Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day Montreal, Quebec, Canada / Saint Lawrence River CruisingDeparts 04:00 PM / Cruising "Montréal, Canada is a city of contrasts, one that defies a simple description or a catchy tagline. It sits on the New Worlds St. Lawrence River, yet it has an undeniable Old-World French flair. It is a historic city, founded in 1642, and the streets of Old Montréal are lined with sights that range from a 17th-century seminary to grand commercial buildings erected in the 19th century. But Montréal is also home to contemporary architectural masterpiecesmost notably those erected for Expo 67, including Buckminster Fullers Biosphere.
Montréal is at once the cultural capital of the Québecois and a decidedly global and cosmopolitan city, attracting migrants from around the world. The walls of its galleries and museums showcase leading artists from the province and the rest of Canada, while the city hosts festivals that feature the best international films, musicians and performers. Many of its restaurants serve traditional specialtiespoutine, bagels and smoked meats; others are helmed by some of the continents most innovative chefs.
Montréal is a vibrant urban center, with buzzing streets and attractions, yet crowned by peaceful, leafy Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also responsible for New Yorks Central Park). Whichever of the city's many aspects appeals to you most, you are sure to be charmed by this unique city and find many things to do in Montréal.
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Day Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaArrives 07:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM "Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Older than Jamestown and founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, it is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact. The Québec City historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still home to religious orders and hospitals that date back to the 17th century. Its Place-Royale would look familiar to the explorer Samuel de Champlain, even with its modern attractions of gift shops and cafés. On the Plains of Abraham, you can walk the battlefield where, in 1759, the French forces under General Montcalm were decisively trounced by the British, led by General Wolfe.
The British took control of all of New France within a year of that 1759 battle, but even so French culture still lives on here in Québec City. More than 95 percent of Québec City's population speaks French as its first language, though it's easy to sightsee and navigate the city in English. As you tour the museums and historic sights of Québec City that celebrate Québecois history and dine at restaurants that serve its distinctive cuisine, you'll discover a remarkable culture that has survived and thrived into the 21st century.
Day Cruising Gulf of St. LawrenceCruising only The Gulf of St. Lawrence is an incredibly diverse and complex marine and estuary ecosystem and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Its a busy and productive part of the ocean that has unique species, some that live there year-round, and others, like whales, which travel long distances just to visit this special spot. The area is made up of freshwater from the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes basin and the St. Lawrence River system emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean, where it combines with the cold Labrador Current from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream from the tropics.
Day Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec, CanadaArrives 07:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM Long isolated near the Pointe aux Esquimaux on the St. Lawrence Gulfs northeast shore, townsfolk here speak a dialect closer to Acadian French than other Quebecois. The Mingan Archipelago just offshore is a Parks Canada Reserve scenically dotted with bizarrely sculpted monoliths, studded with marine fossils and populated by colonies of puffins and razorbills. Visitors also enjoy whale watching, and insights into the Innu culture as revealed in the artworks decorating their picturesque church.
Day Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CanadaArrives 10:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM "Corner Brook, a small but bustling city, is on Newfoundlands west coast. Captain Cook initially mapped this area, known as the Bay of Islands, in 1767, and like many other Newfoundland settlements, Corner Brook started out as a fishing village. Later, one of the largest pulp and paper mills in the world was built here.
In the citys downtown core, West Street and Broadway are the center of action, thanks to numerous pubs, shops and restaurants. The local university has renowned fine-arts and drama programs, so youre never too far from entertainment. Corner Brook also has an impressive amount of green spaceyoure always within walking distance of a park or trail. Nearby Humber Valley and the Marble Mountain offer some of the best skiing in Atlantic Canada, a big enticement for outdoor-adventure junkies. Even if youd prefer to just take in the scenery, the rolling green mountains and the views overlooking the bay are worth the trip.
Day St Anthony, Newfoundland, CanadaArrives 10:00 AM Departs 07:00 PM Near the northern tip of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, tiny St. Anthony (population: 2,418) predates even the famed navigator and explorer Jacques Cartier. Though he gave the town its name, it was already a seasonal camp used by French and Basque fishermen when he arrived in 1534. St. Anthony's fortunes have long been tied to the sea: Those fishermen were followed by whalers, and now tourism has become increasingly important, with whale-watching expeditions among the principal draws. Other opportunities for sightings include moose (the area has one of the world's largest populations of them), polar bears in the spring, and icebergs as they drift south along the Newfoundland coast. For many travelers, however, St. Anthony is the gateway to one of North America's most intriguing archaeological sites. While Christopher Columbus is popularly credited with being the first European to âdiscoverâ the New World, Viking explorers were there before himâmore than four centuries earlier. The remains of an 11th-century village at L'Anse aux Meadows, located less than an hour north of St. Anthony, are the oldest evidence of a European settlement in North America. Today, the reconstructed sod houses at this UNESCO World Heritage Site give a sense of the hard lives of those early settlers.
