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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Montreal, Quebec

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

Bonjour, Belle Montreal!

Montreal's top attractions are within walking distance from the city center, 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 from the city center, 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 jewelry, handmade musical instruments and home wares from 85 artists. Meanwhile, Artpop has handmade children's toys, Montreal sweaters and an assortment of cards.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Saguenay, Quebec

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

Canadian Fjords

Besides touring the Saguenay Fjord, learn more about this natural attraction at the Musee du Fjord. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the fjord's national and historic heritage, through exhibitions and even an aquarium. Speaking of history, another unmissable attraction in Saguenay is La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, a regional museum that delves into the city's history as a mill town.

Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background

Besides touring the Saguenay Fjord, learn more about this natural attraction at the Musee du Fjord. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the fjord's national and historic heritage, through exhibitions and even an aquarium. Speaking of history, another unmissable attraction in Saguenay is La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, a regional museum that delves into the city's history as a mill town.

Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Sidewalk terrace with wooden boardwalk on a city park in downtown Saguenay, Quebec, with fjord river and bridge in the background
Things To Do

in Saguenay

View of the Saguenay Fjord with trees, in Saguenay, Quebec

Find the Fjord

Saguenay Fjord is the reason so many people visit Saguenay annually. See the fjord's soaring rocky and pine tree-lined cliffs on either a guided sea kayak tour or a local cruise. If you want to stay on dry land, the next best thing is learning more about the fjord's landscape and history through Musee du Fjord's exhibitions. The museum is also home to an aquarium, where you can handle starfish and sea cucumbers in the touch pool.

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum, located in an old mill surrounded by a large park, in Saguenay, Quebec

Pulp Fiction

La Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum is located in an old mill and surrounded by a large park. It houses over 26,000 objects. Its permanent exhibitions include displays on the Canadian painter, Arthur Villeneuve and the Chicoutimi Pulp Company. The latter features multimedia and interactive displays on the company that shaped Saguenay. During the summer, the museum also hosts theatrical and comedy performances, and free Music Monday concerts.

La Petite Maison Blanche, the little white house that withstood a disastrous flood and became a symbol of perseverance, in Saguenay, Quebec

Blast From the Past

If this isn't enough, Saguenay has two other historical attractions. The Petite Maison Blanche (small white house) Museum is a Saguenay landmark that survived one of Canada's worst natural disasters — a flood in 1947. Today it's a museum with exhibitions on three floors, as well as a souvenir shop. Then there's Val-Jalbert Historical Village, which resembles a 1920s pulp mill town. It's complete with historic buildings, like a convent school and general store, as well as costumed townsfolk.

Homemade crepes served with fresh blueberries and powdered sugar on a cast iron skilled, from an eatery in Saguenay, Quebec

Local Cuisine

When exploring Quebec, you must try a crepe. Lambert Crêperie has both sweet and savory options, which include everything from homemade chocolate ganache to duck confit. Otherwise, build your own burger at Rouge Burger Bar. It also serves traditional French dishes like moules frites (mussels and fries) and tartare.

Variaous ceramic bowls for sale in Saguenay, Quebec

Shopping

Called the Route Des Artisans, you can follow a trail that includes 90 small businesses that sell products in nine different fields, including wood, ceramics and textiles. Any purchase would make a unique Saguenay souvenir during your Quebec cruise. Alternatively, stop by the gift shop when visiting La Pulperie de Chicoutimi.

INSIDER TIP

Always bring a jacket for exploring the fjord, no matter the season, winds can be strong here.

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

St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Territory

ARRIVES:
12:00 PM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

DAY 5 - DOCKED

St John's, Newfoundland

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

Discover St. John's

From the kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses on Jelly Bean Row to the dramatic coastline you can see from Signal Hill, St John's is a lively capital city on the edge of wild nature. Board a boat and keep your eyes peeled for puffins. Visit The Rooms for a closer look at the ancient history and modern culture of Newfoundland.

Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
A scenic coastal landscape with fishing houses in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of the harbor and coast at St. John's, Newfoundland

From the kaleidoscope of brightly painted houses on Jelly Bean Row to the dramatic coastline you can see from Signal Hill, St John's is a lively capital city on the edge of wild nature. Board a boat and keep your eyes peeled for puffins. Visit The Rooms for a closer look at the ancient history and modern culture of Newfoundland.

Cliffside homes in St. John's, Newfoundland
A scenic coastal landscape with fishing houses in St. John's, Newfoundland
View of the harbor and coast at St. John's, Newfoundland
Things To Do

in St. John's

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

INSIDER TIP

Make sure you're on Newfoundland time, which is in one of the few half-hour time zones in the world.

DAY 6 - 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 7 - DOCKED

Sydney, Nova Scotia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Explore 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

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 center and Charlotte Street are only a five-minute walk from port.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
AN, Anthem of the Seas, Schooner Bar, lounge, piano, ship rigging decor, screens in back,

Interiors, Allure, Allure of the Seas,Bolero, Boleros, Lounge,
Boleros

SHAKE IT LIKE A CAIPIRINHA

Night-time sizzles at Boleros, a Latin-themed club and hot spot. Try a variety of speciality 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.

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

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

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Quebec City, Quebec

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM

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 10 - DOCKED

Quebec City, Quebec

DEPARTS:
3:00 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 11 - Arrival Day

Montreal, Quebec

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

PETIT PARIS

Start your morning in Old Montreal, home to cobblestone streets and the Notre Dame Basilica. Then head up to Mount Royal for the best views in the city. Once you've worked up an appetite, it's time to choose between Montreal specialties, including smoked meats or bagels. Spend your afternoon exploring the Botanical Garden or the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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
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