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Montreal , Quebec | Quebec City , Quebec | Charlottetown , Prince Edward Island | Sydney , Nova Scotia | Halifax , Nova Scotia | Saint John , New Brunswick | Bar Harbour , Maine | Portland , Maine | New York , New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Montreal, Quebec

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Bonjour, Belle Montreal!

Montreal's top attractions are within walking distance of the city centre, including Mount Royal (the city's namesake) and, in photogenic Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market. Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness.

Aerial view from above Montreal's city center and its landmark buildings, Montreal, Quebec
Aerial view of Montreal's cityscape with the Biosphere geodesic dome and Jacques Cartier bridge in Montreal, Quebec
Aerial view of Mount Royal belvedere in Montreal, Quebec
Canada Montreal Basilica Notre Dame Three Angels
Canada Montreal St. Joseph Oratory
Canada Quebec Montreal Cityscape Colorful Homes

Montreal's top attractions are within walking distance of the city centre, including Mount Royal (the city's namesake) and, in photogenic Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica and Bonsecours Market. Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness.

Aerial view from above Montreal's city center and its landmark buildings, Montreal, Quebec
Aerial view of Montreal's cityscape with the Biosphere geodesic dome and Jacques Cartier bridge in Montreal, Quebec
Aerial view of Mount Royal belvedere in Montreal, Quebec
Canada Montreal Basilica Notre Dame Three Angels
Canada Montreal St. Joseph Oratory
Canada Quebec Montreal Cityscape Colorful Homes
Things To Do

in Montreal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, Canada's largest church, in Montreal, Quebec

Holy Heights

Located in the city's heart, visit Mount Royal for the best city skyline, port and water views. Check out The Cross, which was first placed on Mount Royal in 1643. Today's installation is illuminated nightly. Mount Royal Park is popular year-round, and on Mount Royal's slope you'll find Saint Joseph's Oratory, Canada's largest church.

The church interior of Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec

Meander Old Montreal

Old Montreal is the city's historic district. There's plenty to do within its boundaries, such as taking a spin on Old Port Montreal's observation wheel; shopping locally at Marche Bonsecours; or visiting Notre Dame Basilica, one of Canada's most stunning churches. Built by 1824, it has vaulted blue ceilings with gold stars, a gold-detailed main altar and ethereal stained-glass windows.

The Montreal Botanical Garden, with Asian boats on a pond, in Montreal Quebec

Go Green

Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the world's largest, with over 200 bird species and 22,000 plant, flower and tree varieties. This includes bonsai, maple trees and cactus. There are several gardens to visit during your Montreal cruise, including the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens. In the summertime, the Botanical Garden also hosts events, concerts and festivals.

Poutine, a Quebecois meal of french fries and cheese curds with gravy, from a restaurant in Montreal, Quebec

Local Cuisine

Montreal is known for three things: smoked meats, bagels and poutine. For Montreal-style bagels, locals recommend visiting St-Viateur Bagel. Cruise to Montreal and check out La Banquise for poutine, as it's open 24 hours. Schwartz's Deli is Canada's oldest deli and serves world-famous smoked meats.

Tote bags with the Canadian flag for sale in a souvenir shop in Montreal, Quebec

Shopping

Artpop Montreal and L'Empreinte Gallery-Boutique both have gifts, crafts and souvenirs from Quebec's most talented designers. L'Empreinte stocks things such as contemporary jewellery, handmade musical instruments and home wares from 85 artists. Meanwhile, Artpop has handmade children's toys, Montreal jumpers and an assortment of cards.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Quebec City, Quebec

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

STYLE: FORTRESS CHIC

Blink an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city – but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestoned streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisanal or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec

Blink an eye, and you might think you're in a historic French city – but look a little closer, and you'll see there's nothing quite like Quebecois culture. Meander the cobblestoned streets, poke your head in a gallery, or shop for artisanal or antique treasures. Later, feast on poutine at a traditional bistro, or enjoy farm-to-table fare at one the city's trendy eateries.

Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
View of the Rocher Perce off the coast of Quebec City, Quebec
A row of buildings in Quebec City, Quebec
Things To Do

in Quebec City

View of the front of the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre

Take a Pilgrimage

Up for a miracle? Recreate the traditional pilgrimage to St Anne de Beaupre Basilica, a site renowned for healings and noted for its stunning architecture. Upon your return, pause and marvel at the thunderous rush of Montmorency Falls.

