Canadian Maritimes and St. Lawrence Seaway

This amazing 15-night cruise explores the most magnificent regions of Canada and Maine. Peruse the charming town of Eastport, before being treated to a delicous lobster dinner pulled fresh from the ocean and drizzled with butter and all the trimmings. Explore Lunenburg and admire the brightly painted buildings that embellish its scenic waterfront.

When on Prince Edward Island, let our local expert guide you through Green Gables, the setting for the popular novel, Anne of Green Gables. Be awed on the St. Lawrence Seaway, as you cruise the Thousand Islands adorned with stately mansions, fairytale castles, and historic lighthouses.

Discover the charming village of Percé and view the famous Percé Rock. Cruise into scenic Saguenay Fjord and feel the immensity of the forest-lined cliffs on either side of you. Before ending this captivating journey, enjoy the European old-world charm of Quebec City and Old Montreal.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Portland, ME
2
Eastport, ME
3
Lunenburg, NS
4
Halifax, NS
5
Day of Cruising
6
Charlottetown, PEI
7
Îles de la Madeleine, QC
8
Gaspé, QC / Percé, QC
9
Baie-Comeau, QC
10
Saguenay, QC
11
Québec City, QC
12
Montreal, QC
13
Cruising the Thousand Islands
14
Kingston, ON
15
Toronto, ON
16
Toronto, ON

Canadian Maritimes and St. Lawrence Seaway

Explore the stunning landscapes of Canada and the scenic shores of Maine on this epic 15-night cruise. From the breathtaking beauty of Acadia National Park to the historic city of Montreal, experience the rich culture and natural splendor of this captivating region as you cruise in perfect comfort aboard the Pearl Mist.

Ports of Call

  • Portland, ME
  • Portland, ME
  • Eastport, ME
  • Lunenburg, NS
  • Halifax, NS
  • Day of Cruising
  • Charlottetown, PEI
  • Îles de la Madeleine, QC
  • Gaspé, QC / Percé, QC
  • Baie-Comeau, QC
  • Saguenay, QC
  • Québec City, QC
  • Montreal, QC
  • Cruising the Thousand Islands
  • Kingston, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Toronto, ON

Day by Day

Reverse itineraries available. Please contact your Cruise Specialist for your specific Day By Day agenda.

Pre-Cruise
Portland, ME

Our custom Portland Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and Pearl Seas Cruises will handle the rest. The package includes a 1 night stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, located in the heart of downtown and steps away from the dock.  

On the morning of your cruise enjoy breakfast and a guided exploration of Portland. Immerse yourself in the maritime heritage of Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea, as you view Longfellow’s boyhood home and the elegant Victorian Mansions that overlook the islands of Casco Bay. Stop at the famous Portland Head Light, a historic landmark and the most photographed lighthouse in America.

The excursion concludes at the ship, where your luggage will be waiting for you in your stateroom. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise out of Portland Harbor as you begin your amazing journey with us. 
                               
Pre-Cruise Packages must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date. Please call 800-981-9146 for pricing and availability.

Day 1
Portland, ME

Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historical and architectural treasures with a rich nautical heritage which has been preserved for centuries. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

Day 2
Eastport, ME

An island located between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, Eastport is a scenic and largely undiscovered treasure with a population of less than 2,000. Though small in size, Eastport has the deepest port on the East Coast and was once the center of the Atlantic Seaboard sardine-caning industry. Today, Eastport is home to an eclectic creative community of artists, writers, and filmmakers who live and work there. Explore the idyllic downtown of Moose Island and enjoy this tranquil area of Eastport, unencumbered by crowds.

Eastport Highlights & Lobster Bake

As you travel through this charming town, your l guide will share their knowledge of the history of the area, as well as its unique characteristics. Begin in the heart of historic downtown Eastport where you will hear tales of the “Great Fire” and learn about the working waterfront. Travel past Raye’s Mustard Mill, the last working ground mustard mill in the country. Admire Shackford Head State Park, view an aquaculture site, and pay a visit to a working lobster pond and processing facility. Learn about Eastport’s fishing industry, attempts at harnessing the tides for electricity, Old Sow - this hemisphere’s largest whirlpool, our Native American neighbors the Passamaquoddy’s, and hear stories of the Roosevelts and their ties to the area.

