Canada & US
(Canada & New England Cruise)
Sail the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Cabot Strait before following the New England coastline as you voyage from the Montreal to New York City amidst the colorful tones of autumn. Explore Quebec City and Halifax, some of the oldest and most historic Canadian cities, followed by calls-to-port in Boston, Portland, and Newport, all rich in colonial past. See early North American history painted by the colors of fall on this classic cruise. This luxury all inclusive cruise includes drinks, meals, and cruise gratuities.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2014: Oct 14
Welcome aboard! Take time to settle in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail in the early evening.
Port taxes are included in the tour cost.
The Crystal Symphony, with its sleek silhouette, finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbours and idyllic ports of call. The luxurious 50,000-ton, 922-guest ship is one of the most spacious cruise ships at sea, joining Crystal Serenity in the top two spots among Condé Nast Traveler’s best ships in the world. Onboard amenities include grand lounges, full-service fitness facility, Crystal Casino, Feng Shui-inspired spa, 360° teak Promenade Deck, lap pool, Jacuzzi, acclaimed cuisine and spectacular entertainment.
Québec stands proudly beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, resembling no other city in the world. Its cuisine, language and traditions combine to make this a unique cradle of French civilization in North America. Within fortress walls high atop Cap Diamant, the old city is a sheer delight for lovers of history. Here, magnificent churches, cobbled streets, fragrant gardens and chic boutiques all vie for your attention. Just outside the city, you'll discover a veritable riot of fall colors, North America's largest shrine, picturesque villages and an impressive waterfall. At the end of the day, there is the tempting opportunity to discover the French art of good cooking at some of North America's finest restaurants.
Today is a full day spent at sea, cruising the Gulf of the St. Lawrence on route to Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island.Settle in to a book, or socialize with some of your fellow cruisemates at one of the many bars and lounges.
Charlottetown is the largest city and provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. The city was named the colonial capital of the island by the British in 1764, and is largely renowned as the "Birthplace of Confederation." Charlottetown's downtown includes the city's historic five hundred lots, as surveyed by Captain Samuel Holland, as well as the waterfront facing the harbour and the Hillsborough River.
The Magdalen Islands form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with a land area of 205.53 square kilometers. Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands form part of the Canadian province of Quebec. Jacques Cartier was the first European to visit the islands, in 1534. However, Mi'kmaq Indians had been visiting the islands for hundreds of years as part of a seasonal subsistence round, probably to harvest the abundant walrus population. A number of archaeological sites have been excavated on the archipelago.
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.
As Crystal Symphony moors alongside the pier, bagpipers and the Town Crier bid a warm welcome to Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, the most Scottish of all Canada's great cities. You will fall in love with Halifax's architectural blend of old and new. The mighty 150-year old Citadel fortress stands sentinel over the thriving downtown area where modern office and hotel blocks nestle alongside the exquisitely-restored Historic Properties waterfront shopping area. Shoppers will delight in the tempting array of buys from colorful Scottish tartans to pewter and superb hand-knit woolens. Nova Scotians claim they have the freshest air and warmest smiles in Canada. After your visit, we're sure you will agree.
Portland is the largest city in Maine and is the county seat of Cumberland County. Tourists visit Portland's historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor, at the mouth of the Fore River and part of Casco Bay, and the Arts District, which runs along Congress Street in the center of the city. Portland Head Light is located in nearby Cape Elizabeth and marks the entrance to Portland Harbor.
Relive nearly four hundred years of history as you explore myriad sights of Boston, a city that exudes pride in its past and future. Superb shopping abounds and sightseeing attractions are legendary. You'll revel in exploring the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church and the Boston Common. A few miles away lie Lexington and Concord where the momentous events that began in 1775 come alive. Boston has not been content to rest on the laurels of its glorious past. Progress is everywhere. Glazed high-rises soar skyward and the colorful waterfront area has been artfully renovated. Your visit to this thriving metropolis is bound to impress.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a stylish, world-famous yachting center with a long tradition of elegance. For almost a century and a half, it was the home of the America's Cup yachting races. The colonial sections of Newport boast many authentic historic buildings, some dating back to the 1600s. However, most impressive of all, are the opulent mansions built at the turn of this century by industrial tycoons along Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. Fashioned after the palaces of Europe their interiors boast lavish use of marble, alabaster, gilt, mosaics and stained glass complemented by magnificent furnishings and fine tapestries. You'll be spellbound listening to the legends and stories of families such as the Morgans, Astors, Fishers and Vanderbilts, all of whom had "cottages" here. Although Rhode Island is America's smallest state, it has a legacy of history and tradition that far outweighs it size.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
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