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Fall Foliage Colors
Cruise of New England and Eastern Canada
from Boston to Quebec City

Friday October 1-8, 2021

With optional two night post-cruise weekend stay in Quebec City

Description: Bar Harbor, Maine

 

Take in autumn’s palette of gorgeous colors on this 7-day journey through Maine, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island Canada & 2 scenic ports in French Canada..The first two weeks of October are the peak season of fall foliage colors in Maine, Nova Scotia and French Canada.

Enjoy a day in Bar Harbor, Maine, where you can explore nature’s stunning fall colors at beautiful Acadia National Park.  Enjoy a tour of its scenic wonders by coach, or choose to go on your own via biking or hiking its scenic trails or enjoy a boat ride along its rocky shores for vistas beyond belief. Afterward, tie on a bib and take lots of selfies as you feast on the local catch, fresh Maine lobster, at one of the many local eateries or at a traditional lobster bake..

Admire the rugged coastline that surrounds Halifax Nova Scotia, the world's second-largest natural harbor, plus enjoy a second day to explore fabulous Nova Scotia with a day on Cape Breton Island, at the far end of gorgeous Nova Scotia to admire more of the fall foliage colors.

On a day in Prince Edward Island, the smallest of Canada’s provinces, trace the birth of Canada where it happened and view bright colors everywhere - from the Victorian architecture to the red sandstone cliffs, to the bright colors in the fall leaves. Sample homemade island jams, visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead and stroll the boardwalk on the waterfront of the stunning Charlottetown on PEI.

Plus, at the end of your cruise, enjoy the weekend in Quebec City on an optional 2 night post cruise land package to explore the charming Old Town featuring French culture & architecture as well as an opportunity to visit Montmorency Falls, which at 83 m (272.3 feet) high, a full 30 m (98.4 feet) taller than Niagara Falls, the Montmorency Falls are a spectacular sight.

CRUISE ITINERARY OVERVIEW

 

FRIDAY October 1st  2021 – Boston MA – Arrive on your own FLIGHT ARRANGEMENT TODAY BY NOON.  TRANSFERS FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE SHIP ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM THE CRUISE LINE FOR $30 IF you wish.
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 2021 - Bar Harbor, Maine/ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

         7AM-5PM  
   

This coastal attraction has retained much of its charm since its glory days of the 1900s, when America's elite vacationed here in opulent summer cottages. Surrounding the rock-bound harbor is the world-famous Acadia National Park where the opulence of nature is on display.

Choose from a guided tour of the national park by coach, or by horse drawn carriage, or by bicycle or a hiking tour on one of the park’s many scenic trails.  You may also wish to rent a car and explore the national park at your own pace.

Stroll through the quaint town of Bar Harbor for great shopping and seafood.

The beauty of the fall colors is on full display in Acadia National Park over the first two weeks of October.


Description: Bar Harbor, Maine
 SUNDAY OCTOBER 3RD, 2021

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 Admire the rugged coastline that surrounds Halifax, the world's second-largest natural harbor. This beautifully preserved city is Nova Scotia's capital and was founded in 1749. Take steps through history and walk to The Citadel to witness the Old Town Clock. Enjoy more rich fall foliage colors in Nova Scotia today.


Description: Halifax, Nova Scotia

MONDAY OCTOBER 4TH, 2021 - Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

 Located on Cape Breton Island, Sydney is an ideal jumping-off point for scenic adventures.

Its Cabot Trail is a roadway encircling the island, passing forests and rugged coastline. The drive skirts Cape Breton Highlands National Park, whose Skyline Trail footpath overlooks the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is known for migratory whales. The town of Sydney honors local music with the Big Fiddle, a giant violin statue on the waterfront. 

“I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton out-rivals them all.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Description: Shubie Park offers a scenic stroll. - LAURA HAWKINS
Shubie Park on Cape Breton Island

 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 5TH, 2021- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

1:00 PM - 08:00 PM (Tender Port)

Description: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Opulent clapboard villas lead the way towards Charlottetown's beautiful Victoria Park. Color is everywhere - from the Victorian architecture to the red sandstone cliffs. Sample homemade island jams, visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead and stroll the boardwalk. Enjoy the beauty of Canada’s smallest province, which while small in size, is certainly not small on opportunities for enjoying the natural beauty and activities she offers.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 6TH, 2021

Day At Sea

Enjoy relaxing on the pool deck in a deck chair, or in the pool or Jacuzzis, or take in one of the ship sponsored on board activities.

THURSDAY OCT. 7TH, 2021 - Saguenay (La Baie), Québec, Canada

11AM-8PM

Saguenay (La Baie), Québec

The city of Saguenay, formed in 2002, is comprised of three boroughs: La Baie, Chicoutimi and Jonquiere. Chicoutimi and Jonquiere are situated on the shores of the Saguenay river and La Baie is found on the whimsically named, the Baie des Ha Ha! This French-speaking region is north of Québec City and is considered a small oasis in the midst of the nearly uninhabited Canadian wilderness.  Lush mountain scenery with rich fall colors can be found here, along with wildlife along its rivers.


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Wildlife grazing in the waters along La Baie

Friday Oct. 8th, 2021 - QUEBEC CITY, CANADA

This morning we disembark the ship.    Those going on our optional 2 night post cruise weekend stay will be escorted to our hotel and then on to our Quebec City Old Town tour. Those not joining us may purchase a seat on the cruise line’s shuttle to the Quebec City airport for flights at a suggested return time of after 12 noon.

OUR CRUISE SHIP IS THE NORWEGIAN GEM

With tons of dining choices and Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Gem has it all. Chill out by the pool, get lucky in the casino, unwind at the spa, and make the kids happy with spaces built with them in mind.

With so many bars and lounges to discover, finding your favorite may take a few days. Pop some bubbly and toast to the good life inside Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar. Kick back with a cocktail then dance it out alongside panoramic windows at Spinnaker Lounge. Or work on perfecting your tan as you relax poolside at Topsiders Bar. Whether you’re looking to meet up with friends or make new ones, there’s always an opportunity to mix it up.  There is the Bliss Ultra Night Club Lounge to dance the night away, Maltings beer and whiskey bar, Osheehan’s Irish Pub, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Shakers Martini Bar.
Our ship has six hot tubs, multiple pools, a fitness center, a casino, spa/massage center, jogging track and more.

 

OPTIONAL TWO NIGHT POST CRUISE WEEKEND LAND PACKAGE IN QUEBEC CITY

If seven days of fun are not enough, ENJOY THE WEEKEND WITH YOUR NEW FRIENDS on our optional 2 night post cruise stay in Quebec City.

 

Québec City, Québec

Québec City lies on the Saint Lawrence River and is divided by steep bluffs into Upper Town – which includes the old quarter – and Lower Town. Perched atop Cap-Diamant, the old quarter is the only walled city in North America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Friday Oct. 8,, 2021 – After our ship arrives into Quebec City Canada, we will be picked up by our private guide and taken to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Quebec Sainte Foy.  Located just 5 miles from the city center, this hotel offers easy access to the main sites, shopping and dining of the city.  The hotel offers complimentary breakfast daily and free WI-FI., as well as an outdoor hot tub and a fitness center.  The hotel is also just 6 miles from the Quebec airport, making it easily accessible on your arrival as well.

After checking in and dropping off our luggage into the hotel’s secure storage area, we will be taken to the Old Town area of Quebec City where we will enjoy a late morning guided walking tour of the Old Town Quebec sites.

Private Quebec City Walking Tour

Enjoy the sights and culture of Old Quebec's Lower Town and Upper Town on this informative and casual private walking tour. Quebec City is yours to discover as your private guide explains the history of the city, eagerly answering your questions and offering endless historic tales and cultural tidbits.

The tour begins in the antique and art district of the Lower Town with views of the Old Port Marina. This quaint district features a boardwalk, farmer's market, shops, cafes, and art galleries. The boardwalk leads you to Place Royale, a small square dating back to 1608 that is credited as the birthplace of French America and Quebec City. While in Place Royale, explore Petit Champlain Street, the oldest commercial street in North America.

You have two options as you leave Lower Town for Upper Town, either walk uphill on Cte de la Montagne or ride the Funicular, a nearly vertical railway system the lifts you almost 200 feet above Lower Town. The Funicular was originally built in 1879 and offers a dramatic view of Lower Town.

Your tour of Quebec's Upper Town features more dramatic views. Walk along Dufferin Terrace to see Chateau Frontenac, a spectacular hotel sitting above the St. Lawrence River. Also view Plains of Abraham Citadel, the oldest military building in Canada and the official residence of the Canadian monarch. Your walk continues past Ursuline's Convent, North America's oldest institution of learning for women founded in 1639, and then to City Hall. Dating back to the 1730s, City Hall features classical, medieval, and chateauesque architectural styles. Finally, visit the Courtyard of the Seminary, made from several churches, some dating back to the 17th century. Chateau Frontenac, Plains of Abraham Citadel, Ursuline's Convent, City Hall, and The Courtyard of the Seminary are all National Historic Sites of Canada. Your tour also includes information about the fortifications of this unique walled city.

The tour lasts approx. two and a half hours and after that time you have the choice to either return to the hotel by our private vehicle or enjoy the remainder of the day to explore Old/New town Quebec at your leisure and return to our hotel by your own means (a short 20 minute taxi ride).

Saturday October 9th, 2021 – Today is a full free today to either return to Old/New town Quebec at your leisure or explore outside the city.  We suggest a visit to Montmorency Falls, just a 20 minute taxi ride from our hotel, or a visit to the Jacques Cartier national Park, if you are interested in taking a short or a long stroll amidst the beauty of nature.


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Montmorency Falls

 

At 83 m (272.3 feet) high, a full 30 m (98.4 feet) taller than Niagara Falls, the Montmorency Falls are a spectacular sight.

They are located in a park of the same name only 15 minutes from Old Québec. This is one destination you will not want to miss, as it is where the St. Lawrence River stretches out not far from the base of the cliffs.

During your visit, you can choose between wonder, adventure (or both, if you wish).  Take a cable car to the top of the cliff to admire the falls from a unique vantage point. The view is breathtaking!  Cross the suspension bridge to the belvedere, where you can feel the power of the river as it thunders past!
For anyone who is more adventurous, follow one of the three via ferrata routes up the cliff, or zoom over the plunge pool on the double zipline 300 m (984') in the air.

You can also learn about the site's fascinating history at the interpretation center. In the summer, you can have a picnic at the historical orchard and test your endurance by climbing the 487 steps of the panoramic staircase. Tourists with a fine palate will appreciate one of the best brunches in the region, served at the Montmorency Manor.

Whether you’re riding the gondola, climbing the scenic stairway or crossing the suspension bridge, the views of the Montmorency Falls are simply breathtaking. Experience the power of nature, only 15 minutes from downtown. 

Suspension Bridge

From Manoir Montmorency, a path runs along the cliff’s edge to the suspension bridge at the very top of the falls. Once on the bridge, you’ll experience the overwhelming power of the falls as it rushes and roars beneath your feet.

Cable Car

Take the gondola for more great views of the falls and a superb panorama of Île d’Orléans and Québec City. *Temporarily closed until further notice*

Zipline

 If you’re a thrill-seeker, the double zipline will get you extremely close to the falls. Experience the adrenaline rush on your own or with a friend. You’ll be talking about it for months! 

Via Ferrata

Explore the falls from a different angle along the via ferrata. It’s safe, easy (no need to handle a carabiner), and gives you the chance to get up close to the falls along 3 different routes.

The Manoir restaurant and terrace

The chef of Manoir Montmorency invites you to pull up a chair on the terrace. The natural panoramic scenery is exceptional, the menu features a vast array of delights, and the culinary offerings overflow with colour and flavour.

Le 1759, the park’s mobile restaurant

Located behind the Manoir Montmorency, le 1759 is the perfect spot to enjoy a good street food-style meal. The new mobile restaurant of the park features a varied menu at an affordable price.

Jacques-Cartier National Park

Explore one of Québec’s most dazzling glacial valleys
This vast and mountainous plateau, crisscrossed by deep valleys and rivers, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a multitude of ways to experience the park and its lush surroundings. Hiking along the many trails, you may encounter beavers, deer, and even moose in their natural habitats.
Hiking Trails

Jacques‑Cartier National Park boasts over 100 km (over 60 miles) of trails. With its abundant greenery and breathtaking views, it’s a great place to discover the beauty of the region. In the fall, the hillsides covered in blazing fall foliage make for a memorable experience.

Sunday October 10th, 2021

Fly home today from Quebec city at your own arrangement.

 

Trip costs:

The 7 day cruise only, including all meals and nightly shows.

Inside cabin with a roommate of the same gender assigned: $999 per person plus tax of $177 per person

Ocean view cabin with a roommate of the same gender assigned: $1299 per person plus tax of $177 per person

Ocean view cabin with a private balcony: $2099 per person plus tax of $177 per person.

Optional single room supplement:

Inside cabin: $799
Ocean view cabin: $1049
Balcony cabin $1849

All passengers get$100 per cabin bonus perk plus additional perks based on their cabin category:

Inside cabins:  Choose 2 from the following four items:

            Unlimited free alcoholic drinks under $15 per drink for a discounted drinks package price of $138 per person
            2 visits to the specialty dining restaurants for a discounted price of $15 per person total for the two visits.
            250 free WIFI minutes
            An additional $100 per cabin of onboard credit

Ocean View and balcony cabins choose either package A or B

Perks Package A

Unlimited free alcoholic drinks under $15 per drinks for a discounted drinks package price of $138 per person

and
            2 visits to the specialty dining restaurants for a discounted price of $15 per person total for the two visits.
and
            250 free WIFI MINUTES

Perks Package B

250 free WIFI minutes

and
            An additional $100 per cabin of onboard credit
and
            10 free photos from the photo store on the ship

Optional 2 night post cruise weekend stay in Quebec

Includes

  • 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Quebec City with breakfast daily

  • Old Town Quebec Guided Walking Tour

  • Group Transport from the ship to the hotel

$299 per person with a roommate of the same gender assigned

Optional single room supplement: $175 

Payments for this trip:

A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days or booking.  The balance payment is due April 20th, 2021

Cancel policy for this trip:

If you have traveled with us on at least one of our singles trips before and you are booked in single occupancy or with your own friend who has also traveled with us before, you can cancel for a full refund of your $400 trip deposit if canceled by April 15th, 2021

If you have traveled with us on at least one of our singles trips before and you are booked with an assigned roommate, you can cancel for a full refund of your $400 deposit if canceling by March, 15th, 2021

If you have not traveled with us on at least one of our singles trips before and you are booked in single occupancy or with your own friend, you can cancel and receive a future trip credit in the full amount of the $400 deposit you paid, if you cancel by April 15th, 2021.  The future trip credit is valid toward any of our singles group trips departing within two years from the date of the trip you were booked on.

If you have not traveled with us on at least one of our singles trips before and you are booked with an assigned roommate, you can cancel and receive a future trip credit in the full amount of the $400 deposit you paid, if you cancel by March 15th, 2021.  The future trip credit is valid toward any of our singles group trips departing within for two years from the date of the trip you were booked on.

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