2018 MIAMI-MONTREAL
Seaside Sojourn

Oceania


EAST COAST BEAUTIES
On this beautiful exploration that traces the Eastern Seaboard and beyond, discover southern gems such as Charleston and northern stars like New York, as well as several Canadian treasures.

• Explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Portland on a fascinating tour of Maine’s most famous lighthouses
• Try to catch sight of eight different kinds of whales along the dynamic coastline of the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides in the world
• While in Shelburne, travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Lunenburg, a living museum from 18th-century British colonial North America
• Let the culture and romance of Montreal transport you to the Old World while you stroll its cobbled streets and iconic cathedrals

The Ship: Marina, one of the big ones, 1250 cattle, ~twin to Riviera (cruise 2)


Day 1, Sun, Apr 22 Miami (1PM – 5PM)
Day 2, Mon, Apr 23 Port Canaveral, FL (7AM – 4PM)
Day 3, Tue, Apr 24 Charleston, SC (8AM – 8PM)
Day 4, Wed, Apr 25 Cruising the Atlantic #1 of only 3
Day 5, Thu, Apr 26 New York, NY (8AM – 11PM)
Day 6, Fri, Apr 27 AT SEA #2 of 3
Day 7, Sat, Apr 28 Boston, MA (8AM – 10PM)
Day 8, Sun, Apr 29 Portland, ME (8AM – 10PM)
Day 9, Mon, Apr 30 Bar Harbor, ME (8AM – 6PM)
Day 10, Tue, May 1 Saint John (Bay of Fundy), NB (8AM – 6PM)
Day 11, Wed, May 2 Shelburne, Canada (8AM – 6PM)
Day 12, Thu, May 3 Halifax, NS (7AM – 4PM)
Day 13, Fri, May 4 Cruising the Gulf of St Lawrence #3 of 3
Day 14, Sat, May 5 Saguenay, QB (10AM – 7PM)
Day 15, Sun, May 6 Quebec City, QB (8AM – 7PM)
Day 16, Mon, May 7 Montreal, QB (8AM – overnight)
Day 17, Tue, May 8 Montreal / Depart (8AM)


Day 1, Sun, Apr 22 – Miami (1PM – 5PM)
Due to various scheduling and seats selection hassles, I'm flying to Miami with United, then back from Montreal to Houston via Air Canada. This morning it is that early flight to Miami again. Schedule the shuttle about 4:45.

United UA 1641Houston - Miami7:25AM - 10:50AM2:25

Arrive in Miami, find the Oceania rep, and (transfer pre-booked) embark on the Marina - the twin to the oversized cattle barge: Riveria. MY PRISON CELL: OCEAN VIEW CATEGORY C (no Veranda but a nice view window), 242 square feet. #7080. Hopefully I'll get onboard in time for a buffet lunch. Then we have the usual pre-departure rigamarole routine.

Day 2, Mon, Apr 23 – Port Canaveral, FL (7AM – 4PM)
Venture to the expansive sand beaches of Cocoa Beach or explore the Kennedy Space Center at nearby Cape Canaveral. Orlando is a little over an hour away, and the Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks beckon. Or take a stroll around Lake Eola and enjoy the boutiques and restaurants of downtown Orlando.

PCV-001 Kennedy Space Center 6 hours 9:30AM
Highlight – after I had the accident on the other visit here and missed most of the visit. Your tour begins with a short ride from the pier to the Kennedy Space Center. Enroute, your personal guide will brief you on your Florida Space Coast visit. You will leave the coach outside the main entrance in order to pass through a security check. Once inside the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, guests will be escorted to designated KSC coaches for a bus tour of restricted NASA property. At each stop, you will rejoin a different coach (This may require some waiting in lines during peak periods).

On your tour of the secure areas, you will have an close-up view of the space shuttle launch pads (closer than regular guests are allowed), see one of the largest buildings in the world - the vehicle assembly building, and visit the award-winning Apollo/Saturn V Center. Here, you will relive the launch of the massive Saturn V rocket and enjoy a front-row seat as man lands on the moon.

