Montreal, located in the Canadian province of Quebec, is the second largest city in all of Canada. It is also the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world. Montreal is composed of boroughs, several that used to be cities in themselves, include a variety of interesting neighborhoods. This city is filled with wonderful restaurants, bars, great music venues, and a variety of other places to enjoy. The cruising season in Montreal is typically from May through October, and cruises often range in length from 7- to over 14-nights. A Canada & New England itinerary is typically what is offered on all cruises leaving from Montreal. There are also a couple of one-way itineraries to more distant ports (i.e. Miami) available.
There are several cruise lines offering cruises from Montreal: Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Ponant, Seabourn, and Windstar. Oceania and Seabourn are luxury brands that offer premium cruises with a number of inclusive amenities (see the details provided throughout the site regarding each cruise line for full details).
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Montreal, QC. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Montreal, QC. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Montreal, QC:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Montreal, along with a brief description:
♦ Old Montreal
Also known as Vieux-Montréal (in French), Old Montreal is the city’s oldest area. It is a beautiful area that's filled with historic buildings, making it easier than ever to take in the local culture. You might even feel like you’re in Europe rather than North America in this part of Montreal! Old Montreal is a great place to check out before or after you’re cruise, especially if you like to walk and explore!
♦ Notre-Dame Basilica
Located in Old Montreal, this basilica (built in 1656) has dramatic architecture and is quite hard to miss while exploring this area. It is actually the oldest Catholic church in Montreal. Inside the church you will discover a beautiful interior with impressive stained-glass windows and a huge pipe organ. This church typically charges an entry fee, but it is well worth it if you are into historic buildings and culture. Visiting Notre-Dame Basilica is sure to be another great memory!
♦ Mont Royal
Also known as Mount Royal, this is a 764-foot mountain that is home to Mount Royal Park (one of the largest greenspaces in all of Montreal). You will have an amazing view of the city from this mountain, as well as a great place to enjoy spending some time outdoors. If you like to hike, you definitely don’t want to miss out on visiting this place before or after cruising from Montreal.
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