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Coastal Explorations: Canada & New England - 2023

Boston • 10-night small ship cruise with Halifax, Louisbourg, Baddeck, Îles de la Madeleine, Saguenay/Baie-Comeau, Québec • Montréal
  • Lake in Montreal City
  • Quebec City Landscape
  • Fin whale, St Lawrence river, Quebec (Canada)
  • ocean explorer exterior flowers
  • $593
  • 15
  • 11
  • 5 FREE Single Supplements Available
  • 1 Solo Friendly Spaces Available
15 DAYS FROM $9,198
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Third woman sails for FREE on ALL departures.

Your journey into Canada kicks off in Boston, where the superlative backdrop of the city’s colonial charm sets the stage for your introduction into the Atlantic coast.

Explore Nova Scotia, a region with a long and storied history dating back several centuries. Make landfall on the stunning Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, home to a classic coastal culture. And get to know the French-influenced cultural capitals of Québec and Montréal.

You’ll experience an engaging and illuminating journey, all while gaining insights via included features and Cultural Discoveries, and informative onboard lectures. Plus, the small size of our ship will allow for berthing in most port cities, with minimal tendering where you will be required to have the physical agility to maneuver getting on and off of tenders.

The luxurious amenities of the Ocean Explorer will bring unrivaled comfort to your journey. Traveling on your own? Enjoy one of the landmark 15 cabins designed for solo travelers. Indulge in a spa treatment. Watch the beauty unfold from the Observation Lounge or from the sun deck. All while enjoying the finest meals at sea and relying on our onboard Destination Manager to give your unforgettable voyage a distinctive touch.

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DAY 1:

Depart for Boston, Massachusetts

Fly to Boston, New England’s sophisticated center of culture. Upon arrival, check into your hotel at the heart of the Back Bay neighborhood and enjoy the city at your leisure, perhaps browsing the many shops along Newbury Street. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.

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DAY 2:

Explore Boston at your leisure

You’ll have a full day at leisure to explore Boston on your own today. This is a city that has something for everyone. Shop on Newbury Street or at the high-end Copley Place mall. Pop over to Fenway Park for a tour of this historic ballpark, home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912. Visit one of the many local museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the Institute of Contemporary Art. And when hunger hits, you’ll find everything from classic New England fare to trendy hot spots to tempt your tastebuds.

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DAY 3:

Tour Boston’s highlights before embarking the Ocean Explorer

Boston, the birthplace of the nation, is steeped in history. Major sites include Back Bay with the lovely Trinity Church, Boston Public Library, Boston Common, the historic brick-lined lanes of Beacon Hill, Harvard Yard, and the Italian North End with its renowned Old North Church from where Paul Revere hung the tell-tale lanterns.

You’ll check out of your hotel today and enjoy a half-day tour of the city’s famed highlights, with time for lunch on your own, before arriving in Gloucester, where you will board the Ocean Explorer. Settle into your sumptuous stateroom and become acquainted with your 5-star vessel before joining fellow travelers for your first dinner on board tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Boston highlights tour

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Relax on board with a day at sea

Today you will spend the day at sea, enjoying all of the Deluxe amenities Vantage has to offer. Relax with your favorite movie or book, rest up, and take in sweeping vistas as you sail to your next destination.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Get to know Halifax, Nova Scotia

The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has a long and interesting history, dating back several centuries. Once home to the First Nations Mi’kmaq people, Nova Scotia’s capital town was founded by Great Britain in the mid-18th century. Nowadays, this beautiful city prides itself on its eclectic waterfront district, the most visited destination in all of Nova Scotia.

The city’s historic sites include Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where visitors can hear the compelling tale of how 121 victims of the RMS Titanic disaster were recovered and buried here. Its picturesque Citadel, a star-shaped fortress, was constructed in 1856 to defend the city from invading forces. The current residents of this unique building are the 87th Highlander Regiment, which regularly performs reenactments inside the square. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia features a fine Italianate façade, and houses a rich collection of regional, national, and international art.

