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Atlantic Adventure: Up the Coast from Florida to Canada

Program Number: 20430RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/3/2013 - 5/18/2013; 5/1/2015 - 5/16/2015; 10/17/2015 - 10/30/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Florida/South Carolina/Rhode Island/Maine/Quebec/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island
Price starting at: $3,666.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 43; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From the Southern charm of Charleston and the Gilded Age mansions of Newport to the rugged beauty of Nova Scotia and the grandeur of Québec City, discover the history and culture of the East Coast.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some cobblestones, uneven terrain and stairs.



Please note that the Oct departure operates in reverse and is 2 nights shorter omitting the ports of Charleston & Newport but includes New York City.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard ms Maasdam, 15 nights.



Day 1: Arrival Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / embark ms Maasdam




Days 2-3: At Sea / Charleston, S.C.:

Discover the historic district of this charming port city and the rich history of Magnolia Plantation.



Days 4-5: At Sea / Newport, R.I.:

Discover the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn-of-the-century America.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Bar Harbor, Maine:

Step back in time during a walking visit of Victorian Bar Harbor and learn about the development of Acadia National Park.



Day 8: Halifax (Canada):

Take an expert-led field trip through Halifax and delve into its seagoing tradition at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.



Day 9: Sydney:

Explore the impressive Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest reconstructed 18th-century French-fortified town on the continent.



Day 10: Prince Edward Island:

Visit Green Gables, the fictional home of Anne Shirley, and join a historian on a walking exploration of Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation.



Day 11: Gaspé:

Go ashore on the tip of the rugged Gaspé Peninsula for an expert-led exploration of this picturesque area.



Day 12: Sept-Îles:

In this lesser-known city of “Seven Isles,” discover the Old Trading Post, established in 1661, and learn about the heritage of the indigenous Innu people.



Day 13:
Saguenay:

Discover the importance of the Saguenay Fjord to the area’s development and learn about the great flood of 1996 that devastated the Chicoutimi region.



Days 14 - 15: Quebec City/Trois-Rivieres

Walk along the historic cobblestone streets of Old Québec and enjoy lunch at the grand hotel Château Frontenac. Enjoy a guided walk through the historic district in Trois-Rivieres then visit the Old Prison which is now a National Historic Monument.



ms Maasdam

Measuring 720 feet in length, this vessel was designed to carry fewer passengers in a greater amount of space. Sailing at a speed of up to 22 knots, the ship accommodates 1,200 passengers. This ship features a culinary arts center and the state-of-the-art, New York Times-branded Explorations Cafe, a combination library and digital fun room.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Boyde Beck

Boyde Beck is a curator with the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. He also has a regular history column on MainStreet, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s afternoon radio show on the Island, and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Stephen Marchessault

Stephen Marchessault was raised in a bilingual family and has spent most of his life in Québec City. He majored in history at Glendon College at York University in Toronto, and over the years, has developed an interest in the history of Québec City. Stephen enjoys sharing his interest and knowledge of this World Heritage City with lifelong learners.
 