Your personal tour concludes at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you will have the opportunity to touch a piece of Mars, enjoy an IMAX space film and "The Shuttle Launch Experience" which will take visitors on a simulated shuttle launch beyond the boudaries of Earth.

At the conclusion of your Kennedy Space Center experience, you will board your coach for the return transfer to Port Canaveral. Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. Casual clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

The security check is very thorough and items similiar to those prohibited by airlines will be confiscated. Confiscated items will not be returned. All bags, purses and other items will be opened and inspected at the Visitor Complex. All electronic devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players, mobile/cellular phones, video recorders, voice recorders and pagers must be in working condition before entering the complex.


Day 3, Tue, Apr 24 – Charleston, SC (8AM – 8PM)
NEW The Old South is captured beautifully in Charleston, which has meticulously preserved the ambiance and architecture of its antebellum past. The downtown is full of old-fashioned inns, antique shops and pristine private homes. Visit Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, or the Charleston Museum, established in 1773 and distinguished as America’s first museum. Another signature attraction nearby is Boone Hall Plantation, one of the oldest working plantations in America.

CHS-005 Fort Sumter and Historic Charlestown 4 ½ hours 12:45PM
This tour captures the excitement of that time in history when South Carolina had seceded from the Union. During your tour, you will visit Fort Sumter, a strategic site due to its location at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. Still inhabited by the Union army, the South demanded that Fort Sumter be vacated; however, the North refused. Finally, on April 12th, 1861, from nearby Fort Johnson, South Carolina troops of the Confederacy fired on the Fort - the start of a two-day bombardment that resulted in the surrender of Fort Sumter by Union troops. It was here that the Civil War began.

Leaving from the pier, it's a short transfer to the marina where you will board your boat and take a 30-minute narrated tour across the Harbor to Fort Sumter. Along the way, you will be afforded the wonderful opportunity of seeing Charleston from the water. Upon arrival at Fort Sumter, your expert guide who is well-versed in Civil War History and the history of Fort Sumter, will take you on an informative tour of this famous bastion and its marvelous museum. Following your visit, you will re-board your boat and return to Charleston.

Once back in Charleston, you will board a coach for the Historic Charleston City Tour. Charleston is considered the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Often called a living museum, history is found literally around every corner of the city.

As you meander through its lovely streets, you will be able to appreciate the city's charm and allure, displayed via its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies" which are found nowhere else in the United States except in this remarkable town. Journey through Charleston's Historic District, where you'll be immersed in the city's fascinating history, viewing such sites as Hibernian Hall, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention. During the convention, the division within the party led to no Democratic candidate emerging with a majority vote, paving the way for the election of the Republican Party's candidate - Abraham Lincoln. Steeped in tradition and rich with pride, you will also pass by The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. At The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, you will be able to view one of the three most historically significant buildings in Colonial America. From here, it's on to the nation's oldest museum, The Charleston museum. The museum is where a replica of the CSS Hunley, the world's first successful attack submarine is housed.

As you continue on, enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Row, the oldest row of 18th century structures in Charleston. Your elevated coach allows you to look beyond the privacy hedges meant to conceal Charleston's famed magnificent formal gardens. Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at White Point Gardens where you will marvel in the magnificence of the Battery Mansions which overlook the Charleston Harbor. It is here that the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge and according to local lore, meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.

Please note: This tour includes considerable walking over uneven surfaces with stairs to negotiate. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at Fort Sumter and on the coach. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

Day 4, Wed, Apr 25 – Cruising the Atlantic #1 of only 3


Day 5, Thu, Apr 26 – New York, NY (8AM – 11PM)
This time I will have the day to see a bunch of NYC. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. Call it what you may, New York reigns as one of the world's most dynamic cities. But where to begin? The sacred soil of Ground Zero or stunning Central Park? The Guggenheim or the American Museum of Natural History? Should you take in a Broadway show or simply enjoy the nonstop show of people that parade through the streets? The possibilities are endless in the five boroughs of New York City, so get out and enjoy.

NYC-004 Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island 6 hours 8:45AM
The Statue of Liberty is one of the world's most renowned images and one of America's most beloved landmarks. This delightful tour allows you to stand at the base of 'Lady Liberty' and learn all about the history of this iconic Statue. Your tour also includes a visit to the Ellis Island Museum where you will surely catch the spirit of the important role this island played in American history.

Boarding your coach at the pier, it's a brief transfer to Battery Park, which lies at the Southern tip of Manhattan. Here, you will board the ferry and take in the sites of New York Harbor, including beautiful views of the city, Brooklyn and its famous Bridge, Staten Island, New Jersey and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Your first stop will be Liberty Island for a walk around the base of the magnificent Statue of Liberty (the tour does not include an interior visit of the Statue). Your tour guide will provide detailed information about 'Lady Liberty', its completion in 1886 and its unique history. Stand in awe as you look up and see what so many saw as their first sight of a new life in America. During your visit, you will be allowed a brief amount of free time to visit the gift shop and enjoy some of the exterior exhibits.

Re-boarding the ferry, you will continue on to Ellis Island, another National Historic Landmark. Ellis Island was the main immigration center for the United States from 1892 until World War II. Today, it is an exceptional museum detailing all the different aspects of immigration and its effects on a growing and industrializing nation. It also is intertwined with the history of New York, as being a port city of commerce, the immigrants constantly changed the city with their dreams of prosperity. More than 12 million immigrants were processed at the island and today, over 40% of Americans can trace some part of their ancestry back to Ellis Island. Many people use the resource room there to research their ancestors and the vessels they came in on. Enjoy over an hour of free time to independently explore the museum, souvenir shops and cafés before boarding the ferry back to Battery Park. During your coach transfer back to the ship, your guide will provide commentary and point out landmarks and points of interest.

Please note: This tour includes moderate walking from the ferry terminals to the Statue and the Museum. Because the temperature on the water can be much cooler, it is recommended that tour participants bring a light weight jacket or dress in layers. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at each location and on the ferry. Food and beverage venues are available at both locations. The order of the sites visited may vary.

Day 6, Fri, Apr 27 – AT SEA #2 of 3


Day 7, Sat, Apr 28 – Boston, MA (8AM – 10PM)
I’ve been here lots of time but it’s still interesting. Boston's enormous role during the American Revolution is inescapable, and it's easy to trace by following the Freedom Trail, which links more than a dozen historic sites throughout town from the Paul Revere House to the Old North Church. But don't forgo exploring Boston's appealing modern side. For a 360-degree view of the city, head for the skywalk observatory on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower. For art, browse the Museum of Fine Arts, which includes works from Van Gogh to Egyptian sculpture. If your interests lie in the natural world, wander through the remarkable New England Aquarium or Franklin Zoo. How great this visit is depends on the excursions offered.

BOS-010 Old Town Trolley Tour Of Boston 1 ½ hours
Ride in and around Boston in the comfort of a trolley, the ideal vehicle for viewing the city’s most famous historical landmarks and contemporary destinations. After departing from the pier, you will ride an Old Town Trolley through Boston along a circuitous route that passes the city’s most recognizable landmarks. You will see historical sites such as Boston Common, which is America’s oldest park, and contemporary places such as the bar that the TV show “Cheers” popularized.

Along the way, the trolley conductor will bring Boston’s history to life, weaving together colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information. Many of the landmarks you’ll see were prominent during the American Revolution and are on Boston’s Freedom Trail, a route that passes locations of great historical significance. The trolley will pass the site of the Boston Tea Party, the celebrated warship “Old Ironsides,” and the Old North Church that served to signal the advancement of British troops with lanterns: “one if by land, two if by sea.”