Make your way to where a true "Downeast" lobster baker awaits you. Pulled fresh from ocean water, taste delicious Maine lobster drizzled with butter along with all the trimmings. For dessert, you won't want to miss one of Maine's local favorites, a mouth-watering piece of homemade blueberry pie, apple crisp, or maybe strawberry shortcake, depending on the season.


 

Historic Eastport Walking Exploration

Enjoy a flat, leisurely walk-through Eastport’s historic downtown. Start at the working waterfront, where harbor fishing boats are out lobstering in the summer and scalloping in the winter. Take in views across Passamaquoddy Bay noting the extreme changes in the tide levels.  Stroll downtown Water Street as you learn about the great fire of 1886 that devastated the sardine industry. Stop to admire the lovingly restored historic buildings in this town which is undergoing a renaissance. Continue along Water St, past the WaCo Diner, Maine’s oldest diner (Est 1924). Pass the Sea Street building, a 30,000 square foot former sardine can manufacture company. Continue to the south end of downtown to enjoy the views of the International Bridge and Campobello Island, once the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Visit the Fisherman Statue and hear stories of the history of Eastport, including the British Occupation, and the history of the surrounding historic buildings.

Eastport Harbor by working Lobster Boat

Enjoy a Downeast Lobster & Seal Cruise on a genuine Maine lobster boat, The Lady H. Stop to watch a demonstration of Maine’s number one commercial fishery…. lobstering!  Pull actual lobster traps in the waters of Passamaquoddy Bay with a licensed lobster fisherman. Watch the Captain haul traps and see, touch and handle lobsters, crabs, starfish, scallops, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and more, after the traps are pulled into the boat. You may also see porpoise, whales, bald eagles, osprey, seals, and lots of other marine life all which make the bay their home. Experience our 26+ foot tides, travel through the “Old Sow” Whirlpool, the hemisphere’s largest whirlpool, and listen to tales of the sea from our experienced captain.  

Day 3
Lunenburg, NS

Lunenburg was the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia and remains one of its most historic and charming villages. Many of the downtown buildings possess a distinctive style with ornamental brackets and towers which complement their brightly painted designs. A growing number of art galleries and crafts shops also make for a rewarding browsing experience. The picturesque Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with aquarium exhibits and a replica of Bluenose, Canada’s most- recognized and most-storied ship.

A Walk Through Old Town Lunenburg

Discover beautiful Lunenburg and all its splendor! Led by your guide, walk through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and North America’s best-preserved example of an 18th-century British colonial town. Stroll through this picture-perfect town as you listen to stories of the history, culture and architecture, dating back to the arrival of the first European settlers in 1753, mostly German, French and Swiss. Hear intriguing seafaring folklore and learn about Canada’s famous sailing schooner, the Bluenose

Day 4
Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia’s capital is a historic community that still shows a striking resemblance to the Halifax of the 1800s when it was a key naval station in the British Empire. The Halifax Citadel, a military bastion that has been standing for over 250 years, was restored and is still active. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront celebrates the colorful history of Samuel Cunard, a Nova Scotia native who became a Canadian shipping magnate and founded a successful steamship company. A highlight of the city is Spring Garden Road, a lively neighborhood with intriguing boutiques in a subtly Bohemian setting.

Historic Halifax with Titanic Highlights

Discover the historic streets of Halifax as your guide introduces you to one of North America’s most captivating cities. At your first stop, step into the Halifax Public Gardens, a tranquil setting amidst the bustle of commercial Halifax. These gardens encompass 17 acres of lush flowers, duck ponds, sparkling fountains, and Victorian footpaths. Continue your journey to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where you will follow your guide on a walk through the grounds as they bring to life the tale of the great ship Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage. Discover the true identities of the “unknown child” and J. Dawson, both recovered from the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. These stories and more are part of a legacy that continues to fascinate visitors more than a century later. View the Historic Properties, an area on the Halifax waterfront, which is a collection of restored buildings, including stone warehouses built to hold privateers’ booty at the turn of the 18th century. Enjoy a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront, there is no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage.

Picture Perfect Peggy's Cove

Today is a journey you will remember all your life, as this excursion takes you through the city of Halifax enroute to the most popular site on the East Coast – Peggy’s Cove. Our voyage begins with breathtaking wooded coastal views along the Lighthouse Route as we make our way to the historic community of Peggy’s Cove. Hear how glaciers and constant pounding from ocean waves have shaped the world-renowned village’s granite shores. See the lighthouse that has been an inspiration for generations of writers, photographers, and painters, and the famous deGarthe Monument, which artisan William deGarthe carved in the coarse stone. Take time to explore the shops and galleries around this working fishing community, before returning along the St. Margaret’s Bay to Halifax.

