Canadian Venture from New York

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10 nights cruising the wonderful cities of Canada featuring an overnight stay in Quebec City on the picturesque St. Lawrence River. Includes one night in a New York hotel before you board the magnificent MSC Meraviglia, one of the only ships to feature performances from Cirque du Soleil.

Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to New York
  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • 1 night in a 4 Star hotel in New York, room only
  • Transfer from hotel to port
  • 10 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Meraviglia, based on 2 sharing an inside cabin
  • Fine dining on a full board basis
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Return transfer port to the airport
  • 1 check-in bag of 20kgs per person
  • Taxes and charges of €130

Itinerary

Day 1-2 New York, USA

On arrival in New York, you will be transferred to the hotel for your one night stay in a 4-star hotel, room only. In the morning you will be transferred to the port to board MSC Meraviglia. The ship departs in the evening, setting sail for your first port of call.

Wandering through the patchwork of neighbourhoods is as great a thrill as any single sight. Frantic Chinatown edges stylish Soho, which is but a stone’s throw from the quiet, angled lanes of the once-bohemian West Village. A perfect espresso in a shabby-chic Williamsburg café, a rooftop view from Chelsea’s High Line or a ride on the “A” to Far Rockaway is worth much more than an “I Love New York” handbag. Cheaper, too, and the memory will last longer. New York City officially comprises the central island of Manhattan and four outer boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. For many, Manhattan simply is New York; indeed, when your MSC cruise takes you to New York, you’ll probably spend most of your time here. Understanding the intricacies of Manhattan’s layout, especially beyond its grid pattern, and getting a grasp of its transport network should be top priorities during your MSC excursion. New York is very much a city of neighbourhoods, most compact enough to be explored on foot (at least below 59th Street). On your Grand Voyages cruises to New York, of all America’s symbols, none is more enduring than the Statue of Liberty, looming over the harbour from its pedestal on tiny Liberty Island. Indeed, there is probably no more immediately recognizable profile in existence than that of Lady Liberty, who stands with torch in hand, clutching a stone tablet. Measuring some 305ft from her pedestal base, she has acted as the figurehead of the American Dream for more than a century.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 4 Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Nova Scotia: one of the most spectacular wild landscapes on the Canadian Atlantic coast with its vast green areas is a true paradise for nature lovers who can admire moose, eagles, and go whale watching to see the numerous types of cetaceans that live in the surrounding seas, including whales and dolphins. Your cruise will take you on the discovery of this beautiful Canadian province, which is also home to some of the oldest cities in North America, such as Sydney. Located on a fjord of Spanish Bay, Sydney is the largest urban center on the island of Cape Breton, with a past linked to the mining industry. The tourist attractions of the city are mainly related to its cultural heritage from Scotland: its population, in fact, is a diverse mix of nationalities that put on various Canadian cultural events of Scottish or Eastern European origin taking place throughout the year. On your cruise, you can see the world’s largest violin for yourself (called the Spirit of the Fiddle), one of Sydney’s major attractions, located right on its shoreline. You can also visit the heart of the island of Cape Breton which contains historical jewels such as the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Glace Bay Miners Museum and the town of Baddeck, located on the shores of Lake Bras d’Or, which houses the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.

Day 5 Corner Brook, Canada

Overlooking the icy waters of the Humber River in the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by the largest mountains in Newfoundland is Corner Brook, one of Canada’s most beautiful towns and the next stop on your Cruise. Corner Brook is small, with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, but it is full of charm. It is the perfect place for those who love nature, walking in the open air and hiking in the woods. Near the city, there are amazing wooded areas ideal for walks through lush, pristine nature, where you can observe and meet up-close some of the animal species typical of the area. Cox’s Cove is also worth a visit for its breathtaking view and waterfalls. A small fishing village, it was founded in the 1840s and is located on Middle Arm, a large bay off the Bay of Islands, not far from Corner Brook.