Boston’s contemporary sites are just as enticing, including the Boston Red Sox’s home stadium, Fenway Park. Just across the Charles River in the city Cambridge, you will find the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And before returning to the pier, you will stop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market. Those who wish to remain at Quincy Market will have access to complimentary trolley transportation back to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes limited walking, primarily at the guests’ discretion during the stop at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. There are 4 steps to enter/exit the trolley. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Day 8, Sun, Apr 29 – Portland, ME (8AM – 10PM)
Take in the best views of this vibrant city from the Portland Observatory, America's only remaining historic maritime signal tower. The Portland Museum of Art, located in the thriving Arts District, boasts the works of Picasso, Monet, Renoir and many other masters. Have a picnic or just relax in the serene Eastern Promenade Park, with its majestic slopes extending down to the beautiful Casco Bay.

PDX-001 Lighthouses Of Maine 3 ½ hours
Lighthouse aficionados will love this tour of three historic beacons on Portland's rocky coastline, including Maine's oldest lighthouse. Depart from the pier and drive through historic Portland and past the Eastern Promenade, a grassy reserve that slopes gently to Casco Bay. The views are spectacular, as are the architectural landmarks that follow, such as the Portland Observatory and New Arts District.

Before long, you'll arrive at Bug Light, an elegant cast-iron lighthouse with Corinthian columns that was modeled after an ancient Greek monument. Only 26 feet high, it was built in 1875 and soon became known as the "Bug" because of its small size. The lighthouse is the focal point of Bug Light Park, where you'll also see the Liberty Ship Memorial, which commemorates the more than 250 supply ships that were built here during World War II.

Close by lies Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, a "sparkplug"-style lighthouse made of brick on a cylindrical cast-iron caisson. It was built in 1897 in response to the many vessels that ran aground on the dangerous ledge there. Now connected to the land by a breakwater, the lighthouse initially had a kerosene-fueled lantern that was electrified in 1934.

A bit further south on Cape Elizabeth's rocky shore, you'll see Maine's oldest lighthouse. First illuminated in 1791, Portland Head Light also contains a museum in the former keeper's quarters. Inside, you'll discover much about the area's maritime history and how the lighthouse played a key role through permanent exhibits that display original artifacts and photos. Afterwards, you'll make the scenic one hour drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking that includes a few steps and some gravel surfaces. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


Day 9, Mon, Apr 30 – Bar Harbor, ME (8AM – 6PM)
Established in the 19th century as New England's premier summer resort city, Bar Harbor was originally called Eden. It's still a seaside paradise, especially for lovers of the outdoors. Hike through Acadia National Park, behold the sweeping vistas from Cadillac Mountain, and watch for migrating humpback whales. The Wabanaki Indian exhibits in the Abbe Museum are also fascinating.

BHB-012 Villages & Harbors of Acadia 4 hours 11AM
Enjoy a meandering drive through some of the most scenic coastal villages along Mount Desert Island’s southern shore, stopping in Southwest Harbor to explore further.

After departing from the pier, you will drive through the gorgeous Acadia National Park to Northeast Harbor, one of the many charming towns on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island, known to locals as MDI. While pausing for photos at the harbor, you will surely see dozens of sailboats and maybe stacks of wooden lobster traps at the marina. Northeast Harbor is immensely quaint, picture-perfect and wonderfully inviting.

Continuing around narrow Somes Sound, you will pass through Somesville, the oldest settlement on the island and famous for its arched wooden foot bridge. The settlement dates back to 1761, when sailor Abraham Somes arrived and stayed. His namesake settlement is a stunningly beautiful spot on the waterway.

Next comes Seawall, named for the loose boulders that have formed a natural seawall here. While pausing for photos, be sure to look for starfish and hermit crabs in the tidal pools.

