Cruise Diaries: New England for History Lovers

Cruising to Canada and New England aboard Holland America Line’s ms Veendam is a little like sailing back in time — discovering destinations whose history and culture remains preserved even today. From historical landmarks and vintage artifacts to both natural and architectural wonders, antiquity abounds in these necks of the woods.

Here’s a photo journey of my Canada/New England cruise:

Citadelle of Quebec has the perfect view of Chateau Frontenanc, the most recognazible architectural landmark in quebec

The Citadelle of Quebec (top left) offers the perfect vantage point for the Château Frontenac seen off in the distance. Built in 1893, this popular hotel is now easily the most recognizable architectural landmark of Quebec City. Both structures are designated as National Historic Sites of Canada.


A horse drawn carriage drives up the streets of Quebec City

Parts of Quebec City eschew cars and busses in favor of more traditional forms of transportation, like horse-drawn carriage tours, perfect for cruisers in port for the day. This black buggy was seen skirting the city’s classic buildings. Up the hill in the distance is a preview of Quebec City’s modern architecture.


Blue waters and sandy beaches at Cabot Trail, a scenic coastal drive starting in Sydney Nova Scotia

Beginning in Sydney, Canada, the Cabot Trail, named after the explorer John Cabot, is a scenic coastal drive through Nova Scotia that stretches along rocky tree-lined cliffs and stony driftwood-strewn beaches. Bus tours take cruisers along the route, brimming with stunning photo stops along the way.


Vibrant Adirondack Chairs offer great views at the Keltic Lodge Resort, while the Halifax Seaport shows a statue of Sir Sammuel Cunard

Farther along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, at another brief tour stop, the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa’s serene surroundings are best taken in from the comfort of vibrantly colored Adirondack chairs (top left).

Sir Samuel Cunard, the founder of Cunard Line, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is now immortalized as a statue near the cruise port terminal (top right).


Fairview Lawn Cemetery, final resting point for many of the deceased passengers of the Titanic.

When the fateful Titanic sank in 1912, the recovered bodies of the deceased passengers were brought back to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Many were then buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, a local point of interest and a short drive from the seaport.


The outdoor dining area of Stewman's Lobster Pound in Bar Harbor Maine.

Bar Harbor, Maine is so well known for its fresh lobster that local eateries, like Stewman’s Lobster Pound along the waterfront, often caricature the popular crustacean to playfully entice patrons to dine. The restaurant also serves up lobster lazy style — all of the succulent meat without the laborious shelling.


Antique cars on the quaint streets of Bar Harbor, Maine

Like something straight out of a film, the streets of Bar Harbor, Maine are so perfectly quaint that vintage automobiles blend right in, creating a pedestrian-friendly time capsule of sorts, which visitors are free to explore.


Trinity church contrasts with the modern John Hancock Tower in Boston, while the USS constitution provides additional contrast to modern ships.

Boston, Massachusetts exhibits striking architectural juxtapositions, such as Trinity Church, built in the late 1800s, reflected in the modern John Hancock Tower, the city’s tallest building, constructed one hundred years later (top left).

The USS Constitution — built in Boston, Massachusetts and instrumental in the War of 1812 — remains a fully commissioned US Navy ship that visitors can tour year round (top right).

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