Day St Johns, Newfoundland, CanadaArrives 12:00 PM Departs 10:00 PM "Closer to London than it is to Canadas west coast, the capital of Newfoundland, St. Johns, has long looked east and across the Atlantic. It is the easternmost city in North America, excluding Greenland, and has its own time zone, a half-hour ahead of the rest of eastern Canada.
Long before there was a permanent town, established around 1630, British fishermen would set up camp here in the summer. To this day the harbor remains the center of the city, with its oldest buildings and streets (including Water Street, the oldest street in North America) nearby. And although it was primarily fishing and whaling that drove the economy of St. Johns for centuries, today the oil and natural gas found beneath the ocean floor is increasingly important.
The rest of St. Johns sits on hills around the harbor, which has led to frequent comparisons to San Francisco. The tallest, Signal Hill, is one of St. Johns most famous sights with its panoramic views. While the city shines at a distance, it is also in the details that it charms visitors, with its houses painted in jelly-bean hues and cozy restaurants and pubs that provide relief from Atlantic breezes.
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Day Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaArrives 07:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM The ports of New England and eastern Canada bear witness to fascinating histories and vibrant cultures that continue to thrive to this day. Approaching these cities from the sea offers a memorable perspective: For many immigrants to North America, their first glimpse of their new lives would be from the decks of ships sailing into these harbors. While the fishing villages of New England and Canada's Atlantic Provinces embody a long seafaring tradition, neither region is frozen in time. World-class museums and celebrated restaurants sit side by side with historic sites. Whether you want to explore the early days of Canada and the United States or see what the future holds for their metropolises, a journey along North Americas Atlantic coast promises to be unforgettable.
Day Bar Harbor, Maine, USArrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM "Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, Bar Harbor is the quintessential New England coastal town. Picturesque and charming, it is a scenic and walkable town with streets lined with restaurants and boutiques. Dining on lobster is a must, as is a scoop or two at one of the towns homemade ice cream shops. Boat tours explore the waters and islands that surround Bar Harbor, with seasonal opportunities to see wildlifeincluding whalesand lighthouses along the way.
Bar Harbor is surrounded by the magnificent Acadia National Park, making the area an adventurers playground. The park, which is celebrating its centennial in 2016, is home to sites such as Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States and the first place in the country to see the sun rise. Guests can hike, bike or take a horse-and-carriage ride to explore Acadias lakes and striking coastline. Take advantage of the best bargain in Bar Harbor during your visit: The free Island Explorer buses take guests to Acadias major sites and to other nearby destinations.
Day Boston, Massachusetts, USArrives 07:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM The ports of New England and eastern Canada bear witness to fascinating histories and vibrant cultures that continue to thrive to this day. Approaching these cities from the sea offers a memorable perspective: For many immigrants to North America, their first glimpse of their new lives would be from the decks of ships sailing into these harbors. While the fishing villages of New England and Canada's Atlantic Provinces embody a long seafaring tradition, neither region is frozen in time. World-class museums and celebrated restaurants sit side by side with historic sites. Whether you want to explore the early days of Canada and the United States or see what the future holds for their metropolises, a journey along North Americas Atlantic coast promises to be unforgettable.
Day Newport, Rhode IslandArrives 11:00 AM Departs 08:00 PM The seaside city of Newport is on Aquidneck Island, famous for the Newport Mansions of the late 19th century. Two of the most popular mansions are The Breakers and The Marble House, both owned by the Vanderbilt family. Sailing is extremely popular, with the Americas Cup frequently held here. Several soft-sand beaches offer respite for vacationers and delicious seafood comes straight from the ocean to your plate.
Day New York City, New YorkArrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM The largest city in the United States, New York City sits at the mouth of the Hudson River and is made up of five boroughs Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. It is the premier gateway for immigrants, with almost 800 languages spoken there. Full of attractions, its iconic sites include the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, The Museum of Modern Art, the Statue of Liberty and The Metropolitan Museum of Art to name just a few.
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Day Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USArrives 07:00 AM "Shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes greet you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where you'll find yourself somewhere between laid-back island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. In this sun-filled, year-round beach town, pristine beaches are the main attraction, shorts and flip-flops are the daily uniform, and yachts are often the preferred form of transportation. It's a place where you can do as much, or as little, as you desire.
Because of its many canals and waterways, Ft. Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. It's home to the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the largest in-water boat shows in the world. Visitors can easily get a taste of the area's nautical lifestyle by cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on an old-fashioned paddle wheeler. Other options include hopping aboard one of the popular water taxis or Venetian gondolas that glide down the historic New River, which flows right through town. "