Cruises in Canada

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The beautiful country of Canada is visited by a number of cruise ships each year. New England and Canada cruises provide great opportunities to experience several popular Canadian port cities along the Atlantic coast, including Halifax, Quebec City and Saint John.


Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is known for its maritime history. Points of interest along the scenic coastline include Halifax Harbour, some of Nova Scotia's more than 160 lighthouses on the Chebucto Peninsula, and Peggy's Cove, home to the popular Peggy's Point lighthouse.

Quebec City

The bustling Quebec City offers a number of sights around town. In the lower town neighborhood of Basse Ville, you can pass by the impressive Palace Royale square, and walk along Petit-Champlain to see the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church. In Upper Town, sights include La Place d'Armes, home to many street performers and musicians. And no trip to Quebec would be complete without a stop by the Chateau Frontenac, rumored to be the most photographed hotel in the world.

Saint John

Saint John, New Brunswick is Canada's oldest incorporated city and offers many opportunities to enjoy Canada's natural beauty, including Reversing Falls Rapids, where some of the highest tides in the world meet and cause the Saint John River to reverse direction. Another popular attraction in autumn months is a visit to Saint John's picturesque countryside to enjoy the spectacular fall scenery along the river.

Other Ports

Other less-visited Canadian ports on the Atlantic coast include Sydney, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island--and one of Canada's oldest towns. U.S. ports often visited on Canada and New England cruises include Boston, Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine. On the Pacific coast, Vancouver and Victoria are popular stops for Alaskan cruises.

New England and Canada Cruises

Holland America currently has the most New England and Canada cruises available, including 7- and 10-night cruises from Boston, Montreal or Quebec, as well as a 14-night Canada & New England Discovery Collector's Voyage. These cruises sail on the Maasdam or Eurodam.

Other cruise lines offering New England and Canada cruises include Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. The Carnival Glory sails 4-, 5- and 7-night Canada and New England Cruises from New York City between June and October. The Celebrity Summit sails from Cape Liberty on 7-night cruises in July and August, and 14-night cruises in September and October. The Norwegian Spirit sails 7- and 14-night cruises from Boston or Quebec in September and October. The Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas sails from Baltimore while the Explorer of the Seas sails from Cape Liberty. Both ships sail between June and October on 8- and 9-night New England and Canada cruises.

March 25, 2010 new by amy.h

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