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Eastern Canada

The Maritimes, also called the Canadian Maritimes, is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The Maritimes, along with a fourth province - Canada's easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador - make up the region of Atlantic Canada.

As their name suggests, Canada's Maritime Provinces are dominated by the sea, with a long, jagged coastline punctured by picturesque bays, sandy beaches, towering cliffs, some of the prettiest towns in Canada and the freshest, tastiest lobster in the world

Nova Scotia

From the lakes, hills and valleys of the southwest to the ripe, forested mountains of the north, CAPE BRETON ISLAND offers the most exquisite of landscapes, reaching its melodramatic conclusion along the fretted, rocky coast of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Encircling the park and some of the adjacent shore is the Cabot Trail, reckoned to be one of the most awe-inspiring drives on the continent.

The island is also a major focus for Scottish culture; it attracted thousands of Scottish Highlanders at the end of the eighteenth century, and many of the region's settlements celebrate their Scots ancestry and Gaelic traditions in one way or another - museums, Highland Games and bagpipe-playing competitions.

Perhaps the highlight of any visit to Cape Breton is a visit to the World Heritage listed town of Lunenburg. Here you will encounter the best surviving example of a British colonial settlement in North America.

A walk down the streets of Lunenburg is sure to remind you of a journey back to a bygone era, with its unique architecture exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the town's position as a seaport and a centre for shipbuilding.

Other memorable stops included in Scenic Eclipse's Canada Maritime itineraries within Nova Scotia include Sable Island, Louisbourg, Port Hawksbury and of course the provincial capital Halifax, rich in both culture and maritime history.

Prince Edward Island

The island is a real surprise, a land of rich, red earth, gently rolling farmland and neat villages of Victorian homes. Visit in the summer and it really does seems like a rustic oasis, little changed since local-born novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery described the island floating "on the waves of the blue gulf, a green seclusion and haunt of ancient peace". Even today, Canada's smallest province remains thoroughly agricultural, with Islanders remarkably successful in controlling the pace of change. Fish and lobsters are still sold off fishing boats, doors remain unlocked and everyone seems to know everyone else; laws ban large billboards and there are no freeways.

Charlottetown, the graceful capital, may be tucked away in Canada's smallest province, but it is packed to the brim with fascinating history. As the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation, the residents take pride in their past and welcome visitors with open arms. The fabled haunts of the famed novel, 'Anne of the Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery, lie just outside the city and the magic of the novel has seeped into the local history. You will find Anne at every turn during your visit.

Charlottetown is also famous for its cuisine, with freshly caught seafood on every corner and world-class restaurants dotted throughout the town.

French Canadian Maritimes

Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence River meets the outflow of the Saguenay River, is one of the most exciting whale-watching sites in the world. Between May and October, up to 13 species of cetaceans make their way upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, to become temporary residents in the salty rich waters of the St. Lawrence. These sea mammals include blue whales, the largest animals on the planet, and the impressive humpbacks, which swim up into the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord near Tadoussac to feed.

Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the only walled community in North America and is deeply engaged in preserving its history and its unique place in Canada. Situated on the St Lawrence River, Quebec City became a strategic port for trade in timber and furs.

Bursting at the seams with rich culture, history and old-world charm, it would be difficult not to fall in love with its distinctly European charm. Quebec City is the home of French Canadian culture in North America, and you can feel over 400 years of history in the air around you as you explore the cobblestone streets, architecture and countless museums. The historic districts will take you on a journey through time - the fact they are all within walking distance from one another is simply an added bonus. Although the official language of Quebec is French, you will find plenty of people speaking English in this quaint city. Other notable ports included within Scenic Eclipse's French Canadian itineraries include the French collectivity of St.Pierre and Miquelon, Havre St. Pierre and L'Anse aux Meadows.

Quebec City

Scenic Eclipse Eastern Canada departures

title departs returns days route notes
Iceland and Canada 15 August 2019 28 August 2019 14 Reykjavik to Quebec City details
Atlantic Canada and USA 26 August 2019 11 September 2019 17 Quebec City to New York City Hotel on arrival included details
Maritimes Discovery 9 September 2019 21 September 2019 13 New York City to Halifax Hotel on arrival included details
Maritimes Discovery 19 September 2019 30 September 2019 12 Halifax to New York City Hotel on arrival included details
East Coast USA 28 September 2019 9 October 2019 12 New York to Nassau Hotel on arrival included details

Cuba

HAVANA - take a step back in time into a vibrant, spellbinding world of years gone by; wander through picture perfect old quarters and colourful cobbled streets; feel the sizzling energy of Son and Rumba as they pound the streets with their alluring beats;

Witness cigar-puffing men chatting in shop doorways as fifties Cadillacs cruise along the Art Deco streets. Dilapidated buildings ooze with old world charm as friendly locals go about their daily business. No other capital city comes near to touching Havana for authenticity - wrinkles and all, a city caught in a time warp.

Personal Tip - take a tour of a cigar factory, unbelievably atmospheric and you won't feel you are on an organised excursion.

