12 Night Fall Foliage Southbound Cruise on Vision of the Seas from Quebec City, Quebec Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord
The 12 Night Fall Foliage Southbound Cruise from Quebec City, Quebec visits Saguenay, Quebec; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts ; Portland, Maine; New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ). 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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12 Night Fall Foliage Southbound Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Vision of the Seas
Day 1 - 2 - Quebec City, Quebec
Day 3 - Saguenay, Quebec
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Day 6 - Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 7 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Day 8 - Saint John, New Brunswick
Day 9 - Bar Harbor, Maine
Day 10 - Boston, Massachusetts
Day 11 - Portland, Maine
Day 12 - Cruising
Day 13 - New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
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Saguenay, Quebec, Fjord
The Saguenay Fjord in Quebec, Canada
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12 Night Fall Foliage Southbound Cruise

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Leaving from
Quebec City, Quebec
Onboard
Vision of the Seas
Day Port
1 - 2
Quebec City, Quebec
From Day 1, - Day 2, 10:00 PM
3
Saguenay, Quebec
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Cruising
Day at sea
5
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
From 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Sydney, Nova Scotia
From 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
7
Halifax, Nova Scotia
From 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8
Saint John, New Brunswick
From 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
9
Bar Harbor, Maine
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
10
Boston, Massachusetts
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11
Portland, Maine
From 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
12
Cruising
Day at sea
13
New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Your ship Vision of the Seas

Your ship
Vision of the Seas
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Vision of the Seas, Side View, Caribbean Cruise Destinations
Side View of Vision of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico
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Vision of the Seas
You'll gain a new perspective of adventure onboard Vision of the Seas®, and we don't just mean the views at the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. From classic sips at R Bar to disco dancing in Boogie Wonderland, this ship is a spectacle to behold.

ALL-AROUND AMAZING

Spend your sea days catching a movie on the poolside screen or learning how to flambé with a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or get top-notch views on the Rock Climbing Wall, then visit Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. With so much to do onboard, adventure is always in sight.

TASTEBUD TRAILBLAZING

Grab a classic cocktail at the retro-inspired R Bar then chow down on select steakhouse faves at Chop's Grille℠. For a Far East feast, head to Izumi. And get ready for an elevated epicurean experience at Chef's Table.

CASTING CALL

Magic happens when the curtain goes up onboard Vision of the Seas®. We're talking peace, love and disco beats in Boogie Wonderland, show tunes galore in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme, and guest entertainers that know how to rock your vacation with stellar performances.

Day 1 - 2: Quebec City, Quebec

Day 1 - 2
Quebec City
Quebec
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Quebec City, Quebec, Chateau Frontenac Castle
View of the entire Chateau Frontenac castle in Quebec City, Quebec
Things to do in
Quebec City
From Day 1, - Day 2, 10:00 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 cobblestone 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 specialties, 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 specialties including pork and venison, or comfort foods like poutine — a plate piled high with fries, brown gravy and creamy cheese curds and tourtieres, a savory meat pie spiced with clove and allspice 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, specialty 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 3: Saguenay, Quebec

Day 3
Saguenay
Quebec
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Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Chicoutimi Riverfront
Chicoutimi river with riverfront houses and forest during sunset, in Saguenay, Quebec
Things to do in
Saguenay
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saguenay, Canada is reminiscent of a sleepy New England town; with a church standing tall in its skyline, rolling hills, the Saguenay River flowing by and golden trees come fall. A former mill town, this French-Canadian city was only formed in 2002 by amalgamating the townships of Chicoutimi, Jonquiere, La Baie and Laterriere. The new city is most well-known for its Saguenay Fjord, which formed during the Ice Age and is the most southerly fjord in the Northern Hemisphere. When visiting Saguenay with your cruise, see its number one attraction and its pine-studded soaring cliffs from the comfort of a cruise.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Saguenay Fjord
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.
Insider tip
Always bring a jacket for exploring the fjord, no matter the season, winds can be strong here.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Pulperie de Chicoutimi
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.
Insider tip
There are parks, a ski-able mountain and other historic attractions within short driving distance of Saguenay.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Petite Maison Blanche
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.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Blueberry Crepes
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.
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada Ceramic Bowls
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.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
Cruising
At Sea
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Couple with their Kids in the Pool
Family Swimming and Enjoying the Pool
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Man Arrive on the top of the Rock Wall
Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall

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.
Girls Running on the Pool Deck
Girls Splashing and Running by the Pool

Pools

Soak up the sun or savor the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music, and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Day 5: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Day 5
Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island
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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Boat Docked At Harbor
Boats docked at a harbor in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Things to do in
Charlottetown
From 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Soak in the Victorian-era vibe of Charlottetown, the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. Hit the city's compact waterfront boardwalks to stroll its historical sights and maritime heritage. Take a guided walking tour, board a double-decker bus, or step back in time with a horse-drawn carriage ride. Cruise to Charlottetown and venture out of the town center and encounter sandy beaches, rolling green hills, red caves and coves. Take a drive to the North Shore, where you'll see the quaint villages and farmland that inspired the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables."
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Lighthouse
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.
Insider tip
Wear comfortable shoes — Historic Charlottetown is best seen on foot.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Beer Mug
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.
Insider tip
Stop into a bike shop, easily found in the city center, to see Charlottetown on two wheels.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Horse Drawn Carriage
A horse drawn carriage

Take a Trot

Get the royal treatment on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Charlottetown's historical downtown. 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.
Insider tip
Although tipping isn't mandatory, most people tip 10 to 20 percent of their pre-tax bill at restaurants.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Mussels In A Bowl
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.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Sweaters Hanging On Rack
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 jewelry — plus "Anne of Green Gables" memorabilia.

Day 6: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 6
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 - 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 down-home 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 among the town's classically inspired buildings and dramatically steepled churches. Cruise to Nova Scotia and stroll 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 achieved invented only the telephone but also the world's fastest boat, Canada's first powered airplane flight and advanced recording technology. Marvel at his artifacts, films and family photographs.
Insider tip
The town center 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 U.S. 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 backdrop 11 period buildings, a general store and a one-room schoolhouse.
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 downtown 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 favorite 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 7: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Day 7
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 7:00 AM - 3:30 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 harbor — 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 percent 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 artifacts 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 upscale eateries along the downtown 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 flavored 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 jewelry 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 8: Saint John, New Brunswick

Day 8
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 9:30 AM - 7:30 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 kilometers (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 percent 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, stop by The Butcher's Daughter Gift Shoppe in Saint John City Market. It stocks many handmade products from local and national artists, including pottery, jewelry, hancrafted knitwear and original artwork.

Day 9: Bar Harbor, Maine

Day 9
Bar Harbor
Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine Coastal Lighthouse
a lighthouse on the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine
Things to do in
Bar Harbor
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New England charm, scenic vistas and outdoor adventure have kept visitors returning to Bar Harbor for over 100 years. Unwind on the beach, and take in view of the soaring granite cliffs. Stretch your legs with a relaxed walk along the Shore Path. Explore the cobblestone streets of the town center and fuel up on fresh-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 the 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 taffy — try one of the 64 flavors 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 Harbor runs on a slower speed. Take the day and walk the cobblestone 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 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 in 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 Harbor. 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 cobblestone streets to collect artisan items that will remind you of your time in Bar Harbor. Pick up a colorful 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 10: Boston, Massachusetts

Day 10
Boston
Massachusetts
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Things to do in
Boston
From 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Toting over 400 years of history, Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. Boston cruises allow you to see Revolution-era relics standing tall amid modern cityscapes, and homes where legendary patriots, politicians and poets once lived. Discover cobblestone charm in Beacon Hill and Paul Revere’s midnight route through the North End. Breathe in salty air along the Harborwalk and ride in a swan boat around Boston Public Garden. Whether it’s walking the Freedom Trail, kayaking on the Charles River, or living time-honored baseball traditions at Fenway Park, you’ll come to find Boston is the birthplace of New England adventure.

