Halifax, Canada - American, USA & Canada Cruises

The star-shaped fortress stands guard to this fascinating city. Stand beside Sir Samuel Cunard himself, our visionary Nova Scotia founder has been immortalised in bronze and again presides over his elegant, hometown waterfront. Visit Halifax gardens – a tranquil tapestry of manicured lawns, winding paths and iron railings – crowned by an ornate Victorian bandstand.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Peggy’s Cove, Lobster & Maple

    This tour captures the essence of Nova Scotia - great hospitality, succulent seafood and a spectacular unspoilt coastline.

    Peggy’s Cove, Lobster & Maple

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the highlights of Halifax, as you travel along the through the historic waterfront and financial district, before heading along the scenic lighthouse route to visit one of the world’s most famous seascapes, Peggy’s Cove. Have your camera ready, to capture the crashing surf and rugged granite coastline of this tiny fishing community. The picturesque fishing village has long been a backdrop for tales of pirates, rum runners and shipwrecks, not to mention spectacular sunsets. Peggy’s Cove is also home to perhaps the world’s most photographed lighthouse. Enjoy some free time to explore and shop for souvenirs or join your kilted guide as they host a walking tour of the Lower Cove. Then, it is time to experience the true taste of Nova Scotia, as you dine on a full lobster luncheon. Afterwards, you will head to the Acadian Maple for a short stop. This specialty retail store produces delicious Canadian Maple Syrup on site, and there is also a gift shop offering a variety of Maple Syrup items.

    To round off your tour, a sightseeing drive of Halifax will made, before returning to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are no pavements at Peggy’s Cove. The roads are narrow but paved and hilly in places and the rocks around the Cove may be slippery. Guests wishing to have an alternative to lobster should advise the Shore Excursions team on board in advance of the call. The order of this tour may vary.

    Tour code

    YHZ_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Walking Tour of Halifax

    A seaport that is overflowing with history and atmosphere. Walking is the ideal way to explore the sites and tranquil gardens.

    Walking Tour of Halifax

    Set off from the quayside by bus with your kilted guide for a short drive to the heart of Halifax and discover the downtown area the way it’s seen best - on foot.

    Take a leisurely walk through the beautiful Public Gardens, encompassing 17 acres of Victorian paths, lush flowerbeds and sparkling fountains. Founded in 1866, these are the oldest Victorian gardens in North America.

    Enjoy the bustle of Spring Garden Road, lined with boutiques and cafés and walk past elegant Georgian and Victorian arches, which help the city retain its historic charm. Stroll through the lovely Grand Parade Square and see the oldest Anglican church in Canada. Learn the history of Province House and City Hall, overlooked by the picture-perfect Town Clock, perched on Citadel Hill.

    At the end of your walking tour, you’ll have time to browse the quaint shops and heritage buildings of the Historic Properties, located on the Halifax waterfront.

    After your guided tour, you may wish to remain in the city and return to the ship at your leisure or walk with your guide back to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for this tour. Guests are advised that the transfer may be by double-decker bus or coach.

    Tour code

    YHZ_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Cunard & Titanic

    Discover the connection that Halifax has with the birth of the Cunard Line, and the part it played following the Titanic tragedy.

    Cunard & Titanic

    Cruising on a Cunard Line ship would not be complete without a close look at Samuel Cunard’s Halifax connection. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of a master carpenter and timber merchant, Samuel Cunard became the world's foremost shipping magnate in the nineteenth century.

    His company created and operated the finest passenger liners and transformed navigation of the world's oceans. During your tour you will learn of Samuel Cunard’s transatlantic steamship service, which was inspired by his ferry system in Halifax. The focus of this tour is also on the city’s compassionate relief efforts and recovery operations after the Titanic tragedy. You will visit the renowned Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses a combination of fascinating Cunard and Titanic exhibits.

    Your journey will take you past the property where Samuel Cunard’s childhood home once stood, and St Paul’s Church, the oldest Protestant church in Canada and where Samuel Cunard was baptised.

    A visit will also be made to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the largest resting place of the Titanic victims, and a drive will be made by the beautiful home of George Wright - the only Haligonian to perish on the Titanic.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    YHZ_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Peggy's Cove by Limousine

    Visit the most photographed lighthouse in the world at Peggy’s Cove in ‘style’ in a chauffeur driven limousine.

    Peggy's Cove by Limousine

    Be welcomed by your personal driver- guide and step inside your limousine for a drive to Peggy’s Cove. Your guide will lead you down to the lower Cove whilst giving you the history of the area and lighthouse. You may even have the opportunity to touch a real live lobster. See the beautifully carved imagines of life and the people in a piece of granite stone, created by local resident, William deGarthe. Have your camera ready to take a photograph of the amazing rock formations forged during the last Ice Age. Your return drive by limousine, takes you for a brief stop at Acadian Maple to learn why Nova Scotia produces the best maple syrup, along with a photograph stop at the Halifax Citadel.