Finally, you will pass through the fishing village of Bass Harbor on the way to Southwest Harbor. During free time here, you might shop in the welcoming boutiques, browse the art galleries, and roam wherever else you please. It’s hard to resist the aromas wafting from the bakeries. If you prefer something more substantial, you might enjoy a quick snack at a waterfront café. Afterwards, you will return to the pier in Bar Harbor.

Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion during the photo stops and free time in Southwest Harbor.


Day 10, Tue, May 1 – Saint John (Bay of Fundy), NB (8AM – 6PM)
Always interesting. Explore Canada's oldest continuing museum, the New Brunswick, where displays include the skeletal remains of a rare North Atlantic right whale. Saint John is also known for the bizarre Reversing Falls, a daily tidal phenomenon so severe it reverses the flow of the Saint John River. Birders will enjoy serene Irving Nature Park.

YYT-010 Bay of Fundy Coastal Photography 3 ½ hours 8:30AM
The Bay of Fundy is picture-perfect, and you'll have the chance to capture it in photos with the help of your guide, a professional photographer who'll share tips and techniques.

Starting off from the pier, you'll head for some of the most scenic spots along the Bay of Fundy. Your tour will be led by a professional photographer that knows all the best spots to shoot the area's iconic images. Your first stop is Fallsview Park, where you'll have a great angle for photographing Reversing Falls Rapids, a phenomenon caused by a bay tide that rises more than 28 feet. When the tide is low, the river empties into the bay. As the tide rises, the water begins to churn in a series of powerful rapids and whirlpools until the river actually flows backwards. The water flow doesn't reverse until the tide goes out hours later.

Continuing on, you'll visit picturesque Lepreau Falls, the classic fishing village of Dipper Harbour, and the Bay of Fundy Beach. The bay's rocky, forested coastline is noted for its staggering beauty, and you'll have countless opportunities to capture it with your camera. Your guide will be happy to help you compose shots, offer tips regarding the natural lighting, and point out many of the most photographed images, including weather-worn fishing boats in Dipper Harbour and the cascading, stepped, Lepreau falls.

Following your time shooting the best of the Bay of Fundy, you'll head back to the pier where your tour comes to its conclusion.

Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops; however, there are uneven, rocky, muddy and sandy surfaces to negotiate. Tidal activity at the Reversing Falls Rapids cannot be guaranteed.


Day 11, Wed, May 2 – Shelburne, Canada (8AM – 6PM)
NEW Situated in the heart of Nova Scotia’s South Coast, Shelburne features an idyllic waterfront lined with beautifully preserved 18th-century buildings. Delve into the harbor town’s history at the Shelburne County Museum and the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, which tells the story of the world’s largest free African population outside of Africa in the late 18th century. For a fascinating day trip, travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town Lunenburg, the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America, or Kejimkujik Nat. Park, part of the Southwest Nova UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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Day 12, Thu, May 3 – Halifax, NS (7AM – 4PM)
Always interesting. Founded by the British in 1749, Halifax still has a British military air about it. Every day at noon, a ceremonial gun is fired at the Halifax Citadel, a star-shaped fortress where the guides wear military uniforms. The exhibits have a more seafaring slant at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and include the nearly 100-year-old Acadia.

YHZ-008 Historic City Tour and Double Decker Bus 3 hrs 9AM
Discover how Halifax has been named the Warden of the North for more than 250 years during this scenic city tour that travels via double-decker bus.

Depart the pier with your kilted guide on a British double-decker bus for a scenic tour of Halifax, a military, commercial and political powerhouse for more than 250 years. As you proceed through Halifax's historic streets, your guide will inform you about the city's founding during the age of pirates and privateers, and the prosperous, world-class city it has become today. You will also learn about the Halifax Explosion, a deadly December 1917 collision of two ships in the harbor that forever changed the face of the city's North End, and how the people of Massachusetts responded to this plight.

During your tour, a visit will be made to the Halifax Citadel, the fourth fortress to guard the city since its founding 250 years ago, and one of Canada's most popular and most visited national historic sites. As you travel through the streets of this historic, yet modern city, you will also see such landmarks as St. Paul's Anglican Church, City Hall, the Old Town Clock and Province House.

