11 Night Canada & New England Cruise on Empress of the Seas from New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
The 11 Night Canada & New England Cruise from New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ) visits Newport, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts ; Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Quebec City, Quebec; Montreal, Quebec. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night Canada & New England Cruise
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Explore Empress of the Seas
Day 1 - New York, New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
Day 2 - Newport, Rhode Island
Day 3 - Boston, Massachusetts
Day 4 - Portland, Maine
Day 5 - Saint John, New Brunswick
Day 6 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Day 7 - Sydney, Nova Scotia
Day 8 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Day 9 - Cruising
Day 10 - 11 - Quebec City, Quebec
Day 12 - Montreal, Quebec
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11 Night Canada & New England Cruise

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

Day 1
New York
New York (Cape Liberty, NJ)
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Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Nassau Street Fulton Street One World Trade Center WTC
View of One World Trade Center from streets
Things to do in
New York
Departs at 4:00 PM
With a front-and-centre-stage view of Lower New York Harbour, 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 amongst 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 on 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 neighbourhood presents a fascinating, unique personality. Tour the Rockefeller Centre and catch a show at Radio City Music Hall. Walk the High Line and soak in the urban buzz of Times Square. New York cruises allow you to experience it all – by tour bus, train or on foot.
Cape Liberty, New Jersey, Empire State Building Observatory Deck View
Empire State Building observatory deck in New York

GO SKY HIGH

Stand amongst skyscrapers on one of New York’s scenic observation decks. Admire Central Park from the open-air Top of the Rock. Enjoy twinkling evening views from the top of the Empire State Building. Or venture 104 floors up to the One World Observatory in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
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. Savour steamy dumplings in Chinatown. Slurp down Blue Point oysters in Chelsea Market. Or munch on the legendary cronut. Then sip a Manhattan cocktail to cap off the night in NYC.
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.

Day 2: Newport, Rhode Island

Day 2
Newport
Rhode Island
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Newport, Rhode Island, Castle Hill Lighthouse
The Castle Hill Lighthouse in Rhode Island
Things to do in
Newport
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Newport, Rhode Island, offers New England charm – with a little eccentricity. Built by early American rebels and defined by the ocean, Newport has one of the best coastlines in New England, which can you explore as you walk along the cliffside that towers over it. Find colonial architecture in the Newport Historic District and regal 19th-century mansions along Bellevue Avenue. Cruise to Newport and head to the centre and explore Thames Street and Broadway, where there are countless shops and restaurants – you can find everything from seafood classics to Japanese ramen noodles — and a lively nightlife scene.
Newport, Rhode Island, Harbor
View of a bridge at the harbor in Newport, Rhode Island

Get (Back) on the Water

Paddleboarding from Conanicut Marina in the neighbouring town of Jamestown, surfing along Sachuest Beach and sailing the harbour are some of the best activities in the area. Catch the waves and gain a new perspective on the classic coast of New England.
Insider tip
If you're visiting in the spring, carry an umbrella, as rain showers can happen at any moment.
Newport, Rhode Island, Breakers mansion Gardens
The gardens in the front of the Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island

Mansion Hop

During the Gilded Age, many families summered in Newport. They left behind some of the most beautiful and best-preserved mansions in the US. Tour them to see what life was like for some here in the 19th century. Explore the manicured grounds, cliffside views and ornate decor of over 12 mansions lining Bellevue Avenue and scattered along Ocean Avenue. Some of the must-sees are The Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff.
Insider tip
Wear shoes that are comfortable for walking: Many activities that require you to be on your feet.
Newport, Rhode Island, Cliff Walk
View of the walking paths on the cliffs at Newport, Rhode Island

Walk the Cliffs

If it's peace and quiet you're after, Newport's 5.6-kilometre Cliff Walk is your ticket to escape. On one side, you'll have infinite views of the Atlantic Ocean and the sound of waves crashing against the rocks. On the other, you'll catch another glimpse of the Gilded Age mansions. It's the best of both worlds.
Insider tip
For a secret escape, head to Castle Hill Light, where you can enjoy the crisp salt air, order an afternoon refreshment and take in the ocean views.
Newport, Rhode Island, Stuffed Quahog
A stuffed quahog with a lemon

Local Cuisine

Dining in Newport is on the up and up. The city serves up chef-owned restaurants, nationally acclaimed eateries, quintessential New England lobster shacks and budget-friendly hangouts. Head to Thames Street Kitchen for delicious farm-to-table cuisine with the occasional French twist. For a piece of history, check out the White Horse Tavern, known as America's first tavern, built in 1673. For Instagrammable sweets, pay a visit to the Newport Sweet Shoppe.
Newport, Rhode Island, Shops
Various storefronts on a brick street

Shopping

Eclectic home-goods shops and boutiques filled with unique styles and accessories line Newport's cobblestoned streets and wharves. Jump on a crusie to Newport and spend a few hours meandering and collecting one-of-a-kind New England sundries – Thames Street and Bowen's Wharf are the best areas to start your shopping excursion.

Day 3: Boston, Massachusetts

Day 3
Boston
Massachusetts
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Things to do in
Boston
From 11:30 AM - 6:00 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 from over 160 stations, pedal around town and then return it to another station.

Two If By Sea

See Boston from the water while on a scenic sightseeing harbour cruise. Check out the city’s historic skyline, bridges spanning the Charles River and Boston’s harbour 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, artefacts 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 harbour. 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 the 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 4: Portland, Maine

Day 4
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 - 3:00 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 5: Saint John, New Brunswick

Day 5
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 8:00 AM - 2:30 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 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 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 11:00 AM - 5:30 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 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: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Day 7
Sydney
Nova Scotia
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Sydney, Nova Scotia, Louisbourg Lighthouse
The Louisbourg Lighthouse during a beautiful day
Things to do in
Sydney
From 11:00 AM - 6:30 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 8: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Day 8
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 11:00 AM - 7:00 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 centre 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
Pop into a bike shop, easily found in the city centre, 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 centre. Trot along the quaint shops of Great George Street to Province House, the site where delegates met to bring Canada together as a nation. Jump onboard a Charlottetown cruise and clip-clop to the Confederation Centre of the Arts and loop back to Founder's Hall.
Insider tip
Although tipping isn't mandatory, most people tip 10 to 20 per cent 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 jewellery – plus 'Anne of Green Gables' memorabilia.

Day 9: Cruising

Day 9
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. 
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

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 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 10 - 11: Quebec City, Quebec

Day 10 - 11
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 10, 12:00 PM - Day 11, 2:00 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
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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 12: Montreal, Quebec

Day 12
Montreal
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Montreal
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Montreal effortlessly combines French delicacies with European architecture and Canadian friendliness. Its namesake, Mount Royal is a triple-peaked hill in the middle of the city, so it's literally the city's heart and focal point. After Paris, Montreal is the world's second-largest predominantly French-speaking city. However, nearly 60 per cent of the population speak both French and English. Montreal's city centre perfectly marries old and new architecture, as you have skyscrapers overshadowing Old (Vieux) Montreal, the city's historic district. Established in the mid-17th century, make time to step inside Notre Dame Basilica and Marche Bonsecours, a local-focused shopping destination.

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