From the old city walls of Quebec City, where the streets are lined with magnificent churches, fragrant gardens and chic boutiques, to one of the most popular whale-watching spots in Canada at Saguenay Fjord. The dramatic landscape of the Gaspé Peninsula awaits you, known as the “Birthplace of Canada” since it was the first stop of Jacques Cartier, in 1534, to claim the land for France. The remote archipelago of Îles de la Madeleine sports cottages in a bright and beautiful array of primary hues, beaches that provide the habitat for the endangered piping plover and the roseate tern, and a delightful sense of French culture. Gaze upon the red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island, known for the vivid colors of its gently rolling landscape, and visit Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel. The waterfront’s crown jewel is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where one can learn the history of this province’s shipbuilding heritage. Fill your days with exploration and discovery and come away with a new found appreciation of this spectacular area.
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Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural masterpieces. The Old Port Exchange, with its cobblestone streets lined with shops and galleries, is the core of a cultural revival that extends to the Arts district on Congress Street, centered around a stunning museum and art school. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland. “Often,” he wrote in My Lost Youth, “I think of the beautiful town that is seated by the sea …”
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for over a 100 years. Explore Mt. Desert Street, a national historic district, and be amazed by the beauty of the homes of the rich and famous. Join a shore excursion to Acadia National Park and witness breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife in an unspoiled habitat. Later, admire the working waterfront which marks the beginning of the Shore Path, an enticing stroll along the front lawns of some of Bar Harbor’s biggest “cottages.”
Established in 1753, Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of Nova Scotia’s most historic and appealing villages. Many of its downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which compliment their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of the Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.
Nova Scotia’s capital is an historic community featuring the Halifax Citadel, where the city’s role is made clear as a key naval station in the British Empire circa 1800. Stroll down Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques set among a mildly Bohemian street scene. The waterfront’s crown jewel is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where one can learn the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native, who founded the Cunard Steam Ship Company to carry the royal mail and along the way established an ocean dynasty.
The pastoral Prince Edward Island is known for its world famous, lush golf courses and sandy beaches. Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, is high among the list of favorite places to visit. Experience state-of-the-art exhibits at Founders Hall, an interactive museum that describes the history of Canada. The true architectural jewel of downtown Charlottetown is the majestic St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Adorned by three copper spires visible virtually anywhere in the city, the church adds to the Victorian splendor of the downtown core.
Spend the day in this remote archipelago on some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in North America. Located in the geographical centre of the gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Isles are made up of about a dozen islands, six of which are linked by sand dunes. Highlights of the area include beautiful red cliffs, rolling hills, and 180 miles of honey-colored sand. Brightly colored fishermen’s houses also dot the area to make the islands a vibrant and quaint landscape.
Perce is a small, charming village on the tip of the Gaspe; Peninsula in Quebec. Famous among its points of interest is Perce Rock, a natural tourist attraction stretching its fifteen hundred foot length just offshore. A compelling presence, altering its appearance as the light changes, the rock exercises a potent fascination on all who see it. It can be reached on foot at low tide, the best way to appreciate the grandeur of the cliffs, which are nearly 300 feet high in places. A broader perspective on this marvel can be achieved from the top of Mount Sainte-Anne.
The deepwater port of Gaspé is notable for having been the first stop of Jacques Cartier, in 1534, to claim the land for France. That is why Gaspé is called the “Birthplace of Canada”. The town is proud to have a magnificent stretch of water in Gaspé Bay, which is considered to be the second largest natural bay in the world, surrounded by three of the most beautiful salmon rivers in Quebec, numerous lakes, as well as Forillon National Park, plus many beaches along the shore. Gaspe has also been named one of the top 50 “must-see” places in the world, according to National Geographic Magazine.
Matane is a small town on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River at the mouth of the Matane River. Along its banks are a marina and a boardwalk, appropriately named La Promenade des Capitaines, which offers a stunning view of the town and presents its maritime history on informative panels. Matane was visited by many renowned figures, such as Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. French colonization started in 1795 but the Micmac population was there long before that.
Located at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Saguenay rivers, Tadoussac was France’s first trading post on the mainland of New France and an important trading post in the seventeenth century, making it the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in Quebec, and the oldest surviving French settlement in the Americas.
The villages along the Saguenay Fjord can be reached by road, but the best way to experience this magnificent waterway is from the water. Where the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay meet is one of the most popular whale-watching spots in Canada. The thriving natural conditions in the estuary support a permanent colony of a thousand whales. Beautiful views of the length of the fjord are found at Cap Trinite, a cliff that rises above the channel, with a 33-foot statue of the Virgin Mary surveying the scenery from the lowest ledge.
Quebec City is nestled beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, where enchanting old stone houses cozy up to great religious institutions built from the same stone. The old city is a sheer delight for history buffs. Walk along the streets of Old Quebec, which is lined with magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques and will lead you to the Musée de la Civilization. Here you will see four centuries of life and the emotions of the settlers who developed this area remarkably and clearly evoked.
Ships & Rates
Small Ship Cruising
Small ship cruising is the pursuit of the exceptional. The stunning, new Pearl Mist offers the ultimate cruise experience with just 100 over-sized, luxurious staterooms, all with private balconies. Let our attentive crew cater to your wishes and world-class chefs create culinary delights with a local flavor.Visit the most exciting destinations in the world in perfect comfort with Pearl Seas Cruises.
Points of Distinction
- Spacious, Luxurious Staterooms – ALL with Private Balconies
- Magnificent Open-Seating Dining Room with Panoramic View
- Exceptional Traditional and Regional Cuisine Prepared by Acclaimed Chefs
- Six Onboard Lounges, Spa, Theater, Library and Lecture Room
- Elevator Access to All Decks & Onboard Medical Services
- Flat Screen Satellite TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi throughout the ship
Rates (per passenger)
July 9 - July 19, 2014Portland, ME - Quebec City, QC
|Category S (Single)||$8,105|
October 8 - October 18, 2014Portland, ME - Quebec City, QC
|Category S (Single)||$8,105|
October 18 - October 29, 2014Quebec City, QC - Portland, ME
|Category S (Single)||$8,915|
Length (ft/m): 335 ft
Beam (ft/m): 56 ft
Draft (ft/m): 12 ft
Number of Decks: 6
Passenger Capacity: 210
Number of Staterooms: 108
Number of Staterooms with private balcony: 108
Size Range of Staterooms: 302 to 580 sq. ft.
Ship Registry: Republic of the Marshall Islands