Cruise from Montreal

Bienvenue  Montréal — the commercial and cultural hub of Canada's French-speaking province, Quebec.

It's the second-biggest city in Canada (after Toronto) and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (after Paris.) Yes, Montreal is big — the greater Montreal area is home to 4 million people — but the city's tourist core is small and walkable, especially in summer. You'll disembark right near Old Montreal's cobblestoned streets lined with buildings dating from the 17th century, French restaurants and museums. Charming stuff.

Architecture fans will love the 19th century Montreal duplexes and triplexes in the Plateau district, north of downtown. Head a few blocks back from port and you'll hit Rue Saint-Catherine, Montreal's shopping strip. The food is great — Montreal is famed for its monster-sized, Jewish smoked-meat deli sandwiches. Come hungry and leave with a waddle. Pack your French and come savor this big city with soul.