Where to take a luxury cruise in autumn

As summer fades away and a crisp breeze blows in the winds of seasonal change, tourist hordes leave our favourite destinations and give us more space to relax, revel and enjoy them. Autumn might just be the perfect time to embark on a luxury cruise. From vibrant foliage to cultural festivities, there’s a huge list of enchanting cruise destinations that promise an unforgettable autumn adventure. 

Whether basking in the charm of coastal towns, indulging in water sports, or partaking in cultural festivities, a cruise between September and November promises unparalleled opportunity to create cherished memories against the backdrop of the world's most captivating locales. 

We’ve put together a list of the best destinations to cruise to in the fall.


Cruising Alaska in autumn offers a distinct and captivating experience. Many different factors make this part of the world particularly appealing for luxury cruisers, mainly because this is where Mother Nature is at her most beautiful.

Alaska is most photogenic in autumn. The main highlight of cruising in this region during autumn is the breathtaking display of fall foliage. The leaves on the trees change colour, creating a stunning landscape of vibrant red, orange, and yellow hues. The scenery is particularly beautiful along the coastline, as you'll witness the contrast between the colourful foliage and the deep blue waters. Autumn is also a brilliant time to go whale watching in this region, when several species migrate to and through this region.

Alaska in autumn is also much less crowded compared to the summer months but with plenty of cultural events and festivals. Autumn is generally harvest time so you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture, sample seasonal foods and interact with friendly locals.

What’s the weather like?

The weather during autumn in Canada and New England is generally mild and comfortable. It's not too hot or too cold, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and exploration. The pleasant temperatures make for enjoyable sightseeing, whether you're exploring charming coastal towns, historic sites, or natural landmarks.

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Native Lands of Alaska with Oceania Cruises

Visit totem poles in Ketchikan and drop by the Alaska Discovery Centre to learn more about the unique ecosystem you’ve cruised to. Check out Sitka and all its fascinating history, America’s longest fjord in Haines and spot brown bears, moose and bald eagles from your beautiful ship Oceania Regatta. Call us on NUMBER to find out more.


The Mediterranean region is always beautiful, no matter what season it is. The softer sunlight and changing colours of autumn can provide excellent photographic opportunities, capturing the Mediterranean's beauty in a unique way. It’s also always an unparalleled cruising region due to its incredible cuisine, excellent weather and renowned diversity.

Like Alaska you’ll also enjoy fewer crowds in the Mediterranean at this time of year. The summer months are obviously peak season leading to crowded ports and attractions. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of historic cities, stunning landscapes and charming villages without the hustle and bustle of peak tourist season.

In terms of activities, there’s plenty to do. If you're a wine enthusiast, autumn is the time for grape harvesting and winemaking in many Mediterranean regions. You might have the chance to participate in wine tours and tastings in areas renowned for their vineyards. 

What’s the weather like?

Southern areas like Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey experience warm to mild temperatures in September, cooling gradually through October and November. Comfortable. Northern regions including France, Italy and Croatia also see a drop in temperatures, with more frequent rain but still with beautiful sunny days.

The cooler temperatures in autumn are perfect for exploring historical sites, museums, and other attractions without the discomfort of extreme heat.

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Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast with Windstar Cruises

Explore the shores of Italy, Croatia and Montenegro; discover the charm of Venice, the magnificence of Rome, and the vast beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. Wander down the ancient cobblestone streets of Taormina, travel up the sparkling fjord to Kotor and bask in the allure of small ship cruising as your small ship anchors in the heart of Old Town Dubrovnik while larger ships only pass by. From remarkable small ports such as Rovinj to timeless cities like Venice and Rome, discover the Mediterranean’s most charming and historic destinations in autumn. What a beautiful itinerary.


Japan, a land of captivating beauty and rich cultural heritage, offers similar allure during its autumn season. The Land of the Rising Sun transforms into a canvas of vibrant colours and serene landscapes, making it an ideal time to experience its unique charm.

Japanese autumn boasts a softer sunlight that bathes the surroundings in a warm and golden hue. The foliage of maple trees, ginkgos, and other deciduous trees undergoes a breathtaking transformation, painting the landscape with brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow. This picturesque backdrop creates a haven for photographers, providing endless opportunities to capture Japan's beauty in its most enchanting form.

For those with a palate for culinary adventures, Japan's autumn is a gastronomic delight. The season marks the harvest of various crops, leading to an array of fresh and delectable ingredients gracing tables. Traditional Japanese cuisine, with its artful presentation and exquisite flavours, takes on an added dimension during this time. Savouring authentic sushi, enjoying steaming bowls of ramen and sampling in seasonal delicacies create a journey of taste that is both memorable and enchanting.

What’s the weather like?

The intense summer heat gives way to comfortable temperatures, allowing you to stroll through historic cities, peaceful temples, and charming villages without the bustling crowds that accompany the peak tourist season. The seas are calmer, making it an exquisite experience to discover the archipelago's diverse coastal beauty. Japan experiences a gradual transition from summer to autumn.

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Dreams of Japan with Regent Seven Seas

Take an 11 night deep dive into Japanese Autumn with this Tokyo round trip. Enjoy a three day pre-cruise land programme in the irrepressible capital city visiting shrines, national parks, Tokyo Tower and the rest before embarkation. Stroll the chaotic seafood markets of Shimizu, sample famous Kobe beef in Kyoto, soak up the haunting history of Hiroshima and take a quick trip to Busan, South Korea before Nagasaki, Kagoshima and Miyazaki’s call.


Embarking on a Caribbean cruise during the autumn months promises a unique and captivating adventure. While many associate the Caribbean with summer getaways, the fall season offers a distinct charm that sets the stage for an unforgettable journey.

As autumn arrives in the Caribbean, a sense of tranquillity and renewal blankets the islands. The intense summer heat begins to wane, creating a more comfortable and pleasant environment for exploration. The turquoise waters that the region is famous for remain invitingly warm, providing the perfect opportunity for water-based activities and leisurely swims.

Autumn in the Caribbean also brings forth a delightful array of cultural experiences. Many islands celebrate their unique traditions and festivals during this time, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in local customs and celebrations.

Autumn also presents an excellent opportunity for eco-adventures in the Caribbean. The slightly cooler temperatures make hiking and exploring the lush rainforests more comfortable, allowing you to discover hidden waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and breathtaking vistas. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts will be delighted by the clear visibility and calm seas, providing unforgettable encounters with vibrant coral reefs and marine life.

What's the weather like?

During the autumn months, the Caribbean experiences a transition from the hotter summer climate to a milder, more comfortable environment. While there may still be occasional rain showers, they tend to be brief and are often followed by sunshine. This creates a refreshing atmosphere that allows you to enjoy outdoor activities without the intensity of the summer sun.

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Extended Escapes into a Yachtsman’s Caribbean with Explora Journeys

Orchid-scented breezes lead us on an extended Caribbean journey to sail a sea of sensory overload. With a head full of dreams, Explora Journeys calls on quirky Key West then Virgin Gorda to sing, play, love and dance in aquamarine waters. Find exquisite coastlines dotted with pinkish-white beaches, amethyst bays, and shell-crusted shipwrecks in Antigua and Anguilla. Then discover a side of San Juan that is artistic and creative along with its 400-year-old swashbuckling history.

If you want to find out more about autumnal cruising, be it this year or beyond,

give the Panache Cruises team a call on 0161 513 8200 and they'd be happy to help!

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