Cuba, as well as being the largest, is among the most exciting islands in the Caribbean. Whereas other Caribbean islands have one or two major attractions: the beach, say, and perhaps one or two historic monuments Cuba has so much more.

There are dramatic mountainous landscapes, wild and unspoilt valleys, sweeping vistas of sugar cane, tobacco plantations glowing emerald green against the vermilion earth of the fields, seven exquisite cities dating from the mid-fifteenth century, an amazing variety of flora and fauna, some of the world's most beautiful beaches and above all, Cuba's greatest asset: her people.

Scenic Eclipse Cuba itineraries afford the opportunity to cruise in six-star luxury whilst visiting a number of the aforementioned cities beyond the capital.

Circa 1900 - A lector reads news to workers in a Cuban cigar factory - this still takes place today!

Trinidad (from Casilda)

Catapult yourself back in time to the colonial gem of Trinidad! Now a UNESCO heritage town, it's amazingly photogenic. Wander through winding, cobbled streets past brightly coloured buildings, visit hidden old churches and the onetime homes of the Spanish gentry, who thrived on the local sugar industry. And let's not forget, Trinidad is home to some of the best music salons on the island.

The Plaza Mayor is the heart of Trinidad. Like many Spanish colonial cities, the plaza is the centre of the city with green spaces and stunning churches. There are many restaurants that fill the buildings surrounding the square, making it a great place for lunch.

For the best views in Trinidad, head to the very top of the tower inside the Historical Museum. Make your way up the twisting spiral staircases to the top of the tower. From here is where you can get the quintessential picture of Trinidad and the beautiful yellow bell tower with the mountains in the background. On the ground floor, there are a number of historical items from the city's past.

Although Trinidad is not the main tobacco growing region, like most places in Cuba you can still find some tobacco fields near Trinidad. Just ask around, or look for the tobacco drying barns which are easy to spot with their quintessential shape. Also note, if you are looking for Cuban cigars in Trinidad, they are simply called tobacco, not cigars (same in all of Cuba). There is a popular brand of cigars with the same name as the city, but the factory is in the west along with the rest of major tobacco production, and not in Trinidad.

Santiago de Cuba

The second largest city in Cuba and once a revolutionary hotbed, Santiago has long been known as a thriving melting pot.

Situated closer to Haiti and the Dominican Republic than to Havana, it leans east rather than west, a crucial factor shaping this city's unique identity,

Fidel Castro used it to launch his embryonic revolution, Don Facundo Bacardí based his first-ever rum factory here, and nearly every Cuban music genre from salsa to son first emanated from these dusty, rhythmic and sensuous streets.

The colonial casco histórico (historical centre) retains a time-worn air reminiscent of Salvador in Brazil or forgotten New Orleans.

African-Caribbean influences are clear in the local culture, the July carnival is one of the biggest in the Caribbean and the intriguing Santeria Voodoo belief system is ever present. Santiago is also known as the birthplace of music such as Son and Salsa.

Maria La Gorda

Maria La Gorda is located on Cuba's south-western coast on the sweeping Bahia de Corrientes and owes its names to a plump Venezuelan girl who was abducted by pirates and abandoned here in colonial times.

Maria La Gorda

The area is pristine and undeveloped with miles of deserted powder white beaches, warm clear waters and beautiful coral reefs. It is a remote destination and this not only adds to the adventure of visiting this amazing place, but it also assures you that the scuba diving is amazing. Very few people get to dive in these waters, so the fish and wildlife are much less fearful and the beautiful seafloor is undisturbed by humans. Snorkelling is also a good option here because of the abundant marine life.

You can discover more than twenty coral species, as well as numerous fish, lobster and crab.

For bird spotters, more than a hundred native species nest locally, including the green woodpecker, the parrot and Cuba's national bird, the colourful tocororo, as well as numerous temporary residents.

Cienfuegos

Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba, Cienfuegos is a compelling place to visit. With its colourful facades, wide streets and charming French colonial architecture, it rightfully deserves the Perla de la Sur (Pearl of the South) title.

Founded by the French in 1819, Cienfuegos is one of Cuba's newest settlements and feels quite different to the rest of the country, maintaining an atmosphere reminiscent of 19th century France, its elegant classical architecture earning it a Unesco World Heritage Site listing in 2005.

Geographically, the city is split into two distinct parts: the colonnaded central zone with its stately Paseo del Prado and graceful park; and Punta Gorda, a thin knife of land slicing into the bay with a clutch of outrageously eclectic palaces built by the moneyed classes in the 1920s.

Cienfuegos has some amazing mansions built in the 1920's

Scenic Eclipse Cuba departures

title departs returns days route notes
Cuba in Depth 7 October 2019 21 October 2019 15 Nassau to Havana, Cuba Hotel on arrival included details
Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean 19 October 2019 31 October 2019 13 Havana to Cartagena, Colombia Hotel on arrival included details
Ultimate Caribbean and Central America 19 October 2019 9 November 2019 22 Havana to Callao(Lima) Hotel on arrival included details