Evan Price

Since formally “retiring,” Evan Price has managed to spend nine months backpacking around the world with his wife, and six months exploring the South Pacific as a principal aboard a three-masted Barquentine with 42 students. During the last several years, he has led Road Scholar adventures at an auberge in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Apart from being actively involved in the education industry, he chairs the trustees of the local library, golfs, plays tennis and enjoys cross-country skiing. Evan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and a Master of Education from Bishops’ University in Quebec.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   ms Maasdam
  At Sea
Charleston, South Carolina
At Sea
Newport, Rhode Island
At Sea
Bar Harbor, ME
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Gaspé, Québec
Sept-îles, Québec
Saguenay, Québec
Québec City, Québec
15 nights
 ms Maasdam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing them with more space for maximum comfort. Accommodating 1,258 guests, many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each of the 149 suites has a private verandah. Gross Tonnage: 55,451 grt.(One registered ton equals 100 cubic feet) Length: 720 feet Beam: 101 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots (maximum) Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 1,258 Crew: 557 Dedicated: December, 1993 by actress June Allyson Casino: 5 blackjack tables; 1 roulette table; 1 dice table; 1 stud poker; 1 three card poker; 1 Let It Ride; 1 Texas Hold’em and 119 slot machines Spa Facilities: Fitness center; dual saunas; 2 aroma steam rooms; massage/treatment rooms; beauty salon/barber shop; volleyball/tennis court; basketball court
  Contact info: N/A
N/A, WA N/A USA
phone: NA0-000-0000 x00000
web: www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/CruiseDetails.action?destCode=N&portCode=&shipCodeSearch=MA&durationCode=&dateCode=&flexibleMonths=false&noOfFlexibleMonths=1&pageNumber=1&voyageCode=M322&webItineraryIdForAudit=NNS315
  Room amenities: Your accommodations will be onboard the ms Maasdam for the majority of the program. Accommodating 1,258 guests, many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each of the 149 suites has a private verandah. All staterooms ar equipped with standard 110 AC and 220 AC outlets, hair dryers and ship-to-shore telephones. Category 1 Deluxe Verandah Suite on Navigation Deck, two lower beds convert to one king, whirlpool bath and shower, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, sofa bed, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows, 556 sq. ft.; Holland America's Cat. S. Category 2 Verandah Suite on Promenade Deck, two lower beds convert to one queen, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows, 292 sq. ft.; Holland America's Cat. B. Category 3 Large Ocean view Staterooms, Main Deck, two lower beds convertible to queen, bathtub & shower, 197 sq. ft., Holland America’s Category DA cabin. Category 4 Large Ocean view Staterooms, Main and A Deck, two lower beds convertible to queen, bathtub & shower, 197 sq. ft., Holland America’s Category E cabin. Category 5 Large or Standard Inside Staterooms, Lower Promenade or Main Deck, two lower beds convertible to queen-size, shower, 182 sq. ft.; Holland America’s Category K cabin
  Facility amenities: Internet is accessible from the comfort of workstations on board or from a personal laptop that can accesss hot spots which are found in most of the common areas. A variety of pricing options are available. A one-time activation fee of approximately $3.95 willl be applied on your first log in only. Full laundry and dry cleaning services are available aboard the ship. Casino: 5 blackjack tables; 1 roulette table; 1 dice table; 1 stud poker; 1 three card poker; 1 Let It Ride; 1 Texas Hold’em and 119 slot machines Spa Facilities: Fitness center; dual saunas; 2 aroma steam rooms; massage/treatment rooms; beauty salon/barber shop; volleyball/tennis court; basketball court
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. You may board ship as early as 11:30 am; cabins should be ready by 1:00 pm. Meet your Group Leader between 2:30 - 3:30 on Lower Promendade Deck. You will be staying at ms Maasdam that night.
  End of Program:
Montréal, Canada. Disembarkation will start at 8:30 am. Coach transfer to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal for independent departures. Approximate arrival at the airport is 10:30 am. You will be staying at ms Maasdam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORT: A valid passport is required for ALL participants. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information. ONLINE REGISTRATION PROCESS: Prior to program arrival, each participant will be required to complete an online registration for the cruise portion of this program. All of the information required to complete this process, including detailed instructions, is included in your Information Packet.
  Parking availability:
1. Within the port facility there is a parking garage managed by USA Parking. Please check directly with parking lot for rates. 2. Just outside the port facility is Park N' Fly Parking. Park N' Fly offers complimentary shuttles from the lot to the ship.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  From End of Program
  Location:  Montréal, Québec
  Nearest highway: Highway 20 Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Montréal International Airport (Dorval)
Travel Details
 

Fort Lauderdale

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10-15.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Travel time from the airport to the pier is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. 

   

Taxi services are available for the transfer from the airport to the port.

 

Fort Lauderdale

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Travel Time:

 

About a 10 minute taxi ride to the Port. 

   

Taxi services are available for the transfer from the bus terminal to the port. Greyhound provides nationwide bus service from the downtown Fort Lauderdale location at 515 N.E. 3rd Street. For more information, schedules and fares call 954-764-6551 or visit www.greyhound.com/ Broward County Transit - Local buses stop at the Northport section of Port Everglades. For schedules and information, call 954-357-8400 or visit www.broward.org/bct/.

 

Fort Lauderdale

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Taxi services are available for the transfer from the train station to the port. Amtrak (national and statewide train) - schedules and fares can be obtained by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL Tri-Rail (commuter train) - provides transportation from Miami to Palm Beach, including service to the Miami International Airport. Tri-Rail is accessible by taxi and local bus. Schedules and fares can be obtained through www.tri-rail.com/ OR by calling 800-TRI-RAIL

 

Port Everglades Terminal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $19
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 10-15 minutes 

   

This service needs to be booked through Road Scholar’s Adventures Afloat department by emailing afloatops@roadscholar.org.

