Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.
Day Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaDepart 05:00 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 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CanadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM "Charlottetown is the capital of Canadas smallest province, Prince Edward Island, as well as its largest city, though it has fewer than 35,000 residents. Despite its modest size, the city has an impressive number of Victorian houses and buildings and great parks waiting to be explored. For Canadians, it is perhaps most famous as the Birthplace of Confederation. It was here, mostly at Province House, that an 1864 conference led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada.
Prince Edward Island is linked to New Brunswick on the mainland of Canada by the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) Confederation Bridge that soars over the Northumberland Strait. A remarkable feat of engineering, the bridge opened in 1997 and is the longest in the world over icy waters.
Sites within downtown Charlottetown include the lovely Victoria Row, which becomes a pedestrian mall each summer, and other historic buildings, some of which are now museums. Nearby Prince Edward Island National Park is home to white-sand beaches and hiking and biking trailsplus fans can see the house and farm that inspired the beloved book Anne of Green Gables. During your visit, you can also learn about the daily lives, past and present, of residents on lighthouse and boat tours.
Day Sydney, Nova Scotia, CanadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 05:00 PM "Sydney is the largest city on Cape Breton Island, which is linked by causeway to the rest of Nova Scotia. Sydneys attractions start at the harbor, where visitors can shop for locally made crafts and see the worlds largest fiddle, which towers beside the ports cruise pavilion. Some of the citys historic houses and churches date back to the 1700s and 1800s and are open for tours. Restaurants often provide live music (expect fiddles and sea chanteys) along with meals of seafood fresh-caught in nearby waters. Sydneys galleries give visitors a chance to meet local artists and purchase their work.
Cape Breton's natural wonders include the spectacular scenic drive known as the Cabot Trail. Hikers in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will find stunning vistas around every turn, while a boat ride on massive Bras dOr Lake, which is ringed by wild hills, offers a different perspective on the province. Explore the regions past with a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, and learn about the areas First Nations communities at Membertou Heritage Park. If you decide to go deep underground at the Cape Breton Miners Museum, your tour guide is likely to be a man who toiled for years in the island's coal mines and has many stories to tell. Another must-see: the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, where the famous inventor made his summer home.
Day Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaArrive 08:00 AM Depart 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 Portland, Maine, USArrive 11:00 AM Depart 10:00 PM Squint your eyes and admit it: Doesnt that skinny, bearded hipster walking down the cobbled street look a lot like a 19th-century sea captain heading to the wharf to check his ship? Modern Portland, first settled in 1633, carries the marks of both subsets of Mainers. The restored brick buildings and warehouses of the Old Port and the fine upright houses of prosperous captains, merchants and shipbuilders make the citys past a living part of its present. And the waterfront is a going concern, not a museum: Fishing boats chug into and out of their berths, buoys clang, harbor seals bark. Those shop windows arent displaying hardtack, rope or hand salve, though. Juice joints, art galleries, bookstores (and comic-book stores!), worshipful temples to coffee, locavore bistros with national press, bespoke menswear designers and gelato shops all jostle for attention. Dont limit your visit to the Old Port, though. Wander through the terrific art museum or take a tour of one of the citys historic homes. Jump on a ferry or whale-watching boat and get out into the busy harbor. Head to the coastcraggy, windswept, dramatica glorious and undeniably New England panorama. Get out and take it all in. Welcome to Vacationland.
Day Boston, Massachusetts, USArrive 08:00 AM Depart 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 Island, USArrive 10:00 AM Depart 08:00 PM "Downtown Newport manages to be two very different things at once: a fishing port full of plainspoken pubs and shops; and a resort town full of sailing yachts, bespoke boutiques and wine bars, serving the summer elite. Diversity is part of the fabric of the city: Newport was settled in 1639 by colonists fleeing the rigid Puritanism of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Their more inclusive religious and political views attracted other settlers, including Quakers and Jews, and both groups strongly influenced the culture, commerce and architecture of early Newport.
Before Newport became known as a playground for the rich, artists, writers and scholars discovered its picturesque beaches and shoreline, untouched by industrialization during the postCivil War period. Wealthy patrons of the arts followed and built mansions southeast of the harbor, transforming the small town into the summertime hub of Gilded Age society.
Your visit to this charming port can straddle these two worldsthe friendly working harbor and the avenue of lavish historic homes. The chilly blue waters of the Narragansett Bay and the long dramatic stretches of rocky New England coastline vie for your attention, too. Prepare to fall in love.
Day New York, New York, USArrive 08:00 AM Depart 06:00 PM "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.
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Day Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USArrive 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. "