For its upcoming Canada cruise schedule from New York aboard the 102,000-ton Carnival Victory – which kicks off tomorrow with a new itinerary, four-day voyages to Bay of Fundy/Saint John – Carnival Cruise Lines will offer an unprecedented 70 exciting and attractive shore excursion choices, including more than 20 new selections.
The Carnival Victory’s popular Canada cruise program kicks off next week with a special four-day cruise to the Bay of Fundy/Saint John departing Tuesday, June 12, 2007 (the ship begins its regular four-day “long weekend” Bay of Fundy/Saint John cruises departing Thursdays June 21, 2007). The schedule also includes five-day cruises to the Bay of Fundy/Saint John and Halifax, Nova Scotia departing Mondays and Saturdays. The Carnival Victory’s four- and five-day Canada cruises run through September 3, 2007.
“In addition to a convenient New York departure – an exciting destination in its own right - our Canadian Maritime cruises aboard Carnival Victory provide an attractive ‘Fun Ship’ alternative, offering guests an opportunity to partake in unique landside experiences and view beautiful scenery, while sailing aboard a spectacular floating resort,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
He added that the Bay of Fundy/Saint John cruises from New York provide northeastern U.S. residents with an attractive “long weekend” getaway featuring an exciting new four-day “Fun Ship” cruise option, while five-day voyages offer two charming destinations, Saint John and Halifax, each with a personality all its own.
The Carnival Victory’s new Canadian shore excursion choices include:
Lobster and Lighthouses (Halifax) – This tour provides an up-close look at the life of Canadian lobsterman and visits three of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful lighthouses. The excursion begins with a boat tour where guests help the captain and crew pull out lobster traps and includes a delicious lobster feast and time for shopping along the waterfront.
Hopewell Rocks - Bay of Fundy Escape (Saint John) – This nine-hour tour provides participants the opportunity to experience the famous Flower Pot Rocks (detail), and includes a visit to one of the last remaining manned lighthouses in Canada.
Bachelor of Beer Arts (Halifax) – In addition to the opportunity to sample several different varieties of fine brews, the excursion includes a visit to the Atlantic Beer Institute for an in-depth look at the history of one of the world's oldest beverages and a guided tour of the oldest brewery in North America.
Lunenburg & Coastal Drive Expedition (Halifax) – This UNESCO - Designated World Heritage site is highlighted by spectacular centuries-old architecture, unique streetscapes and a vibrant waterfront lined with art galleries, craft studios and boutiques.
Valley & Vineyard (Halifax) – The six-and-a-half-hour tour travels through the heart of Nova Scotia’s beautiful and fertile Annapolis Valley, known for its French Acadian history, lush fields and orchards, and top-quality vineyards where a light lunch is served. Also included is a visit to a local fromagerie, guided by guest's own sommelier.
Peggy’s Cove with Lobster Lunch (Halifax) – Following a traditional lobster lunch, guests can explore the charming coastal village of Peggy’s Cove, a rustic community nestled along the water’s edge offering a look at the area’s still-vibrant seafaring past.
Saint John River Cruise – Sail back in time aboard a riverboat along the majestic Saint John River, often referred to as the “Rhine of North America.” While on the tour, a guide explains the region’s rich history and points out the many interesting sights, including lighthouses and native animal, sea and plant life that call this ecosystem home.
Peggy’s Cove & Double Decker City Tour (Halifax) – Featuring the best of Halifax, participants can visit two of Nova Scotia’s most popular sightseeing stops – majestic Peggy’s Cove and Halifax, which feature colorful coastal fishing villages and one of the most photographed lighthouses in North America.
The new tours complement the wide range of popular tours available in conjunction with the Carnival Victory’s four- and five-day Canada voyages, including: St Martins and the Bay of Fundy (Saint John) – In addition to providing unique insight into life in rural New Brunswick, this tour offers guests an opportunity to get an “up close and personal” look at the world-famous Bay of Fundy tides and explore the city’s majestic harbor and beach.
The Bay of Fundy at Fundy National Park (Saint John) –This seven-hour tour is highlighted by a visit to Alma Beach on the Bay of Fundy where a knowledgeable National Park interpreter will provide insight into the bay’s ecosystems. The tour concludes with a hike through the Acadian forest to the picturesque Dickson Falls.
Trolley Round Saint John (Saint John) – On this fun and relaxing excursion, guests board a San Francisco-style trolley, similar to turn-of-the-century streetcars, and meander through Saint John, with a guide pointing out local landmarks, including the legendary Reversing Falls, along the way.
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea Garden Tour (Saint John) – This tour begins with a scenic drive along the Bay of Fundy Coast to spectacular St. Andrews where participants enjoy a private tour of its award-winning Kingsbrae Garden followed by lunch with magnificent views of Passamaquoddy Bay.
Moosehead Beer Tasting & City Highlights (Saint John) – Guests can sample some of the finest beer products in the Canadian Maritimes while enjoying live entertainment by local musicians. During the tour, guests learn about the history of Canadian brewing and are provided with an overview of the wide range of beers produced locally.
Ride the Rapids (Saint John) – This thrilling excursion provides the once-in-lifetime opportunity to ride Saint John’s Reversing Falls Rapids via a multi-person watercraft. At the end of the tour, participants enjoy a leisurely tour of the city, which includes a visit to the oldest continuous running farmers market in Canada.
Harbor Cruise & City Highlights (Saint John) – Combining a scenic boat ride with an informative guided motorcoach ride, this unique land/sea excursion provides participants with an opportunity to tour colorful streets of Saint John and its famous Reversing Falls Rapids.
All Day Hop On/Hop Off Double Decker (Halifax) – This highly flexible excursion option offers maximum opportunities to see the popular sights of Halifax via an authentic London-style double decker bus. More than a dozen stops are available, including Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and the lush Victorian Public Gardens.
Halifax & Peggy’s Cove (Halifax) – During this three-and-one-half-hour tour, participants can experience the unique historical charm and coastal beauty of one of Atlantic Canada’s most popular destinations. The day concludes with a visit to Peggy’s Cove distinguished by its brightly hued homes and weathered fishing piers and boats.
In addition to visits to popular eastern Canada cruise destinations, guests sailing aboard the Carnival Victory can enjoy the ship’s wide-range of dining, entertainment and activity choices. These include three restaurants – twin two-level main dining rooms and a 1,200-seat poolside eatery with a 24-hour pizzeria – a 15,000-square-foot health and fitness center, an on-board duty-free shopping mall, full casino gambling, and 18 lounges and bars with dramatic interiors inspired by the world’s great bodies of water.
Also available are “Camp Carnival” and “Club O2,” with expansive facilities and supervised activities for children and teens, respectively, along with an Internet café/Wi-Fi access and cell phone service.
Carnival Victory also offers a wide range of accommodation categories, including several different levels of private balcony staterooms and suites – ideal for viewing scenic Canadian ports. All Carnival Victory accommodations feature the Carnival Comfort Bed with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.
In addition to the four- and five-day Canada departures, Carnival Victory will operate four seven-day “fall foliage” cruises round-trip from New York Sept. 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2007. Ports of call include Boston, Portland, Maine; Bay of Fundy/Saint John, and Halifax.