 
Driving Directions
  Leaving Your Vehicle 1. Within the port facility there is a parking garage managed by USA Parking. Please check directly with parking lot for rates. 2. Just outside the port facility is Park N' Fly Parking. Park N' Fly offers complimentary shuttles from the lot to the ship's terminal. Phone: (954)-779-1776. Parking: $12.00 p/day (rate subject to change by Port Authority) * Midport Parking Garage: 6 floors; 2,000 spaces * 954-765-4494 * Security-patrolled and illuminated * No advance reservations required * Parking Spaces for RVs available
  Pt. Everglades Main Entrance Take I-595 East straight into the port (I-595 becomes Eller Drive once inside the Port).
  Pt. Everglades North Entrance 1. Take U.S.1 or A1A to 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. 2. Turn south at the streetlight onto Eisenhower Blvd.
  US1/Federal Highway Entrance At the intersection of State Road 84 East and U.S.1 (Federal Hwy.), turn east into the seaport.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Embark on Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
(Friday, May 3)

Note: Participants can meet the Group Leader, Evan Price, at the Hospitality Desk set up on the Lower Promenade deck between 2:30 and 3:30 on May 3. The safety drill on the ship is at 4:00 pm.



   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to the ms Maasdam - departing from the Port Everglades Terminal at 2026 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You may board as early at 11:30 am, but no later than 90 minutes prior to sail time, 5:00 pm. Check-in at Front Desk. Cabins should be ready to use by 1:00 pm. Meet your Group Leader on the Lower Promenade Deck between 2:30 - 3:30. Embarkation Buffet Lunch at Lido Deck opens at 12:00 pm. Participate in the ship's Safety Drill at 4:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: Program orientation and introductions.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cruising the East coast to Charleston, South Carolina
(Saturday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.
 Morning: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making its way to our next port of call Charleston, South Carolina.
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Theme - Elements of Canadian History, the Maritimes and the St Lawrence River COCKTAILS: This afternoon just before dinner enjoy a private cocktail party on board to welcome you onto the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Charleston Historic District/Magnolia Plantation
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Charleston - Historic Charleston with stops at the Battery, City Hall and Four Corners of Law
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Charleston
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Magnolia Plantation, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public site open to visitors in the Lowcountry, with the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1872 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Learn about its rich history as you experience the beauty of the house and gardens. The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina's only statewide partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awarded Magnolia Plantation the 2010 Heritage Award for their interpretive program at the slave cabins. Magnolia Plantation also won the 2009 preservation award last year for restoration and preservation of the cabins. End your day's adventure in Charleston with a stroll through the market where you can see the Gullah culture working their baskets or sample what the merchants have to offer.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruising the East coast to Newport, Rhode Island
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Theme - Elements of Canadian History, the Maritimes and the St Lawrence River.
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.
 Afternoon: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making its way to our next port of call Newport, Rhodes Island
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.
 Evening: Free time to explore the ship with its many venues.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 10 Mile Drive and the Mansions of Newport/Breakers: The Vanderbilts Summer Home
(Tuesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: Enjoy the ships activities before our arrival in Newport.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Newport.
 Afternoon: Excursion: Enjoy a narrated trolley drive along the scenic drive, also known as Ten Mile Drive, (or just "The Drive" to locals) which encompasses most of the southern coastline of Aquidneck Island. This area used to be farmland, but today is one of the most popular Newport RI attractions. Once you're out here, it's very easy to see why. FIELD TRIP: Guided visit of The Breakers the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy some free time in Newport before we set sail for Bar Harbor
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the East Coast to Bar Harbor/The Fur Trade and the French-Indian Alliance
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The Fur Trade and the French-Indian Alliance As we make our way through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, learn about the history of the fur trade industry in Quebec and the alliance created between the French settlers and the native population of the region. Historically important to the area’s First Nations people for both transportation and as a fishery, the gulf was also the site of the first known exchange between the native population of the Quebec region and Europeans. The first documented voyage through the gulf’s waters by Europeans was in 1534 with the arrival of Jacques Cartier. In 1603, Samuel de Champlain negotiated the first economic and military alliance between North American Indians and Europeans at Tadoussac. This treaty determined New France’s economic direction as well as its strategic and military policy for the next 156 years. Under the terms of the agreement, the First Nations would transport and deliver beaver pelts to the French at their various trading posts along the St. Lawrence River in exchange for European goods and a pledge to aid the Huron and Algonquin in their longstanding war with the Iroquois of New York.
 Lunch: Lunch is on board. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.
 Afternoon: Relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making the ship makes its way to our next port of call Bar Harbor, Maine
 Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Historic Bar Harbor/Introduction to the Maritimes Region
(Thursday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.
