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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:46 PM
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My wife and I want to cruise New England in September when the fall colors are showing. The only cruise line we have found is Blount. I cannot find Blount in the forum postings and am wondering if they are legit or if there are any others that fit our need.
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I would simply go to any of the major cruiseline's websites and look for the different ships and routes...I know there are a few that do those in the fall....Sorry, never heard of the ship/line you are referring to?
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Many ships are not back from the Med or Alaska, then, so choices are limited. Call an experienced cruise travel agency, for the best info. Not sure I ever heard of that line.

In September the best foliage would be far north. We live near Boston,and our peak is mid October, so maybe you can use that as a gauge of time. By then, the northern states are past peak...
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I cruises Montreal to New York and then down to Fort Lauderdale in 2011 on Regent Sevens Navigator. I think the ship was larger than you are interested in, 490 pax, but it was great. Many Canadian ports and then Bar Harbor, Boston, and through the Cape Cod Canal; a wonderful trip. We were in mid-October and had good scenery and decent weather. When you go from Montreal south in October, it is bound to be peak somewhere along the route. I strongly recommend Regent for the itinerary; especially as it is one of the trips where the included excursions are a good deal.

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First, to answer your question, yes, Blount is definitely a legitimate cruise line. They are very small, in that they only have 2 ships and they have a very loyal, but small following who really enjoy the small ship type of cruising and don't mind the higher pricing. They can also go where alot of cruise ships can't go because of the smaller size, making them a very specialized adventure.

In my 12 years of selling cruises, I've only sold this company one time as it's a very limited niche of cruisers interested in this style of cruising. My clients who did sail on them reported a wonderful experience and very glad they gave it a try.

There are some other options, American Cruise line being one of them you might want to take a look at as well as Lindblad Expeditions (National Geographic Explorer). (I personally know the captain on this ship as well as his family and this is an amazing adventure.) You can also take a look at Ponant Yacht Cruises.

While we didn't do a small ship cruise, we did a 10-night Canada/New England cruise in late September and the leaves were just starting to change. It was wonderful!! One of our favorite ports was Bar Harbor, Maine - absolutely awesome place to visit. Also, loved Halifax, Nova Scotia. I think we had a lobster lunch in at least 3 of our ports of call!!

But I agree with others that you really need to talk to an agent, preferable a cruise specialist, who can help you put together some options, prices, and itineraries for you as small ship sailing is a class of sailing all by itself.

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Oceania usually does a Canadian cruise or two.Wonderful ambience and food.
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