Day 6 Charlottetown, Canada

“Land of emeralds, rubies and sapphires” was the description of the beauty of Prince Edward Island given by author Lucy Maud Montgomery, famous for having narrated the adventures of red-haired Anne of Green Gables in many of her novels. It is precisely here, in the land that is home to many events focused around this literary character – celebrated by festivals and places to visit – that Charlottetown is found, a stop not to be missed on your cruise. Colonial architecture, elegant Victorian-style buildings, tree-lined avenues, perfectly manicured parks and gardens: the capital of Prince Edward Island is a typical example of an urban English checkerboard layout with a central square with public buildings and four other smaller squares arranged symmetrically around it.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 8-9 Quebec City, Québec, Canada

Pretty and well-maintained, Québec City is located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and is dominated by majestic Chateau Frontenac, the symbolic hotel of the capital, known for its fairytale architecture offering a spectacular view of the surrounding roads and green areas. The excursions around this Canadian metropolis available on your Cruise are numerous: visiting Quebec City is like taking a trip into the past where the city’s four hundred years of history can be seen everywhere. The entire old city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to the amazing set of human works of art and architecture and the natural beauty that is found everywhere. One of the most beautiful tours that you can take while on your MSC cruise will be the one into Old Québec: after a walk around the Upper Town admiring the ancient gray stone religious buildings and views of the great river, the tour passes through the streets and squares of the Lower City, the central core that spurred the development of Québec City. Here you will have the feeling of being in New France three to four centuries ago, with a Parisian atmosphere and an urban-architectural imprint that is very similar to European cities. Of the tours that venture outside the city, at just 10 kilometers from the center, Montmorency Falls is not to be missed. At 85 meters high, they are among the ten highest waterfalls in Canada. Paths and stairs lead to the top: you can climb up on foot or go by cablecar and enjoy an exceptional view overlooking the river and modern bridge that leads to Ile de Orléans, the lush green island in front of the city.

Day 10-11 At Sea

Cruising.

Day 12 New York, USA

Following your disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to get your return flight to Dublin.

Accommodation

MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia is packed with extraordinary features that offer the perfect experience at sea in every season. On board you can enjoy outstanding, authentic dining options and out-of-this-world entertainment with more panoramic viewpoints, an innovative ocean-view aft lounge, a double-height “indoor promenade” with a 480 square metre LED dome and a spectacular amusement area connected to an outdoor water park.

Choose from a wide variety of elegant accommodation options, including family options, duplex suites with a private whirlpool bath, and the highest ratio of sea-view balcony cabins of any cruise ship.

Enjoy exclusive world-class shows performed in innovative venues like the Carousel Lounge and the multi-purpose karaoke bar, comedy club & and TV studio. Younger guests can take advantage of the super-amusement park and sports centre to play sports and games during the daytime and party in the evening. And the whole family can enjoy hours of fun in one of the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea.

A choice of 12 distinct dining venues promises something special for every taste, while the wide range of bars and lounges on board offer refreshment and relaxation in the ideal atmosphere for every moment.

Exclusive partnership with Cirque du Soleil

Twice every night, six nights a week, guests on MSC Meraviglia have the unique opportunity to see original shows by Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in live artistic entertainment, and savour a superb culinary experience in the same glamorous venue. The Carousel Lounge is a technology-packed, entertainment and dining venue designed especially to meet the needs of Cirque du Soleil. This custom-built lounge covers 1,000 sq.m. and can accommodate up to 450 guests, including 100 enjoying the full show-and-dining experience.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • All inclusive drinks package only €48 per person per night
  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
  • Optional Insurance €29 (conditions apply)
  • Gratuities are not included in above price
  • Single supplement available on request
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €1,819pp
  Number of nights: 11

07 October 2019 €1,819 Inside
07 October 2019 €1,999 Oceanview
07 October 2019 €2,389 Balcony
07 October 2019 On Request Suite

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