15 Night Snow Bird Migration South on Empress of the Seas from Montreal, Quebec Portland, Maine, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
The 15 Night Snow Bird Migration South from Montreal, Quebec visits Quebec City, Quebec; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbour, Maine; Portland, Maine; Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida; Labadee, Haiti; Philipsburg, St Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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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15 Night Snow Bird Migration South
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Explore Empress of the Seas
Day 1 - Montreal, Quebec
Day 2 - 3 - Quebec City, Quebec
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 6 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Day 7 - Saint John, New Brunswick
Day 8 - Bar Harbour, Maine
Day 9 - Portland, Maine
Day 10 - Cruising
Day 11 - Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida
Day 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - Labadee, Haiti
Day 14 - Cruising
Day 15 - Philipsburg, St Maarten
Day 16 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Portland, Maine, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Panoramic view of the Portland, Maine coast and the Spring Point Ledge lighthouse
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15 Night Snow Bird Migration South

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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
Quebec City, Quebec
From Day 2, 10:00 AM - Day 3, 4:00 PM
4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Sydney, Nova Scotia
From 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
6
Halifax, Nova Scotia
From 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7
Saint John, New Brunswick
From 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
8
Bar Harbour, Maine
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9
Portland, Maine
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10
Cruising
Day at sea
11
Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
Labadee, Haiti
From 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
14
Cruising
Day at sea
15
Philipsburg, St Maarten
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
16
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrives at 9:00 AM
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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: Quebec City, Quebec

Day 2 - 3
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 2, 10:00 AM - Day 3, 4:00 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 4: Cruising

Day 4
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 5: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 5
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 8:00 AM - 3:30 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 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 6
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Picturesque Cityscape
A picturesque view of the Halifax cityscape
Things to do in
Halifax
From 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Halifax was founded as a naval base in 1749 — but you'd never know it from the vibe of this bustling urban capital today. Peer a little closer and you'll see the Citadel, the star-shaped fortress that still stands guard from its hilltop perch. Discover historic architecture, restaurants, museums and boutique shops on the restored waterfront. Hop a ferry to Dartmouth or visit Peggy's Cove. Jump onboard a Nova Scotia cruise and spend your day whale-watching, or sailing, and celebrate the day with some of the best beer and lobster the Maritimes have to offer.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Minke Whale Going Underwater
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.
Insider tip
Go sightseeing at your own pace with an all-day hop-on, hop-off bus pass.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse On Rocky Coast
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.
Insider tip
Dining out? The typical tip is 10 to 15 per cent of the pretax total.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Titanic Graves
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.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Steamed Lobster
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.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Maple Syrup
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.

Day 7: Saint John, New Brunswick

Day 7
Saint John
New Brunswick
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Saint John, New Brunswick, Reversing Falls
The reversing falls in Saint John, New Brunswick
Things to do in
Saint John
From 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
In Saint John, New Brunswick, you'll discover a perfect mixture of natural and urban adventures. Canada's oldest incorporated city, Saint John is also the country's third-largest port and the only city located on the Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides. Cruise to New Brunswick and stretch your legs while you catch a view of the bay on the Skywalk. Then, discover the local bounty at Saint John City Market, North America's oldest continuing farmers market, and check out its rafters that resemble a ship's inverted hull. Later, head out to explore Irving Nature Park's trails and Rockwood Park, a Stonehammer Geopark site.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Rocks On The Shore At Rockwood Park
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.
Insider tip
Rockwood Park is great to visit in both winter and summer.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Carleton Martello Tower
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.
Insider tip
A 15 to 20 per cent tip in restaurants and bars is expected in Canada and New Brunswick.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks
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.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Lobster Roll
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.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Rack Of Clothes
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.

Day 8: Bar Harbour, Maine

Day 8
Bar Harbour
Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine Coastal Lighthouse
a lighthouse on the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine
Things to do in
Bar Harbour
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
New England charm, scenic vistas and outdoor adventure have kept visitors returning to Bar Harbour for over 100 years. Unwind on the beach, and take in the view of the soaring granite cliffs. Stretch your legs with a relaxed walk along Shore Path. Explore the cobblestoned streets of the town centre and fuel up on freshly caught lobster. Then, explore wild Acadia, Maine's only national park – hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the Atlantic seaboard. At the summit, enjoy panoramic views of the lush surrounding forests and ocean. Cruise to Maine and take an easy stroll around Jordan Pond to see the mountain reflected in the clear waters below.
Bar Harbor, Maine Barrels of Salt Water Taffy
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?
Insider tip
These streets are made for walking: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes so you can take in the town on foot.
Bar Harbor, Maine Waterfront Building
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.
Insider tip
Walk the Shore Path early in the morning to avoid crowds.
Bar Harbor, Maine Waves Crashing on Coast
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.
Bar Harbor, Maine Lobster Dinner
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.
Bar Harbor, Maine Colorful Wooden Float Souvenirs
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.

