Cruises in Montreal

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Cruises are always traveling to, departing from, and passing through the distinctively French-Canadian city of Montreal. This is due to Montreal’s uniquely European atmosphere and flavor. Especially popular are cruises during autumn, when the brilliantly colored leaves of all the trees are startlingly displayed in all their glory. Most of the ships stop at the dock in the old section of town, where most attractions, shops, parks, and restaurants are close enough to walk to. The city is cozy and picturesque with its old European architecture and elegant appeal.

The cruises that stop in Montreal also usually stop at various other Canadian cities as well as cities and towns in New England.

Holland America Cruises

The Maasdam cruise ship of the well-know cruise line Holland America makes many 7-15 day trips back and forth between Canada and Boston, MA every year. From Boston, you travel through Bar Harbor, Maine to Halifax, Sydney, and Charlottetown, finally heading up the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City and Montreal. Other itineraries include Prince Edward Island and the man-made glacier in Baie-Comeau. This is a 5-star cruise ship and it’s perfect for a family vacation. A 7-day cruise costs $899 USD for an ocean-view room, $799 for an interior room, $1999 for a Verandah room, and $3599 for a Suite. All rates are per person.

There are a two day trips to choose from once you arrive in Montreal. They are either 2 or 2.5 hours including a city tour of old and new Montreal visiting the downtown sector, Mont Royal, the major shopping area, and Old Montreal with its remarkable architecture from various centuries. The tour itself is only 2 hours, but you can opt to include the airport transfer which makes the trip 2.5 hours in total.

Crystal Cruises

Travel on the Crystal Symphony from Montreal to Quebec City, Halifax, St. John, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, and finally, to New York City. This 11-day cruise costs $4050 per person for a deluxe stateroom on deck 8, which is the lowest available fare. There are many hotel and land programs offered in Montreal before departing. You can opt for a city tour, or an overnight hotel package at the InterContinental Montreal.  There are various special interest lectures and programs offered on the ship as well.

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