Historic Halifax Walking Exploration

In a seaport that is overflowing with history and atmosphere, walking is the ideal way to explore the sites and tranquil gardens. Walk with your guide along the historic boardwalk and revitalized city center to discover the area the way it is seen best - on foot. Begin with a leisurely stroll from the pier to downtown Halifax, where you can explore the beautiful Public Gardens. Founded in 1866 and encompassing 17 acres of Victorian paths, lush flowerbeds, and sparkling fountains, these are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America. Enjoy the bustle of Spring Garden Road, lined with boutiques and cafés, as you walk past elegant Georgian and Victorian doorways which help the city retain its historic charm. Stroll through the lovely Grand Parade Square and see the oldest Anglican Church in Canada. Learn the history of Province House and City Hall, overlooked by the picture-perfect Old Town Clock perched on Citadel Hill.

Halifax Pedal Bus Adventure

Board a 14-passenger Pedal Bus for a fun way to get around town while traveling with others on a “bar” on wheels. Be treated to music, informative commentary, trivia with prizes, and three pub/restaurant stops with food and drink specials. For those who want to get a bit of light exercise, you may use your pedals. However, your vehicle has an electric motor, so pedaling is simply an option and riders of any fitness level can enjoy this experience.

Along the way, view The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax’s official Irishtown, The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the 110-year-old CSS Acadia, the only
ship still afloat to have survived the Halifax explosion over a century ago. On your route, you will also learn about The Halifax Explosion of 1917, the Titanic connection, Mi'kmaq land acknowledgement, and more.

At the end of your journey, receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Day 5
Day of Cruising

Today is a day to truly relax without a care in the world. Revel in the bliss of the scenery that surrounds you from your private balcony. Enjoy fascinating enrichment presentations and festive onboard activities. Savor fine meals and cocktails. Relax in one of the many spacious lounges or enjoy a gentle breeze on the sun deck as you read a book or chat with new friends.

Day 6
Charlottetown, PEI

The pastoral Prince Edward Island is known for its world famous lush golf courses and sandy beaches. Explore Green Gables, an old farmhouse immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s cherished 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, high among the list of favorite places to visit. 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.

Anne of Green Gables and Island Drive

Green Gables is one of the most notable literary landmarks in Canada. The Green Gables farm and its surroundings are the settings for the popular Anne of Green Gables novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Both those who are familiar with the books and who are not will enjoy exploring and learning the history of this circa-19th-century farmhouse. On the way to this National Historic Site, enjoy the beautiful scenery of Prince Edward Island while listening to your knowledgeable tour guide explain the Island’s unique culture and heritage.

Charlottetown Pedal Bus Adventure

Board a 14-passenger Pedal Bus for a fun way to get around town while traveling with others on a “bar” on wheels. Be treated to music, informative commentary, trivia with prizes, and three pub/restaurant stops with food and drink specials. For those who want to get a bit of light exercise, you may use your pedals. However, your vehicle has an electric motor, so pedaling is simply an option and riders of any fitness level can enjoy this experience.

Along the way, view St. Dunstan’s Basilica, a National Historic Site and the tallest building in Charlottetown; St. James Presbyterian Church, where three ghostly women ring the church bells, according to a 19th century legend; Government House (the birthplace of Canada) and more. At the end of your journey, receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Historic Charlottetown Walking Exploration

Walk along the waterfront and through the heritage district of Charlottetown, giving you a wonderful, historic overview of the province’s capital on this leisurely exploration. Your guide will meet you at the pier where your walking excursion will begin. During your city orientation, you will hear about the founding families and see some of their original homes, typically made of wood, sandstone, or brick. View Province House National Historic Site, where your guide will explain how Canada was formed as the result of a conference held in the building in 1864. That event led to Canada becoming a federation and when Charlottetown became known as the Birthplace of Canada. Your excursion concludes at the Charlottetown’s waterfront, where you may remain in town and do some further exploring on your own or walk back to the pier. 

Surf & Turf Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a cruise with dinner aboard Isola Solaretto, the world’s FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise boat. A Canadian Heritage Vessel from the famous 1967 Montreal Expo(World’s Fair), the boat undertook an 8 year, $1.3Mrenovation to become North America’s largest solar-powered boat.

