10 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise on Empress of the Seas from Montreal, Quebec Sydney, Nova Scotia, Louisbourg Lighthouse
The 10 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise from Montreal, Quebec visits St Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory; St John's, Newfoundland; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Quebec City, Quebec; Montreal, Quebec. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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10 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Empress of the Seas
Day 1 - Montreal, Quebec
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - St Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory
Day 5 - St John's, Newfoundland
Day 6 - Cruising
Day 7 - Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - 10 - Quebec City, Quebec
Day 11 - Montreal, Quebec
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Sydney, Nova Scotia, Louisbourg Lighthouse
The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
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10 Night Canadian Adventure Cruise

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Leaving from
Montreal, Quebec
Onboard
Empress of the Seas
Day Port
1
Montreal, Quebec
Departs at 4:00 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
St Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory
From 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
5
St John's, Newfoundland
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Cruising
Day at sea
7
Sydney, Nova Scotia
From 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9 - 10
Quebec City, Quebec
From Day 9, 10:30 AM - Day 10, 3:00 PM
11
Montreal, Quebec
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Empress of the Seas

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Empress of the Seas
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Empress of the Seas, Aerial View, Bahamas and Caribbean Cruise Ship
Aerial View of Empress of the Seas Cruise Ship With Destinations in Nassau, Havana, and Cozumel
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Empress of the Seas

ADVENTURE MAXING MEETS ULTIMATE RELAXING

Stay active while soaking up views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Or unwind with a poolside film or a visit to Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre. Empress of the Seas℠ is the perfect place to find adventure and your Caribbean chill.

RISE & DINE

All that exploring is bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, the options for next level noshing are endless. Five courses of gourmet goodness await at Chef's Table, while steakhouse favourites raise the bar at Chop's Grille℠. At Windjammer, you'll find a global array of options, all complimentary. And when the day winds down, the night heats up at Boleros.

BALLROOM STEPS & BOLD SETS

Get ready for some real scene stealers like Three, a grand multi-sensory production celebrating the golden days of show business, and Bailamos, a vibrant showcase of vocal ensembles and dynamic ballroom dancing styles.

Day 1: Montreal, Quebec

Day 1
Montreal
Quebec
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Canada Montreal Basilica Notre Dame Three Angels
Canada Montreal Basilica Notre Dame Three Angels
Things to do in
Montreal
Departs at 4:00 PM
Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 per cent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city centre perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.
Montreal, Quebec Saint Joseph Oratory
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.
Montreal, Quebec Notre-Dame Basilica
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.
Montreal, Quebec Botanical Garden
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.
Montreal, Quebec Poutine
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.
Montreal, Quebec Tote Bags
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 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Latin Fiesta Dancing Salsa Cuba Cruise
Dance salsa at the Latin Fiesta onboard a cruise to Cuba

Latin Fiesta

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 Rock Wall On Board Day Time
Man Climbing Rock Wall On Board Day Time

Rock Climbing Wall

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

Day 4: St Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory

Day 4
St Pierre and Miquelon
French Territory
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Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Saint Pierre Miquelon Seaviews Summer Time
Things to do in
St Pierre and Miquelon
From 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
A little bit of France lives right here in North America, in an archipelago of islands named St Pierre and Miquelon. French language, French culture and that delectable French food abound from the moment you set foot onshore, located just off the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland. These tiny islands survive on rich fisheries and have a history of capture and invasion, handed back and forth between Britain and France for centuries. During the American Prohibition era, Al Capone and Bill McCoy used these islands for their rum-running operations. Every cliff, pier and street corner has a story to tell, and there are plenty of opportunities to soak up those stories when you visit.
Saint Pierre Miquelon Whale Watching
Saint Pierre Miquelon Whale Watching

Soak Up Some Nature

St Pierre and Miquelon thrive on rich sea life in the surrounding waters. Fish, seabirds and marine mammals combined with the stunning water views and rugged terrain result in thrilling water excursions around the islands. Birdwatchers will want to venture to Grand Colombier, a tiny nature reserve island, home to puffins and many of the archipelago's migratory birds. The marine wildlife adventure sets out from St Pierre in search of seals, birds, whales and other wildlife in the rich waters around the islands.
Insider tip
The time zone in Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a half-hour off from Newfoundland, however, it is close enough that the time on your cell phone may show as Newfoundland time.
Saint Pierre Miquelon Rocky Hill Pond
Saint Pierre Miquelon Rocky Hill Pond