Day 9: Portland, Maine

Day 9
Portland
Maine
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Portland, Maine, Portland Head Lighthouse
View of the Portland Head lighthouse in Portland, Maine
Things to do in
Portland
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Once you set foot on the historic cobblestone streets of Portland, Maine, you'll know what keeps visitors flocking to these shores from around the world. Located in the heart of Casco Bay, Portland is home to a mix of activities, from outdoor adventures to artfully curated excursions and food experiences that will leave your taste buds wanting more during your cruise to Portland. Create an adventure in this sophisticated seaside city that perfectly matches your taste: Hike Casco Bay out to the lighthouse, peruse through the shops of Congress Street and the Old Port, or taste your way through the many highly regarded breweries inside the city limits and just beyond.
Portland, Maine, Portland Head Lighthouse Close Up
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.
Insider tip
If you're heading to the Holy Donut, be sure to get there early – they only remain open as supplies last.
Portland, Maine, Homemade fritters
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.
Insider tip
Blake Orchard on Exchange St is a hidden gem for healthy bites.
Portland, Maine, Bicycle near harbor
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.
Insider tip
Walking shoes are a must, as many of the foot paths are cobblestone or brick.
Portland, Maine, Oysters on a plate
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.
Portland, Maine, Lobster Figurine
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.

Day 10: Cruising

Day 10
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
Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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.
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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 11: Orlando, Florida

Day 11
Orlando
Port Canaveral, Florida
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Things to do in
Orlando
From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
As the home of Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral is the launching point for all-out adventure in Central Florida. Its beaches offer a mix of family-friendly shores and secluded swathes of sand. And with Orlando’s theme park sprawl only an hour away, you can easily mingle with your favourite characters. Beyond the parks lie equally amusing gems packed with Old Florida character. Kayak past manatees in the Banana River Lagoon and zip line above alligators at Brevard Zoo. Discover notable art museums and Park Avenue’s ritzy charm. Orlando cruises give you access to trace the region’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Museum.

Trekkie Track

Lift off into interstellar exploration at the Kennedy Space Centre. Amongst interactive Mission Zones you’ll see the Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis. Go behind the gates to discover historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities, plus marvel at the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Insider tip
Bring cash for tolls on the Beachline Expressway between Port Canaveral and Orlando.

Get Into Character

Orlando is known as a land of amusements – and for good reason. The city is home to six unique theme parks, each with their own distinct thrills, including Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure. Or you can venture beyond the Big Six to Gatorland’s swampy terrain, or hit one of the many epic waterparks around town.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable, broken-in walking shoes to the theme parks.

Outside the lines

Connect with Florida’s natural side while riding waves at Cocoa Beach or basking in seclusion at Canaveral National Seashore. Don’t miss a kayak trip through glowing bioluminescent waters, or an air-boat ride through wetlands. Cruise to Orlando-Port Canaveral and swim in rejuvenating freshwater springs – or tee off at one of Orlando’s 150 golf courses.

Local Cuisine

The Cove at Port Canaveral is home to plenty of waterfront restaurants serving up fresh fish tacos and mahi-mahi sandwiches. Orlando has its fair share of celebrity chef-led, farm-to-table spots – and character meals are popular at the theme park resorts. And the Mills 50 District north of central Orlando is famous for its Vietnamese fare.

Shopping

The shops in Historic Cocoa Village sell local handmade art and tropical décor. Souvenir shopping in Orlando is best at Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk and along International Drive. Pop into the family-owned Orange Blossom Indian River Citrus for Florida-grown oranges, grapefruits and other fruits during your Orlando cruise.

Day 12: Cruising

Day 12
Cruising
At Sea
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Boleros Sitting Area
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge
LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT
Boleros Sitting Area
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Boleros Lounge, bar, lounge

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 13: Labadee, Haiti

Day 13
Labadee
Haiti
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Labadee, Haiti, Girl Dragon's Breath Flight Line Island View
Girl zip lining down Dragon's Breath Flight Line, Labadee, Haiti
Things to do in
Labadee
From 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
There’s nowhere quite like Labadee® – where you can chase an adrenaline rush on an alpine coaster one minute, and do some sun soaking the next. All right in the middle of rolling jungles and sparkling beaches. Cruise to Labadee and trek to the mountaintop to catch serious air on the world's longest zip line over water – the Dragon's Breath Flight LineSM. Or climb the only icebergs in the Caribbean at Arawak Aqua Park. If you just want to kick back and relax, grab our signature drink – the Labadoozie – and your own beach bungalow overlooking Nellie’s Beach. Or take a boat ride off Haiti’s shore for Caribbean hues and ocean views.
Labadee, Haiti Zipline
Woman Gliding Through the Coast of Labadee

HIGH-FLYING THRILLS

Soar along the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line℠, the world’s longest zip line over water, and see Labadee from 150 metres above ground.
Labadee, Haiti, Girl Dragon's Tail Coaster
Girl riding Dragon's Tail Coaster with view of the beach, Labadee, Haiti

CARIBBEAN COASTING

Catch some of the best views of Labadee while coasting down a mountainside at 30 miles per hour on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster℠.
Labadee, Haiti, Private bungalow Nellie's Beach
Private Bungalow at Nellie's Beach, Labadee, Haiti