After approximately 3-hours, your bus will make its way back to the pier where your tour concludes. Please note: This tour includes minimal walking which is mostly pebbled surfaces. Any stairs would be at the guest's discretion. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary.


Day 13, Fri, May 4 - Cruising the Gulf of St Lawrence #3 of 3


Day 14, Sat, May 5 - Saguenay, QB (10AM – 7PM)
Highlight. A long visit here would allow deleting a RS trip later. Head to La Baie and tour the Musée du Fjord, admire the frescoes covering every nook and corner of barber and painter Arthur Villeneuve’s home, tour a goat farm or travel the Craftsman Road to see artisans in their element creating cheeses, glass-blowing and soap-making. Don’t miss a hike through Saguenay National Park, which cradles the dramatic fjord that has enchanted travelers for centuries.

(SAG-006) Discovery Of New France - 4 hours 10:30AM
Get a unique historical perspective of the colonization of the Quebec province by visiting re-creations of several 17th century settlements, and then the Saguenay Fjord Museum. Departing from the pier by coach, you'll enjoy a picturesque drive to New France, a re-creation of 17th century life during the colonization of the Quebec province. The setting features meticulously restored historical buildings, costumed characters, historical figures, and fascinating demonstrations that will immerse you in the world of New France.

During the 17th century, the First Nations tribes and the French colonists lived side by side and their cultures became interdependent. Much of this knowledge has been gleaned from archaeological excavations of the area around the New France site. More than 100,000 artifacts have been unearthed here, many of them on display. There is also a re-creation of a Huron Village, a rural farm, and Quebec City's upper and lower towns. Interacting with the characters at New France, watching folkloric Indian dances, and sampling traditional foods only adds to your understanding of life here in the 17th century.

You will enhance your knowledge of the natural world by next visiting the nearby Saguenay Fjord Museum. Here, you will discover how the waterway was formed, its importance to the province, and why the museum's strange Ha! Ha! Pyramid monument was created out of more than 3,000 traffic yield signs.

Following your time at the Saguenay Fjord Museum, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes just over 2-hours of moderate walking/standing over mostly flat surfaces. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The tour sequence may vary.


Day 15, Sun, May 6 - Quebec City, QB (8AM – 7PM)
Surrounded by several miles of granite walls dating back hundreds of years, Quebec City’s fabulous Old Town exudes European character, exemplified in the iconic Château Frontenac. Another architectural gem is the fascinating Musée de la Civilisation, a treasure trove of items recreating the French-speaking city’s early days.

YQB-008 Historic & Modern Quebec w/ Montmorency Falls 3 hours 8:30AM
In addition to a delightful historical tour of Quebec City, you will venture into the unspoiled countryside to a thundering waterfall that's 90 feet higher than Niagara Falls.

Commencing from the pier, you will drive by Place-Royale, a lovely square on the site of the original settlement. Then, it's on to Dufferin Terrace, where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620, and where you’ll also find Château Frontenac, an castle-like hotel that has been an icon since its opening in 1893. You'll discover even more about the history of Quebec City at these two historic sites and enjoy some brief free time to browse on your own. Next, it's on to Cap Diamant, the promontory that overlooks the Plains of Abraham, where the French and British clashed in a battle.

After stopping for photos and to enjoy sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and Laurentian Mountains, you will head for Montmorency Falls, which thunder down 275 feet into the river. Explorer Samuel de Champlain named the falls for his patron, the Duke of Montmorency, and it's a memorable tribute as they are higher than Niagara Falls. After a 30-minute stop to capture some unforgettable photos, you will re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Quebec City where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature and walking is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. The surfaces to negotiate are generally flat in nature.


