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FRENCH CANADIAN JUBILEE

V6322

New York City to Québec City (1-Night post-cruise Montréal hotel stay included) on Crystal Serenity
DATES : September 17 - 24, 2016 (8 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $2,775 Per Person

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Parisian-like streets, palatial summer homes, history and culture, fashion and fun. Discover North America.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Sep 17, Saturday
New York City, New York, USA »   11 pm
Welcome to one of the world's most famous and exciting cities. Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Central Park are just some of the celebrated spectacles this bustling city has to offer. Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to glimpse Manhattan Island in 1542, but the area was not explored until Henry Hudson arrived in 1609. It is said that Peter Minuit bought the entire island from Native Americans for $24 worth of beads and trinkets in 1629 - the biggest real estate bargain in history. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered to a British Fleet, and the town was renamed New York in honor of the Duke of York. George Washington was inaugurated here in 1789, and for a time, New York served as the country's capital. Since then, the city has grown spectacularly and has become one of the most exciting and electrifying cities in the country - not to mention one of the most rewarding to visit and explore.
Sep 18, Sunday
Cruising the East Coast of USA  »

Your Story at Sea

Adventure. Romance. Discovery.

Aboard the most award-winning ships at sea, your story can be written exactly as you wish: pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; learn how to translate your story into a movie with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking class at our Creative Learning Institute ®; or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers with our Crystal Visions® Enrichment Program; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theatre, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply lounge poolside while our attentive crew caters to your every whim. From mat Pilates and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the renowned culinary creations of Nobu Matsuhisa, and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs with new Modern Cuisine and Global Inspired menus, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, breakout new production shows, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices as always aboard the World’s Best are yours. How will you write your story on board?

Sep 19, Monday
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA » 8 am 5 pm
Cradled off the craggy coast of Maine lies Mount Desert Island and the charming seaport town of Bar Harbor. Earlier last century, when it was the summer retreat of millionaires, it boasted magnificent estate homes, or "cottages," many of which were completely destroyed by the fire of 1947. However, some things never change. The priceless asset of the island's scenic beauty remains untouched by time. Vistas of emerald-green forests and rugged valleys from the superb vantage point of Mount Cadillac remain just as spectacular, and the rugged shoreline scenery is still as awe inspiring as it ever was. The choice is yours. Take a scenic drive through some of Maine's most spectacular scenery or stroll along the picturesque main street with its inviting shops and galleries. Perhaps you will choose to sample some of North America's most delectable seafood at an authentic lobster bake, or cruise the fascinating coastal area.
Sep 20, Tuesday
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada » 10 am 5 pm
As your Crystal ship approaches the pier, bagpipers bid a warm welcome to Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the most Scottish of all Canada’s great cities. Fall in love with Halifax’s architectural blend of old and new. The Citadel Fortress, which dates back to the city’s founding in 1749 with the present complex completed in 1856, stands over the thriving downtown area, where modern office and hotel blocks nestle alongside the exquisitely restored Historic Properties waterfront shopping area. Shoppers will delight in the authenticity of buys from colorful Scottish tartans to pewter and superb hand-knit woolens. Nova Scotians claim they have the freshest air and warmest smiles in Canada.

 

 

 

 

        

Sep 21, Wednesday
Magdalen Islands, Canada » 12 n 7 pm
Having been isolated through most of its history, the Iles de Madeleine or the Magdalen Islands offer a tranquil retreat from the outside world. Still largely unspoiled by urban trappings, life here is simple and relaxing. It’s actually possible to take a stroll along the beach and not encounter anyone or anything but birds and breezes. And you will see birds. Over 250 species of birds migrate to the islands to nest, including many that are on the endangered list. Also making their home here are harp seals, which draw eco-tourists to watch the winter births of baby harp seals in the adjacent Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Sep 22, Thursday
Gaspé, Québec, Canada » 7 am 6 pm

Remote, northerly, French by discovery, English, Scotch and Irish by immigration, the Gaspé Peninsula can be claimed by all who set foot upon its glacier-formed landscape to be a great spot for some R&R.  Honorable mentions of French explorer Jacques Cartier, who claimed the region for France, abound, including namesake Mont Jacques-Cartier, the peninsula’s highest peak. The characteristics contemporary adventurers write home about are surely similar to the ones early travelers found enthralling: a wild, cliff-edged coast, the comely St. Lawrence River and a rugged interior with an abundance of interesting fauna and flora. Under the auspices of self-discovery and for the sake of some peace and quiet, no doubt you will relish your chance to chart a course to Gaspé.

Sep 23, Friday
Baie-Comeau, P.Q., Canada » 8 am 4 pm

Situated on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River near the mouth of the Manicouagan River, Baie-Comeau could hardly be in a more delightful spot. Beauty abounds, with sparkling river waters flowing, verdant forests unfolding and a network of bike paths crisscrossing the town, linking parks and meandering by pretty buildings. With such impressive natural surroundings, perhaps it is no wonder that Baie-Comeau is named after a naturalist: Napoléon-Alexandre Comeau, who hailed from Quebec.

Here in Baie-Comeau, the forest has a history of being both a naturalist’s haven and a commercial resource. The region’s first sawmill was built in 1898, and Baie-Comeau was founded in 1936 with the establishment a paper mill, built by Robert R. McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Your own visit might also be centered on the area’s forests with a visit to Maison de la Faune, where a multimedia exhibition, vivarium and walking paths introduce you to the creatures and foliage of this riverside locale.

Sep 24, Saturday
Québec City, P.Q., Canada (overnight stay in Montréal hotel) » 6 am  
Québec stands proudly beside the majestic St. Lawrence River, resembling no other city in the world. Its cuisine, language and traditions combine to make this a unique cradle of French civilization in North America. Within fortress walls high atop Cap Diamant, 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. At the end of the day, there is the tempting opportunity to discover the French art of good cooking at some of North America's finest restaurants.
Sep 25, Sunday
Montréal, P.Q., Canada »    
Cosmopolitan Montréal is Canada's second-largest city and cultural capital. It is the third-largest French-speaking city in the world and has been dubbed the "Paris of the North."

Cultural contrasts are widespread as, although Montréal is predominantly French in culture, ethnic diversity abounds.

This is a city of great charm, as you'll discover in its sympathetic blend of the old and the new, from the Place d'Armes and its beautiful 18th-century buildings to the ultra-modern downtown area.

Montréal received international acclaim when it hosted Expo `67 and the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. Its exuberant vitality promises to keep it at the forefront of great world cities well into this century and beyond.

All itineraries and times are subject to change. Click on ports for detailed information.
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