On this a slow and gentle journey, admire the beautiful scenery of Charlottetown Harbor through large open windows.  Four TV screens and an onboard sound system enable guests to enjoy live audio and visual commentary. Be treated to Island Blue Mussels, Caesar Salad, a rib eye and lobster dinner, as well as fresh baked dessert and tea/coffee.
 
Sights along the way include the marinas of Charlottetown, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, the Irish Settlers Monument, Government House (the birthplace of Canada), the armories and cannons of Victoria Park, and Fort La Joie/Fort Amherst. You will also hear maritime folklore and learn about the expulsion of the Acadians, the history of fishing lobster, mussels and oysters in PEI, farming potatoes in PEI, the Confederation Bridge, Anne of Green Gables, as well as the history of and technology used on Isola Solaretto. There will be trivia and prizes throughout your journey and every rider will receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Charlottetown Solar Harbor Cruise

Enjoy a cruise aboard Isola Solaretto, the world’s FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise boat. A Canadian Heritage Vessel from the famous 1967 Montreal Expo (World’s Fair), the boat undertook an 8 year, $1.3M renovation to become North America’s largest solar-powered boat.

On this a slow and gentle journey, enjoy coffee and tea as you admire the beautiful scenery of Charlottetown Harbor through large open windows. Four TV screens and an onboard sound system enable guests to enjoy live audio and visual commentary. 

Sights along the way include the marinas of Charlottetown, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, the Irish Settlers Monument, Government House (the birthplace of Canada), the armories and cannons of Victoria Park, and Fort La Joie/Fort Amherst. You will also hear maritime folklore and learn about the expulsion of the Acadians, the history of fishing lobster, mussels and oysters in PEI, farming potatoes in PEI, the Confederation Bridge, Anne of Green Gables, as well as the history of and technology used on Isola Solaretto. There will be trivia and prizes throughout your journey and every rider will receive an Eco-tourist Certificate of Completion, local seafood recipes, and more.

Charlottetown Shuttle

Board this convenient shuttle. Enjoy self-exploration of the Charlottetown Port Area, as well as Great George Street in downtown Charlottetown.

Day 7
Îles de la Madeleine, QC

Spend the day in this remote archipelago on some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in North America. Located in the geographical center 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, 180 miles of honey-colored sand, and the brightly colored fishermen’s houses which dot the landscape.

The Magdalen Islands Culture and Heritage Excursion

Discover the beauty of the Magdalen Islands on this guided excursion to some of the best sites and attractions that Madeleine has to offer. Stop at Havre aux Maisons, an area with many examples of traditional local architecture. Featured are simple houses and barns painted in a variety of bright colors, influenced by the Acadian, French, and New England origins of many of the Islanders. Visit the extraordinary South Dune Beach where you can walk through its amazing red sandstone underground caves that have been sculpted by the sea. Visit Fumoir d’Antan, a typical smokehouse, which brings to life this last vestige of what was once a very important industry. Enjoy free time to walk on La Grave and peruse several arts and crafts boutiques, as well as the famous Café de la Grave.

A Taste of Magdalen Island

During the excursion, discover the beauty of the Magdalen Islands as you visit a variety of sights and attractions. Travel through the villages of Cap aux Meules, Fatima, Étang du Nord, Havre Aubert, and Havre aux Maisons, with several stops. Explore the Îles de la Madeleine Archipelago, an exotic miniature paradise featuring a treasure trove of tasty, tempting locally produced foods, and where the warmth and generosity of the inhabitants are legendary. During the Flavours Circuit, meet with several local producers and discover the passion and love that they have for their work, including the Pied de Vents Cheese Factory and a local apple orchard, the only one located on the archipelago.

Day 8
Gaspé, QC / Percé, QC

The deep water port of Gaspé is notable for having been the first stop of Jacques Cartier to claim the land for France which is why it is often referred to as 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. Visit the picturesque Percé, a charming village which also borders Percé Rock, the dominant natural feature of the area.

