New York and Canada in the Fall

10 nights cruising the wonderful cities and beautiful landscapes of New England and Canada when the autumnal colours are at their finest. 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.

 

DESTINATION USA and Canada
FROM Dublin / New York
DATE 17 October 2019
DURATION 11 Nights (10 night cruise + 1 night hotel)
PRICE From only €1,819 pp

10 nights cruising the wonderful cities and beautiful landscapes of New England and Canada when the autumnal colours are at their finest. 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.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2: New York, USA: Hotel Overnight Depart 19.00

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:

Day 4: Bar Harbor, Maine, USA: Arrive 08.00 Depart 18.00

Exploring the state of Maine means experiencing a superlative experience in a place scattered with rocky coasts, scenic harbors, natural views and pretty towns with buildings influenced by European styles. One of these is Bar Harbor, a stop not to be missed on your cruise.

Founded in 1763 and then rebuilt in 1947 following a major fire that destroyed most of the city, Bar Harbor is hospitable and full of qualities to be discovered while enjoying beautiful views, outdoor activities, enjoying the local cuisine or strolling along the streets of the village.

Nestled on Mount Desert Island, an American East Coast island that boasts an authentic fjord, the village is delightful and filled with mainly wooden, brightly colored buildings. There are numerous amusing signs hanging on the walls, some of which remind us that this is the home of the lobster and it should definitely be tried out.

The real pearl of this location though is Acadia National Park. The park offers visitors natural landscapes with unmistakable traces of the Ice Age where millions of years of weathering have indelibly carved out the landscape and created a combination of rare beauty filled with valleys, elongated lakes, rocks and mountain ridges.

Day 5: St John, New Brunswick, Canada: Arrive 07.00 Depart 16.00

Wild landscapes, valleys dotted with farms, fishing villages, parks and islands all along the coast: all of this and more awaits you in New Brunswick, a beautiful maritime province in French Canada. Your cruise will take you on the discovery of a natural land filled with a thousand secrets, surprising you with its magnificent coastline, mountains, forests and rivers, as well as the variety of wild animals that live there including bears, whales, moose and seals.

This region is home to one of the oldest cities in Canada overlooking the beautiful Bay of Fundy: Saint John. There is no other place in the Maritimes with the same urban charm of a historic city balanced with the grandiose, natural charm of a bay famous for its impressive tides.

On your cruise, you will have a chance to discover this port city with its delightful Victorian architecture and steep historical streets, watch the ships dock at the port and admire the restaurants and shops near historic sites such as the New Brunswick Museum, home to the Hall of Great Whales and three floors of fascinating galleries. Saint John City Market is also not to be missed as it is the oldest agricultural market in North America: its beams are reminiscent of a ship’s inverted hull offering a unique shopping experience.

Day 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: Arrive 10.00 Depart 18.00

Canada is a huge country that offers tourists a large number of wonderful attractions to visit and explore. One of those not to be missed is Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia found on the east coast of Canada and one of the places you can visit on your Cruise.

Each city has a symbol that represents it more than anything else: for Halifax, its citadel that dates back to the late 18th century, famous in Canada both for its beauty and for its historical importance, fills that role. Inside the star-shaped citadel, you can explore the history of Halifax on guided tours. The museum staff, dressed as soldiers of the army and navy, will show you the clothes used in the past and other items in maritime activities.

To the south-west of the city, your MSC cruise will offer you an excursion to one of the most beautiful and evocative settings on the Atlantic coast, the small village of Peggy’s Cove, famous for its red lighthouse that was built in 1868. In this fishing village, elements of nature and domestic intimacy coexist: it is a land of boulders eroded by glaciers where the presence of humans can be found only in a handful of colorful houses and fishing shacks over the waters of the marina. The village lighthouse stands on top of a granite outcropping, made slippery by the splashes of the ocean waves.

Day 7: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada: Arrive 10.00 Depart 18.00

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 MSC 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 8: At Sea:

Day 9: Portland, Maine, USA: Arrive 07.00 Depart 19.00

Overlooking stunning Casco Bay in the state of Maine, Portland is a maritime city with an important commercial port that is historically famous but also culturally attractive. With a full nightlife including numerous clubs spread over the harbor front and downtown, Portland is the next stop on your cruise.

The immense Victorian mansions on the Western Promenade are a delight to the eye, along with all the other historic buildings in a city made up of Gothic, Colonial Revival, Mission Revival and Romanesque styles. Not to be missed is the old harbor district and the recently renovated downtown area, with five blocks filled with 19th-century shops and restaurants.

Downtown Portland is also home to some of Maine’s most important museums: the Portland Head Light Museum located in the oldest lighthouse in use in the United States (it’s truly spectacular!), and the Portland Museum of Art with collections by Picasso, Renoir and Monet. For an afternoon of shopping and relaxation, there is nothing better than a walk through Maine Mall, the largest shopping center in the city.

Day 10: Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Arrive 07.00 Depart 19.00

If there is any American city where you can breathe some “European air”, it is Boston: a large city built for people, thanks to its center area that can be easily visited on foot or by public transport. Your cruise will take you on the discovery of the capital of Massachusetts offering many opportunities to relive its history, immerse yourself in its arts, visit its museums and taste the flavors of one of America’s most famous breweries.

What makes Boston different is the unique way that it combines attention to the past with an ambitious enthusiasm for modernity. Walking through the city, it is not unusual to find a historical house from the times of the American Revolution placed next to a futuristic skyscraper, a truly fascinating mixture.

A walk along the famous Freedom Trail is one of the best ways to breathe in the atmosphere of Boston and absorb the spirit of a city rich in historical monuments.

Day 11: At Sea:

Day 12: New York, USA: Arrive 09.00

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

1 night in a 4 star New York hotel, room only.

10 Nights accommodation aboard the exceptional 4 Star MSC Meraviglia (See ship info for more help)

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.

Cirquedesoleil

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Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
17 October 2019 €1,819 Inside Book Now
17 October 2019 €1,999 Oceanview Book Now
17 October 2019 €2,389 Balcony Book Now
17 October 2019 On Request Suite Book Now

Views for outside and balconies may be obstructed

All Prices include

  • 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

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.