A plate of poutine with chicken

Find Your Inner Foodie

The Quebecois offer a feast of local fare complete with wine pairings. Sample traditional Quebec cuisine with a modern twist, organic rotisserie specialities, the famous Quebec poutine and steamy crepes. The delicious finish line is none other than the Chocolate Museum.

Various buildings within Riyak Square in Quebec City, Quebec

French Village Charm

The illuminated streets of Petit-Champlain and Place Royale let you travel back over 400 years to North America's first permanent French settlement. Jump on a cruise to Quebec City and venture up to the district by way of the staircase, or enjoy the views from atop the funicular, which has run since 1879.

A chef holding a pie

Local Cuisine

The Quebecois are pioneers of farm-to-table cuisine, and you'll find gourmet experiences on every corner. Sample French specialities including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine – a plate piled high with chips, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savoury meat pie spiced with clove and all-spice and topped with a flaky crust. BYOB restaurants are popular in La Vielle Capital.

A storefront window with handbags

Shopping

In Vieux Quebec, seek out fine knits and cashmere, leather and suede clothing, Inuit art, speciality chocolates, maple syrup, and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Along Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, you'll find artisan stone sculptures, boutique designer fashions, fudge and famous Quebec ciders.

INSIDER TIP

Although French is the official language here, English is widely spoken.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

THINGS TO DO

Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
Latin Fiesta

TURN UP THE TEMPO

First, we’ll kick off a Latin fiesta with a quick crash course on basic dance moves. Then, go head-to-head – or cheek to cheek – with your fellow steppers to the sounds of a live Latin band. 

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

QUAINT COASTAL VIBES

Explore centuries of history and a vibrant food scene in the capital of Prince Edward Island, called Canada's Gentle Island for its laid-back lifestyle and lush, green landscape. Walk along the seascape with its iconic red cliffs while you work up an appetite for PEI mussels, freshly caught lobster, a glass of estate-grown wine or a taste of creamy island cheese.

Boats docked at a harbor in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
A waterfront home and lighthouse in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
A walking bridge over wetlands in Prince Edward Island

Explore centuries of history and a vibrant food scene in the capital of Prince Edward Island, called Canada's Gentle Island for its laid-back lifestyle and lush, green landscape. Walk along the seascape with its iconic red cliffs while you work up an appetite for PEI mussels, freshly caught lobster, a glass of estate-grown wine or a taste of creamy island cheese.

Boats docked at a harbor in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
A waterfront home and lighthouse in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
A walking bridge over wetlands in Prince Edward Island
Things To Do

in Charlottetown

A lighthouse at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Watchtowers and Wine

Climb Point Prim – PEI's oldest lighthouse, built in 1846. You'll be rewarded with unimpeded views of Hillsborough Bay. Or head to Wood Islands, another historic lighthouse with an interactive museum that has 11 differently themed rooms. Wash the day down at the Rossignol Estate Winery for pairings of wild blueberry wine and PEI's best cheeses.

A man holding a beer mug

Drink in the History

Thirsty for historical knowledge? Let a Father of Confederation take you on a tour of Charlottetown's past, one pub at a time. Spend an afternoon recreating the three years of toil – and many mugs of ale – it took to form an independent nation.

A horse drawn carriage

Take a Trot

Get the royal treatment on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Charlottetown's historical centre. Trot along the quaint shops of Great George Street to Province House, the site where delegates met to bring Canada together as a nation. Jump onboard a Charlottetown cruise and clip-clop to the Confederation Centre of the Arts and loop back to Founder's Hall.

Mussels in an aluminum bowl

Local Cuisine

The local fare in Charlottetown, whether from the land or the sea, is a foodie's dream. Taste the best blue mussels on the planet. Slurp down a Malpeque oyster, or munch on salt-spangled chips made with the island's Russet-Burbank potatoes. Don't miss the PEI lobster paired with a glass of local wine.

Various sweaters hanging on a rack at a shop

Shopping

Find one-of-a-kind treasures in the many boutiques or the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown's historical district. Visit local artisans offering oiled-wool sweaters and accessories, maple syrups and preserves, handcrafted chocolates, pottery and sea glass jewellery – plus 'Anne of Green Gables' memorabilia.

