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A Prairie Home Cruise: Halifax Excursions

Cloud Nine-Nova Scotia Flightseeing
DURATION: Approximately 2 1/2 hours
PRICE: $249 per person

A 30-minute transfer brings you to Halifax Airport, for a chance to discover Nova Scotia on this fabulous aerial tour of Canada's sea coast. A small, fixed-wing aircraft will give you a unique bird's-eye perspective. View the Bay of Fundy, and Cape Split in beautiful Annapolis Valley, the site of a remarkable tidal phenomenon. Continue along the Fundy Shore, crossing the peninsula, and fly over the South Shore—Nova Scotia's favorite water playground. See the historic fishing villages of Mahone Bay, Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg and the city of Halifax. Throughout this entire visual smorgasbord, your Nova Scotia guide will share legends and tales of the Maritime Provinces. Bring your camera!

NOTES: Tour will operate weather permitting.

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High Tides and Fine Wines
DURATION: Approximately 7 1/2 hours
PRICE: $149 Adult $79 Child

A comfortable motorcoach will pick you up dockside and you'll be whisked off to the head of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia's pastoral garden region. Take a tour of Grand Pre Wines: learn about the grapes, then enjoy a winetasting experience followed by lunch in elegant surroundings. After, your tour continues through the upper reaches of the Annapolis Valley to the quaint fishing village of picturesque Halls Harbour, on the renowned Upper Bay of Fundy. Witness the awesome evidence of the highest tides in the world (they reach some 49-54 feet), while perhaps catching a glimpse of the famous denizens of Fundy—lobsters! Learn how the lobster trap works, and how fisherfolk make a living from the relentless sea. Visit one or two of the charming little art studios, and on the return trip, make a brief stop at the dramatic Blomidon Look-Off (weather permitting).

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Historic Halifax by Amphibious Harbour Hopper
DURATION: Approximately 1 hours
PRICE: $33 Adult $23 Child

Journey through the streets of historic downtown Halifax aboard the "Harbour Hopper." Your tour will be in two parts aboard the Larc V, designed primarily to be a boat capable of being driven on land. First, pass Halifax's historical points of interest: St Paul's Church, Citadel Hill, Public Gardens, Government House, City Hall and the Museum of the Atlantic. Then head into Halifax Harbour (without ever leaving your seat), for a mariner's view of Halifax's naval fleet and beautiful waterfront. Return with your guide to the ship or visit the many interesting sites of Halifax's Historic Properties.

NOTES: Guests must negotiate approximately eight steps to board the "Harbour Hopper."

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Nova Scotia Coastal Escape Sea Kayaking
DURATION: Approximately 4 hours
PRICE: $99 Adult $69 Child

Some of the best sea kayaking in the world is just a half-hour ride from the Halifax waterfront to the fishing communities of Lower Prospect/Terence Bay on the Prospect Peninsula. No previous kayaking experience is required as your professional guides—plus co-hosts Natalie Springuel and Rich MacDonald, your shipmates and on-board naturalists—offer instruction. The facilities include a post-and-beam boathouse, several ocean-side decks and wharfs, a custom made launching platform for kayaks, and a gift shop. Each group will be outfitted with top-quality equipment and will set out to sightings of whales, seals, eagles and porpoises. Healthy snacks and local delicacies await everyone at the boathouse after the trip.

NOTES: Wear comfortable shoes and a warm jacket. A change of clothing is recommended. Wildlife varies seasonally and sightings are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 12 years.

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Peggy's Cove and Lobster Lunch
DURATION: Approximately 6 hours
PRICE: $99 Adult $49 Child

This tour combines breathtaking ocean scenery and delicious food, promising a memorable day in the Nova Scotia countryside. Begin with a sightseeing drive through Halifax and along the coast to Peggy's Cove. The rustic and charming fishing village, situated on a narrow ocean inlet with huge granite boulders, is one of Canada's most photographed sites and inspired renowned marine artist William de Garthe.

Your visit will be complemented by a lobster lunch (or a chicken lunch, if you prefer) at a popular local restaurant offering commanding views of the craggy coastline and a picture-perfect lighthouse, (which also functions as a post office). See some of the city's highlights, driving around Citadel Hill National Historic Site and past the Public Gardens and Province House.

