four perfect cruises to take this fall.
7-Night Caribbean Cruise
Some travelers are genuinely concerned about traveling to the Caribbean during hurricane season, which is understandable. Opt instead for an itinerary later in the fall to avoid the major storm season. An added benefit here is that it’s shoulder season, so you can often snag a better deal in some cases.
One cruise to consider is a 7-night Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. Depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spend a couple of days at sea before visiting ports like Basse Terre in Guadeloupe and St. Thomas before another day at sea. Be one of the first to visit Perfect Day at Cococay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. This private island is unlike any other, complete with a water thrill park, zip line, aqua park, helium balloon ride, and more.
14-Night Canada and New England Cruise
New England and Canada are some of the best places to see fall foliage. Consider a 14-night Canada and New England cruise on Celebrity’s Celebrity Summit. This roundtrip cruise departs from Bayonne (Cape Liberty) and stops in iconic destinations like Boston, Portland (Maine), Bar Harbor, an overnight in Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, and Halifax.
Points of interest include Maine’s Portland Head Lighthouse, which dates back to 1791, on Cape Elizabeth and Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, once home to some of the America’s wealthiest families, like the Carnegies and Vanderbilts. Eat mussels on Prince Edward Island, visit Nova Scotia’s Louisbourg Fortress, the largest historical reconstruction in North America, and explore Quebec City’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are just a few of the options on your two-week New England and Canada cruise.
7-Night Bordeaux River Cruise
Fall is one of the best times to visit wine country. The fall foliage and harvest make this a festive time to consider a river cruise to one of Europe’s noted wine regions. There are numerous itineraries available, including a 7-night Bordeaux cruise on AMA Waterways. When you choose a wine-themed cruise, you’ll learn about what makes this region such a powerhouse when it comes to Old World wine.
On this particular itinerary, all your excursions will be themed around the world-class wines from Bordeaux. Excursions include Grand Cru Classé tastings in Saint-Êmilion and Medoc, visits to various Chateaus, market tours, a visit to the new wine museum in Bordeaux, and an exclusive wine festival.
16-Day Panama Canal Cruise
Fall is often a great time to snag a deal on a repositioning cruise. Cruise lines use the same ships to cover different areas of the world depending on the cruise season. When one season ends, the cruise line will offer a special repositioning cruise to keep it full between home ports. One of these is the 16-day Panama Canal cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line. You will start in Miami, do a full transit through the canal and disembark in Los Angeles.
On your cruise, you’ll visit a number of fun ports, including Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, Cartagena, Puerto Caldera, Puerto Quetzal, and Mexican ports like Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. With a full transit through the Panama Canal, you get a Caribbean, Central American, and Mexican cruise all rolled into one.