(Canada & US Cruises)
Voyage along the eastern coast of New England and Canada, sailing from Boston to Montreal in the height of colorful autumn splendor. Visit historic port towns, living remnants of colonial Britain and France, still deeply rooted in their respective heritage, and uncover the great artistic palette of mother nature, painted in the fall foliage. Embarking in Boston, port calls will be made at Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Iles de la Madelaine, Gaspe, Sept-Iles, Saguenay, Quebec City and Trois-Rivieres, en route to Montreal along the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Boston-Montreal: Oct 6
Montreal-Boston: Sep 26
Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city is also a major seaport along the United States' East Coast, with access points from the Charles River as well as Boston Harbour in the Massachusetts Bay of the Atlantic Ocean.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Taking Silversea's award-winning concept of all-suite luxury to the next level, these two sister ships -Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper- are slightly larger, yet retain the familiarity and intimacy of Silversea's two earlier ships. Aboard the Silver Whisper cruise ship, savour a convivial cosmopolitan ambience and many special amenities usually found only on larger ships, including boutique shopping; a wellness spa with beauty salon, fitness centre and sauna; full-scale productions in a multi-tiered show lounge; an Internet Cafe and WiFi service from stem to stern.
Drawn by the pines, granite shores, fresh lobster and stunning views from Cadillac Mountain, captains of industry once kept summer homes here. The charming little town, and all the rest, remain. And the rocky boulder beaches on its shoreline are now Acadia National Park, a preserved expanse of vintage Down East scenery.
Halifax is a city in Canada, which was the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. It was the largest city in Atlantic Canada until it was amalgamated into Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996. Halifax Harbour is among the largest natural harbours in the world, and settlement here by the British was originally planned with strategic military protection in mind. Local sights include Halifax Citadel, Pier 21 (Canada's Ellis Island), Maritime Museum, and a tidy collection of parks, shops and restaurants. The Waterfront in particular has a great variety of historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and other entertainment.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, is located on the east coast of Cape Breton Island. Founded in 1785 by the British, the city only recently became a tourist destination, with large government investment in cruise ship facilities and a waterfront revitalization plan which has seen a boardwalk and marinas constructed, in addition to the world's largest fiddle being constructed along the waterfront, celebrating the region's Scottish heritage dating back to the early 1600's.
The Magdalen Islands (French, Îles de la Madeleine) form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands form part of the Canadian province of Quebec. In 1755, the islands were inhabited by French-speaking Acadians. When the British expelled the Acadians from the rest of what are now the Maritime Provinces of Canada, they did not come as far as the Magdalen Islands. To this day, many inhabitants of the Magdalen Islands fly the Acadian flag and think of themselves as both Acadians and Québécois.
Situated at the very tip of the Gaspé Peninsula at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Gaspé offers a splendid variety of coastal landscapes and natural vistas. Here the coastline marks a major indentation creating the beautiful Bay of Gaspé, which comes inland for some 21 miles. This bay was long inhabited by the Indians of the sea, the Micmacs. In 1534 the French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived and, in the name of the king of France, he officially took possession of this new land that was to become Canada.
Sept-Îles (French for "Seven Islands") is a city in the Côte-Nord region of eastern Quebec, Canada. Jacques Cartier sailed by the islands in 1535 and made the first written record of them, calling them the Ysles Rondes ("Round Islands"). Early European economic activity in Sept-Îles was based on fishing and the fur trade. Louis Joliet established trading posts by 1679. Great Britain took over Canada from France in 1763 after its victory in the Seven Years War. In 1842 the Hudson's Bay Company founded another post at this location.
Saguenay is a city in Quebec, on the Saguenay River, about 120 miles (200 km) north of Quebec City. It was formed in 2002, after an amalgamation of the cities of Chicoutimi, Jonquière, La Baie and Laterrière. The relatively small and concentrated Lac St-Jean area where the city is located can be described as an isolated "oasis" in the middle of the vast remote wilderness of Northern Quebec.
Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec, in Canada. Located in the Saint Lawrence River valley, on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence River near its meeting with the St. Charles River, the city was one of the first North American settlements of seafaring Europeans. The city is a major cultural centre of the French-speaking world, as well as an important tourist destination. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Trois-Rivières is a city in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Canada, located at the confluence of the Saint-Maurice and Saint Lawrence Rivers. It is situated on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River across from the city of Bécancour. It is part of the densely populated Quebec City – Windsor Corridor and is approximately halfway between Montreal and Québec City. Trois-Rivières is the economic and cultural hub of the Mauricie region. The city's name, which is French for three rivers, is named for the fact that the Saint-Maurice River, which is divided by two small islands at the river's opening, has three mouths at the Saint Lawrence River.
Montreal is the cultural capital of Quebec and the second largest city in Canada. The port of Montreal lies at one end of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which is the river gateway that stretches from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic Ocean. The city takes its name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city. Montreal is consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities, and recently was named a UNESCO City of Design.
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