NOTES: Wear warm clothing, a raincoat and sturdy low-heeled shoes as the wind often carries salt water spray great distances. Walking at Peggy's Cove is optional.

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Peggy's Cove Lighthouse Route
DURATION: Approximately 3 3/4 hours
PRICE: $39 Adult $19 Child

A beautiful coastal drive takes you past picturesque coastal villages and inlets to the rugged fishing community of Peggy's Cove. With its breathtaking location on a narrow, coastal inlet characterized by wave-worn granite boulders and crashing surf, this charming little village is one of Canada's most photographed sites. The lighthouse serves as a beacon to fishermen and is also a post office with its own special stamps. Peggy's Cove has inspired artists the world over. En route to the ship, enjoy a short drive around Halifax to the city's many highlights.

NOTES: If you choose to explore this area, we recommend that you wear warm clothing, a raincoat and sturdy low-heeled shoes, as the wind often carries salt water spray great distances. Walking at Peggy's Cove is optional.

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Soldier for A Day Interactive Tour
DURATION: Approximately 6 hours
PRICE: $299 Adult $199 Child

As a "Soldier for a Day," you will march in the boots of one of Queen Victoria's soldiers. Learn the weaponry and tactics used by the Redcoats to defend British North America. Travel to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site—a 19th-century fortification that has been fully restored to its 1870 appearance.

Tour all three levels of the fortress, then don the kilt and bonnet of the 78th Highland Regiment and prepare to become a full-fledged member of the Queen's garrison. As part of your initiation, you will learn the duties and traditions of the Victorian Redcoats, and share a soldier's meal in the barracks with your fellow Highlanders. Following the program there will be time to explore other on-site exhibits, as well as the shopping facility, where you can purchase a memento of your day.

NOTES:Tour is suitable for both male and female participants.

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Tea at the Halifax Citadel
DURATION: Approximately 2 1/2 hours
PRICE: $49 Adult $29 Child

Tea—what could possibly be more British? Your tour begins dockside, where you will be transported to the Halifax Citadel. Upon arrival, your guide, dressed in historic costume, will lead you across the drawbridge and back in time to 1870. Walk the walls and view the vast expanse of the harbor, hear the skirl of the bagpipes as the 78th Highlanders and Royal Artillery recreate the duties and military ceremonies of Queen Victoria's Redcoats.

You will be treated to a cup of tea in one of the Citadel's historically restored rooms, with a selection of pastries and scones, as your guide describes some of the traditions and rituals that sprang up around the service of tea in the Victorian Age. There will also be time to explore other on-site exhibits including the shopping facility, where you can purchase a memento of your day.

NOTES: Tea may be served at the end of the tour.

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The Heart of Halifax—A Historic City Tour
DURATION: Approximately 3 1/4 hours
PRICE: $39 Adult $19 Child

Discover Halifax, Nova Scotia's vibrant capital city, founded in 1749. Stunning 18th and 19th century buildings are interspersed with ultra-modern glass towers. Passing through bustling downtown Halifax, you'll see Province House, the seat of government and Canada's oldest legislative building, referred to as "a gem of Georgian architecture" by Charles Dickens, who passed through here in the 1840s.

This excursion also includes a drive up to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for a first-hand look at this majestic hilltop fortress built in 1828. Operated by Parks Canada, the Halifax Citadel is one of the most visited sites in Canada—the crown jewel among the most advanced British military fortifications of its day. On the way back to the ship, there will be an opportunity to visit the Historic Properties, a popular complex of 19th-century wharves and warehouses transformed into upscale boutiques and charming restaurants.

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Titanic Tour: The Halifax Connection
DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
PRICE: $45 Adult $19 Child

Your tour will encompass all aspects of Halifax's connection to the sinking of the Titanic, including the historic pier from where the cable ships were dispatched to pick up victims, the churches, temporary morgue sites, and Fairview Cemetery, where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 150 victims. Immerse yourself in history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibit on the disaster, including photographs, wooden artifacts and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world.

Compare the details of this devastating event to that of the Halifax Explosion, which occurred just five years later. The explosion was a result of a collision between the Imo and the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, which leveled the north end of Halifax, and killed or injured thousands. Learn of the compassionate relief effort displayed by the world to help this city and its inhabitants overcome their instant and tragic loss, and rebuild their lives.

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