The Best Places To Cruise This Fall

by Donna Heiderstadt

The Best Places To Cruise This Fall

by Donna Heiderstadt

With fall in full swing, we're rounding up the best places to cruise this season, including Tahiti, the Caribbean, Antarctica, and more: Adventure awaits.

With fall in full swing, we're rounding up the best places to cruise this season, including Tahiti, the Caribbean, Antarctica, and more: Adventure awaits.

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Tahiti

A Tahiti cruise is well worth a spot on your bucket list! Need some inspo? Consider Paul Gauguin Cruises’ seven-night Tahiti & The Society Islands itinerary, which sails roundtrip from Papeete and calls on Huahine, Motu Mahana (the cruise line’s private island), Bora Bora, and Moorea. Select from several fall 2022 sailings (10/29, 11/5, and 11/12), aboard the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin. 

Read more: Our Expert Review of Paul Gauguin Cruises

A Tahiti cruise is well worth a spot on your bucket list! Need some inspo? Consider Paul Gauguin Cruises’ seven-night Tahiti & The Society Islands itinerary, which sails roundtrip from Papeete and calls on Huahine, Motu Mahana (the cruise line’s private island), Bora Bora, and Moorea. Select from several fall 2022 sailings (10/29, 11/5, and 11/12), aboard the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin. 

 

 

Read more: Our Expert Review of Paul Gauguin Cruises

Wind Spirit in Tahiti
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Tahiti

Windstar Cruises’ 148-passenger Wind Spirit offers six-night Tahiti voyages throughout the fall season. Sailing roundtrip from Papeete, the Dreams of Tahiti itinerary calls on Moorea, Raiatea, Motu Mahaea (Tahaa), Bora Bora, and Huahine.

Read more: How to Save on Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises’ 148-passenger Wind Spirit offers six-night Tahiti voyages throughout the fall season. Sailing roundtrip from Papeete, the Dreams of Tahiti itinerary calls on Moorea, Raiatea, Motu Mahaea (Tahaa), Bora Bora, and Huahine.

 

 

 

 

 

The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
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Tahiti

Stay Longer on Tahiti: Book a pre- or post-cruise stay on Tahiti. As the largest island in French Polynesia, it's home to both the international airport and the colorful capital, Papeete. The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa features multiple pools, a central location, and, of course, panoramic views of Moorea and stunning sunsets. It also offers overwater dining in its Le Lotus restaurant.

Read more: How to Travel to Tahiti Solo

Stay Longer on Tahiti: Book a pre- or post-cruise stay on Tahiti. As the largest island in French Polynesia, it's home to both the international airport and the colorful capital, Papeete. The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa features multiple pools, a central location, and, of course, panoramic views of Moorea and stunning sunsets. It also offers overwater dining in its Le Lotus restaurant.

Read more: How to Travel to Tahiti Solo

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a go! Silversea’s elegant 100-guest Silver Origin, which was built and designed specifically for the Galapagos, is the cruise line's most environmentally conscious vessel to date. It also features a team of Ecuadorian expert guides, along with all-suite accommodations. The ship offers six-night itineraries sailing roundtrip from San Cristóbal.

Read more: Our Expert Review of Silversea Cruises

The Galapagos Islands are a go! Silversea’s elegant 100-guest Silver Origin, which was built and designed specifically for the Galapagos, is the cruise line's most environmentally conscious vessel to date. It also features a team of Ecuadorian expert guides, along with all-suite accommodations. The ship offers six-night itineraries sailing roundtrip from San Cristóbal.

Read more: Our Expert Review of Silversea Cruises 

Celebrity Flora
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Galapagos Islands

Celebrity Cruises offers Northern, Southern, and Outer Loop sailings aboard the 16-guest Celebrity Xploration, the 48-guest Celebrity Xpedition, and the 100-guest mega-yacht, Celebrity Flora, the latter of which features all-suite accommodations and an on-deck glamping experience.

