Canada & New England Cruise

Fall Foliage Season on the Atlantic Coast on Holland America Line

  • Date

    September 27-October 9, 2019 | Fri / Wed – 13 Days

  • Location

    New York City | Newport | Gloucester (Boston) | Portland | Bar Harbor | Halifax | Sydney | Charlottetown | Gulf of St. Lawrence | Saguenay | Quebec City


Vibrant hues of fall foliage decorate the landscape as you sail the Atlantic coast from New York City to Quebec City, Canada. Of course, there’s more to this trip than just scenic vistas. Most of the ports are steeped in maritime history and culture; lighthouses and lobster, Acadian heritage and pastoral countryside, early settlements and even an old, walled city that seems more French than Canadian.

Highlights of some of the optional excursions include a scenic drive along world-famous Ocean Drive in Newport and a visit to one of the Grand Mansions.  Gloucester is your launching pad for whale watching and touring historic Boston. You can have tea and popovers in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine; and walk through gardens and visit the Titanic museum in Halifax. Course along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia; tour the Anne of Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island; and sample the delights of French-flavored Quebec City on a guided walking tour of the city’s cobblestone streets inside 400-year-old fortifications.

Sail on the ms Zuiderdam, where expert and friendly service abounds. Choose to relax or rejuvenate in the signature Greenhouse Spa & Salon while at sea. Dine on expert culinary creations and gaze at the amazing Venetian-themed art collection on board as well as of paintings and sculptures by famed artists such as Andy Warhol.

Hear what past guests have to say about traveling with Ambassadair

“Great Trip, lots of beautiful ports of call. Stopped in a new port nearly every day. The ship was nice and the staff was friendly and helpful.”

“Many different and interesting venues with beautiful fall colors in Canada.”

“Fantastic! This was my first cruise and I think it will become my preferred was to travel.”


  • Travel at traditional fall foliage time
  • Enjoy nine diverse ports loaded with culture, history, and beautiful scenery
  • New onboard experiences; BBC Earth and America’s Test Kitchen
  • Unpack once and enjoy a relaxed pace vacation
  • World-class nightly entertainment


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to New York City, New York and from Quebec City, Canada
  • 12 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
  • All meals on ship
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Transfers, taxes, port charges

Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands


Fri, Sep 27: Fly to a New York City-area airport and transfer to the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal and board the ms Zuiderdam. Set sail in the evening and enjoy dinner on board.

Sat, Sep 28: Before Newport, Rhode Island became known as a playground for the rich, artists, writers, and scholars discovered its picturesque beaches and shoreline during the post-Civil War period. Wealthy patrons of the arts followed and built mansions southeast of the harbor, transforming the small town into the summertime hub of Gilded Age society. Your visit to this charming port can straddle these two worlds — the friendly working harbor and the avenue of lavish historic homes. The chilly blue waters of the Narragansett Bay and the long dramatic stretches of rocky New England coastline vie for your attention, too. Prepare to fall in love.

Sun, Sep 29: At sea.

Mon, Sep 30: North of Boston and near the tip of Cape Ann, Gloucester, Massachusetts is a picturesque fishing town with opportunities for seaborne adventures as well as charming sights on dry land. Today, fishing is still central to the town’s economy — though tourism plays a large role too, with visitors drawn to Gloucester’s small-town appeal as well as the chance to experience life around the harbor. There are many whale watching tours that depart from the piers and Gloucester’s close proximity to Boston makes day trips into the city another option, while nearby communities like Salem and Rockport are great diversions too. Journey into the heart of the historic Massachusetts seashore, with many ways to enjoy the richness of coastal life.

Tue, Oct 1: Modern Portland, Maine first settled in 1633, carries the marks of Mainers. The restored brick buildings and warehouses of the Old Port and the fine upright houses of prosperous captains, merchants, and shipbuilders make the city’s past a living part of its present. Fishing boats still chug into and out of their berths, yet the harbor front is populated by juice joints, art galleries, bookstores, coffee bistros, and gelato shops, all jostling for attention. Don’t limit your visit to the Old Port, though. Wander through the terrific art museum or take a tour of one of the city’s historic homes. Head to the coast — craggy, windswept, dramatic — a glorious and undeniably New England panorama.

Wed, Oct 2: Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island just off the Maine coast, and is the gateway to Acadia National Park. From the top of Cadillac Mountain see spectacular vistas of granite cliffs and towering coastal mountains. Bar Harbor is bejeweled with grand mansions and immaculate gardens. Enjoy walking the streets of town or taking a guided tour.

Thu, Oct 3: Halifax, Nova Scotia is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia (“New Scotland”) and sits on the world’s second largest natural harbor. Numerous ocean and lake beaches dot the area around Halifax, as do small fishing communities. One of these is a popular tourist attraction, Peggy’s Cove, known for its classic red-and-white lighthouse built on an extensive granite outcrop at Peggy’s Point.

Fri, Oct 4: Enjoy the fall colors around Sydney, Nova Scotia on an optional Cape Breton Island tour. Travel along the Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway on the northern part of the island as it passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Sat, Oct 5: Stroll through Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to see colorful heritage homes and beautiful lawns and gardens. Prince Edward Island claims miles of beautiful beaches and the island is known as the birthplace of L.M. Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables books.

Sun, Oct 6: Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Mon, Oct 7: Today’s port of call is the charming village of Saguenay, Quebec at the tip of a majestic fjord, where the waters of the Saguenay and the St. Lawrence Rivers meet. There is access nearby to Saguenay National Park where you can hike, kayak, or take a boat excursion to see the beauty of the fjord from the sea. Huge cliffs shaped by glaciers rise more than 1,150 feet above sea level and plunge 900 feet below the waterline. In the evening enjoy cruising the scenic fjord.

Tue, Oct 8: Quebec City is over 400 years old and was the first permanent European-built city in North America that was not founded by Spain. The city has a distinct European feel and most residents are native French speakers. The Quebec City Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a walled city with cobblestone streets that still has its original fortifications, and is home to churches and hospitals that date back to the 17th century. The ship will overnight in port to give ample time for excursions, free time on your own — or both!

Wed, Oct 9: Disembark in Quebec City and fly to Indianapolis.


ms Zuiderdam

ms Zuiderdam

Holland America Line’s five-star ship boasts a collection of artwork and antiques with emphasis on Dutch heritage in the New World; a culinary arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine with demonstrations and interactive gourmet cooking lessons; Explorations Café, a coffeehouse with Internet access, sponsored by The New York Times; and port lectures and explorations speaker series. Recently renovated in 2015 with 25 new staterooms and dining venues. Highlights: spacious staterooms with luxurious plush Sealy® Premium Euro-top mattresses • showers with premium massage showerheads • bathrobes for use during your cruise • six restaurants • three bars • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • 24-hour room service • Internet center • Greenhouse Spa and Salon • two outdoor swimming pools (one with retractable roof) • hydro pool • fitness center • basketball court • volleyball court • nightclub • casino • live musical entertainment and Broadway-style shows • BB King’s Blues Club • Dancing with the Stars experience • library • screening room • library • free sessions of Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows® • Club HAL® kids facility • teen-only Loft and Oasis area • duty-free shops • escorted shore excursions.


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