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Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise

Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise

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Duration: 14 nights

Coverage: Portland to Montreal

From: $5,885

Season: May - October

Activities: History

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Beginning in the historic city of Montreal, this 14 night cruise explores the far reaches of Canada’s effect on world culture. From Trois Rivieres, also known as the National Poetry Capital of Quebec, to the natural beauty of Halifax, you will learn about the rich cultural traditions of Canada while discovering the surroundings that make this region diverse and exciting. This Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise ends with three days along the coast of Maine, stopping in popular ports like Bar Harbor, Eastport, and ending in Portland.

Small ship cruising is the pursuit of the exceptional. The stunning, new Pearl Mist offers the ultimate cruise experience with just 100 over-sized, luxurious staterooms, all with private balconies. Let our attentive crew cater to your wishes and world-class chefs create culinary delights with a local flavor.Visit the most exciting destinations in the world in perfect comfort with Pearl Seas Cruises.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Montreal, QC

Discover Montreal’s many facets, visiting Mont Royal (the “mountain,” to locals) which towers above the city, the downtown sector which blends a rich historical past with a bright future to keep Montreal in the forefront, the city’s main shopping artery with the elegance of its boutiques, department stores and shopping complexes, and finally, Old Montreal. This area offers one of North America’s most remarkable architectural ensembles with a concentration of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century buildings. The city is known for it’s dynamic cultural scene as well, due to the fact that Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world and the most bilingual city in North America.

Day 2 - Trois-Rivières, QC

The most bilingual city in North America, a visit to Trois-Rivières reveals a dynamic culture of colorful neighborhoods and animated streets full of life and excitement. The city’s name, which is French for three rivers, is named for the fact that the Saint-Maurice River, which is divided by two small islands at the river’s opening, has three mouths at the Saint Lawrence River. Trois-Rivières has a wealth of attractions and activities, from local shows to shopping to museums and art gallaries. The city’s main street is Rue des Forges, in the heart of the Old City, composed of century-old buildings housing a great variety of shops. In the warmer months, the area is regularly closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate various festivals and events, turning the downtown core into a “car-free zone”. Trois-Rivières is officially the “National Poetry Capital of Quebec”; numerous plaques displaying poetic verses are installed across the center of the city, and its International Festival of Poetry (held each year in the first week of October) honors this title.

Day 3 - Québec City, QC

Québec City is nestled beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, where enchanting old stone houses cozy up to great religious institutions built from the same stone. The old city is a sheer delight for history buffs. Walk along the streets of Old Québec, which is lined with magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques and will lead you to the Musée de la Civilization. Here you will see four centuries of life and the emotions of the settlers who developed this area remarkably and clearly evoked.

Day 4 - Saguenay Fjord, QC

The villages along the Saguenay Fjord can be reached by road, but the best way to experience this magnificent waterway is from the water. Where the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay meet is one of the most popular whale-watching spots in Canada. The thriving natural conditions in the estuary support a permanent colony of a thousand whales. Beautiful views of the length of the fjord are found at Cap Trinite, a cliff that rises above the channel, with a 33-foot statue of the Virgin Mary surveying the scenery from the lowest ledge.

Day 5 - Baie-Comeau

Located about 400 km (250 mi) north of Quebec City, Baie-Comeau is a hub for logging and hydroelectric power in Quebec. Located in the Manicouagana Peninsula on the St. Lawrence Estuary, Baie-Comeau is rich in sandy beaches that boast a picturesque view of an archipelago of islands that are crewded by harbor seals and various species of seabirds. Fall in love with the magnificent backdrop of clear waters and the wild beauty of boreal forests as you explore the natural wonders of Baie-Comeau.

Day 6 - Sept-Îles

Sept-Îles stands at the point where one of the world’s greatest rivers becomes one with the sea. Looking out onto the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it is the vibrant heart of a region renowned for the generosity of its inhabitants and resources alike, a unique city that bears testament to the past while looking resolutely to the future. Today’s Sept-Îles is a regional, social and economic hub that encompasses a large area of the Duplessis region on Quebec’s North Shore.

Day 7 - Percé, QC

Perce is a small, charming village on the tip of the Gaspe; Peninsula in Quebec. Famous among its points of interest is Perce Rock, a natural tourist attraction stretching its fifteen hundred foot length just offshore. A compelling presence, altering its appearance as the light changes, the rock exercises a potent fascination on all who see it. It can be reached on foot at low tide, the best way to appreciate the grandeur of the cliffs, which are nearly 300 feet high in places. A broader perspective on this marvel can be achieved from the top of Mount Sainte-Anne.

Day 8 - Îles de la Madeleine, QC

Spend the day in this remote archipelago on some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in North America. Located in the geographical centre of the gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Isles are made up of about a dozen islands, six of which are linked by sand dunes. Highlights of the area include beautiful red cliffs, rolling hills, and 180 miles of honey-colored sand. Brightly colored fishermen’s houses also dot the area to make the islands a vibrant and quaint landscape.

Day 9 - Charlottetown, PEI

The pastoral Prince Edward Island is known for its world famous, lush golf courses and sandy beaches. Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, is high among the list of favorite places to visit. Experience state-of-the-art exhibits at Founders Hall, an interactive museum that describes the history of Canada. The true architectural jewel of downtown Charlottetown is the majestic St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Adorned by three copper spires visible virtually anywhere in the city, the church adds to the Victorian splendor of the downtown core.

Day 10 - Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia’s capital is an historic community that still shows a striking resemblance to the Halifax of the 1800’s when it was a key naval station in the British Empire. The crown jewel of the town is restored and active Halifax Citadel, a military bastion that has been standing for over 250 years. Stroll down Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques set among a mildly Bohemian street scene. The waterfront’s crown jewel is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where one can learn the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native, who founded the Cunard Steam Ship Company to carry the royal mail and along the way established an ocean dynasty.

Day 11 - Lunenburg, NS

Established in 1753, Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and appealing villages. Many of its downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which compliment their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of the Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.

Day 12 - Eastport, ME

Discover Eastport at the northern end of the coast- just across the bay from New Brunswick. Eastport has a lot to offer visitors, with places and activities to appeal to history buffs, painters, whale-watchers, and families who want a great holiday in beautiful surroundings. Water Street boasts a variety of shopping to suit all tastes and budgets. The walkable downtown includes 29 buildings on the National Historic Register with the unique architecture making a nice contrast with the breathtaking vistas of sea and islands.

Day 13 - Bar Harbor, ME

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for over 100 years. Explore Mt. Desert Street, a national historic district, and be amazed by the beauty of the homes of the rich and famous. Join a shore excursion to Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife in an unspoiled habitat. Later, admire the working waterfront which marks the beginning of the Shore Path, an enticing stroll along the front lawns of some of Bar Harbor’s biggest “cottages.”

Day 14 - Portland, ME

Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural masterpieces. The area combines the diverse cultural offerings of a major metropolitan area with a charming small-town flavor. From classical to cutting edge, performance and visual arts are vibrantly alive in the city and infuse the region with a surprising sophistication. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland. “Often,” he wrote in My Lost Youth, “I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea …”

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships G H K L R S
May 17, 2017 Pearl Mist $9,470 $10,235 $11,110 $11,210 $12,760 $13,090
Sep 6, 2017 Pearl Mist $9,470 $10,235 $11,110 $11,210 $12,760 $13,090
May 19, 2018 Pearl Mist $9,470 $10,235 $11,110 $11,210 $12,760 $13,090
Sep 12, 2018 Pearl Mist $9,470 $10,235 $11,110 $11,210 $12,760 $13,090

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