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Crystal’s Canada/New England itineraries to feature fascinating guests


Experts from the worlds of medicine, politics and government, finance and even show business will be on-board guests during Crystal Cruises’ New England/Canada itineraries in October.

The list of prominent personalities include the physician and international humanitarian, Dr. Bob Arnot, and the former Senate majority leader, Tom Daschle. They are among the notable newsmakers scheduled for four voyages departing from New York, Boston and Montréal aboard Crystal Symphony.

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On-board spending credits extended to more Crystal cruises

The European trial of Crystal Cruises’ All Inclusive – As You Wish program proved so popular that the luxury line has extended the concept – shipboard credits good for just about any expenditure while on vacation with Crystal – to nearly all its cruises this year and most of next year.

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Choose Your Cruise: Canada New England


With the approach of autumn, cruise lines begin to chart new courses, particularly in North America’s Northeast, where many ships sail between New York and Montreal.

Ranging from one to two weeks, Canada and New England cruises typically skirt North America’s East Coast for nature’s unparalled annual display of fall foliage. On cruises to New England and Canada, passengers witness a spectacular palette of colors as leaves change from emerald green to hues of ruby, amber and gold.

Itineraries are designed to ensure that there is plenty of time ashore to sample succulent Maine lobster, scavenge for antiques and amble through quaint towns and parks. Ships typically drop anchor in Boston, Newport and/or Bar Harbor, Maine as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Quebec City and Montreal, Quebec.

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Passports required, even to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean


Don’t forget your passport, even if you are an American cruising to your friendly neighbors in Canada, the Caribbean or Mexico. New rules require passports, and your border crossings are likely to go smoother, too. It may sound counterintuitive, but officials say that border crossings actually move along faster when passports are required, and as of June 1, passports – or the new passport ID card – will be required for returning Carribean, Mexico and Canada cruise passengers, even U.S. citizens.

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Train To The Tribe

When I visited Sept-Iles, the train service to visit the Innu Community had not yet started. But I did get an overview from a helicopter, and the trip along the Moise River looked promising then.

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Meeting In Mingan

I never suspected that I would come face-to-face with Canada’s aboriginal people, but that’s just what happened on the day I visited tiny Havre-Saint-Pierre. On a tour offered to cruise passengers, I visited the Innu people, and it turned out to be one of the most interesting tours of my life.

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Finding Contentment In Quebec

Ralph in Quebec CityI had traveled the world before traveling to Quebec, and if my foot could reach my behind, I would kick myself for doing so. Of all the places I have visited, Quebec surely ranks in my top ten. The irony is that I traveled halfway around the world to visit less-inspiring places when Quebec was (and is) fewer than three hours by air from my home. The French-speaking Canadian province is practically in my own backyard, and yet it took a cruise (from Boston) and 49 years to get me there.

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Seductive Saguenay

Seductive Saguenay

It’s a 2.5-hour drive from Quebec City to the Saguenay region. We pointed our car toward La Baie, where we checked in to L’ Auberge des 21. Located on the shore of the Saguenay Fjord, the warm family inn also features fine regional (read: French) cuisine at a shockingly good restaurant for such a small inn.

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Quintessential Quebec

Quebec City Restaurant

Quebec City offers beauty, fine dining and delightful diversions. And that’s just in the train station. Our three-hour train journey from Montreal to Quebec ended in what has been called ‘the most beautiful train station in North America.’ Reminiscent of similar grand terminals in Europe, Quebec City’s train station attracts those who come here not only to travel by rail but also to dine at the best steak house in town, according to our cab driver. The train station also houses a few shops and even a dentist office, should you want to dash in for a quick cleaning before the conductor calls ‘All Aboard.’

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Marvelous Montreal

Marvelous Montreal

If there is one phrase that characterizes Quebec, it is ‘et pourquoi pas?’ The phrase, which translates to ‘and why not?’ seems to be on the tip of every Quebecer’s tongue. It is a ready response of permissiveness and tolerance, a defender of an important concept — the joie de vivre or ‘joy of living’ — that is alive and thriving in Quebec.

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