Day 1: September 17: Fly to Montreal Canada
Today you will fly from your home to Montreal Canada. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: September 18: Montreal
Today we will do a city tour of Montreal. We plan to visit St. Josephs Oratory. The Oratory is dedicated to St. Joseph whom has been credited for many miracles that have reportedly occurred here. One wall of the oratory is covered with crutches of those who claim to have been healed. It also houses the third largest dome of its kind in the world. Only St. Peters Basilica in Rome and another on the Ivory Coast are larger. Later we visit the Botanical Gardens of Montreal which is known for the beautiful Japanese and Chinese gardens. We also visit the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica among other sites before returning to our hotel
Day 3: September 19: Quebec
This morning we will travel along the St. Lawrence River to Quebec Canada. We will do a tour of Quebec with whatever time we have. We will overnight tonight in Quebec.
Day 4: September 20: Quebec
We will enjoy a tour of Quebec City today before we get on our beautiful cruise ship. In Quebec City we visit the “Old Town” area as well as Montmorency Falls and St. Anne-De-Beaupre Basilica among other sites. This afternoon we will board Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas.
Day 5: September 21: Fun Day At Sea
Today is a fun day at sea. You will have time to explore and enjoy your Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. We will also have a welcome aboard meeting with everyone and a wonderful seminar with Dr. Glenn Kimber.
Day 6: September 22: Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, Canada
For anyone who purchased our shore excursion package today we begin with a memorable city tour of historic downtown Charlottetown followed by a stop at PEI preserves in New Glasgow. We then continue along the coast to the small village of North Rustico and the famous Prince Edward Island National Park, home of Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables. You’ll have free time to sample homemade island jams, visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead and stroll the boardwalk overlooking the beautiful sandy beaches of the island. Next we visit Rustico harbor to visit a traditional fishing village and learn about the history of the Prince Edward Island fishery. Relax and enjoy the picturesque landscape on the drive back to Charlottetown as the tour winds to a close.
Day 7: September 23: Sydney, Nova Scotia
For those doing our shore excursion package today will be a full day. We begin in Sydney which was founded in 1758 by Col. J. F.W. Des Barres, Sydney was first settled by Loyalists from New York State. Immigrants from the Scottish Highlands followed 20 years later and added much of the Scottish flavor we see today. Sydney boomed at the turn of the century with the building of the Dominion Steel and Coal Company plant at Whitney Pier. This plant was the largest self-contained steel plant in North America and is still the city’s major industry. Next we visit Glace Bay. This former coal mining town got its name from the French word for ice, because of the drift ice in the harbor. During the 1950s and 60s Glace Bay’s population was more than 28,000 inhabitants, making it the largest town in Canada at the time. While here we visit the Miners’ Museum. This museum focuses on the contribution of coal and the people who mined it to the development of modern Western civilization. We also visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. At a cost of over $60 million, this is the largest historic reconstruction ever undertaken in Canada. The original fortress was constructed between 1720 and 1744 and was instrumental in protecting the interests of New France in North America by controlling access to the St. Lawrence Seaway. When Louisbourg was captured and destroyed in 1760, the fate of Quebec was sealed. The most important structures have been reconstructed in exacting detail and costumed guides interpret the various functions of the buildings and their inhabitants. To make the best of this tour be sure to wear warm clothing and good walking shoes.
