Image: People walk near the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City
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On the 10-day Norwegian Cruise Line sojourn, visit Boston, Halifax, Quebec City (shown), Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia’s Sydney, priced as low as $849.
updated 7/15/2008 9:45:54 AM ET 2008-07-15T13:45:54

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Travel by: October 2008

The deal
While we’re happily enjoying the fruits of summer, it’s not too soon to think ahead to the legendary autumnal foliage of eastern Canada and New England. We pinned down a set of cruises that coincide with the traditional peaks of fall color in the region — from the end of September through mid-October — with prices sure to make you ooh and ahh. Trips along the scenic route start at a spectacular $649!

Half-priced September sailing
Choose this round trip 10-day Norwegian Cruise Line sojourn departing September 28 and you’ll get a jump on the scenery, as well as half off rack rates! The freestyle Norwegian Jewel sails from New York with five ports of call. On the itinerary are Boston, Halifax, Quebec City, Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia’s Sydney. A hefty discount drops normal rates by 52 percent! Cabins normally priced at $1,759 now start at just $849.

Seven nights from $649
Prefer an early October sailing? Royal Caribbean offers two departure dates — October 4 or October 11 — on its a seven-night cruise up the Atlantic seaboard. You’ll journey from Boston on the Jewel of the Seas to Maine’s Portland and Bar Harbor, followed by St. John, New Brunswick, and Halifax in Nova Scotia. The cruise includes two days at sea before returning to Massachusetts. Inside rooms are priced at a low $649!

Two weeks from Canada to Florida
For all the snowbirds out there, Holland America’s Eurodam voyage may be just the ticket. Leaving Quebec City on October 1, the ship’s Canadian ports of call include Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Next it’s on to Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. After celebrating the changing season, the cruise continues down the Atlantic Coast headed for warmer temps — you’ll disembark in sunny Fort Lauderdale. Interior rooms go for a reduced $1,899 — a 17 percent savings off rack rates!

The dollars
All prices are per person, based on double occupancy and cover onboard meals, drinks, and port charges. You will have to pick up the tab on additional taxes, fees, and off-board expenses.

The catch
Mother Nature doesn’t follow cruise schedules. There’s no way to guarantee fall colors will be at their peak when you travel.

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Photos: Quebec City: A unique Canadian hideaway

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  1. Historic railway

    Taking locals and tourists up nearly 300 feet at a 45 degree angle to Terrase Dufferin, the Quebec Funicular has been operating since 1879. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Charming Chateau

    The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac stands high on a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Quebec City. (Tibor Bogn·r / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Marvelous mural

    The Fresque des Quebecois Mural fills an entire four story wall, and illustrates 400 years of Quebec history. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Icy competition

    Ice canoe racers push and paddle their canoes along the St. Lawrence River, during Quebec's Winter Carnival. (Alison Wright / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A cool place to stay

    Quebec's Ice Hotel is located just outside of Quebec City, and is rebuilt each winter with new and unique architecture. (Alison Wright / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Walking in the rain

    Pedestrians walk in the rain on Rue de Petit Champlain, in Quebec City. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Illuminating art

    The Gare du Palais Fountain is illuminated at night across from the Gare du Palais train station in Quebec City. (Nik Wheeler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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