Stretch Your Legs

Whether you're more inclined to take a relaxing stroll or a more vigorous and adventurous hike, the islands of St Pierre and Miquelon have plenty of stunning views and beautiful, out-of-the-way paths. The Diamant hike is a 75-minute walk around a beach-lined peninsula on St Pierre island. For a longer adventure, the walk to Étang du Télégraphe takes just over two hours and goes through the interior of the island to a lovely pond. Maps are available at the Tourism Bureau.
Insider tip
This very European culture enjoys the tradition of resting at lunch. Expect shops to be closed on Sundays and from noon to 2 p.m. throughout the week.
Saint Pierre Miquelon Cathedral Foothills
Saint Pierre Miquelon Cathedral Foothills

Get an Earful of History

Evidence of rum runners, wars and indigenous peoples weave together to tell a fascinating history of a place that is quite unique. Museums, like the Heritage Museum, bring the islands' history to life with relics and storytellers. Local shops, such as La Maison du Cadeau, offer home decorating goods, gourmet foods and souvenirs that show the islands' history as part of their rich culture, and allow you to bring some of that culture back home.
Insider tip
Wind, rain and fog are common on the islands. Dress in layers to acclimate to changes in weather.
Saint Pierre Local Seafood Being Grilled
Saint Pierre Local Seafood Being Grilled

Local Cuisine

Saint Pierre is a fishing town, and seafood is king. Prepared by chefs trained in the French tradition, the freshest of fish is sure to delight you. If you prefer something other than seafood, handmade crepes and pastries might be more to your liking.
Saint Pierre Local Shopping Lavender Soap and Essential Oil
Saint Pierre Local Shopping Lavender Soap and Essential Oil

Shopping

Bring a bit of France home with you. You'll find your favourite French perfumes, soaps and skincare products, along with those you've been longing to try. Tie on a French scarf, and then seek out your favourite treats. French bread, French chocolates, French cheeses, French wines – all the delicacies of French food are available here on these tiny islands.

Day 5: St John's, Newfoundland

Day 5
St John's
Newfoundland
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St. John's, Newfoundland,  Cliffside Homes
Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
Things to do in
St John's
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Set against the backdrop of the wild Atlantic sea, St John's is defined by animated locals, colourful houses and its own brand of folk music. In the capital of Newfoundland – the island of fishing villages, kitchen parties and bakeapple jam – you can marvel at historic landmarks dating back to John Cabot's voyage in 1497, before you hit the town to join in the lively pub scene. Hungry for nature? Cruise to Newfoundland to hike the 130 kilometres of walking trails, or hit the waters outside the harbour to catch a glimpse of icebergs and humpback whales.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Humpback Whale
A humpback wale splashing its tail

Hit the Bay

Icebergs, humpback whales, puffins... Get out onto the Bay for an exhilarating tour of aquatic life. Or tour the islands that make up the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, where you'll see birds galore, including black-legged kittiwakes, common murres and the largest puffin colony in North America.
Insider tip
Make sure you're on Newfoundland time, which is in one of the few half-hour time zones in the world.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Harbor View From Signal Hill
View of St. John's harbor through some trees from Signal Hill

Put On Your Walking Shoes

It's a hilly affair, whether you choose to hike the trails or the streets – St John's boasts over 120 kilometres of walking trails within city limits. Marvel at the ancient rock cliffs that rise from the St John's harbour, or amble along the North Head Trail and pick wild blueberries at Signal Hill.
Insider tip
St John's is a city of hills, so don't forget your walking shoes.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Group Toasting Beers
A group of friends toasting beers

Quench Your Thirst

You're in for a toe-tapping good time if you head to historic city centre St John's. You'll find over two dozen pubs, clubs and bars on George Street. Locals keep the party alive while you get down to an Irish jig, the blues, dance music, country or good old rock n' roll.
Insider tip
The city has a storyteller around every corner – strike up a conversation with the lively locals.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Steamed Mussels
A bowl of steamed mussels

