To really see New England you need to drive Through Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine in early fall. The other New England states get their color in late fall.
New England shines in the fall, but you can't see much of it from a cruiseship.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Freedom OTS 3/6/16