 Morning: This morning the ship will arrive in Bar Harbor, Maine. Travel by tender to the shores of the largest community on Desert Island; what was once the premier summer resort in New England in the 19th century. FIELD TRIP: Bar Harbor Guided walk including the beautiful historic properties and Saint Saviour's Episcopal Church with its 10 original Tiffany stained glass windows. Learn about the development of Acadia National Park spearheaded by wealthy summer residents such as Joseph Kennedy and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. You will also hear about the devastating fire of 1947 and its effects on the island.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to explore the ship and enjoy the many activities available to you. Try your luck at the casino, enjoy an afternoon of onboard shopping, relax by the pool, or treat yourself with a trip to the spa. The ship offers all this plus much more.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Introduction to the Maritimes Region This first lecture aboard ship will give you a good introduction to the upcoming maritime regions of Atlantic North America to be visited on the program. It preambles your visit to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island where you will witness the maritime way of life and learn of the history and culture of this region.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Halifax/Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
(Friday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Halifax - Journey to the past and to present time. See Government House official resident of the province's lieutenant governor. It is North America's oldest consecutively occupied government residence, since the US's White House was evacuated and burned during the War of 1812. Halifax Citadel allows you a wonderful view of the Harbor and the city. Take a stroll in the Public Garden's next to the Needham Memorial Bell Tower. This historic tower overlooks the north end of Halifax, the section most devastated by the Halifax Explosion, which took place when the Belgian relief ship Imo collided with the French munitions vessel Mont Blanc on Dec. 6, 1917. The tower pays tribute to the 2,000 who died in the largest man-made explosion ever to be recorded before the A-bomb. Visit Fairview Cemetery final resting place of 121 of the victims of the Titanic, many of them never identified. One particularly popular grave that pulls in many visitors is that of J. Dawson, the person who Leonardo Di Caprio's character in the hit film, Titanic, is based on.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic This guided visit offers a great look into the maritime history of Atlantic Canada. The museum is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada and was first created by a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a place where Canada's naval past could be preserved. You will be introduced to the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, and WWII convoys. The museum also tells the story of famous historical events such as "The Battle of the Atlantic", the Halifax explosion of 1917, Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, various shipwrecks and more.
 Dinner: Dinner in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site/Historic Sydney
(Saturday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Fortress of Louisbourg - Guided visit of the Fortress. The French came to Louisbourg in 1713 after ceding Acadia and Newfoundland to the British as per the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht. The only remaining possessions France had in Atlantic Canada were Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island, known then as Isle Royale and Isle Saint-Jean. They built the fortress to protect France's interest in the New World and to serve as the center of France's lucrative cod fishing industry off the Grand Banks. The location of the fortress on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island enabled it to act both as the capital of the new colony at Isle Royale and as the first line of defense in France's struggle against Britain for colonial supremacy in North America. Louisbourg was for many years France's crown jewel of military strength and commerce in the New World. Entering the Fortress of Louisbourg you leave the modern world behind and step back to 1744. The fortress is alive with animators in full costume and character from housewives to soldiers who will be happy to tell you all about their lives at the fortress. Visit the lively town tavern, see Chapelle St. Louis, the garrison chapel, or explore the King's Bastion Barracks which is the largest building on site and was one of the largest buildings in North America in its day. Stroll through the fortress streets amongst the impressive walls, majestic gates, quaint homes and formal gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Fortress
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Explore Sydney with a local expert from the mining and steel town of yesterday to the vibrant tourist area of today.
 Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Charlottetown/Green Gables/Cavendish Beach/Early Exploration and Settlement of the St. Lawrence River
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Green Gables National Historic Site. Parks Canada staff will present the history of this site and its significance to Canadian literary history. Spend time at Green Gables, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables. Discover the history of the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables. In real life, this farm was the home of David Jr. and Margaret Macneill, who were cousins of Montgomery's grandfather. Shortly after her death in 1942, Lucy Maud Montgomery was recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as being a person of national historic significance, and a monument and plaque were erected at Green Gables in 1948.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Charlottetown - A local historian will guide you on a walking exploration Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation. See Beaconsfield Historic House with its mansard roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, and crowning belvedere stands. Learn about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. Hear about the restoration of Charlottetown's historic properties as you continue along Great George Street and visit St. Dunstan Cathedral as well as location for the last public hanging in the city. Continue your journey through beautiful Victoria Park, the historic downtown area of Charlottetown, and other historical and culturally important sites along the waterfront. Learn about the high-profile people of the city, the prosperity and bust of its merchants, and of course the Fathers of Confederation. .
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Picturesque Gaspé and Percé
(Monday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Guided exploration of this beautiful and picturesque area with a local expert. Discover Gaspé's rich history. Following the example set by the St. Malo the explorer, the Gaspé Heritage Walk gives you the opportunity to learn more about and appreciate the Gaspé's historical and cultural heritage by showcasing the architecture and commemorative art that speaks of the past.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: The evening is yours to relax or take in the many activities the ship has to offer
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Sept-îles/Le Vieux Postes/Shaputuan Museum/North Shore Regional Museum
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Sept-îles - Old Trading Post - Guided visit with a local expert of the Old Trading Post established in 1661 as the first trading post in the area. Shaputuan Museum - Guided visit with a docent of the history and culture of the Innus Nation. North Shore Regional Museum - Guided visit with a museum expert of this important landmark dedicated in the evolution of visual arts and in the protection of the North Shore's Heritage.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local in Sept-îles
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Travel to the beaches of the area. Enjoy a little time to relax, take a stroll and enjoy the picturesque view. Free time in Sept-îles before we board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Saguenay/Chicoutimi
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Our journey begins on the scenic drive through La Baie, where you will discover the importance of the Saguenay Fjord--deeply chiseled in the Laurentian Mountains--to the development of this area. The Fjord Museum will explain the creation of the fjord and the mysteries it conceals. You will pass the Ha! Ha! Pyramid, a monument to the great flood of 1996 that devastated the region and proved to be one of Canada's greatest natural disasters.
 Lunch: Lunch in local restaurant
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Chicoutimi - Your local guide will give you the history of the area as your coach makes its way through the main streets with stops at the Cultural Quarter and the Little White House that miraculously survived the Flood of 1996. A stop will also be made at the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi. Founded in 1898, the mill played an important role in the development of the area. Also noted as the first French Canadian owned Pulp Company the mill produced a high quality pulp that was exported throughout the world. FIELD TRIP: As you make your way back to the ship you will visit Les Bergeries du Fjord where you will discover a quaint little farm and discover the art of cheese-making. A visit to the barn will disclose the latest methods of milk collection and cheese production. Savor this famous cheese with raspberry wine from a local winery.
 Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Historic Quebec City/Lunch at Fairmont Chateau Frontenac/Musee du Fort
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FILED TRIP: Québec City Join a local expert on a walking field trip through charming and historic Old Québec City. Start at the Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America with its fine stone merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Walk through the charming commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain. Continue on to Upper Town and visit the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Québec, site of the first diocese in Canada and founded in 1663 by Bishop Laval. Arriving at Place d'Armes, you will see the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City. Your morning walk will end at the famous Château Frontenac
 Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Café de la Terrasse in the Château Frontenac.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Musee du Fort - Guided visit followed by a sound and light show tells the story of the six sieges of Quebec including the famous battle of the Plains of Abraham and Benedict Arnold's walk to Quebec. Through the impressive 400 foot model of Quebec and its outlying region of 1750, you will fully appreciate the strategic importance of this historic City.
 Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Free evening to stroll along the streets of Québec or stay aboard the ship to take part in some of the activities
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Quebec City/Good Shepherd Museum/Civilization Museum
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Good Shepherd Museum - Guided visit with one of the museums expert has been telling the captivating story of the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary since 1992, also known as Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec. This religious community was founded in Quebec City in 1850 by a woman of Quebec, Marie-Joseph Fitzbach. The museum also tells the story of marginalized women and abandoned children in 19th and 20th century Quebec. FIELD TRIP: Musée de la Civilisation (Civilization Museum) Explore the museum with an experienced guide, the city’s most popular museum, located close to the historic site of Place-Royale. This internationally renowned museum features four permanent and six temporary thematic exhibitions. You will go through the “People of Québec, Now and Then. This exhibit focuses on life in the province of Québec throughout the centuries of European habitation, which encourages discovery of artifacts, photos and recreations of historic and domestic scenes. Immerse yourself in the ups and downs, the successes and setbacks, intense heat and extreme cold of a history that belongs to all those who have lived in and built Québec.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the culinary fare in Québec city
 Afternoon: FREE TIME to explore the city before our final journey to Montréal
 Dinner: Farewell dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room
 Evening: Enjoy your final night aboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: ms Maasdam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Disembarkation in Montreal, Quebec
(Saturday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship
 Morning: Disembarkation will start at 8:30 a.m. Transfer by coach to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal for independent departures. Approximate arrival at the airport is between 10:00 and 10:30 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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