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Canadian Maritimes (Victory I & II)

Canadian Maritimes (Victory I & II)

From USD $7,799

Description

Endless storybook coastlines and primeval landscapes are the backdrop of Canada’s alluring Atlantic provinces. The rich maritime heritage and notably friendly locals give this region its distinct appeal. Experience the diverse highlights of Portland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. See sights from Halifax – the largest urban area of Atlantic Canada – to the charm of Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Near Tadoussac, our onboard naturalist will narrate our journey as we encounter some of nature’s most magnificent marine life, including a variety of whale species, and in Québec City, you’ll see the majesty of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and many other historically significant sites.

Please note: Oct 19 2019 departure is 13 days long.

Trip Name
Canadian Maritimes (Victory I & II)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Motor Ship/Small Ship Length: 286 ft, 87 m Passenger Capacity: 202 Built/Refurbished: 2001/2015 Refined, intimate ship experiences The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the M/V Victory I and II, agile intimate ships that easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, our fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the spectacular view. Intuitive and attentive service With a caring crew of 84, pampering no more than 202 guests, you’ll feel at home from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served on deck or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, our attentive, intuitive staff are available whenever you need them. Serving you is our pleasure. On-board experts and included excursions Aboard the M/V Victory I and II, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas where our journey takes us. They share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout the journey. In port, included shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you will visit. Onboard Amenities Complimentary coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and filtered water - Free flowing house wine, beer, and spirits during entire cruise - Free Internet & WiFi available onboard - 100% Egyptian cotton bedding - Personal robes and slippers - Top of the line bath amenities that are environmentally sensitive - Premium mattresses - In-room electronic safe - Individual climate control - LCD flat screen television (satellite) - Alarm clock - Hair dryer - Telephone - Daily housekeeping with nightly turndown - Onboard Salon & Spa - Themed afternoon tea service Pamper Your Palate On Board And On Shore Beyond outstanding service and hospitality, every meal will bring about moments of sheer bliss. Each day, you will enjoy mouth-watering canapés as a prelude to casual and sophisticated cuisine in distinctive venues. The Seascape Tavern Share stories and laughter with friends and fellow travelers in the casual comfort of this cozy, English-style tavern. In the early evening, talented musicians bring the ship to life with all your favorite songs. Cliff Rock Bar & Grille Enjoy fresh air and fresh selections at the Cliff Rock Grille, where “hot rock” cooking is the special of the day, every day. Choose your ingredients and watch them cook to perfection on 100% pure volcanic lava rock. Serving buffet breakfast and lunch and seated dinner. Shearwater Dining Room Savor delicious cuisine in the easy elegance of the main dining room, where a professional wait staff serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from our chef’s menu of regionally inspired dishes. The Compass Lounge Log onto the ships WiFi and catch up on the latest news or send a few emails to friends back home. Attend an enriching presentation by an onboard specialist. Gather around the grand piano for an old fashioned sing-along. After dinner, music, and dancing keep the fun going into the evening hours. Observation Deck Lounge & Sun Deck Lounge on the aft deck on comfortable, cushioned outdoor sofas under the pergola… the perfect place to celebrate a successful shore excursion, gather for afternoon cocktails, amber sunsets or a little late-night stargazing. In the morning or afternoon, take advantage of the forward deck to greet the day with your morning coffee, relax with a book and soak up some rays on one of the outdoor lounge chairs. Latitude Salon & Spa Renew yourself with a relaxing massage or with one of our many beauty treatments during your stay. Latitude Salon and Spa features indulgent scented oil treatments and a beauty salon for manicures, pedicures and styling. 