INSIDER TIP

Wear comfortable shoes – Historic Charlottetown is best seen on foot.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Sydney, Nova Scotia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

MARITIME MELODIES

Come to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and immerse yourself in multi-cultural Cape Breton, informed by the influence of the French, the Scots and the native Mi'kmaqs. Hang out in the French Fortress of Louisburg, sample Gaelic culture at the Highland Village Museum, or take in the ancient art and history of the island at Membertou Heritage Park.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Rocky coastline in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Buildings on a coastal cliff in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Come to Sydney, Nova Scotia, and immerse yourself in multi-cultural Cape Breton, informed by the influence of the French, the Scots and the native Mi'kmaqs. Hang out in the French Fortress of Louisburg, sample Gaelic culture at the Highland Village Museum, or take in the ancient art and history of the island at Membertou Heritage Park.

The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Rocky coastline in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Buildings on a coastal cliff in Sydney, Nova Scotia
Things To Do

in Sydney

An antique black and gold telephone

Answer the Call

Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, which overlooks the inventor's summer home in Baddeck. Learn how Bell invented not only the telephone but also the world's fastest boat, Canada's first powered aeroplane flight and advanced recording technology. Marvel at his artefacts, films and family photographs.

Close up view of the exterior of Fort Louisbourg

Dance Like It's 1744

Visit the 18th century at the Fortress of Louisbourg. The largest reconstructed French fortified town in North America is alive with music, dancing, cooking and military drills. Don't leave without sipping the Fortress Rum, sold in traditional bottles and sealed in wax.

A historic log cabin in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Celtic Sojourn

Gaelic may not be your first language, but it's worth the trip to Highland Village in the Bras d'Or Lakes region to hear the melodic sounds of Celtic culture. Traditional music, stunning vistas and friendly farm animals are the backdrop to 11 period buildings, a general store and a one-room school-house.

A baked salmon fillet with a side salad on a black plate

Local Cuisine

It's all about fresh and local. Head to one of the many pubs along the city centre waterfront for maple-glazed Atlantic salmon or a lobster dinner. Be sure to try the island's signature mussels before you go. Wash it all down with a mug of Sydney's favourite beer from Big Spruce Brewing.

Bins with local wool

Shopping

It's an artisan extravaganza in Sydney. Head to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design for affordable hand-crafted lamb's wool apparel, leather, glass and art. Get on Canada cruises to pick up some raw local lambswool or sheep's wool to take home and work with yourself.

INSIDER TIP

The town centre and Charlotte Street are only a five-minute walk from port.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Halifax, Nova Scotia

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

A BEACON OF ADVENTURE

As Canada's Atlantic gateway, Halifax brings together unique history and modern excitement. Stroll the festive waterfront to get a feel for the bustling city centre with its boutique shops and art galleries. Then, visit the museum at Pier 21 to learn the stories of Nova Scotia's immigrants. Got foodie inclinations? Drop into the Halifax Farmers Market and sample the freshly caught local seafood.

A picturesque view of the Halifax cityscape
Boats docked at a harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia
A gazebo located in a garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia

As Canada's Atlantic gateway, Halifax brings together unique history and modern excitement. Stroll the festive waterfront to get a feel for the bustling city centre with its boutique shops and art galleries. Then, visit the museum at Pier 21 to learn the stories of Nova Scotia's immigrants. Got foodie inclinations? Drop into the Halifax Farmers Market and sample the freshly caught local seafood.

A picturesque view of the Halifax cityscape
Boats docked at a harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia
A gazebo located in a garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Things To Do

in Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia Minke Whale Going Underwater

Hit the High Seas

Hop aboard a boat tour of the harbour – from the observation deck, you can spy marine wildlife, including the majestic whales that inhabit Nova Scotia's waters. On some tours, the crew will even help you pull in a lobster trap.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse on a rocky coast

Light It Up

Nova Scotia is home to 160 lighthouses, and you can get to many of them easily from Halifax. Visit the most photographed lighthouse in the world at Peggy's Cove, just a one-hour drive from the city, where you'll find some of the best panoramic views around.

Graves of victims of the Titanic in Nova Scotia

Titanic Adventure

What does the sinking of the Titanic have to do with Halifax? A lot, it turns out. Take the Halifax Connection tour to visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where you'll see a collection of Titanic artefacts and hear stories about the iconic event of 1912.

