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Best Cruise Line Destinations for Fall

by Angelique Platas

Oct 30, 2018

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Heading on a cruise comes with a slew of decisions to make: where, when and how? Which cruise line to hop on during which time of year and to what destination can seem daunting. For those planning a family vacation, narrowing down your time of year to the fall can help in the planning process.


With the kids either on fall break, still out of school or able to spend some time away, deciding on a fall itinerary is a great way to take advantage of the off-season and visit someplace new as a family.


New England and Canada

The scenic natural beauty of the Northeast is even more idyllic this time of year. Sail through Bayonne, Boston, Portland and Bar Harbor; or even Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quebec City and Saint John — among many others — enjoying incredible fall foliage, crisp air and fun seasonal festivities. Check out Cruise Critic’s lineup here and enjoy the many quaint locales, vibrant fall colors and unique family trip opportunities.



With summer tourism winding down and hurricane season in full-swing, the Caribbean may seem like a less enchanting option, but is actually the opposite. Statistically speaking, hurricane season has little interference on Caribbean cruises, minus chances of rain and lower prices. Play it safe and check out recommended Caribbean cruise options, as hurricane season dies down in September — choose between east or west, with seasons varying on each.


Autumn in Porec, Croatia at sunset © Dario Racane' | Dreamstime.com

Autumn in Porec, Croatia at sunset © Dario Racane’ | Dreamstime.com



Visit Barcelona, Greece, Croatia, Venice and seemingly endless Mediterranean options on a European river cruise. See what’s available before the winter and holiday seasons, or plan in advance for September 2019 and go all out. This incredible trip includes foodie destinations, historical tours and incredible sightseeing, making it a major crowd-pleaser for families and couples.



Embark on an adventure with Norwegian Cruise Line through Seattle, and Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, Alaska, before visiting Victoria, British Columbia, en route back to disembark in Seattle. This fall expedition showcases seven days of Alaskan wilderness and Glacier Bay beauty, with the added serenity of the fall season. The days are still light and visitors enjoy a truly magical experience for all ages.


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