You'll visit some of the area’s iconic sites on today’s illuminating half-day tour, then have the afternoon free to continue exploring on your own. Or, return to the ship for another fascinating lecture on board.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Halifax tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Explore historic Louisbourg, Nova Scotia

Founded in 1713, the town of Louisbourg — once a bustling 18th-century French fortification — is now a vital coastal community where land and sea connect to make a totally unique destination, which you’ll be able to discover for yourself on today’s half-day tour.

Located just east of Sydney, and situated on storied Cape Breton Island, Louisbourg is embraced by history. Visitors will discover a portal to the past where they can step back into 18th-century colonial France. The crown jewel of this community is the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a one-quarter-scale reproduction of the original fortress that once stood in its spot.

Another of Louisbourg’s interesting sites is the Lighthouse Trail. This trail along the rugged Atlantic coastline is home to Canada’s first lighthouse, built in 1734. Reconstructed nearly 100 years ago, the red-and-white lighthouse stands on Lighthouse Point, a perfect spot to stop and admire the natural beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, and the local flora and fauna.

Louisbourg is not just a place with amazing historic sites and natural beauty. Its charming downtown district will reward visitors with unique dining experiences, local history museums, and exceptional shopping opportunities.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Louisbourg tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Welcome to the village of Baddeck

Stretching along the picturesque shores of UNESCO-designated Bras d’Or Lake, the vibrant village of Baddeck is a quaint destination known for its rocky cliffs, magnificent trails, and stunning coastline. It is also known as the home of one of the world's most important inventors: Alexander Graham Bell.

Although an innovator in the fields of aeronautics, hydrofoils, and wireless communications, Bell is best known as the inventor of the modern telephone. Visitors to Baddeck can explore the world’s largest collection of this famous inventor’s mementos, photos, and models at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. This picturesque site also features several ornamental gardens and visitors can take home a part of this story with seeds from the museum gift shop to plant their own garden of inspiration.

Your half-day tour today will highlight the village’s best sights. You’ll have time to explore further on your own following your tour, or return to the ship for an afternoon of leisure before dinner on board.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Baddeck tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Culture, heritage, and beauty in the Magdalen Islands

Arrive this morning in the Magdalen Islands, a pristine archipelago of red cliffs and dunes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You’ll visit the Fumoir d’Antan, where you’ll witness the enduring tradition of smoking herring. You can even have a sample if you wish. At the Dune du Sud, walk a scenic beach overlooked by dramatic red sandstone cliffs. Conclude your rewarding tour in La Grave, a picturesque fishing and yachting harbor. This haven for artists and craftspeople is teeming with maritime flavor. You’ll also stop by the Atelier Côtier, where local sand from the beaches is transformed into remarkable sculptures.

Included Feature:

  • Magdalen Islands heritage tour

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Visit a traditional smokehouse and sample smoked herring
  • Learn how local sand sculptures are made at Atelier Côtier

Please note: While some sights in the Magdalen Islands may not open daily and others are only open seasonally, we will make every effort to visit all important sights during your tour. Tour buses can be quite scarce on the island and often not available during our visits. If this is the case, a school bus will be used for transportation instead.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Scenic cruising in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Today, you’ll get to take in the breathtaking views as we round the Gaspé Peninsula where the St. Lawrence River opens up to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. If the weather permits, we’ll get up close to Perce Rock, part of a UNESCO Global Geopark. This sheer hulk of limestone rock lies just off the shore of its namesake fishing village and is one of the most astonishing natural sites in Québec due to its massive size (1,421 feet long, 300 feet wide, and up to 289 feet tall). Be sure to have your cameras ready!

You’ll have a day of leisure on board to relax and relish in your ship’s 5-star amenities. Perhaps you’ll join a morning workout class, or lounge on the sun deck. You could enjoy a facial at the spa, meet friends in the lounge for a game of bridge, attend an engaging lecture, or simply soak in the hot tub with the cocktail of the day — the choice is yours!

Scenic Sailing:

  • Take in all the incredible beauty of the Gaspé Peninsula, known as the “Cradle of Canada.” Be sure to bring your camera to capture the incredible sights of the sharp cliffs, jagged coastline, and stunning mountain vistas

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

See Saguenay Fjord and the best of Baie-Comeau

Be on the lookout for whales and dolphins as we cruise through Saguenay Fjord National Park on our way to Baie-Comeau.

