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French Canadian Maritimes & St Lawrence Seaway

French Canadian Maritimes & St Lawrence Seaway

At a glance

Duration: 11 days

Coverage: Halifax, NS to Detroit, MI

From: $3,445

Season: May, August

Activities: History, Sightseeing

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Victory Cruise Line

Endless storybook coastlines and primeval landscapes set the backdrop for Canada’s alluring Atlantic provinces — but it’s the rich maritime heritage and notably friendly locals that give this region its distinct appeal. Experience the diverse highlights of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, from historic Halifax and the resort town of St. Andrews to the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island's Scottish heritage, and more.

Immerse yourself in the historic gems of French Canada while navigating the 744 mile Saint Lawrence Seaway. Your cruise features architectural, culinary and natural highlights, including Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, and two of Montreal's high-points, the Notre Dame Basilica, and one of the world-class botanical gardens. Natural wonders include wale watching off Tadoussac, and the splendor of Niagara Falls. And, as always, The Victory Experience™ includes 5-star service and cuisine onboard.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

The elegant M/V Victory II awaits you at the Halifax Pier. Once aboard, enjoy the welcoming hospitality and personalized attention of our friendly and professional onboard staff. Settle into your stateroom before joining your fellow guests for dinner with free flowing house wines and cocktails.

Day 2 - Scenic Sailing of the Atlantic Ocean

Enjoy a day of scenic sailing of the Atlantic Ocean as we make our way towards the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy convivial conversation with your fellow passengers or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, well-versed in the history, peoples, and natural wonders of the Great Lakes region. Elegant dining in two distinctive venues with free-flowing house wine, beer, and spirits enhance your day.

Day 3 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest and most charming province, Charlottetown showcases a wealth of natural beauty and history. In the morning, coaches leave the port and follow the historic trail walked by delegates to the conference that led to the Confederation of Canada. We will make our way along the famous North Shore to Cavendish Bay, in Prince Edward Island National Park, to the farmstead that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy a tour of the house, stroll the haunted woods, Lovers’ Lane, and the famous white shores of the bay. Visit the charming city center before returning to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.

Day 4 - Scenic Sailing of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Experience the extraordinary scale of the St. Lawrence seaway as we enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For centuries, the St. Lawrence River has served as an important route for trade and travel, connecting the Atlantic maritime traffic with the the world’s largest source of freshwater — the Great Lakes. The river spans 744 miles, beginning at the outflow of Lake Ontario near Kingston and flowing northeast into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy a day of beautiful vistas and serene sailing as we make our way through the Gulf towards the mouth of the river.

Day 5 - Whale Watching / Tadoussac

Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale-watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, to become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the St. Lawrence. These sea mammals include blue whales, the largest animals on the planet, and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed. The M/V Victory II makes a rendezvous with our whale watching boat off the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord and guests transfer onto the “Grand Fleuve”, which is staffed by a crew who are experts in whale behaviour.

Day 6 - Quebéc City

Quebec City is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Coaches depart for the Plains of Abraham where the battle between invading English and French defenders took place as the English stormed the upper city and captured the town. Onward to Place Royale in the lower-town, which was bombarded in 1759 from across the river, as fire ships were dispatched towards the port. We then drive out of Quebec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls, including a cable car ride to the top where you will have magnificent views across to the Ile d’Orléans. In the afternoon, guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out the port to visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Chateau Frontenac and its magnificent Dufferin Terrace.

Day 7 - Montréal, Québec

In 2017, Montréal celebrated its 375th birthday, making it one of the oldest cities in North America. Situated on the St. Lawrence River, it remains an important crossroads for shipping by land and sea, with a rich history of Iroquois, colonial, and cosmopolitan settlements. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old City with a visit to the Notre Dame Basilica. Explore Montréal old and new with a drive through the downtown business district to the top of Mont Royal for a commanding view of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Afterwards, visit one of the world’s largest and most important Botanical Gardens in downtown Montréal.

Day 8 - Scenic Sailing of the St Lawrence River

Delight in this day of cruising aboard the M/V Victory II as we navigate the St. Lawrence River. The spectacular coastline offers unrivaled natural beauties: dramatic cliffs, colorful foliage, historic cityscapes, vibrant with birds and marine life. Take in the changing views as you stroll the wooden decks, tuck into an inviting deck chair, or refresh with a meal or high tea in one of our sophisticated onboard restaurants.

Day 9 - Niagara Falls

After a leisurely morning on board, we’ll disembark the ship at Port Colbourne on the southern end of the Welland Canal. The original Welland Canal was opened in 1829 and was extended to reach Lake Erie in 1833. The current canal was completed in 1932 and boasts eight locks. At Niagara Falls, we’ll embark on the famous Hornblower “Voyage of the Falls” for a cruise into the misty spray of Horseshoe Falls. Back on shore, we’ll drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway, through the charming Chateau des Charmes for lunch and wine-tasting. After lunch, we’ll continue to the town of Niagara on-the-Lake to peruse the shops and galleries before rejoining the ship at Port Colbourne.

Day 10 - Cleveland

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland represents the heartland of American life and history. Industrial landmarks from its days as a lakeside manufacturing town still stand as testament to Cleveland’s roots. Today, the city is also filled with beautiful urban spaces and is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Explore the evolution of the musical genre that shaped a generation and track its cultural impact, housed in a striking structure designed by I. M. Pei. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the city aboard Cleveland’s famous goodwill ambassadors — the trolleys — where drivers will provide an in-depth and colorful commentary of more than 100 points of interest.

Day 11 - Detroit, Michigan

Sailing from Lake Huron to Lake Erie, we will call on Detroit, Michigan signaling the end of our journey. After breakfast, you’ll disembark the M/V Victory II and make your way to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & Rates

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Dates Direction E D C B A AA Owner's Suite
Aug 5, 2018 Detroit, MI to Halifax, NS $3,445 $3,830 $4,165 $4,380 $4,500 $4,720 $5,050
Aug 15, 2018 Halifax, NS to Detroit, MI $3,445 $3,830 $4,165 $4,380 $4,500 $4,720 $5,050
Aug 25, 2018 Detroit, MI to Halifax, NS $3,445 $3,830 $4,165 $4,380 $4,500 $4,720 $5,050
May 27, 2019 Halifax, NS to Detroit, MI $7,100 $7,890 $8,580 $9,020 $9,270 $9,720 $10,400

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. *Not Included: Air & Transfer costs. 2018 Port Charges of $449pp and $15pp per day onboard gratuities. 2019 Port Charges of $459pp and $15.50pp per day onboard gratuities. Our standard terms and conditions apply. Complete terms and conditions.


Victory II

Victory IIThe intimate 202-passenger M/V Victory II is a small and agile coastal cruising ship that can easily navigate canals, locks and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. The M/V Victory II will take you on these journeys in style and grace, while you enjoy exquisite culinary delights, like regionally inspired dishes, created especially for you by our acclaimed chef, free-flowing non-premium wine and beer and an open bar with house spirits to enjoy throughout your cruise. View ship details...