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Top 4 Destinations for Fall Foliage

Watching the leaves change from deep, lush greens to vibrant oranges, golds and reds is a favorite fall pastime and nowhere is better for fall foliage adventures than New England and Canada. Whether you’ve never experienced a fall foliage cruise before or you’ve been drawn back to the charming region again and again, be sure to check out these top spots during peak leaf-changing season to admire Mother Nature’s annual masterpiece.

  1. Acadia National Park, available from Bar Harbor, Maine
    Always an attraction regardless of the season, 47,000-acre Acadia National Park positively radiates every autumn with the glow of its changing fall leaves. The park’s 27-mile main loop is lined with postcard-perfect photo opportunities.
    Shore excursion to try:
    Acadia National Park & Carriage Ride
  2. Cape Breton Island, available from Sydney, Nova Scotia
    At the eastern end of Novia Scotia, Cape Breton Island offers stunning ocean views and endless vistas of treasured fall foliage. Particularly beautiful are Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the shores of the famed Bras d’Or Lakes.
    Shore excursion to try: The Bras d’Or Lakes Grand Tour
  3. Plains of Abraham, available from Quebec City, Quebec
    Quebec City’s Central Park, Plains of Abraham offers the perfect balance of cosmopolitan pleasure and natural beauty. The 250-acre oasis in the heart of the city is also the perfect place to pause with a cup of hot chocolate and drink in the sea of red, orange and yellow leaves.
    Shore excursion to try: Grand Exploration of Quebec
  4. Prince Edward Island’s Heritage Roads, available from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
    Discover the vivid apricot-orange of sugar maples, the blazing vermilion of red maple and sumac and the golden yellows of poplar, birch and beech trees along one of Prince Edward Island’s (PEI) unpaved and very scenic Heritage Roads.
    Shore excursion to try: Anne of Green Gables & Island Drive

Where’s your favorite spot to take in beautiful fall foliage? Share it with us below or on Facebook!

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A Local’s Guide to Quebec City

Quebec City is the perfect fusion of the romantic Old European atmosphere of France and the welcoming spirit of Canada. The only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec City has a decidedly European feel, delivering beauty, history and culture. Here are some tips from our Destination Specialists on how to take advantage of your trip to Ville de Québec, a Francophile’s dream on the St. Lawrence River.

Le Clocher Penche Restaurant
203 Rue Saint-Joseph E

If you’re seeking authentic French-Canadian cuisine, be sure to visit Le Clocher Penche. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, this lively bistro is dedicated to artisan-produced and organic ingredients. A set lunch menu includes a starter, entrée and coffee or tea, plus the possibility of delicious add-ons, such as homemade fresh cheese and seasonal fruit. For dinner, Le Clocher Penche satisfies the senses with dishes such as veal sweetbread, homemade fettucine and marinated tuna. If you’re in the mood for a drink, ask your waiter to suggest a wine that will pair perfectly with your dish. This trendy local favorite is ideal for a memorable meal in this historic city.

Faubourg Saint-Jean
Rue Saint Jean

While in Quebec City, Faubourg Saint-Jean is a must. From boutiques and clothiers to cafés and bookstores, this district is one of your best bets for local goods that you will enjoy for years to come. While visiting, make sure to stop at Chocolato rue Saint-Jean, a local chocolate shop that serves a variety of treats, including gelato, sundaes and chocolate-dipped fruit. From the unique shopping scene to the well-preserved buildings, Faubourg Saint-Jean has a European ambiance that’s hard to find in the Americas.

La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Boulevard Champlain

A 1.5-mile-long park on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Samuel-De Champlain Promenade is the perfect place to stroll while admiring the landscape of Quebec City. With both sidewalks and bike paths, there are a variety of options for enjoying the serenity of this local haven while still being within the city. Along the bank, explore open-air contemporary artwork and four themed gardens designed to complement the river. With advance reservations, you can also take a guided tour of the area. This romantic promenade is loved by locals and tourists alike, with its breathtaking views and myriad activities.

The perfect destination to linger in during your voyage, this belle French-Canadian treasure invites you to savor the local joie de vivre.

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10 New England Chef-Favorites

So many choices, so little time – that’s the quandary always faced when dining out in New England. Since Chef Instructor Annie B. Copps is a proud Boston native and her recommendations last time around were so popular, we sat down with her again to get the scoop on more of her favorites. A talented and passionate chef, Annie studied under Jacques Pépin at Boston University and has worked amongst such Boston culinary elite as Julia Childs and Todd English. Now she delights in sharing her culinary expertise in The Culinary Center on board Marina and Riviera.

Read on for some New England culinary inspiration with a few of Chef Annie’s favorite choices in New York, Newport and Boston.


New York

This big, loud Italian spot in Times Square dishes up big portions of all the classic pasta dishes – you can’t go wrong.

The Modern
The restaurant at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is one of my favorites – it leans towards French, but the food is creative and well, “modern.”

The Union Square Market
Leading the revolution of reinvigorating the concept of local farmer’s markets in the city, this market remains a beautiful and vibrant community gathering place.



Castle Hill Inn
Few things are better than the outstanding view from The Lawn at Castle Hill, from which you can see boats of all shapes and sizes sail pass while enjoying classic clam chowder or a refreshing glass of rosé.

Mamma Luisa
The name and the décor suggest an old-fashioned Italian dining experience. Don’t be fooled –there are certainly pasta classics, and they’re perfectly executed, but the kitchen also creates updated plates with a terrific Italian wine list to match.

Midtown Oyster Bar
This classic spot offers three floors of simple but thoughtful seafood-centric foods with a consistently wide range of New England oyster options, from Maine to Connecticut.



Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Not far from the North End is Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a historic building morphed into a food hall and crafts market, plus the newly built Boston Public Market, which is an excellent food and dining spot dedicated to local food producers.

Sisters Christine and Carla have a mega-hit Italian restaurant that is a popular spot for the neighborhood – it’s hard to beat and there’s a serious after-work bar scene.

Sportello and Menton
Award-winning chef Barbara Lynch has seven or more dining spots throughout Boston. Sportello and Menton showcase her ability to create beautiful and delicious food at each end of the spectrum. Sportello is casual Italian food served at a long counter, while Menton is a magnificent culinary experience that requires your full attention and all senses.

We look forward to seeing you in New England this spring and summer!

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Our Captains’ Favorite Destinations: Captain Flokos

When you’ve sailed everywhere in the world, what destination still enchants you? We
recently caught up with Captain Dimitrios Flokos, who is from the seaside town of Volos, Greece, and also happens to come from a long line of seafarers – both his grandfather and father were captains. He developed a deep love for the sea at an early age, and has been
with Oceania Cruises for many years. In fact, Captain Flokos has sailed around the world several times as one of our captains on Insignia’s amazing Around the World voyages. With all of this world travel, his top choice for a destination might come as a surprise to some Americans.

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Claudine Pépin’s Autumn Signature Sailing

Last month, Godmother Claudine Pépin proudly welcomed elegant Sirena to the Oceania Cruises fleet. The Christening and Inaugural Voyage marked the special occasion with celebratory events such as the godmother portrait unveiling, a cooking demonstration and a book signing. The excitement for Sirena continues – with Inaugural Season Exclusives through 2016, and our much-awaited Signature Sailing with Claudine this fall.