Fall foliage cruises offer feast of colors

In the classic film with George Burns, “Oh God! You Devil!” the deity expresses a fondness for travel to New England: “I want to go to New Hampshire, the leaves are turning.”

And the splendor of fall colors in New England and Canada is a spectacle that does lure many each autumn. One convenient way to enjoy the splendor of the season is via a cruise to various ports of call in New England and Canada –unpacking only once. Here are some choices this year (rates are the best we found on cruise line web sites or reservations offices at the time of writing and are subject to change):

· Holland America – Among this premium line’s New England/Canada sailings in September and October is a seven-day Canada & New England Discovery cruise aboard the Veendam on Oct. 3. Departing from Boston, the ship visits Bar Harbor, Maine; the Canadian ports of Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney and Prince Edward Island before ending in Quebec City, Quebec. Rates are from $1,299 per person, double. Info:

· Norwegian – This budget category line offers a variety of New England/Canada voyages. Among them is a seven-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem from roundtrip from New York to Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John, Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick); Portland, Maine; and Newport, R.I. Fares are from $649 per person, double. Info:


· Oceania – This upper-premium line offers cruises to New England/Canada aboard its Regatta. One of the offerings is an 11-day New York to Montreal voyage on Oct. 10. Ports of call include Newport, R.I.; Boston, Mass.; Bar Harbor, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Canada; cruise the St. Lawrence River; and Quebec City, Canada. Fares are from $3,499 per person, double. Info:

· Royal Caribbean – This moderately-priced line’s Brilliance of the Seas offers seven-night New England/Canada cruises from Boston with departures in September and October. Highlights include Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine and St. John and Halifax, Canada. Fares are from $807 per person, double. Info:

· Silversea – Among this ultra-deluxe line’s New England/Canada voyages is a 10-day Oct. 3 sailing from New York to Montreal. Highlights include a Cape Cod Canal transit, Boston, Mass.; Portland, Maine, Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John, New Brunswick; Sept-Iles and Saguenay, Quebec; cruise Quebec River; Quebec City, Quebec and Trois Rivieres. Accommodations aboard the ship, the Silver Whisper, are all suites. Fares start at $6,150. Info: