New England Fall Foliage Cruises and Boat Tours

Climb Aboard a Boat For a Peak Leaf Peeping Experience

Blackstone Valley Explorer Fall River Cruises
••• Enjoy a gentle leaf peeping adventure as you cruise along the historic Blackstone River aboard the Blackstone Valley Explorer. © 2015 Kim Knox Beckius

Boat tours offer a relaxing and scenic way to see the leaves during New England's fall foliage season. Here are some fall foliage cruises and boat tours in the region for you to consider.

Cruise Lines That Visit New England in the Fall

Several major cruise lines offer New England itineraries to coincide with fall foliage peak times.

Celebrity Cruises
Visit New England ports of call like Bar Harbor and Boston this fall aboard a Celebrity Cruise.

Holland America
Cruise the historic shores of New England and Canada with Holland America.

Norwegian Cruise Lines
Visit New England's best ports on seven- to 10-day cruises offered by Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Princess Cruises
Fabulous fall foliage sights will be yours from the deck of your Princess ship as you cruise into port. Princess offers fall cruises to New England and Canada.

Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean offers a vast variety of Canada & New England cruise itineraries aboard its majestic ships each fall.

Fall Foliage Boat Tours in New England

American Cruise Lines
Cruise the Hudson River in neighboring New York State this fall aboard the American Star, American Constellation or Independence. More than a dozen fall departure dates are available, and the itinerary features Hudson River ports of call including West Point, Catskill, Albany, Poughkeepsie and New York City during the beautiful fall foliage season.

Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Tours
Rhode Island's Blackstone River, the river that powered America's Industrial Revolution, is the historic setting for fall riverboat rides. Trips are offered Sunday afternoons through late October, and you may spy birds and other wildlife in addition to lovely leaves.

Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse (and Leaf Peeping) Cruises
Set out from New London, Connecticut, this fall aboard the Sea Jet for a narrated tour of nine lighthouses. You'll see bright fall colors beaming along the Connecticut shore, too. Stay warm and enjoy a snack inside the catamaran, or venture up on deck for phenomenal photo-taking opportunities.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Ride the rails to the riverboat! Your voyage aboard the Becky Thatcher may be the most memorable piece of your Connecticut fall outing when you book a trip with this nostalgic transportation company. For birdwatching enthusiasts, September is an ideal time of year for a sunset Swallow Cruise, as these birds cloud the sky, swirling in a choreographed aerial ballet until, all at once, they descend to a Connecticut River island for the night.

Fall Foliage Sunday Brunch Cruises
Cruise the Connecticut River aboard Lady Katharine Cruises' Mystique this fall and enjoy a Sunday brunch buffet and live entertainment with your leaves. Cruises depart from Haddam or Middletown, Connecticut. Check the schedule for dates and departure times and locations, and call ahead for reservations. Special events, such as Goodspeed Lunch or Dinner cruises, are also on the fall schedule.

Hardy Boat Fall Coastal Cruise
Watch the leaves... and the seals go by on a Hardy Boat Cruises fall excursion from New Harbor, Maine. Be sure to call ahead for reservations.

Maine Windjammer Association Fall Cruises
The nine historic sailing ships that are members of the Maine Windjammer Association offer two- to six-day fall foliage cruises in September and early October. Visit the Web sites for individual members of the fleet to check sailing schedules.

Mount Washington Cruises
Board the M/S Mount Washington for a graceful cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee this fall. Whether you opt for a scenic voyage with departures from New Hampshire's Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro or Alton Bay, or a Sunday champagne brunch cruise, you'll never forget the experience. Leaf lovers can also book passage for evening foliage dinner cruises or leaf peep by the light of October's full moon.