A plate of steamed lobster

Local Cuisine

Halifax is a seafood feast. There are plenty of upmarket eateries along the city centre waterfront area serving full lobster dinners. Try the classic Nova Scotia seafood chowder, which brings together the best of the local seafood – mussels, haddock and scallops are commonly in the mix – in a creamy broth flavoured with bacon. Or opt for one of the less pricey spots, where you can order some of the freshest fish and chips you've ever had.

Assorted maple leaf containers of maple syrup

Shopping

Retail therapy in Halifax includes both world-class shopping and carefully curated boutiques. Try the Historic Properties for sweaters, the Hydrostone Market for art or Bishop's Landing for jewellery and unique cosmetics. Want a locally crafted keepsake? Head to the Seaport Farmers Market or Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. Cruise to Halifax and be on the lookout for maple syrup – Nova Scotia produces some of the world's best.

INSIDER TIP

Go sightseeing at your own pace with an all-day hop-on, hop-off bus pass.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Saint John, New Brunswick

ARRIVES:
12:00 PM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

RIDE THE TIDE

Be sure to devote some of your time in Saint John to the outdoors, exploring the Bay of Fundy. Bike the Fundy Trail along the rugged shoreline, see the towering Hopewell Rocks, or take a kayak out on the Reversing Falls rapids. On cloudy days, head inside and learn more about Saint John's natural and cultural history at the New Brunswick Museum and Loyalist House.

The reversing falls in Saint John, New Brunswick
The river lighthouse in New Brunswick
A waterfall in New Brunswick,

Be sure to devote some of your time in Saint John to the outdoors, exploring the Bay of Fundy. Bike the Fundy Trail along the rugged shoreline, see the towering Hopewell Rocks, or take a kayak out on the Reversing Falls rapids. On cloudy days, head inside and learn more about Saint John's natural and cultural history at the New Brunswick Museum and Loyalist House.

The reversing falls in Saint John, New Brunswick
The river lighthouse in New Brunswick
A waterfall in New Brunswick,
Things To Do

in Saint John

Rocks on the shore at Rockwood Park in New Brunswick

Rock and Roll

Rockwood Park is one of Canada's largest urban parks and a year-round adventure destination. It encompasses forest, freshwater lakes, over 50 kilometres (31 miles) of trails, a golf course and the zoo. It's also a Stonehammer Geopark site. Its ancient history is visible in the rock formations and caves ready to be explored.

The Carleton Martello Tower in Saint John, New Brunswick

History Lesson

Head to Saint John's New Brunswick Museum, Canada's oldest continuing museum, to see Canadian and international art, the Hall of Great Whales and New Brunswick exhibitions. Don't miss Saint John's National Historic Sites: Loyalist House and Carleton Martello Tower. The latter was pivotal in conflicts from 1812 until World War II.

The Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick

Fun on Fundy

Saint John is where the Bay of Fundy meets the Saint John River. See the natural tug-of-war of the Reversing Rapids from Fallsview or Wolastoq Parks, or hop in a kayak and ride them yourself. In nearby St Martins, you can walk along the ocean floor at low tide during your cruise to Saint John.

A lobster roll with french fries on the side

Local Cuisine

Saint John City Market is the town's culinary heartbeat. Start your day with a brew from Java Moose Coffee and a treat from The Baking Stone. For lunch, enjoy a meal at Steamers Lobster Company. Top choices include the lobster rolls and bacon-wrapped scallops.

A rack of clothes

Shopping

The store at New Brunswick Museum is known for its gift selection. Alternatively, drop into The Butcher's Daughter Gift Shoppe in Saint John City Market. It stocks many handmade products from local and national artists, including pottery, jewellery, hancrafted knitwear and original artwork.

INSIDER TIP

Rockwood Park is great to visit in both winter and summer.