    The limousine is not exclusive, each vehicle accommodates six guests. The lower Cove is an optional walk with your guide. Protection from the rain is recommended in case of Atlantic mists. There are no pavements at Peggy’s Cove. The drive to Peggy’s Cove is along narrow and winding roads, and the rocks around Peggy’s Cove can be slippery. Comfortable, flat non slip walking shoes are recommended.For the comfort of all guests, food and Drink is not permitted inside the limousine and this is strictly adhered to.

    Tour code

    YHZ_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Coastal Drive to Peggys Cove

    Beautifully situated on a glacial carved landscape, Peggy’s Cove lighthouse has long been an inspiration to artists and photographers.

    Coastal Drive to Peggys Cove

    Embark on a scenic drive along the winding coastal highway of the lighthouse route, passing picturesque fishing villages to Peggy’s Cove.

    Upon arrival, you may choose to accompany your kilted guide on an optional walking tour of the Lower Cove, have your camera ready as you pass by the famous lighthouse, perched among a mass of boulders and admire a huge granite carving which depicts the life and the people of the area, by local artist William de Garthe.

    Enjoy some free time to stroll around the harbour, passing colourful clapboard cottages and fishing shacks, and browse the small shops for souvenirs, local handicrafts and artwork.

    Returning to Halifax, enjoy a short drive around the city to familiarise yourself with its many highlights.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Protection from the rain is recommended in case of Atlantic mists. There are no pavements at Peggy’s Cove. The drive to Peggy’s Cove is along narrow and winding roads, and the rocks around Peggy’s Cove can be slippery. Comfortable, flat non slip walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    YHZ_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • City of Halifax

    Discover the historic streets of Halifax as your kilted guide introduces you to one of North America's most captivating cities.

    City of Halifax

    A tranquil setting amidst the bustle of commercial Halifax, the Public Gardens encompass 17 acres of lush flowers, duck ponds, sparkling fountains and Victorian footpaths.

    The Halifax Citadel is one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites and lies on a natural drumlin overlooking the entire city with super views of the harbour. Explore the restored barracks, magazines and corridors, or take in an audio-visual show on the Fort’s history.

    En route to a shopping stop on Spring Garden Road see many city highlights such as Province House, Old Town Clock, and the Historic Properties; a collection of restored buildings, including stone warehouses built to hold privateers’ booty at the turn of the 18th century.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. At the Citadel there is a fair amount of walking on uneven ground with steps to negotiate to at the panoramic viewpoint. Guests may stay on board the coach during the stops. Total walking time is expected to be around 45 minutes.

    Tour code

    YHZ_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Annapolis Valley Wine & Wolfville

    Head to the Annapolis Valley to sample some wine and to visit the charming town of Wolfville.

    Annapolis Valley Wine & Wolfville

    Sit back and relax as you take a drive through Halifax and onto the Annapolis Valley, admiring the lovely surrounding scenery en route.

    A photograph stop will be made at one of the vantage points to view the Bay of Fundy, famous for its muddy banks and high tides, before continuing to the award-winning winery, Grand Pre. A guided tour will show you the beautifully landscaped grounds with row upon row of grapevines. Discover how the top quality Nova Scotia wines are produced and there will also be an opportunity to sample their finest wine.

    Afterwards, you’ll head to the ship building town of Wolfville, once voted as ‘one of the best towns to live in Canada’. The delightful town centre has a cosmopolitan feel with a variety of shops and al fresco cafés. Here, you’ll be given free time to explore at your own leisure. Perhaps browse the shops or purchase a snack or refreshment. You may wish to take a stroll to the Wolfville Harbour Park, which offers another view of the Bay of Fundy.

    Your return drive to Halifax will allow you to enjoy more of the beauty of this area, before arriving at the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The wine tasting is only permitted for those over the age of 19. Proof of ID may be required. Free time at Wolfville is around one hour. This tour involves approximately one hour of walking over varying terrain, including steps. Walking during free time in Wolfville is at guests’ discretion. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is required for purchases.

    Tour code

    YHZ_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Tall Ship Sailaway

    The sound of sea shanties fills the air as the charming captain and crew await your arrival.

    Tall Ship Sailaway

    Tall ship, ‘Silva’ is located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront. After a short walk you’ll board the classic tall ship and set sail to enjoy the fabulous views of Halifax from the deck.

    Discover this historic seaside city with miles of shoreline guarded by George’s Island and its graceful lighthouse. Keep a lookout for marine life whilst the crew and captain haul the lines and raise the sails. Whilst onboard, sample some local fare as you tuck into Canadian maple tarts and Nova Scotian fresh blueberry tarts, accompanied by soft drinks and coffee or tea.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy a toe tapping performance by a local fiddler and when the music breaks there will be a commentary highlighting the points of interest along the way.

    Most of all, on your voyage you’ll savour the legendary hospitality that Atlantic Canada is most famous for.