Day 16, Mon, May 7 – Montreal, QB (8AM – overnight)
I’ve been here several times before – “just another modern city.” French-speaking, thoroughly romantic and exquisitely cultured, Montreal definitely warrants a pre- or post-cruise stay. The Old Port is a hub of entertainment, while the Museum of Fine Arts is revered for its collection of more than 30,000 objects. For a respite from the vibrant city, stroll the Montreal Botanical Garden, a draw since 1931. With an overnight stay included, we get to see some of the town.

(YUL-002) A Walk through Old Montreal 3 hours
Enjoy an enlightening walk through Old Town, a wonderfully compact area of grand architecture wedged between the St. Lawrence River and Montreal's modern downtown.

A walk of just a few minutes from the pier takes you into the heart of Old Town, a once-walled area where Montreal was founded in 1642. As you stroll down the cobbled streets with your guide, you will see icons such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, Canada's first Gothic Revival-style church. When completed in 1829, it was the largest house of worship in North America, and it still commands attention.

That's the charm of this district; it's one spectacular building and key historic site after another. There's the 17th-century Place d'Armes, a square in front of the Notre-Dome Basilica where the French military once paraded, and the smaller but no less significant Place Royal, a meeting place that once served as Montreal's economic hub. You will also see the first courthouse from1856 and the city hall, built shortly afterwards but destroyed by fire in 1922. Although the inside was rebuilt, the exterior walls are original.

Over time, modern buildings have replaced ones with little historical value. The newest additions to Old Town include the Palais des Congrès convention center and the dazzling World Trade Center, which occupies a full city block. The latter is an architectural triumph of historical buildings linked by a glassed-covered promenade. Your walking tour ends at the ship, although you may choose to remain in the Old Town and return later at your convenience.

Please note: This tour includes 3 hours of moderate walking.


Day 17, Tue, May 8 – Montreal / Depart (8AM)
The return flight is very late but is direct and NOT TOO EXPENSIVE even as BC.

Air Canada AC7685Montreal - IAH5:30PM - 8:20PM3:50

Home about 10PM. One month until the next trip.

EXCURSIONS:
(PB = to be pre-booked)
Cape Canaveral (PB) PCV-001 Kennedy Space Center6 hours
Charlestown (PB) CHS-005 Fort Sumter and Historic Charlestown4 ½ hours
New York City (PB) NYC-004 Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island6 hours
BostonBOS-010 Old Town Trolley Tour Of Boston1 ½ hours
Portlandnothing posted yet
Bar Harbor (PB) BHB-011 Villages & Harbors of Acadia4 hours
St John’s (PB) YYT-010 Bay of Fundy Coastal Photography3 ¼ hours
Shelburnenothing posted yet
Halifax (PB) YHZ-008 Historic City Tour and Double Decker Bus3 hours
Saguenay (PB) SAG-006 Discovery of New France4 hours
Quebec City (PB) YQB-008 Historic & Modern Quebedc3 hours
Montreal YUL 002 A Walk through Old Montreal3 hours


OCEANIA (and others?) CRUISES:
Cruise 1 – 2016 Western Caribbean – Caribbean Charisma --- REGATTA, 684 cattle
Cruise 2 – 2016 Eastern Caribbean – Heart of the Caribbean --- RIVIERA, 1250 cattle

Cruise 3 - 2018 APR Seaside Sojourn --- MARINA, 1250 cattle
Cruise 4 – 2018 JUN LAX - Miami – East Meets West --- INSIGNIA, 684 cattle
Cruise 5 - 2018 OCT Cuba (8 days) --- SIRENA, 684 cattle
Cruise 6 - 2018 NOV Amazon (26 days) --- SIRENA, 684 cattle

Cruise 7 - 2019 JAN Reefs and Ruins (11 days) --- RIVIERA, 1250 cattle
Cruise 8 - 2020 Allure of the Islands?
Cruise 9 - 2021 Captivating Caribbean?
alternate:
Cruise X – 2020/21 Rode Skalur / HAL --- Zuiderdam, 2000+ cattle