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Embark in Gloucester, Massachusetts
As you board the lovely M/V Victory II, settle into your stateroom before joining fellow guests for dinner, with free-flowing non-premium beer, wine and cocktails.
Day 2 - Day 2: Portland, Maine
Portland is on a peninsula that protrudes into Casco Bay. The Old Port waterfront combines active fishing wharves and warehouses that have been converted into restaurants, shops and museums. Our motorcoaches will take you to the port to explore Portland. We will drive through the elegant Victorian mansion district, past the boyhood home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and many sea captains’ former homes. Then we will drive out to see Casco Bay and the famous Portland Head Light, which guards the channel. After lunch onboard, we’ll depart via motorcoach for a short ride to Kennebunkport. Kennebunk port’s Lower Village and Dock Square are close to the ocean and the Kennebunkport River. Since the early 1600s, this community has been a shipbuilding mecca, with locally constructed five-masted schooners sliding into the Atlantic to work all over the globe. This New England community had long been the summer residence of former President George W. Bush. We will have free time to visit this quaint area, after which we will drive past the architecturally significant homes of nearby Kennebunk. We will also visit St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery and pause at the quirky Wedding Cake House.
Day 3 - Day 3: Sailing on the Atlantic Ocean
Today we will cruise on the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy conversation with fellow passengers, or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, who are well-versed in the history, peoples and natural wonders of the region. Partake in elegant dining in two distinctive venues, with free-flowing non-premium beer, wine and spirits to enhance your day.
Day 4 - Day 4: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg is one of only two urban communities in North America designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is considered to be the best surviving planned British colonial town in North America. You can see the tall ships moored off the port and hear the blacksmith’s hammer as our local guide offers tales of lives lost on the ocean. We will stroll and tour Lunenburg’s harborside streets, lined with unique shops and restaurants that blend with the well-preserved and colorfully painted historic homes, which seem like a living museum from the 18th century. Our day ashore includes a visit to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, an exploration of wharfside vessels, the extraordinary aquarium and the famous Bluenose II, a replica of the world-famous racing schooner. After lunch, we will take a scenic drive through Mahone Bay, famous for its picturesque natural beauty and churches that line the shore. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, and we are likely to see some of those vessels in action.
Day 5 - Day 5: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Our first visit is to the picturesque Citadel, an eight-pointed structure constructed in 1856 to defend Halifax from invading forces. It is populated by the 87th Highlander regiment, which regularly performs reenactments inside the square. The Halifax Museum of the Atlantic offers an exceptional glimpse into Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, with an emphasis on small craft and the massive Allied convoys of World War II that assembled in the inner harbor. On our way out of town, we drive past the Fairlawn Cemetery and hear the compelling story of how 100 recovered RMS Titanic victims were buried in this city. We will then continue along the craggy shoreline for a 45-minute drive to Peggy’s Cove, one of the loveliest maritime villages in Nova Scotia. Located on St. Margaret’s Bay, this coastal village retains the character and flavor of an active residential community, with a vibrant fishing fleet, quaint multicolored homes and the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. After lunch in a local restaurant, there will be ample time to stroll through the community, explore the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and shop for souvenirs in local stores.
Day 6 - Day 6: Scenic Sailing Through the Strait of Canso
As we sail toward Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, we’ll cruise through the Strait of Canso. This strait divides the Nova Scotia peninsula from Cape Breton Island. It is a long, thin channel approximately 16 and a half miles long and averaging almost 2 miles wide (0.62 miles at its narrowest). The strait connects the Chedabucto Bay on the Atlantic Ocean to St. George’s Bay on the Northumberland Strait, a sub-basin of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The causeway opened for vehicular and rail traffic in 1955 to allow ships to pass through, and can accommodate any vessel capable of transiting the St. Lawrence River. Get your camera ready to capture the landscapes and the moment when the bridge over the canal swings open to let the M/V Victory II pass through.
