Shore Excursions in Canada and New England
By Viator, February 2014
Cruises to one of America’s most historic cities dock at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on the South Boston waterfront. English is the local language, and the currency is the US dollar. No matter what your interests – history, sports, architecture, culture – there are activities to fuel your fire. Walk the Freedom Trail to see historic sites, check out Fenway Park to see where the Red Sox play or take a shore excursion to visit surrounding towns like Cambridge.
The Atlantic city of Halifax sits on the southern coast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Ships dock at the Seaport, where you can catch a Metro Transit bus or walk 10 minutes into downtown. Take a bike tour shore excursion to see the city’s sights and enjoy the fresh Canadian air, or check out historic sites like Citadel Hill and the old warehouses on the boardwalk. The language of Nova Scotia is English, although you may here French, as well. The currency is the Canadian dollar.
Elegant Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. Cruises dock at the Iberville Passenger Terminal, from where you can walk to the old town. The currency is the Canadian dollar; the official language of Quebec is French, but English – Canada’s other language – is often spoken as well. A UNESCO City of Design, Montreal is overflowing with gorgeous historical buildings and a Paris-like vibe. Take a walking tour shore excursion or buy a hop-on hop-off pass to explore on your own.
New York City
Ah, New York, New York. The US capital of fashion, finance, food, theater… just about everything, really, will draw you in with its bright lights and famous sights. Ships dock at the cruise terminal on the west side of Manhattan, between West 48th Street and West 52nd Street, just a few piers down from the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. This puts you in walking distance to Midtown attractions like Rockefeller Center and Times Square. The currency is the US dollar, and the language is English.
Quebec City, the capital of Quebec, is one of North America’s oldest cities, and the only city in US or Canada that has city walls (which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) with its historical landmarks and European-style architecture, is the city’s main attraction. You can get there easily, whether your ship docks at Le Vieux Port (the Old Port) or Le Basse Ville (the Old City). The currency is the Canadian dollar, and the official language is French, although English is spoken by many locals, as well.
In laidback Vancouver, on the southern coast of mainland British Columbia, enjoying the Great Outdoors is the name of the game. Shore excursions include garden tours and day trips to Grouse Mountain and Whistler, but if you’re more ‘indoorsy,’ visit the Granville Island market or eat and drink your way around town, from seafood to Asian to locally brewed beer. Ships dock at one of two terminals – the convenient Canada Place and the more out-of-the-way Ballantyne Pier. The language is English, and the currency is the Canadian dollar.
A little slice of Britain on a Pacific Northwest island, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and offers shore excursions to suit any taste, from whale watching to a castle tour to the famous Butchart Gardens. Or, just walk around the charming downtown, having high tea and admiring the picturesque waterfront. Ships dock Ogden Point, about a 20-minute walk from downtown. The language is English, and the currency is the Canadian dollar.
Tours & Tickets
Have a few hours to kill in Vancouver before your cruise? Then opt for a Vancouver City Highlights Tour ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Sit back, relax and enjoy an easy transfer between the Port of Vancouver cruise ship terminals and downtown Victoria aboard a comfortable coach and the BC ... Read more
Duration: 4.5 hours (approx)
While you’re in port in Quebec City, explore its beautiful surrounding countryside on a half-day sightseeing tour to magnificent Montmorency Falls (higher than ... Read more
Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
When your cruise ship docks in Boston, spend your time seeing the city's top attractions on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour! Explore Boston at your leisure with ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 24 hours
Make the most of your time in Montreal with this shore excursion before or after your cruise. Aboard a deluxe coach offering live commentary by a friendly ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
While in port in Quebec, enjoy the flavors of French food at its finest on this small-group walking tour. You'll eat like a true local as your guide takes you ... Read more
Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Make the most of your time while in port in Quebec City with this 2-hour shore excursion. Soak up the French atmosphere of Old Quebec and visit several ... Read more
Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
When your cruise ship docks in Boston, relive the Kennedy Years on a shore excursion while touring Boston's historical landmarks and points of interest, both ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
While in port in Montreal, create your own itinerary and set your own timetable with a two-day ticket on the hop-on hop-off city tour. During this sightseeing ... Read more