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St. Lawrence & Jewels of French Canada
- 2019 Cruise Dates:
- May 3 - 13, 2019 (Portland to Toronto)
- October 22 - November 1, 2019 (Toronto to Portland)
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- Enjoy the best of the borderlands between Canada and the USA. Survey two of the most European cities in North America, the French Canadian ports of Montreal and Quebec, then the Ontario metropolis of Toronto. We’ll transit the Welland Canal, and take in the majesty of Niagara Falls, and take in the blossoming renaissance of Cleveland and Detroit.
- Portland, ME
- Portland is located on a peninsula originally called Machigonne (Great Neck) by Algonquian speakers who originally inhabited it. The British created a settlement here in 1632, and by the 18th century Portland was one of North America’s busiest ports. It was incorporated into the state of Maine in 1820 and served as the capital. It was the birthplace of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Today, Portland offers a cosmopolitan setting, with an active waterfront of fishing wharves and warehouses, combined with contemporary shops, art museums, and a lively restaurant scene.
- Halifax, NS
- Halifax was settled by the British in 1746 to gain access to the rich cod resources in the surrounding waters and control over Halifax’s harbor, which is the second largest ice-free harbor in the world. Halifax’s strategic location near the Canadian, North American and North Atlantic trade routes made it a center of international shipping and trade in the 18th century and again during WWII, when supplies were being sent to Europe.
- Charlottetown, P.E.I.
- Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest and most charming province, Charlottetown showcases a wealth of natural beauty and history. In the morning, coaches leave the port and follow the historic trail walked by delegates to the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. We will make our way along the famous North Shore to Cavendish Bay, in Prince Edward Island National Park, to the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy a tour of the house, stroll the haunted woods, Lovers' Lane, and the famous white shores of the bay. Visit the charming city center before returning to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.
- Whale Watching / Tadoussac
- Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale-watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, to become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the St. Lawrence. These sea mammals include blue whales, the largest animals on the planet, and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed.
- Québec City, QC
- Québec City is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Coaches depart for the Plains of Abraham where the battle between invading English and French defenders took place as the English stormed the upper city and captured the town. Onward to Place Royale in the lower-town, which was bombarded in 1759 from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We then drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls, including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orléans. In the afternoon, guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out the port to visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac and its magnificent Dufferin Terrace.
- Montréal, QC
- In 2017, Montréal celebrated its 375th birthday, making it one of the oldest cities in North America. Situated on the St. Lawrence River, it remains an important crossroads for shipping by land and sea, with a rich history of Iroquois, colonial, and cosmopolitan settlements. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old City with a visit to the Notre Dame Basilica. Explore Montréal old and new with a drive through the downtown business district to the top of Mont Royal for a commanding view of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Afterwards, visit one of the world’s largest and most important Botanical Gardens in downtown Montréal.
- Toronto, ON
- Welcome to Toronto, North America’s fourth largest city and the most multicultural diverse city on the planet: over 140 languages are spoken. It’s estimated that over half of Toronto’s residents were born outside Canada, and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along. Toronto is a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world’s finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals.