Nowhere else in the world does Mother Nature prepare for the arrival of winter as beautifully as she does along the rugged shores of New England and Canada. By booking a Crystal Cruise to Canada during the fall months, you’ll have the unique opportunity to experience the world-famous fall foliage that attracts thousands of international travelers each and every year. On a Canadian cruise, you can enjoy your morning coffee against a backdrop of hills blanketed in hues of yellow, crimson, and deep orange, and later that day enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh, local seafood caught just hours before.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind views, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and experience everything New York City and Boston have to offer, while enjoying the elegance of French Montreal and the quaint cobblestone streets of Quebec. From the hustle and bustle of The City That Never Sleeps to the small-town serenity of Prince Edward Island, a Crystal Canadian Cruise has something to offer for every traveler. Everyone from history buffs and nature photographers to outdoor enthusiasts will find something to enjoy on a Crystal Cruise to Canada.
Crystal Serenity & Symphony
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Crystal Cruises cruise will take you on board the Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony. The Crystal Symphony is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, with amenities that include grand lounges, full-service fitness facilities, and a Feng Shui inspired spa for each of its 940 guests to enjoy. The Crystal Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and raises the already lofty standards of Crystal Cruises to even greater heights. With an expanded space-to-guest ratio and elegantly appointed staterooms, each room has an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding land.
Things to Do in Canada & New England
The soaring views of red, orange, and purple leaves you’ll experience on your Canadian cruise are only the tip of the iceberg. You’ll also enjoy white water rafting in Novia Scotia, delicious crab cakes in Baltimore, and the beautiful nature trails of Acadia National Park. While in Montreal, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve, where you can experience the intersection of technology and nature firsthand. If you love spending time outdoors, you’ll enjoy your time in Novia Scotia- with bicycle tours and visits to the Kuhn Conservation Area, you’ll be exposed to birds and fauna that are local to the area.
If you prefer art, history, and culture, you’re sure to enjoy your time in New York, Boston, and Baltimore. While in NYC, cruisers will have the opportunity to pay their respects and learn about the impact 9/11 had on the world at the 9/11 Memorial, while history buffs will enjoy a walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail. While in Boston, cruisers will also have the chance to visit the site of the infamous witchcraft trials in Salem. And finally, foodies have something to look forward to, too. With crab cakes, lobster tails, and clam bakes around every corner, you’re sure to enjoy the food and drink that’s specific to the region.
Canadian Cruise Tips
When packing for a Canadian cruise, pack layers of clothing that are easy to add and remove. Days begin and end with very cool temperatures, so you’ll want a thick sweatshirt or jacket you can tie around your waist while you explore the shores. In general, Canadian sailing tends to be less bumpy than Alaskan cruises; however, ocean cruises are more susceptible to rough water than seas. Depending on the weather conditions, you’ll likely feel a lot of movement. If you’re concerned about motion sickness, make sure to pack plenty of medication.
Most people don’t realize that Canada and New England are major wine-producing regions. You can make a day-trip out of visiting local wineries and, in many cases, wine tours are highlighted in cruise itineraries. If you prefer beer, don’t worry! There are more bars and pubs per capita in Halifax than in any other city in North America. As a result, many cruise ships also include pub-crawling excursions in their itineraries.