Time Travel

Walk the 2.5-mile, red-lined Freedom Trail past 16 historical sites. See the grave of John Hancock, old meetinghouses, famous churches, the home of Paul Revere, the site of the Boston Massacre, Quincy Market and the USS Constitution— Old Ironsides— the world’s oldest commissioned warship still floating today.
Insider tip
Take advantage of the Hubway bike share system— you can pick up a bike at over 160 stations, pedal around town, and then return it at another station.

Two If By Sea

See Boston from the water while on a scenic sightseeing harbor cruise. Check out the city’s historic skyline, bridges spanning the Charles River, and Boston’s harbor islands. You can sail by wooden schooner, take a climate-controlled boat ride, or enjoy a fully narrated Duck Tour in a WWII-style amphibious landing craft.
Insider tip
Boston police regulate all taxis and pedi-cabs, historically called Hackney Carriages— look for the medallion that says "Boston Licensed Taxi".

Steeped In History

Step aboard a full-scale restored 18th-century boat and explore American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums during your Boston cruise. Let historical interpreters, artifacts, and an award-winning film engage you in the story of the Sons of Liberty, whose infamous political protest helped ignite the American Revolution.

Local Cuisine

Nothing beats eating a New England lobster roll by the harbor. And don’t miss Union Oyster House, one of America’s oldest restaurants, for Island Creek oysters and their famous clam chowder. Try Boston baked beans and scrod fish fillets. Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie were both conceived here too— and head to the North End for Italian-American fare, especially sweet cannoli.

Shopping

Newbury Street offers a mix of upscale retailers and art galleries. Converse shoes were born here — design your own pair at the flagship store. Cruise to Boston and brattle Book Shop sells rare first editions in a hidden alleyway. Or stop by Faneuil Hall for handbags, scrimshaw items and jewelry hand-made by local artisans.

Day 11: Portland, Maine

Day 11
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 7:00 AM - 7:00 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 center. 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 flavor, 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 microbreweries in Portland, there are beers here for every palette.
Insider tip
Walking shoes are a must, as many of the sidewalks 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 recognized 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 downtown Portland during your cruise. Local and national stores alike line the cobblestone 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 12: Cruising

Day 12
Cruising
At Sea
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Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.
FOR FOODIES
Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio Izumi
Tuna Wasabi Carpaccio served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Izumi

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.
Giovannis Table Creamy Lasagna
Hot Lasagna

Giovanni's Table

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Day 13: New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)

Day 13
New York
New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
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Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Met Interior
Inside court of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Things to do in
New York
Arrives at 6:00 AM
With a front-and-center-stage view of Lower New York Harbor, Cape Liberty is only a hop, skip and a short subway ride away from New York City. This dizzying urban landscape is filled to the brim with non-stop adventure around every street corner. Tucked among the Wall Street skyscrapers and bright Broadway lights, you’ll discover ethnic enclaves, like the famed Little Italy, historic brownstones, Old World cathedrals and leafy Central Park. Take in world-renowned exhibits at MoMA or the Guggenheim. Trace America’s multicultural past at Ellis Island and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge before or after boarding your New Jersey cruise. Or snap a selfie with Lady Liberty, with the Big Apple’s skyline dazzling in the background.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Times Square Manhattan Manhattanhenge
Sunset at Times Square in Manhattan New York

CITY PASS

Sightseeing in Manhattan excites and amazes like nowhere else— and every neighborhood presents a fascinating, unique personality. Tour Rockefeller Center 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, subway, or on foot.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Empire State Building Observatory Deck View
Empire State Building observatory deck in New York

GO SKY HIGH

Stand among skyscrapers at 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.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Long Island Beach Montauk Point Lighthouse
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.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Street Food Vendor Night
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. Savor 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.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Leather Shoes Close Up
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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