Baie-Comeau is a charming city, founded in the early 20th century and located on the shores of the peaceful St. Lawrence River. Primarily known as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, active visitors will find many watersport opportunities, beautiful hiking trails, paved cycling paths, and scenic beaches.

Today we’ll touch on a few of the city’s most interesting sites, including the Ha! Ha! Pyramid, a permanent art installation that commemorates the Saguenay flood of 1996. Named after the nearby Ha! Ha! River, the exterior of the almost 70-ft-tall structure is entirely constructed of 3,000 triangular “yield” road signs. Inside you’ll find a staircase that leads to a viewing platform overlooking the river.

We’ll also pay a visit to La Petite Maison Blanche (The Little White House). Constructed in 1890, it was once a private residence owned by Jeanne d'Arc Lavoie-Genest. Today, the house is a museum that tells the story of how this modest building survived two major floods in the 20th century. The interior of house is laid out in a way that pays homage to the original architecture. Spread out over three floors, exhibits include models depicting the surrounding area prior to the devastation of the 1996 flood, educational videos, and a collection of art and antiques.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Saguenay highlights tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Uncover Québec City’s French heritage

Often called the most French city outside of France, Québec City is considered a loyal sentry that guards the province’s unique culture. You’ll set out today to discover its Upper and Lower Towns. From the Dufferin Terrace, in the shadow of the palatial Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, enjoy sweeping views of the Saint Lawrence and the surrounding Laurentian Mountains. You’ll also admire the 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture of the Place Royale in the Old Town, home to the oldest Catholic church in North America. See the Plains of Abraham, where the French surrendered to the British in 1759, and gaze upon more impressive vistas from Cap Diamant. Continue via the shop-lined Grande Allée to Montmorency Falls — a roaring and scenic cascade that feeds the Saint Lawrence — for a photo stop.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Québec City tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Enjoy a day at leisure in Québec

Québec’s interesting history and multitude of attractions, as well as its welcoming vibe, make this city a stand-out destination for visitors. You’ll have the day to yourself to discover more of this enchanting city at your leisure.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Old Québec — the most intact fortified town north of Mexico — has retained its colonial architecture for over four centuries. Take a walking tour and discover its rich history. Expect an awe‑inspiring journey through a collection of architectural treasures unlike anything outside Europe. Get ready to travel back in time. Wander through Petit-Champlain, one of the oldest shopping streets in North America, and discover the historic gems found inside the walls, including the fortified walls and ramparts. Explore the shops and marina of Old Port, and soak in the atmosphere of the Plains of Abraham and Parliament Hill.

Whether riding the gondola or crossing the suspension bridge, Québec’s Montmorency Falls is an incredible sight. Located just 15 minutes from downtown, this breathtaking 272-foot-high waterfall dominates the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind culinary experience on the terrace at Manoir Montmorency. The exceptional panoramic views are accompanied by a menu featuring a vast array of delightful cuisine.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Disembark the Ocean Explorer and explore Montréal

DAY 14:

Enjoy Montréal at your leisure

You’ll be able to explore more of Montréal on your own today. The city’s eclectic mix of stunning heritage architecture and impressive skyscrapers make for captivating sightseeing. You can visit the award-winning Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) to gain insight into the city’s architecture and learn about its role in shaping contemporary society.

Montréal is home to many museums and galleries where you can immerse yourself in history, culture, and art. The city’s large museums, featuring carefully-curated exhibitions, are always worth a visit, and private galleries contribute new aesthetics and perspectives on art. Or engage yourself in a visit to La Gilde, a non-profit museum founded in 1906 whose aim is to preserve and promote a collection of art by up-and-coming and established Inuit and First Nations artists.

Montréal is also famed for its endlessly innovative and wildly creative culinary scene. From swanky bistros and casual eateries to pop-up restaurants and unique food trucks, Montréal's gastronomical experiences are as spectacular as they are delicious. Sample the diversity with tried-and-true classics such as traditional poutine and smoked sandwiches, or sate your cravings with new culinary twists on French cuisine and artisanal delicacies.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 15:

Return home

Transfer to the Montréal airport for your flight home.

Included meals:


Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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