Local Cuisine

Newfoundland cuisine is in a category of its own, with unique items like scrunchions (crispy pork rinds) and toutons (fried dough served with mollasses). Try braised rabbit fritters or local blue mussels. Head to the Quidi Vidi district, where you'll find a local farm-to-table restaurant and a brewery featuring lager made from 25-thousand-year-old icebergs.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Jewelry
Assorted necklaces on a cloth

Shopping

Head to Water Street and take a piece of St John's with you. Heritage Shop goodies include labradorite jewellery, carvings, knitwear and preserves. Get onboard Canada cruises and make your way to Quidi Vidi and check out the Plantation, a destination shopping experience where you can visit artisans in their studios as they work and sell their wares.

Day 6: Cruising

Day 6
Cruising
At Sea
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Grilled NY-Strip Steak -  Chops Grille
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.
FOR FOODIES
Salad - Chops Grille
Salad served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. Best cruise vacation restaurant dining served table side.

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables - Chefs Table Restaurant
Lamb Cutlet & Vegetables at the elegant Chefs Table restaurant. Enjoy cruise line fine dining menu with artisanal ingredients

Chef's Table

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 7: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 7
Sydney
Nova Scotia
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Sydney, Nova Scotia, Louisbourg Lighthouse
The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Things to do in
Sydney
From 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The sight of the world's largest fiddle welcomes you to Sydney, Nova Scotia. In this enclave on Cape Breton Island, metropolitan charm meets local hospitality. Originally founded by Loyalists spooked by the American Revolution, Sydney remains a haven – but today, it's one replete with golf courses, a hearty music scene and the world-famous Cabot Trail. Step back into the 18th century while you walk amongst the town's classically inspired buildings and dramatically steepled churches. Cruise to Nova Scotia and stroll along the boardwalk, indulge your inner lover of learning at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science, and end your day toe-tapping to Celtic beats.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Antique telephone
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.
Insider tip
The town centre and Charlotte Street are only a five-minute walk from port.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Fort Louisbourg
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.
Insider tip
The currency is the Canadian Dollar, but some shops accept US currency, too.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Historic Log Cabin
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.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Baked Salmon Dish
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.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, Local Wool
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.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Boleros Sitting Area
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT
Boleros Seats by the Bar
Oasis of the Seas, Boleros, restaurant, lounge, casual seating, dining

Boleros

Nighttime sizzles at Boleros, a Latin-themed club and hot spot. Try a variety of specialty drinks inspired by the music— like Cuban mojitos and Brazilian caipirinhas— and get down to the pulsating live music with a six-piece Latin band. This is one after-dinner party you don't want to miss.
Schooner Bar with Piano
QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks

Schooner Bar

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favorite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favorite cocktail.

Day 9 - 10: Quebec City, Quebec

Day 9 - 10
Quebec City
Quebec
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Quebec City, Quebec, Aerial View
Aerial view of the old port in Quebec City, Quebec
Things to do in
Quebec City
From Day 9, 10:30 AM - Day 10, 3:00 PM
Quebec City blends old-world eye candy with fresh attitude from modern boutiques and coffee shops to cutting-edge music festivals. Set upon the mighty St Lawrence River, the city holds more than four centuries of history, a vibrant contemporary art scene and an abundance of gastronomic discoveries. Step back in time and explore the Old City. Pass through imposing stone walls and walk cobblestoned streets – you'll notice a range of architectural styles, from Baroque to art deco. With Quebec City cruises you can experience a sugar rush at one of the many boulangeries. Then, walk it off with a visit to the iconic Chateau Frontenac towering over the Quebec capital.
Quebec City, Quebec, Basilica of Sainte Anne De Beaupre
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.
Insider tip
Although French is the official language here, English is widely spoken.
Quebec City, Quebec, Poutine Dish
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.
Insider tip
Attempts to speak en Francais are wholeheartedly appreciated. Try 'bonjour' to greet shopkeepers and service staff and 'merci' to say thank you.
Quebec City, Quebec, Riyak Plaza Buildings
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.
Quebec City, Quebec, Chef Holding A Pie
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.
Quebec City, Quebec, Storefront
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.

Day 11: Montreal, Quebec

Day 11
Montreal
Quebec
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Things to do in
Montreal
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 per cent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city centre perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.

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