(New York City)
Canada & US Cruises
(Canada & New England Cruise)
Set sail along North America's east coast this fall, admiring the beauty of New England and Eastern Canada painted in magnificent autumn colors. Sail aboard a luxury cruise ship between cultural megacities New York and Montreal, making calls-to-port at the charming cities of colonial America along the way. Visit the renowned New England summer resort areas of Newport and Bar Harbor, characterized by their numerous millionnaire estates. Make landfall in Boston, the largest city in New England, and one of the United States' most historic cities. See Canada's east coast with visits to Nova Scotia's colonial cities of Halifax and Sydney. Transition the historic trade waters of the St. Lawrence River en route to Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America, and an important center of French culture in Canada. Amidst the incredible fall foliage, explore this fantastic part of North America while enjoying the relaxing pace of luxurious cruise travel.
Cruise Departure Dates:
New York to Montreal: Oct 8 (2013)
Montreal to New York: Oct 16 (2014)
Enjoy a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
The New York Palace is just steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Saks Fifth Avenue. It is a legendary hotel located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue. Long recognized as a premier hotel not only in New York City, but around the world, this award-winning property offers a prime location, magnificent views, gracious accommodations and unrivaled service. Through the gates of the hotel’s famed Villard Mansion and down the grand staircase, you’ll discover the understated elegance and rich history that has established The New York Palace as an iconic hotel.
Enjoy a private walking tour with personal English speaking guide. The emphasis of this unique walking tour is Manhattan’s history through its architectural landmarks, such as the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Wall Street.
Tonight you will see a world class performance on Broadway. You can choose from the following shows: Annie, The Book of Mormon, Wicked Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rock of Ages and much more! Ask your sales consultant which shows are playing when you are travelling.
Meet your driver for a private port transfer with vehicle and a professional driver to Brooklyn Cruise Port.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled into your cabin, and explore the ship's facilities. Tonight's welcome dinner will be an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
Silver Whisper, the newest ship in the Silversea fleet, was launched in 2001. The Whisper offers its guest the ultimate in intimate Italian Cruising – six-star service, fewer guests, more space and the ability to slip into exotic ports off the beaten path. It is as elegant as a grand hotel, as gracious as a long-time friends’ home. Every ocean-view suite provides a sumptuous retreat. Each public space is intimate yet inviting. It’s a warm feeling of home upon the seas of the earth. Aboard Silver Whisper you will find a most accommodating place to view our world. Whether it’s delicious onboard diversions, world-class cuisine, memorable dining venues or staying connected from anywhere, Silversea’s impeccable standards apply to every detail of your voyage. Pamper yourself at the beauty salon. Find the perfect bauble in the boutique. Test your luck in the casino. Enjoy an invigorating workout. Curl up with a good book in the library. Or simply soak up the sun on the pool deck.
Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, the city was the location of some of the "Summer White Houses" during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. Founded in 1963 by the British, Newport has a long colonial history.
This evening you'll tranisition the Cape Cod Canal as you sail onward to Boston. Step out into the Pool Deck's hot tub, or lounge with a drink in hand. Alternatively, relax your body and mind at the soothing onboard spa.
Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the United States of America. Its plethora of museums, historical sights, and wealth of live performances, all explain why the city gets 16.3 million visitors a year, making it one of the ten most popular tourist locations in the country. The historic areas of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, the Fenway, the Financial District, Government Center, the North End, and the South End comprise the area considered "Boston Proper." Cambridge (just across the Charles River, home to Harvard and MIT) is part of the larger urban area and an essential addition to any visit to Boston.
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.
Saint John is a port, and the largest city of New Brunswick, located on the Bay of Fundy, at the mouth of the Saint John River. It is Canada's oldest incorporated city, and is composed almost entirely of descendents of Irish immigrants and British Loyalists. Fort Howe, offering a panoramic view of the city and harbor, along with the City Market, King Square and the early-1800's Carleton Martello Tower are amongst the city's top sites.
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.
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.
Today is another day spent at sea, relaxing on your cruise ship. Your vessel will be entering the St. Lawrence River today en route to tomorrow's destination, Quebec City. For those feeling lucky, there is an onboard casino striking up plenty of fun.
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. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only remaining fortified city walls in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Quebec City is internationally known for its Summer Festival, Winter Carnival, and the Château Frontenac, a hotel which dominates the city skyline. The National Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Civilization are found near Vieux-Québec. Other attractions near the city are Montmorency Falls and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.
After overnighting in the port, you will disembark from your cruise vessel this morning in Montreal. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as your voyage has come to its conclusion.
Take in a 3-hour tour of this stunning city in a comfortable town car with your private driver/guide. You will see the old Port area in Vieux Montreal, the Biodôme and the Montréal Tower Observatory at Olympic Stadium for magnificent views of the St Lawrence River, Mount Royal and the Laurentian Mountains. Your experienced guide will be very happy to show you special highlights based on your interests.
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel is a renowned local landmark, celebrated internationally for its world-class accommodations. This historic hotel has helped define the city’s distinct elegance and charm for over 50 years. It offers 1,037 rooms, of which 100 are suites, and is conveniently located above the train station and within walking distance of sports and cultural attractions. There is a skilfully integrated Health Club featuring state-of-the-art equipment and an indoor pool, as well as three distinctive venues to experience Montréal's gastronomy at its best: Les Voyageurs lounge, Le Montréalais bistro- restaurant and the award-winning Beaver Club, recognized as one of the best tables in Canada.
Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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