    This excursion will operate by tall ship. To board the tall ship there is a 10-15 minute walk each way on flat paved ground and a wooden boardwalk. The tall ship sailing is around 1½ hours. The gangway has a slight incline and once on board there are several steps down to the lounge area and facilities. The raising of the sails is weather dependant and it may be necessary for the ship engines to be used. The open deck has a canopy covering in case of inclement weather. It is advisable to bring a light jacket as it may feel cooler once on the water.

    Tour code

    YHZ_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Lure of Lunenburg

    Discover Lunenburg, commonly known as the ‘the prettiest town in Canada’ and recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Lure of Lunenburg

    Now a bustling fishing port, Lunenburg was once considered to be one of the busiest shipbuilding towns in the world, and was the birthplace of the world-famous racing schooner, Bluenose. The town’s distinctive architecture and extraordinary scenic beauty is a colourful reminder of its maritime heritage.

    Embark on a walking tour with your local guide, through the town’s streets and along the working waterfront, as you learn the history of this quaint, picturesque town. Luncheon will be served at a local restaurant, and afterwards you will have some free time to explore the town at your own leisure.

    Leaving Lunenburg, you’ll take a short drive along the coast to the resort town of Mahone Bay for a brief visit. Enjoy an independent stroll, before the return drive to Halifax.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Lunenburg is around 1½ hours each way. The walking tour will take approximately 30 minutes and free time in Lunenburg is around 1¼ hours. Free time in Mahone Bay is approximately 30 minutes. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember to take local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    YHZ_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • McNabs Island Walk

    Head across the water to discover the tranquillity and beauty of McNabs Island.

    McNabs Island Walk

    Leaving the pier on foot, you’ll take a stroll to the Tall Ships Quay for the short boat ride from Halifax to McNabs Island. This 925 acre island has a colourful history and has been shrouded in mystery and intrigue for centuries. Its unspoilt haven of natural beauty feels a world away from the mainland.

    Discover hidden coves and abandoned forts as you explore areas of the island with your guide. View the lighthouse which was built during WWII as a military Martello Tower and later adapted as a lighthouse. It was here in 1852 that Doctor Abraham Gesner trialled his newly invented kerosene fuel to operate the lighthouse. You’ll also see the foundations of Fort McNab National Historic Site, where construction began in 1889. It was the first fortification in Halifax to use breech-loading guns, making it the most powerful fort to guard Halifax.

    As your visit draws to an end, you’ll return by boat to Halifax and take a leisurely walk back to the ship.

    This excursion will operate on foot and by boat. The walk is extensive and guests must be in good physical condition. This tour involves around two hours of walking over varying terrain, which includes gravel, grass and sand which is uneven and inclined in parts. It is essential to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. It is recommended to wear a rain jacket and to along bring a bottle of water. This tour is not suitable for children.

    Tour code

    YHZ_026

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Big Pink Bus - Hop On Hop Off

    Hop on and hop off around Halifax on the Big Pink Bus.

    Big Pink Bus - Hop On Hop Off

    Climb aboard an authentic London double-decker bus and discover the sights of Halifax.

    Enjoy a variety of stops on the fully narrated 90 minute round trip loop including the Halifax Citadel, Public Gardens, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Province House and great shopping destinations such as the Hydrostone District, Historic Properties and Spring Garden Road.

    You’ll have the opportunity to remain on board throughout or hop on and hop off as you please, which provides the flexibility to plan your own schedule and to discover some of the city’s highlights.

    This excursion will operate by double-decker bus. Admissions for city attractions are not included and are at your discretion. This tour departs from the quayside approximately every 15-30 minutes throughout the day, depending on traffic. Guests are requested to present their ticket/pass every time they wish to re-board the bus. This tour is not exclusive to Cunard. A portion of the proceeds from this tour are donated directly to the Breast Cancer Foundation. On selected days, big pink buses may be used in conjunction with double deckers.

    Tour code

    YHZ_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Halifax & Harbour Duck Tour

    Enjoy the sights of Halifax from land and sea aboard an amphibious Duck vehicle.

    Halifax & Harbour Duck Tour

    Ducks are amphibious trucks created for use as military ship-to-shore transport during World War II. Today, the majority of them are used in cities as a unique way to see the local sights and attractions from both land and water. Halifax is one of those cities…………

    Your Duck will take you through the streets of Halifax before splashing into the world’s second largest natural harbour for an exciting cruise along the Halifax waterfront. Sail past the dockyards and admire the city’s modern skyline.

    Back on dry land, your tour will continue through Halifax where you can admire more of the city highlights, before returning to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by duck. There is no walking during this tour, but guests must be able to negotiate 12 steps when boarding the Duck. Please note the ride may be bumpy. In the event of small craft warnings, the water portion of the tour may have to be cancelled. The Duck is open air with partial cover, therefore it is recommended to carry a light jacket in case of inclement or cold weather. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    YHZ_023

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1 hour

Our Ships

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Christened by her namesake, Her Majesty The Queen in October 2010, Queen Elizabeth is the newest Cunard ship and the third to bear the name. Modern and spacious, she has everything you’d wish for on board.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2

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Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

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