DAY 8 - TENDERED

Bar Harbour, Maine

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
RAISE THE BAR

ON OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Adventure awaits in Bar Harbour. Pop into one of the galleries run by local artists in quaint Bar Harbour village. Stroll down the rosebush-lined Shore Path for sweeping views of the sea. And don't miss Acadia National Park: climb up Cadillac Mountain to see panoramic vistas, or hire bikes and pedal through the 57-mile Carriage Roads, which circle Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake and Mount Desert Island. Feeling extra adventurous? Get up close and personal with these dramatic cliffs as you learn the art of rock climbing.

a lighthouse on the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine
A white sailboat docked at a pier in a bay in Bar Harbor, Maine
The rocky coast at Acadia National Park

Adventure awaits in Bar Harbour. Pop into one of the galleries run by local artists in quaint Bar Harbour village. Stroll down the rosebush-lined Shore Path for sweeping views of the sea. And don't miss Acadia National Park: climb up Cadillac Mountain to see panoramic vistas, or hire bikes and pedal through the 57-mile Carriage Roads, which circle Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake and Mount Desert Island. Feeling extra adventurous? Get up close and personal with these dramatic cliffs as you learn the art of rock climbing.

a lighthouse on the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine
A white sailboat docked at a pier in a bay in Bar Harbor, Maine
The rocky coast at Acadia National Park
Things To Do

in Bar Harbor

Barrels filled with various flavors of salt water taffy

Treat Yourself

As you explore, stop for some saltwater toffee – try one of the 64 flavours of ice cream at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium. Another must is the lobster mac and cheese at Side Street Cafe. After all, what's a trip to Maine without lobster?

A waterfront building in Bar Harbor, Maine

Slow Your Stroll

Bar Harbour runs at a slower speed. Take the day and walk the cobblestoned streets, bopping in and out of the countless locally owned small shops and businesses like Fair Trade Winds. Later on, stroll down the Shore Path where land meets sea.

Waves crashing on the coast in Bar Harbor, Maine

Adventure in Acadia

You'll feel like you've stepped into a postcard when you visit to Maine's only national park. Explore Acadia on foot, by bike or in the comfort of your car with Maine cruises. Enjoy the sunset on top of Cadillac Mountain, or head to Jordan Pond to soak up the lakeside and surrounding mountains. Witness the force of Thunder Hole as the waves crash against the rocks.

A Maine lobster dinner platter

Local Cuisine

Maine is making its mark on the foodie map, thanks to places like Bar Harbour. Indulge in quintessential New England fare with dishes like chowder, lobster rolls and full lobster dinners. Go beyond the typical fair and enjoy lobster mac and cheese or the unique lobster ice cream at Ben and Bill's.

An assortment of colorful wooden float souvenirs in Bar Harbor, Maine

Shopping

Head to the cobblestoned streets to collect artisanal items that will remind you of your time in Bar Harbour. Pick up a colourful decorative buoy, a piece of distinctive local pottery or a handcrafted glass ornament made of recycled metals painted with a scene from this seaside New England town.

INSIDER TIP

These streets are made for walking: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes so you can take in the town on foot.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Portland, Maine

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
COASTAL VIBES

& HIGH CUISINE

There's always something new to discover in Portland, Maine. A four-season location, this sophisticated seaside city holds itineraries for all kinds of travellers. Explore the outdoors with a hike of the Back Cove Trail, then head out to Casco Bay for views of the ocean and the iconic lighthouse. Culinary adventure more your thing? Spend an afternoon hopping between local breweries, and sample ultra-fresh oysters at one of the city's hip restaurants.

View of the Portland Head lighthouse in Portland, Maine
Coastal city view of Portland, Maine
A rocky coast in Portland, Maine

There's always something new to discover in Portland, Maine. A four-season location, this sophisticated seaside city holds itineraries for all kinds of travellers. Explore the outdoors with a hike of the Back Cove Trail, then head out to Casco Bay for views of the ocean and the iconic lighthouse. Culinary adventure more your thing? Spend an afternoon hopping between local breweries, and sample ultra-fresh oysters at one of the city's hip restaurants.

View of the Portland Head lighthouse in Portland, Maine
Coastal city view of Portland, Maine
A rocky coast in Portland, Maine
Things To Do

in Portland

A close up view of the Portland Head lighthouse

Lighthouse Tour

Situated on the ocean, in the heart of Casco Bay, the Portland area is home to six lighthouses, all within 20 minutes of the city centre. The Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park is the most iconic. Walk the paved oceanside trail afterward for views of the ocean.

