Travel insights from Taylor Coulson, contributing editor of The Compass
If you are interested in embarking aboard for a cruise wedding, setting sail on Royal Caribbean’s newest Oasis Class ship or looking for the required travel documents and helpful advice for a cruise, we’ve got you covered. But what if you are hockey fanatics that crave authentic Canadian maple syrup? We’ve got you covered again! Here are four cruises lines we think offer travelers the best of Canada.
Norwegian Cruise Line: 12-Day Canada & New England from New York
If visiting the only real ice hotel in North America sounds invigorating, Norwegian Cruise Line has got your fix with their 12-Day Canada & New England from New York adventure. Nature lovers can escape to the highest point on the eastern coast of the United States: Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park. When cruising into Canadian territory, Quebec City appears just after a sharp corner in the St. Lawrence River. Along this river your clients can witness the 272-foot waterfall at Montmorency Falls Park. If these excursions don’t ignite interest, there are plenty of museums, restaurants and Victorian architecture to see.
Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line: 14-Day Snowbird Migration Cruise
An exhilarating 14-day snowbird migration cruise initially sets sail from Quebec City along the St. Lawrence River and flees out of the Atlantic onboard Adventure of the Seas. This Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line is what northern paradise is all about and has rock climbing walls, mini-golf courses as well as ice-skating rinks to keep busy while at sea. Cruisers are surrounded by French village charm presenting copper rooftops and cobblestone streets filled with famous shops and chocolate in Quebec City. Visiting the most-photographed lighthouse in the world at Peggy’s Cove one-hour away from Nova Scotia or taking the Halifax Connection tour to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and learn the connections between there and Titanic are just a few excursions to experience.
MSC Cruise Line: The East Coast of North America Inch by Inch
Sail into the astonishing scenery Canada has to offer onboard this MSC cruise. Canada delivers picturesque views visitors will always remember from rumpled, snowy western mountains and what appear like untouched Arctic wildernesses of the north Atlantic Canada. Then there’s everything and more that Newfoundland offers, with live music, countless pubs, whale watching, picnicking at a lighthouse or venturing off to Prince Edward Island. Elevated cliffs in the Maritime Provinces and ancient, sharp coastlines are visible during almost every moment of this trip.
Holland America Line: 10-Day The Atlantic Coast
Holland America Line’s Zaandam is perfectly designed to carry fewer passengers in order to create an intimate space for each guest. Elegance meets lavish comfort while onboard. For those who are musically-inclined, this ship has got to be on their vacation bucket list. Guitars autographed by Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones are available to view. Embarkation day is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and makes its way up the Atlantic coast passing through the Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Quebec City and ultimately Montreal. While onboard, cooking shows with interactive hands-on workshops and fine-dining venues are available in addition to serenity at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon.