French Canadian Great Lakes, Nova Scotia & New England

Endless storybook coastlines and primeval landscapes are the backdrop of Canada’s alluring Atlantic provinces. The rich maritime heritage and notably friendly locals give this region its distinct appeal. Experience the diverse highlights of Portland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. See sights from Halifax – the largest urban area of Atlantic Canada – to the charm of Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Near Tadoussac, our onboard naturalist will narrate our journey as we encounter some of nature’s most magnificent marine life, including a variety of whale species, and in Québec City, you’ll see the majesty of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and many other historically significant sites.

Montreal - Credit © Azier Elorza
Waterways Navigated:

St. Lawrence River

Atlantic Ocean

Northumberland Strait

Strait of Casco

 

Itinerary

Gloucester, MA

(Departure / Arrival Port)

As you board the lovely M/V Victory II, settle into your stateroom before joining fellow guests for dinner, with free-flowing non-premium beer, wine and cocktails.

 

Portland, ME

Portland’s waterfront combines active fishing wharves with warehouses, shops, and museums. Departing from the port, we’ll take a picturesque drive through the elegant Victorian Mansion district, past the boyhood home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and out to Casco Bay and the famous Portland Head Light. After lunch onboard, we’ll take a short ride to Kennebunkport, a shipbuilding mecca since the early 1600s. This New England community has long been the summer residence of President G. W. Bush. After soaking up the maritime atmosphere of this quaint community, we’ll make our way back through the architecturally significant homes of nearby Kennebunk, visiting the Franciscan Monastery and pausing by the quirky “wedding cake house.”

Credit © Paul Shio
Lunenburg, NS

The Old Town of Lunenberg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This morning, we’ll tour Lunenburg’s harbor-side streets, lined with unique shops and colorfully painted homes. We’ll visit the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, which exhibits wharf-side vessels, an aquarium, and the famous Bluenose II, a replica of the original world famous racing schooner. After lunch, we’ll embark on a scenic drive through Mahone Bay, famous for its pictureque natural beauty, handsome churches dotting the shore, and Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet.

 

Halifax, NS

Halifax was settled by the British in 1746 to gain access to the rich cod resources in the surrounding waters and control over Halifax’s harbor, which is the second largest ice-free harbor in the world. Halifax’s strategic location near the Canadian, North American and North Atlantic trade routes made it a center of international shipping and trade in the 18th century and again during WWII, when supplies were being sent to Europe.

 

Canso Canal

As we sail toward Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, we’ll navigate through the Strait of Canso. This strait is located in the province of Nova Scotia and divides the Nova Scotia peninsula from Cape Breton Island. It is a long thin channel approximately 16 and a half miles long and averaging almost 2 miles wide (0.62 miles at its narrowest). The strait connects the Chedabucto Bay on the Atlantic Ocean to St. George’s Bay on the Northumberland Strait, a sub basin of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

 

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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.

 

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.

Montreal, QC - Photo Credit © Nicole Janelle
Québec City, QC

Québec 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.

Montreal, QC

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.

SHIP

French Canadian Great Lakes, Nova Scotia & New England Ship and Cruise Dates.

VICTORY II

French Canadian Great Lakes, Nova Scotia & New England

2019 CRUISES
DEPARTS: Boston

May 18 – May 28

Boston to Montréal
DEPARTS: Montreal

October 19 – October 29

Montréal to Boston
DEPARTS: CHICAGO

 

2020 date

2020 date
DEPARTS: TORONTO

 

2020 date

2020 date
Category 10 Nights

Categories G & H At 275 square feet, category G and H staterooms are located primarily on the 2nd and 3rd deck levels of the ship, with convenient access to the both Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room. Each spacious and modern room comes complete with a large opening picture window and a door leading to a private balcony. Category S (single) is comparable to Category G staterooms but designed specifically with single travelers in mind.

Ocean view suite with direct access to open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar.

Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed. (Deck 3)

Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Deck 3)

Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Decks 2 & 3)

Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Deck 1)

Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers. (Deck 1)

+ Port Taxes + $459