Homemade fritters topped with sugar

Indulge Your Taste Buds

Portland put Maine on the culinary map. The food scene is full of creativity and flavour, with dishes can be as local or as international as you'd like. Enjoy the catch of the day at Portland Lobster Company. If it's sweets you're craving, head to The Holy Donut. For a twist on New England cuisine, check out EVO Kitchen + Bar. Finish with a nightcap at Blyth and Burrows.

A bicycle locked to a railing at a harbor in Portland, Maine

Breweries by Bicycle

Pedal along the ocean as you sip local brews and learn all about the city's rich history – and its equally rich beer culture during your cruise to Portland. With over 25 micro breweries in Portland, there are beers here for every palette.

Opened oysters on a white plate

Local Cuisine

In just the last five years, the food scene in Portland has blossomed into one of the country's best. From historic pubs to nationally recognised restaurants, the food and drink here doesn't disappoint. Many of the best eateries are just outside the Old Port on Middle Street: Head there for oysters at Eventide (get there early on the weekends) or Belgian fries and paninis at Duckfat.

A lobster figurine

Shopping

No matter what trinket you want to bring back from Maine, you can find it in central Portland during your cruise. Local and national stores alike line the cobblestoned streets of Portland. The Old Port is where you'll find the most distinctive shops; head there for boutique and high-end fashions, home goods and souvenirs.

INSIDER TIP

If you're heading to the Holy Donut, be sure to get there early – they only remain open as supplies last.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course menu and wine tasting.

DAY 11 - Arrival Day

New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM

ADVENTURE STATE OF MIND

Take a scenic ferry boat ride from Battery Park to Liberty Island for an up-close visit to the iron-clad Statue of Liberty. Climb to the crown for a rewarding harbour panorama. Then cruise to nearby Ellis Island to browse a moving collection of documents, photographs and film footage in its Immigration Museum.

View of One World Trade Center from streets
Wide view of New York skyline
Ground angle of Brooklyn Bridge
Inside court of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Statue of Liberty in New York

Take a scenic ferry boat ride from Battery Park to Liberty Island for an up-close visit to the iron-clad Statue of Liberty. Climb to the crown for a rewarding harbour panorama. Then cruise to nearby Ellis Island to browse a moving collection of documents, photographs and film footage in its Immigration Museum.

View of One World Trade Center from streets
Wide view of New York skyline
Ground angle of Brooklyn Bridge
Inside court of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Statue of Liberty in New York
Things To Do

in New York

Sunset at Times Square in Manhattan New York

CITY PASS

Sightseeing in Manhattan excites and amazes like nowhere else – and every neighbourhood presents a fascinating, unique personality. Tour the Rockefeller Centre and catch a show at Radio City Music Hall. Walk the High Line and soak in the urban buzz of Times Square. New York cruises allow you to experience it all – by tour bus, train or on foot.

Empire State Building observatory deck in New York

GO SKY HIGH

Stand amongst skyscrapers on one of New York’s scenic observation decks. Admire Central Park from the open-air Top of the Rock. Enjoy twinkling evening views from the top of the Empire State Building. Or venture 104 floors up to the One World Observatory in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

View of Montauk Point Lighthouse from beach in Long Island

OFF THE GRID

Cruises from New York allow you to explore the Staten Island Zoo or cheer on the Yankees in The Bronx. International culture and cuisine await you in Queens, while wineries and beaches speckle Long Island. Or stop in Hoboken, a pedestrian-friendly town where you can stroll along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway across from Manhattan’s glimmering skyline.

Street food vendor at night in Cape Liberty, New Jersey

LOCAL CUISINE

With some 20,000 sit-down restaurants, this is a foodie’s paradise. Many iconic dishes have been rubber-stamped by New York – pizza, bagels, hot dogs and cheesecake included. Savour steamy dumplings in Chinatown. Slurp down Blue Point oysters in Chelsea Market. Or munch on the legendary cronut. Then sip a Manhattan cocktail to cap off the night in NYC.

Leather shoes in store in Cape Liberty, New Jersey

SHOPPING

This global shopping capital covers it all: from big department stores like Barney’s along glitzy Madison Avenue, to souvenir shops selling 'I Love NY' t-shirts. Hit up the Historic Orchard Street Shopping District for leather goods, or SoHo for cutting-edge fashions. Greenwich Village is best for books, records and craft shops, and it is a must-see when you cruise out of New York.

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