The Best of Percé

Enjoy a scenic, narrated ride through Gape and Percé, two breathtakingly beautiful cities, perched atop steep cliffs. As you travel past sweeping bays, admire the most extraordinary panoramas in Eastern Canada.  The Bay of Gaspé, the cliffs of Forillon National Park, the Barachois de Malbaie (sandbar), the unique precipices along the coast in Percé, and, of course, its legendary rock offer an unending feast for the eyes. Upon arrival at Percé, stop at a variety of notable sites for incredible photo opportunities, including:

  • Cote Surprise – featuring incredible panoramas including the famous Percé Rock.
  • L’anse -à-Beaufils -the small harbour is a popular site for fishermen and sailors.  
  • The Pic de l'Aurore Viewpoint – offers incredible views of the bay of Gaspé and the bay of Percé.

 

After, enjoy time to explore Percé on your own. Discover Percé’s rich historical and architectural heritage. Peruse the many souvenir shops, art galleries, and handicraft boutiques, which offer a wide variety of local and regional crafts and products. You will also enjoy a croissant and a cup of coffee at a local café. 

Gaspe Shuttle

Board this convenient shuttle and explore downtown Gaspe on your own. Shop at the unique local shops and taste the local flavor at area restaurants.

Day 9
Baie-Comeau, QC

Located in the Manicouagana Peninsula on the St. Lawrence Estuary, Baie-Comeau is rich in sandy beaches with picturesque views of the archipelago of islands that are inhabited by harbor seals and various species of seabirds. Explore its natural wonders and fall in love with the magnificent backdrop of clear waters and the wild beauty of boreal forests.

The Treasures of Baie-Comeau

Learn about the rich religious and cultural heritage, as well as the strong character of the hearty souls living in this remote paradise. The journey starts at a forest interpretation center known as Village Forestier d’Antan, a typical lumberjack village. Typical buildings, period objects, and old photographs demonstrate a lumberjack’s living conditions and way of life of this period. Taste a sample of a typical lumberjack meal. Do you know that a lumberjack meal turned around 2000 calories at that time?

Visit the town’s famous hotel, Manoir Baie-Comeau, a hotel with all the charm of an old French colonial manor. Enjoy tea and cake on the terrace which is open to spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. Travel to Saint-Amelie Church for a guided exploration of the church's magnificent fresco paintings, stained glass windows, and pink granite of Quebec’s North Shore. Finally, there will be a short exploration of Baie-Comeau’s heritage area, including Place La Salle, a quaint commercial artery, with sites of historical interest, as well as souvenir shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants.

Gaspe Shuttle

Board this convenient shuttle and explore downtown Gaspe on your own. Shop at the unique local shops and taste the local flavor at area restaurants.

Day 10
Saguenay, QC

The villages along the Saguenay can be reached by road, but the best way to experience this magnificent waterway is by boat. One of the most popular whale watching spots is where the St. Lawrence River meets the Saguenay Fjord. The thriving natural conditions here support a permanent colony of a thousand or more 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.

The Best of Saguenay

Enjoy the best the Saguenay region has to offer. Begin with a scenic drive through La Baie, where you will discover the importance of the Saguenay Fjord, deeply chiseled in the Laurentian Mountain, to the development of this area. Pass the Ha! Ha! Pyramid, a monument to the great flood of 1996 that devastated the region and proved to be one of Canada’s greatest natural disasters. Stop at Arthur Villeneuve’s Place, located in the historic paper mill and view the impressive frescoes created by this local barber-painter that cover almost every square inch of his home. Conclude at Le Chevrier du Nord (goat farm), a small family business that produces goat mohair wool.

Craftman Road

Explore the Fromagerie Boivin, a cheese making shop which produces about 5 million pounds of cheese yearly. While tasting a variety of delicious samples, listen to the history of this family enterprise and how they have kept this centuries-old practice alive. Next, visit the Touverre Workshop to enjoy a glass blowing demonstration. Watch in awe as Giuseppe Benedetto, a glassmaker and sculptor, uses his highly sophisticated technique to perform one of the oldest and most difficult art forms to master. Finally, stop at the Alpaga Bersi farm which is home to 31 alpacas and 2 llamas living freely in large pastures. Learn the characteristics of this good-natured animal, from the collection of his fiber to the finish product, from founders Réjean Bergron and Monique Simard, who love welcoming guests and sharing their story. Visit their shop which features several products made with alpaca fiber, such as sweaters, scarves, tuques, socks, mittens and more, hand-knitted by regional artisans. 

