While the sun is still beating down on Arizona and the desert steam is filling the air, Crystal Cruises will be embarking on an itinerary from Montreal to New York City. This active itinerary highlights the cosmopolitan city of Montreal to tranquil ports that feel as if you’ve left society behind.
The journey begins in Montreal, Canada’s second largest city dubbed the “Paris of the North.” In this city of great charm you’ll discover the blend of old and new from 18th century buildings to the modern downtown area. You’ll want to come in a few days prior to the cruise to truly experience this vibrant city of art museums, history and culture.
The next stop on the journey is Quebec City which is located along the St. Lawrence River. Its cuisine, language and traditions combine to make this a unique cradle of French civilization in North America. Within fortress walls high atop Cap Diamante, the old city is a sheer delight for lovers of history. Here magnificent churches, cobbled streets, fragrant gardens and chic boutiques all vie for your attention. Just outside the city you’ll discover a veritable riot of fall colors, North America’s largest shrine, picturesque villages and an impressive waterfall.
While taking in the colors of the fall foliage, the ship will cruise the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Crystal’s onboard experiences are like no other cruise line. There are art classes, guest lecture series, digital film making series and much more. They were one of the first lines to include a computer university at sea where you can take numerous courses on the most current technologies.
The next stop is Magdalen Islands which have been isolated through most of history. The islands offer a tranquil retreat from the outside world. Life here is simple and relaxing. There are over 250 species of birds that migrate to the islands to nest including many that are on the endangered species list. You’ll also be able to view harp seals; a great draw for eco-tourists.
The last two stops include Halifax and Bar Harbor, Maine. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and the most Scottish of all of Canada. You’ll hear the bagpipers as the ship approaches the pier. Halifax is an architectural wonder with a combination of old and new. The charming town of Bar Harbor in Maine is the last stop on the cruise. This charming seaport town offers beauty that is untouched by time. The views are spectacular and the shoreline vistas are breathtaking.
The cruise ends with an overnight stay in New York City. There is no need for an expensive hotel room and the hassle of unpacking when you can do your sightseeing then return to the ship for an overnight. If you’d like more information on the best way to see Canada and New England contact Bon Voyage Travel at 825-2757.