CABANA BREAK

Relax and recharge in the shade of a private bungalow at Nellie’s beach during your Labadee cruise. When you’re ready to catch some rays, drift over gentle waves on a floating beach mat.
Labadee, Haiti, Cuisine from Dragon's Cafe
A plate of rice, salad, chicken and fish from Dragons Cafe in Labadee, Haiti

LOCAL CUISINE

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find all kinds of complimentary food served at Dragon’s Café, Labadee Café and Columbus café. And be sure to try a Labodoozie – Labadee’s signature frozen drink.
Labadee, Haiti, Locally Made Crafts
An assortment of locally made crafts and souvenirs in Labadee, Haiti

SHOPPING

You can find lots of locally made souvenirs, crafts and paintings in the Artisan’s Village. You might want to practise your bargaining skills before you go, because prices are often open to negotiation.

Day 14: Cruising

Day 14
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 15: Philipsburg, St Maarten

Day 15
Philipsburg
St Maarten
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Marigot sunset
Sunset at Marigot, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Things to do in
Philipsburg
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
What makes St Maarten so unique is its blend of cultures. The island is home to 120 different nationalities speaking over 80 languages, and is governed by two countries: the Netherlands and France. In fact, it’s the smallest land mass in the world to be shared by two different nations. While it may be less than 40 square miles, there’s plenty to do on this little island: you can travel back in time while exploring centuries-old ruins and get your adrenaline fix zip lining through lush tropical forests. If you’re after a little rest and relaxation during your cruise to St Maarten, you’ll find plenty of secluded beaches where you can work on your suntan before treating your taste buds to some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Salt Pond aerial
Aerial view of the Great Salt Pond, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

LOTERIE FARM

Loterie Farm is a nature sanctuary with 135 acres of hiking trails, a zip line adventure course, and a spring fed multi-level pool with cascading waterfalls.
Insider tip
A service charge is sometimes included at Dutch-side restaurants, but you may wish to add 15% if the service was especially good.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Great Sald Pond vantage zoom
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, cityscape at the Great Salt Pond.

SIMPSON BAY LAGOON

The largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean, Simpson Bay is a great spot for lounging and watching the boats and yachts that dot its picturesque harbour.
Insider tip
In restaurants on the French side, it is customary to leave a cash tip of 5-10%.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Girl horseback riding
Girl horseback riding with a view of the ocean in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

MOUNT CONCORDIA

Hike to the top of Mount Concordia, which marks the border between the French and Dutch sides of the island, for the best views of both sides
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Seaside lobster lunch
Enjoying a relaxing, seaside lobster lunch in Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Local Cuisine

This gourmet capital of the Caribbean serves a mix of French, East Indian and island flavours. Cruise to St Maarten and stop by a roadside barbecue stand (called a lolo) and enjoy lobster grilled on split-metal drums. Or dine on stuffed crab and cod fritters at any local café. Be sure to try some guavaberry liqueur, made exclusively on the island.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Front Street Sign
A sign at Front Street in St. Maarten

Shopping

Head to Front Street in Philipsburg, the capital of Dutch St Maarten, and shop your way down a mile of duty-free shops. Before you go, pick up some famous guavaberry liqueur at the Sint Maarten Guavaberry Company.

Day 16: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 16
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico, Waterfalls nature
Man walking through lush vegetation near a waterfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Things to do in
San Juan
Arrives at 9:00 AM
Puerto Rico’s 500-year-old capital is a history buff’s dream come true. The Spanish settled this harbour as a New World home base, and that influence is still evident, from the fortress walls lining the coastline to the rainbow of colonial buildings along narrow streets. Venture further out from the old town and nature unfolds. You can scale high into the jungled mountains of El Yunque Forest, or keep to the foothills on a riverside horse ride. If despacito is more your speed, pick a pristine beach and recline with a cod fritter and rum drink in hand. San Juan cruises give you the perfect outpost to dial up or dial down your holiday.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, El Morro night sunset
Sunset view from atop El Morro fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

Strong and beautiful, this fort has helped guard the shore for nearly five centuries while overlooking some of the island’s best scenery. Explore it via spiral staircases between levels, and grab a photo at one of the iconic garita sentry boxes that line the outer walls.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Bautista Cathedral closeup
Closeup of the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist, in San Juan, Puerto Rico

CATEDRAL DE SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Founded in 1521, this can’t-miss landmark is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and the mummified remains of religious martyr St Pio.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Food mojito
Traditional Puerto Rican dish with a glass of mojito

Local Cuisine

In Old San Juan, you’ll find plenty of island fare and criolla cuisine – home cooking flavoured by Spanish and African influences. Try some mofongo, mashed fried green plantains often stuffed with meat, or snack on some cod fritters, called bacalaitos.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Colorful architecture road
Woman walking through streets of Old San Juan surrounded by colorful architecture

Shopping

During your San Juan cruise, head to the blue-hued cobblestone streets of Old San Juan for your pick of boutiques offering handmade lace and hand-rolled cigars, plus duty-free luxury items like diamonds, gemstones and watches.

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