Read more: 4 Things to Know About Cruising the Galapagos

Celebrity Cruises offers Northern, Southern, and Outer Loop sailings aboard the 16-guest Celebrity Xploration, the 48-guest Celebrity Xpedition, and the 100-guest mega-yacht, Celebrity Flora, the latter of which features all-suite accommodations and an on-deck glamping experience.

Read more: 4 Things to Know About Cruising the Galapagos

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Galapagos Islands

Stay Longer in Guayaquil: Guayaquil — which is known as the gateway to the Galapagos — is also Ecuador's largest city by population. Visitors can admire the destination's incredible Neoclassical architecture, stroll through the magnificent Malecón 2000, and visit Parque Seminario, which is home to dozens of iguanas. We recommend staying at Hotel del Parque, a luxury boutique property housed in a restored 19th-century-era church. 

Stay Longer in Guayaquil: Guayaquil — which is known as the gateway to the Galapagos — is also Ecuador's largest city by population. Visitors can admire the destination's incredible Neoclassical architecture, stroll through the magnificent Malecón 2000, and visit Parque Seminario, which is home to dozens of iguanas. We recommend staying at Hotel del Parque, a luxury boutique property housed in a restored 19th-century-era church. 

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Antarctica

The Antarctic cruise season begins in mid-November, and Silversea is offering an array of voyages aboard the 274-passenger Silver Cloud. These itineraries include bucket-list-worthy wildlife spotting opportunities via Zodiac landings, which allows passengers to admire seals, penguins, and other incredible creatures up-close and personal.

Read more: 7 Things to Know Before Booking an Antarctica Cruise

The Antarctic cruise season begins in mid-November, and Silversea is offering an array of voyages aboard the 274-passenger Silver Cloud. These itineraries include bucket-list-worthy wildlife spotting opportunities via Zodiac landings, which allows passengers to admire seals, penguins, and other incredible creatures up-close and personal.

Read more: 7 Things to Know Before Booking an Antarctica Cruise

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Antarctica

This fall, Norway-based Hurtigruten is offering a handful of Antarctica itineraries aboard its 500-guest twin expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. Voyages span in length from 11 to 22 nights, and some also call on other destinations like South Georgia, Patagonia, and the Falkland Islands.

Read more: Our Expert Review of MS Roald Amundsen 

This fall, Norway-based Hurtigruten is offering a handful of Antarctica itineraries aboard its 500-guest twin expedition ships, MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. Voyages span in length from 11 to 22 nights, and some also call on other destinations like South Georgia, Patagonia, and the Falkland Islands.

Read more: Our Expert Review of MS Roald Amundsen 

Explora Patagonia
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Antarctica

Stay Longer in Patagonia: While you’re so far south, it makes sense to also enjoy the wide-open landscapes of Patagonia. Opt for Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park for captivating peaks and glacial lakes. When it comes to accommodations, consider a stay at the 49-room Explora Patagonia. Alternatively, explore Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is home to the Perito Moreno glacier along with the towering Mount Fitz Roy. We recommend staying at the 17-room EOLO Patagonia, an upscale, all-inclusive lodge that's within easy access to some of the area's most stunning sites.

Stay Longer in Patagonia: While you’re so far south, it makes sense to also enjoy the wide-open landscapes of Patagonia. Opt for Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park for captivating peaks and glacial lakes. When it comes to accommodations, consider a stay at the 49-room Explora Patagonia. Alternatively, explore Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is home to the Perito Moreno glacier along with the towering Mount Fitz Roy. We recommend staying at the 17-room EOLO Patagonia, an upscale, all-inclusive lodge that's within easy access to some of the area's most stunning sites.

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The Mississippi River

Americans seeking a cruise that doesn’t require flying or leaving the country — or those who have the mighty Mississippi River on their must-do lists — can set sail this fall. American Cruise Lines offers a wide selection of itineraries, some of which are as long as 21 nights. 