Whale Watching from L’Anse

In the comfort of a covered zodiac, sail down the Fjord du Saguenay to meet the marine mammals of the St. Lawrence estuary. A major feeding grounding for many marine mammals, the St. Lawrence Estuary is home to blue whales and fin whales and is also a habitat for the beluga and the harbour seal, which reside there year-round. Along the way, your expert guide will provide narration and point out areas of interest. Be sure to bring a camera to capture wildlife sightings.

Day 11
Québec City, QC

Québec 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 with a diversity of architectural styles reminiscent of those in England and France. Walk along the streets of Old Québec, and enjoy the magnificent churches, fragrant gardens, and chic boutiques.

Historic Québec with Montmorency Falls

Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Québec is a spectacle of never-ending sights. You will discover the charm and character of the Old Town as you explore the historic and natural landmarks, including:

  • Dufferin Terrace, Château Frontenac – Located 200 feet above the waterway, it was at this location that Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. From here you will have a spectacular view of the St.-Lawrence River, Île d’Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains.

  • Place-Royale – This beautifully restored market square of typical 17th and 18th century stone architecture is the heart of the Lower Town and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement. It is also the location of the oldest standing catholic church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. 

  • National Battlefields Park –  Also known as the Plains of Abraham, the park was the site of the historic battle where the French surrendered to the British in 1759.  

  • Cap-Diamant – Located in National Battlefield Park, a photo stop opportunity will be made at Cap-Diamant which was named after the shiny stones explorer Jacques-Cartier mistook for diamonds.   

  • Grande-Allée – Your route will take you along the Grande-Allée, the Champs-Élysées of Québec lined with quaint shops, sidewalk cafés, and boutiques to the Hôtel du Parlement, an imposing Second Empire style building overlooking the city. 

  • Montmorency Falls – A photo stop will be made at the Montmorency Falls where you will enjoy the breathtaking views and see the powerful forces of natures as the water of the Montmorency River roars down the cliff to eventually meet with the St.-Lawrence River.

 

Old Québec Walking Exploration

Your experienced guide will make the history of Québec come alive as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town named a United Nations World Heritage Site in 1985. Discover nearly four centuries of history in this living museum, which is the only walled city in North America. Along the way visit:

  • Place-Royale - The typical stone buildings surrounding this historic square were once the homes of wealthy merchants.  

  • Petit-Champlain Street - Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will find an array of quaint boutiques, specialty shops and outdoor cafés as well as strolling musicians, jugglers, and street performers.

  • Funicular - From Lower Town to Upper Town, you will enjoy a short funicular ride to reach the Château Frontenac.

  • Château Frontenac - Perched on a hill overlooking the St.-Lawrence River, the castle-like Château is the best-known landmark in Québec.  

  • Dufferin Terrace - Located 200 feet above the waterway, it was at this location that Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620.

 

Day 12
Montreal, QC

Montreal, known for its dynamic cultural scene, is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world and the most bilingual city in North America. Appointed a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, the city features a diversity of architecture, from 18th century Victorian-style stone buildings to modern, ultra-sleek skyscrapers. Visit Mont Royal (the “mountain”), a park which towers high above the city, before heading downtown to explore elegant boutiques, department stores, and shopping complexes.  Discover Old Montreal, an area that displays some of North America’s most remarkable architecture with a concentration of 17th, 18th, and 19th-century buildings.

Montreal Highlights

Discover Montreal’s cultural heritage and cosmopolitan blend of old and new on this overview of the city. Explore Old Montreal, The Financial District, Westmount and its opulent residences, Montreal's universities, and the world-renowned St. Joseph's Oratory. Stop at Mount Royal for a panoramic view and visit Notre-Dame Basilica, an outstanding example of Neo-Gothic architecture.

A Walk Through Old Montreal

Best explored on foot, the historic character and charm of Old Montréal comes alive as you walk the narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways, past the charming waterfront district and the splendid architecture of one of the oldest cities in North America. Discover the first financial district, known as Montreal's Wall Street. View part of the world's largest interior pedestrian network as your guide leads through the walkways of this underground city toward the International District, including Place Riopelle and its unique fountain, "Lipstick Forest," and the World Trade Center, a perfect blend of modern and historic buildings.

Day 13
Cruising the Thousand Islands

As we journey to Kingston, witness breathtaking views of the region’s scenic landscapes as you relax on the sun deck of the Pearl Mist. Enjoy our award-winning onboard enrichment programs presented by the area’s finest historians, naturalists, and entertainers.
 

