Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day Montreal, Quebec, CanadaDepart 05:00 PM "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.
Day Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 09:00 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.
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Day Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 09:00 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 Shelburne, Nova Scotia, CanadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM Although it was first colonized by French Acadians in the late 17th century, Shelburnes real expansion began during the American Revolution, when it was a haven for British Loyalists fleeing the mainland colonies. In 1783, these included a large number of escaped African-American slaves who founded Birchtown, at that time the largest free black community in North America. A decade later, some 1,000 of them accepted a British offer to be relocated to the new African colony in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Learn about this, as well as Shelburnes shipbuilding past and other historical eras in the towns complex of three museums, including the Dory Shop Museum where boats are still built.
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Day New York, New York, USArrive 08:00 AM "New York City, the city thats inspired so many nicknamesthe Big Apple, Gotham, the City That Never Sleepsis a place of dazzling contrasts, kaleidoscopic diversity and thrumming energy. Theres simply no other metropolis in the Western Hemisphere, or possibly the world, that rivals the intense vitality of New York, New York. Little wonder that, at least for locals, theres one moniker for their hometown that rings truest: the Center of the Universe.
However you spend your time in New York, your experience is likely to be superlative. The citys art museums and attractions, sweeping parks and glorious, historic buildings are among the most iconic places and sights on the planet; the entertainment, shopping, dining, sightseeing and people-watching here are all deservedly legendary. Your only trouble will be choosing what to do first in New York. A stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, followed by a shopping spree and a pie at one of the citys original pizzerias? An aerial view of the skyline from a soaring observation deck, then a Broadway show and a meal whipped up by a James Beard-award-winning chef? Luckily, were here to help you decide.
Day New York City, New YorkDepart 12:00 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 Charleston, South Carolina, USArrive 09:00 AM Depart 11:00 PM "Older than the United States, Charleston has streets lined with buildings that date back hundreds of years. Step back in time in this very Southern port city, which boasts cobblestoned lanes, antebellum mansions, historic churches, one of the oldest public markets in the country and formal gardens. Many of its homes are open to the public, such as the Heyward-Washington House, whose original owner signed the Declaration of Independence. Take the ferry to Fort Sumter and youll learn about another of Charlestons claims to fame, as the place where the first battle of the Civil War was fought.
Outside the city, many of Charlestons plantations have been restored and visitors can explore the homes and slave quarters, gardens and acres of land. Fans of the film The Notebook will recognize Boone Hall Plantation; Magnolia Plantation & Gardens lays claim to the oldest public gardens in the country.
Shop along legendary King Street or in the Charleston City Market for unique local gifts. Dine on fresh seafood and Lowcountry cuisine at some of the many restaurants that have impressed critics. Wherever you go in Charleston, youll experience the citys famous Southern hospitality and the leisurely pace of life, which serves as a valuable reminder to slow down and enjoy the day.
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Day Miami, Florida, USArrive 07:00 AM Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world, hosting a myriad of ships year-round from all over the globe. Although it is technically not on the Caribbean Sea, no other American city exudes more of the diverse tropical appeal of the Caribbean. The city is home to a large and vibrant immigrant population that blends snowbird refugees from more northern climes with emigres from all Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as sizable groups from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. From the hot-blooded Art Deco haunts of South Beach to the natural wonders of the UNESCO-inscribed Everglades and the laid-back charms of the Keys, South Florida offers a bounty of appealing attractions that make an extended stay in the region nearly mandatory for those either embarking or disembarking here.