Americans seeking a cruise that doesn’t require flying or leaving the country — or those who have the mighty Mississippi River on their must-do lists — can set sail this fall. American Cruise Lines offers a wide selection of itineraries, some of which are as long as 21 nights. 

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans
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The Mississippi River

Stay Longer in St. Louis or New Orleans: Spend time enjoying re-energized downtown St. Louis with its celebrated 630-foot Gateway Arch and the new St. Louis Wheel. Reserve a room at Hotel St. Louis, where history and modernity meet. You can also opt to extend your fun in New Orleans, where late autumn weather makes outdoor visits to the Audubon Zoo or Garden District enjoyable. Here, you can enjoy a stay at the Henry Howard Hotel, which is set in a historic mansion.   

Read more: How to Plan Your Trip to New Orleans

Stay Longer in St. Louis or New Orleans: Spend time enjoying re-energized downtown St. Louis with its celebrated 630-foot Gateway Arch and the new St. Louis Wheel. Reserve a room at Hotel St. Louis, where history and modernity meet. You can also opt to extend your fun in New Orleans, where late autumn weather makes outdoor visits to the Audubon Zoo or Garden District enjoyable. Here, you can enjoy a stay at the Henry Howard Hotel, which is set in a historic mansion.   

Read more: How to Plan Your Trip to New Orleans

Scarlet Lady
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The Caribbean

Escape the chilly fall weather by embarking on an idyllic Caribbean cruise. Take your pick of cruise lines — including Virgin Voyages, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian, to name a few. Best of all, there's an itinerary out there for every budget. Also, depending on which cruise line you book, some voyages are as short as three nights, making the perfect long-weekend escape.

Escape the chilly fall weather by embarking on an idyllic Caribbean cruise. Take your pick of cruise lines — including Virgin Voyages, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian, to name a few. Best of all, there's an itinerary out there for every budget. Also, depending on which cruise line you book, some voyages are as short as three nights, making the perfect long-weekend escape.

Read more: 8 Things to Know About the New Virgin Voyages

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The Caribbean

Stay Longer in Miami: If you're embarking on a Caribbean cruise, chances are you're sailing round-trip from Miami. If that's the case (and you're looking for a short-and-sweet, pre- or post-cruise getaway) consider staying at the luxe Fontainebleau hotel. The property offers something for everyone: Guests can soak up the sun on the beach, dine at Scarpetta (don't miss their signature spaghetti dish), or enjoy a well-deserved massage at the gorgeous Lapis Spa

Stay Longer in Miami: If you're embarking on a Caribbean cruise, chances are you're sailing round-trip from Miami. If that's the case (and you're looking for a short-and-sweet, pre- or post-cruise getaway) consider staying at the luxe Fontainebleau hotel. The property offers something for everyone: Guests can soak up the sun on the beach, dine at Scarpetta (don't miss their signature spaghetti dish), or enjoy a well-deserved massage at the gorgeous Lapis Spa. 

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The Bahamas

Margaritaville at Sea (formerly known as Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line) offers two- and three-night cruises from Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama aboard The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. Ship highlights include eight dining venues, five bars and lounges, a kids' club, nightly entertainment, and a casino.

Margaritaville at Sea (formerly known as Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line) offers two- and three-night cruises from Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama aboard The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise. Ship highlights include eight dining venues, five bars and lounges, a kids' club, nightly entertainment, and a casino.

 

 

 

 

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach
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The Bahamas

Stay Longer in Grand Bahama: Margaritaville at Sea partners with two Grand Bahama resorts (Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and Grand Lucayan Resort) to offer Cruise & Stay packages that combine two nights aboard the ship with a resort stay: Think of it as two vacations in one!

Stay Longer in Grand Bahama: Margaritaville at Sea partners with two Grand Bahama resorts (Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and Grand Lucayan Resort) to offer Cruise & Stay packages that combine two nights aboard the ship with a resort stay: Think of it as two vacations in one!

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