Day 14
Kingston, ON

Home to Ontario's oldest public market, Kingston is a walkable city, where hidden alleyways showcase antique markets and quaint restaurant patios. Spend time perusing one of the many art galleries of the city, including the Agnes Etherington Art Center, featuring collections of modern and historic works of art. If you’re a lover of the outdoors, you can plan an afternoon at the Marshlands Conservation Area, located in Kingston’s west end. Enjoy fresh air, tranquil sounds, and any wildlife you might spot along the way as you walk the Rideau Trail. Kingston also hosts a variety of wineries, where you can part in tastings.

Kingston Trolley Excursion

Explore Kingston on guided trolley ride. Listen to an informative and engaging overview of 300 years of Kingston’s history, as you explore Kingston’s historic old town and shopping district.

Kingston Penitentiary Exploration

Go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum-security penitentiary. Closed in 2013, it has been the site of several film and television productions. Hear personal accounts from former staff and learn about the prison’s history, including stories of escapes and riots.

Day 15
Toronto, ON

Explore Toronto, first established as a Native American settlement and French fur trading post and now a vibrant metropolitan area. Within its impressive skyline, there are several cultural hotspots including art galleries, museums, and performance centers. Shoppers will delight in Queen Street West, where chic boutiques replaced this old warehouse area and Kensington Street, where retro-style abounds.

Toronto City Exploration with CN Tower

Toronto is the hub of Canada, abounding in culture and history, with many amazing attractions such as the famous Gothic Revival style mansion Casa Loma, and Ripley's Aquarium. Explore this capital city of Ontario, led by your private guide, who will provide interesting, historical, and entertaining commentary on a drive through Chinatown, the financial district, and many other wonderful destinations. Stop at the CN Tower, designated a “Wonder of the Modern World,” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Distillery District Walking Exploration

Led by expert guides, learn the fascinating story of Gooderham and Worts, once the world’s once largest distillery. Constructed between 1859 and 1861, the distillery complex included and a brick malthouse, kilns, warehouses, shops, and offices and was an outstanding example of Victorian industrial design. Learn how this 19th-century center was transformed into the modern day Distillery District. Along the way, explore some of the best hidden Distillery District spots and photo locations.

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Toronto, ON

Enjoy breakfast on board, before departing the ship. As you journey home, reflect upon your incredible voyage along the Canadian Maritimes and the St. Lawrence Seaway and the friends you made along the way.

Pearl Mist

Aboard the 210 guest Pearl Mist, enjoy cruising to the most fascinating destinations in perfect comfort.

From the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining areas, the Pearl Mist has been completely made over with fresh color palettes, sumptuous textiles and linens, new furniture and carpets, and regionally inspired artwork and flourishes.

Every space aboard the ship has been completely reimagined, incorporating themes that expertly highlight the local historical, cultural, and geographical influences characteristic to the regions Pearl Mist sails.

Furnishings throughout the ship are elegant and comfortable with a variety of spacious lounges to fit every mood – from the quiet library to the social atmosphere of the Atlantic Lounge. The Pearl Mist also features open sun decks, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed dining room offering panoramic views.


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Category R

Our exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are located in the premier sections of the ship offering an enhanced cruising experience. Each well-appointed room comes with sliding glass doors which lead out to a furnished balcony. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views. If there is anything you need, our stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests.

Category L

Our premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and are located on the 5th deck level of the ship, allowing for plenty of privacy. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony where guests can enjoy pleasant breezes and scenic views. Some of these rooms have adjoining doors, an option for guests who are traveling in a group or who wish to have a living room.

Category K

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are conveniently located on the 4th deck level of the ship. These staterooms offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks, with breathtaking views. Each room features a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, offering fresh air and natural light.

Category H

Category H staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 275 square foot room has a large opening picture window and a private balcony offering spectacular views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-size bathroom with all the modern amenities of a fine hotel.

Category G

Our category G rooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 275 square feet of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a large opening picture window, and a private balcony. This room is also conveniently located near the Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room.

Category SGB

Our Category SGB staterooms are designed specifically with our single travelers in mind. A comfortable getaway, these rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. At over 200 square feet, these staterooms have interior entrances, large opening windows, and private balconies offering panoramic views.

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Discover the most magnificent destinations in Canada and Maine on this amazing 14-night cruise. From the old-world charm of Québec City to the picturesque downtown of Bar Harbor, you will experience charming villages, stunning natural landscapes, and historic waterfronts.

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