Canada, Montreal, Quebec City, Saint Lawrence Seaway, Kingston, Toronto, Niagra Falls, Welland Canal, Cleveland, Detroit
9 nights/10 days
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Day 1 - 2: Montreal, Canada
Arrive in Montreal and board your transfer to the M/V Victory II for embarkation. Settle into your stateroom before joining your fellow travelers and crew for a welcome celebratory reception, indulging in a free flowing bar, and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, followed by a delicious dinner.
In the morning, go ashore for a city exploration of Montreal, the largest city in Canada's Quebec province and one of the oldest cities in North America. Begin with a walkthrough of the Old City and the gothic, 17th-century Notre Dame Basilica, before driving through the business district to the top of Mont Royal, a natural landmark boasting picturesque city views. Continue to the beautiful Montreal Botanical Gardens, ranked as one of the largest in the world, with more than 20,000 species across 75 acres of stunning themed gardens and greenhouse collections. Then, return to the ship to bid a bon voyage, reveling in stunning coastal views as the ship departs to your next port.
Day 3: Quebec City, Quebec
As the only walled city in North America, experience the history and culture of remarkable Quebec City as you journey to the Plains of Abraham, the scene of the 1759 English conquest and the enchanting, Place Royale, home of the first French settlement in North America, for a look back to 400 years of history. Depart the city to the historical Montmorency Falls for an exciting cable car ride up the cliff face, for spectacular views in every direction. Spend the afternoon at leisure, visiting Petit Champlain and riding the funicular to Chateau Frontenac and strolling Dufferin Terrace overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, or relax onboard the ship.
Day 4: Quebec City, Quebec
This morning, savor a private breakfast in your stateroom or join your fellow sailors for your first meal of the day before a day of history, traditions and culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation. A self-governing territory of Quebec City, drive to Lorette where you will be met by a native guide in traditional native dress, as he leads you to a longhouse and teepee for an authentic experience. Enjoy refreshments with an opportunity to visit regional aboriginal galleries and arts and crafts shops.
Day 5: Saint Lawrence Seaway
Revel in a relaxing day onboard as you sail the waters of the Saint Lawrence River, one of the longest rivers in North America. Sit back and watch the miles of scenic shoreline go by from the open-air lounge. Renew yourself with a relaxing spa treatment or immerse in an onboard enrichment program. Then, delight in pre-dinner cocktail party as a prelude to a gourmet dinner in the ship's main dining room. After your tantalizing meal, gather around the grand piano for an old fashioned sing-along or keep the fun going as you dance the night away.
Day 6: Kingston, Ontario
Where Lake Ontario meets the Rideau Canal and the Saint Lawrence River, spend the day exploring this culturally vibrant city. Once a French trading post and touted as the oldest city in Ontario, Kingston is home to Fort Henry National Historic Site, originally built for the War of 1812, and the Kingston City Hall, a nationally designated heritage site on the centuries-old Market Square. Known as the Limestone City because of its countless limestone heritage buildings, discover waterfront walkways, and a lively downtown brimming with dining, shopping and cultural interests, including the artsy Martello Alley. Later, relax onboard with a mouthwatering culinary experience as you cruise ahead to Toronto.
Day 7: Toronto, Ontario
Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, arrive in Toronto, a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, abundant green spaces and chain of small islands. Featuring more than 140 spoken languages, sample the diversity of foods amid chic bars, clubs and festivals. Art lovers will uncover Canada's largest collection of art at the Royal Ontario Museum, and sports fans will delight in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Harken back to the Victorian era with a visit to Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival-style mansion and garden, or head to the Distillery district, its cobblestone streets lined restaurants, boutiques, galleries and theaters.
Day 8: Niagara Falls/Welland Canal
Indulge in a delicious breakfast onboard as you spend the morning at leisure, as the ship cruises to Port Colbourne on the southern end of the Welland Canal. Disembark for a drive through the Niagara Wine Region on your way to Niagara Falls where you will board the Hornblower for the Voyage of the Falls excursion. Don your poncho as you hear and feel the thundering roar through the Great Niagara Gorge to the misty spray of the famous Horseshoe Falls. Following your iconic falls experience, stop at a local restaurant for an afternoon bite before heading to a regional winery for a tasting and returning to the ship docked at Port Weller.
Day 9: Cleveland, Ohio
Located on the shores of Lake Erie, experience America's heartland in this Midwestern capital. Begin your discovery with an all-inclusive trolley tour, viewing the Tiffany Windows at Wade Memorial Chapel and visiting the historic West Side Market, touted as the city's oldest publicly owned market. This afternoon, uncover the energy, passion and the celebrated musical chapters of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, housed in a striking structure designed by I. M. Pei.
Day 10: Detroit, Michigan
Your final morning concludes in the famous "Motor City", home to the Henry Ford Museum, showcasing three centuries of America's history, culture, invention and innovation. Following your breakfast, disembark at the designated time and transfer to your post-cruise hotel or airport for your flight home to begin planning your next North American cruising adventure.
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