Day 7 - Day 7: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Located on Prince Edward Island, Canada’s tiniest and most charming province, Charlottetown is famous for its red earth and white beaches. Our motorcoaches will initially follow the same historic trail through Charlottetown that was walked by delegates participating in the historic conference leading to the Confederation of Canada. We will then drive along the North Shore of the island to Cavendish Bay, Prince Edward Island National Park and the farmstead that inspired “Anne of Green Gables.” Guests can tour the house and other settings from the book, including the Haunted Woods, Lover’s Lane and Balsam Hollow. Enjoy strolling along the shores of the bay, or visit the charming city center before returning to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.
Day 8 - Day 8: Scenic Sailing on the St. Lawrence River
Delight in a day of cruising aboard the casually elegant M/V Victory II. Today we will cruise on the St. Lawrence River, formed from the world’s largest source of freshwater – the Great Lakes. Enjoy conversation with fellow passengers, or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, who are well-versed in the history, peoples and natural wonders of this historical waterway. Partake in elegant dining in two distinctive venues, with free-flowing non-premium beer, wine and spirits to enhance your day.
Day 9 - Day 9: Whale Watching Near Tadoussac, Québec
Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale-watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, to become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the St. Lawrence River. These sea mammals include blue whales – the largest animals on the planet – and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed. While on board the M/V Victory II, we will be bringing on a naturalist to help us peruse the Saguenay Fjord in search of different species of whales. This region of the St. Lawrence River has also been the home of several indigenous tribes, and at one time hunters from the far north traveled onto the shores of the bay, or visit the charming city center before returning to the ship for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.
Day 10 - Day 8: Scenic Sailing on the St. Lawrence River
Delight in a day of cruising aboard the casually elegant M/V Victory II. Today we will cruise on the St. Lawrence River, formed from the world’s largest source of freshwater – the Great Lakes. Enjoy conversation with fellow passengers, or join an engaging discussion with our shipboard experts, who are well-versed in the history, peoples and natural wonders of this historical waterway. Partake in elegant dining in two distinctive venues, with free-flowing non-premium beer, wine and spirits to enhance your day.
Day 11 - Day 9: Whale Watching Near Tadoussac, Québec
Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale-watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, to become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the St. Lawrence River. These sea mammals include blue whales – the largest animals on the planet – and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed. While on board the M/V Victory II, we will be bringing on a naturalist to help us peruse the Saguenay Fjord in search of different species of whales. This region of the St. Lawrence River has also been the home of several indigenous tribes, and at one time hunters from the far north traveled onto the St. Lawrence River to augment their whale catches. Now, the region is committed to sustaining a safe and rich environment for the extraordinary creatures, and the only catch one can make is through the lens of a camera.
Day 12 - Day 10: Québec City, Québec
Québec City is the only walled community in North America, and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Our coaches will take you to the Plains of Abraham at the point where the battle between the invading English forces and the defenders took place as they stormed Upper Town and captured the city. Then onward to pretty Place-Royale in Lower Town, which in 1759 was bombarded from across the river, as fireships were dispatched toward the port. We then drive out of Québec City to see the historical and majestic Montmorency Falls. Guests are encouraged to stroll on their own out of the port, which is located close to Lower Town, visit the Petit Champlain and take the funicular railway to the Château Frontenac Hotel to experience the magnificent Terrasse Dufferin.
Day 13 - Day 11: Disembark in Montreal, Québec
Today we arrive in Montreal, signaling the end of our journey. End your experience with breakfast before disembarking the M/V Victory II.
Day 14 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and port availability. Itinerary changes may occur during your trip due to water levels, changes in policy or other uncontrollable factors.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $7,799Category E
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $8,599Category D
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $9,299Category C
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $9,699Category B
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $9,999Category A
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $10,499Category AA
19-10-201931-10-2019USD $11,999Owners Suite

Inclusions

    • Discover Château Frontenac Hotel. In Québec City on the St. Lawrence River is the historic Château Frontenac Hotel, which is said to be the most photographed hotel in the world because of its prominence on the city’s skyline. In 1953, the hotel was used in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “I Confess,” and was a meeting place for the Québec Conference, at which President Franklin D. Roosevelt and other world leaders gathered in 1943 to discuss strategies for World War II.

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