St. Lawrence River Cruise: Canada to The East Coast
From Toronto, set sail aboard 184-guest Le Bellot or Le Dumont D’Urville for the vast unspoiled expanses of Canada and the North American coast on a St. Lawrence River cruise. Sail along the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario, then into the St. Lawrence River, a prodigious waterway home to exceptionally beautiful nature.
Call at two emblematic cities: Montreal, famous for its energy and cultural vibrancy, and Quebec, capital of Canada’s Beautiful Province, located on the St Lawrence estuary and founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. Enjoy whale watching in Tadoussac National Park, where the mammals gather to feed before winter. Explore Perce, one of the most scenic villages of Quebec, before cruising along the coasts of historic Nova Scotia. Head south to Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1604. This small bustling town on the northeast coast of the state of Maine is a seaside resort whose appeal lies in its stunning landscapes, including those of Acadia National Park. End the trip in Gloucester, the oldest port in the United States.
Unique to the main itinerary is a visit to the City of Sanguenay, a dramatic fjord and outdoor paradise featuring walks and boat trips within the various national parks studded throughout its larger region.
The themed Symphony on The St. Lawrence: From Quebec to The Canadian Maritimes – is a unique departure from a collection of Ponant sailings operated in alliance with Smithsonian Journeys. The itinerary follows a similar route with a unique visit to Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island and home to stunning gardens and the Anne of Green Gables House. Ponant & Smithsonian Journeys voyages uniquely include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the local environment and culture. Look for the themed icon in the Rates and Dates table below.
These small boat cruises on the St. Lawrence River are offered aboard one of two identical sister ships: 184-guest Le Bellot or Le Dumont D’Urville. These ships offer 100% private balconies or terraces, innovative equipment, elegantly designed guest accommodations and welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside. A variety of onboard activities engage guests while the ship cruises, including the Blue Eye underwater lounge–a multi-sensory space in the ship’s hull featuring hydrophones, expansive underwater views and other amenities that create the feeling of being underwater beside the marine life that the ship is sailing past.