Day 8: September 24: Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada
For anyone who purchases our shore excursion package our tour will discover Halifax, Nova Scotia’s vibrant capital city founded in 1749. Stunning 18th and 19th century buildings are interspersed with ultra-modern glass towers. Passing through bustling downtown Halifax, you’ll see Province House, the seat of government and Canada’s oldest legislative building, referred to as “a gem of Georgian architecture” by Charles Dickens, who passed through here in the 1840s. This excursion also includes a drive around Halifax Citadel, a majestic hilltop fortress comleted in 1856 where you will be given a photo stop. From here we make our way to the Halifax Public Gardens, one of the oldest examples of Victorian Public Gardens in North America. We will take a walk through the gardens before we proceed to the Halifax Waterfront where you will be given free time to have lunch on your own. After lunch we will drive past Historic Properties, a popular complex of 19th century wharves and warehouses transformed into upscale boutiques and charming restaurants. A collision in 1917 between two ships in Halifax harbor, one a French munitions ship that leveled the North End of Halifax killing or injuring thousands. Our next stop will be Fairveiw Lawn Cemetery where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 121 victims of the Titanic. After this interesting stop we have a beautiful coastal drive that takes you past picturesque coastal villages and inlets to the rugged fishing community of Peggy’s Cove. With its breathtaking location on a narrow, coastal inlet characterized by wave-worn granite boulders and crashing surf, this charming little village is one of Canada’s most photographed sites. According to local legend, Peggy’s Cove received its name in the 1800’s when a schooner ran aground and sank. The only survivor from the wreckage was a woman named Margaret. The locals came to know here as Peggy and her home as Peggy’s Cove. A lighthouse was constructed in 1868 on the smooth white granite rocks at the point of the cove is one of the crowning features of this peaceful place. Unfortunately it has been closed to visitors due to mold from years of water crashing into it. You will certainly fall in love with this tiny village where colorful houses dot the shore line and quaint shops and galleries line the streets.
Day 9: September 25: Bar Harbor, Maine
The ship is in port from 7am to 7pm. For anyone who purchases our shore excursion package our tour will enjoy a two hour narrated tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. You will pass the mansions of a bygone era and learn the history of Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park including the great forest fire of 1947. Sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the most beautiful island in America. We give you a running commentary on the area including the beautiful homes, famous names, geology, ocean, plant and animal life. We visit the most interesting places in the park including Cadillac Mountain and Thunderhole on Ocean Drive.
Day 10: September 26: Rockland, Maine
For those doing our shore excursion package we have a full day of sightseeing that will include the wonderful seaside village of Camden, Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockport (one of Maine’s most beautiful harbors), Mt Battle summit (with its sweeping views of Penobscot Bay) and tour of Rockland. To make this day more memorable we have also included scenic drives, time to explore and the picturesque Owls Head light house.
Day 11: September 27: Portland, Maine
For anyone who purchases our shore excursion package our tour begins with a historic tour throughout picturesque Portland. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow named his hometown a “Jewel by the Sea,” you will see why as you learn about Portland’s history with your experienced guide. Portland’s rocky coastline necessitated the use of lighthouses. On this tour we will visit one of the most prominent lighthouses in the area, the Portland Head Lighthouse. George Washington ordered the construction of the lighthouse in 1787, however as the colonies were poor they had to use materials that were close to hand. The original “rubble stone” tower still stands as one of the few colonial lighthouses that have never been rebuilt. The tour will continue with a visit to Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport was founded in 1653 and was a major ship building center in the 1800s. It is now better known for its scenery, beautiful seaside estates, picturesque harbors, quaint shops and galleries. It is also the summer home to former president, Pres. George Bush.
Day 12: September 28: Boston, Massachusetts
For those doing our shore excursion package today will be a full day starting with a scenic ride from Boston to two of the most important battlefields of the American Revolution. You’ll visit Lexington Green where Paul Revere ended his historical midnight ride, and travel to Concord and the Old North Bridge, where revolutionary Minutemen met the British forces. We return back in Boston, visit Old North Church and the experience the Freedom Trail.
Day 13: September 29: Boston, Massachusetts
For those doing our shore excursion package we will finish seeing Boston.
Day 14: September 30: New Port, Rhode Island
Newport has more restored colonial-era structures than any other city in the United States. For those doing our shore excursion package we will be visiting these structure and more.
Day 15: October 1: New Jersey – Home
Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. Today we arrive into Cape Liberty, New Jersey. We will disembark the cruise ship and fly home.