Holland America Cruise - Canada & New England

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Canada, United States

Best time to go: October

11 Nights | from £2,580pp

Holiday type: Group departure

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  • Soak up the colonial culture and striking architecture of Montreal and Quebec City
  • Discover the autumnal fall foliage of New England and Canada’s maritime provinces 
  • Look out for impressive marine life in the rich waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence 
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  • Abercrombie & Kent are proud to collaborate with Holland America and can offer exciting pre and post cruise experiences (Hyperlink to Canada Page)

Day 1 UK / Montreal
On arrival in Montreal, a member of the A&K team will whisk you to your hotel for an overnight stay. The first thing that strikes you about this city is the European feel that comes from its Parisian-style boulevards, French street signs and stylish Gallic boutiques. There’s a charming old town with a collection of historic buildings, along with museums, pavement cafes and street entertainers that add to the Continental ambience. 
Ritz Carlton | Meals: Room Only

Day 2 Montreal/Embarkation
Described as the cultural soul of French Canada, Montreal offers an engaging mix of cuisine, languages architectural styles and shopping that injects an international flavour, though the main language and culture is undeniably French. Montreal’s historical streets blend with the geometric designs of the city’s futuristic Habitat 67 housing development, but one of the most dominant features is the St Lawrence River that originally carried explorers, missionaries and fur traders into these unconquered lands. This is where you will board your ship to sail out towards the Atlantic.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 3 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Dominated by the majestic Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City stands proudly as the only walled city in North America with its own distinctive Continental flair. Beneath it are the maze of cobbled streets of the delightful old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of French ambience and je ne sais quoi. Down in the Lower Town, where cruise ships dock at La Vieux Fort, there are buzzing restaurants and cafes along with buildings dating from the city’s early beginnings. To reach the Chateau from here is a funicular ride or an energetic climb up the hundreds of steps leading to the top.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 4 Cruising the Gulf of St Lawrence 
This vast stretch of estuary, acclaimed as the world’s largest, is as famous for its scenic beauty as it is for marine life. The gulf runs along the shores of half of Canada’s provinces, encompassing the striking scenic backdrop around Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. In addition to the thousands of migratory birds that come to nest here each spring and summer, the waters are famous for whales, dolphins and seals that gather here in huge numbers.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 5 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Pretty parks, homely Victorian houses and cobblestone streets filled with shops selling local crafts lend a quaint home town feel to this small city. Not only is it regarded as the birthplace of Canada, but the untamed surroundings of Prince Edward Island, or PEI, famously inspired the classic Victorian novel Anne of Green Gables. Visitors still flock in their thousands to the pretty gabled house that author Lucy Maud Montgomery based her book around. PEI is Canada’s smallest province, attached to the mainland by the eight-mile Confederation Bridge, said to be the longest in the world to span ice-covered waters!
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 6  Sydney, Nova Scotia   
Founded by British loyalists fleeing the American Revolution, and settled by Scottish Highlanders, it’s not surprising that there’s a strong Celtic flavour to this port town. Nova Scotia is Latin for ‘New Scotland’, reflecting the province’s roots, and Sydney is the gateway to some of its most beautiful landscapes on Cape Breton – one of the few places in North America where Gaelic is spoken and Celtic music plays. Don’t miss the miles of rugged coastline, the scenic Cabot Trail and the Fortress of Louisbourg, the reconstructed fortified town originally built by the French to guard their interests before being destroyed by the British.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 7 Halifax, Nova Scotia   
A Scottish piper sometimes greets ships docking at this maritime city, reflecting its Caledonian roots and fascinating history. Along the pleasant waterfront boardwalk, amid the stalls and shops, is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, worth visiting for its fascinating display about the Halifax Explosion of 1917 which flattened part of the city. There’s Titanic history too – an exhibit in the maritime museum and the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where several victims are buried. Head out of the city to see its starkly beautiful landscape and the pretty village and lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 8 Bar Harbor, Maine  
If you’re looking for the archetypal cutesy New England fishing settlement, this is it. The streets of Bar Harbor are tourist heaven with souvenir shops, jewellers, ice-cream and popcorn stands. Lobster is king here and you can even join a boat trip to see the pots being raised. Dotted around are mansions, dating from when the town was a summer retreat for the seriously rich. But the main attraction is the Acadia National Park with miles of hiking and biking trails through the craggy landscape and the 1,500ft Cadillac Mountain.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 9 Boston/Massachusetts
Revolutionary history flows through the streets of this city in memory of the uprising that led to America’s independence. Follow the Boston Freedom Trail to key sites such as Paul Revere House, Old North Church, the Old State House and Faneuil Hall that fanned the flames of the movement, and learn about the infamous Boston Tea Party.  But this is also the city of Cheers fame, where the comedy series was set and the Cheers Bar draws crowds. Across the river in Cambridge is Harvard University and further afield is the bewitching town of Salem famous for its witch trials.
MS Rotterdam | Meals: Full Board

Day 10-11 At Sea
Cruising America’ s East Coast towards Florida.

Day 12 Fort Lauderdale/UK 
Shimmering blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft ocean breezes greet you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where you'll find yourself somewhere between laidback island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. In this sun-filled, year-round beach town, pristine beaches are the main attraction, shorts and flip-flops are the daily uniform, and yachts are often the preferred form of transportation. It's a place where you can do as much, or as little, as you desire. This is where after disembarking, you bid farewell and transfer back to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 -day cruise costs from £2,580 per person, based on two sharing an Ocean view cabin, including international flights and pre Montreal hotel.

All our pre- and post-cruise options and tailor made to suit your tastes, check out our New England and Atlantic Canada itineraries for further information.

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Schedule of travel 

  • We are happy to arrange pre and post travel for you for this sailing
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Oct 13th 2017 UK / Montreal
Oct 14th 2017 Montreal / Embarkation
Oct 15th 2017 Quebec City
Oct 16th 2017 Cruising Gulf of St Lawrence
Oct 17th 2017 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Oct 18th 2017 Sydney, Nova Scotia
Oct 19th 2017 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Oct 20th 2017 Bar Harbor, Maine
Oct 21th 2017 Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 22nd 2017 At Sea
Oct 23rd 2017 At Sea
Oct 24th 2017 Fort Lauderdale / UK


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Useful info

Best time to be there

The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.

Fly to

For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.

Flying time

For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.

Time difference

Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.


Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.

Best time to be there

At 38 times the size of the UK, there is always a part of the country having great weather. The peak season is from June to September.

Fly to

British Airways fly to all the major cities in the States.

Flying time

7-12 hours

Time difference

From -5 to -10 hours behind GMT


ESTA Visa required for UK Passport Holders

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