14 nights onboard Viking Polaris

Canada & East Coast Explorer

First, we invented modern river cruising. Then, we redefined ocean cruising. Now, experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with an expedition ship built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations and allow you to immerse yourself in these regions.

Leaving from: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cruise ship: Viking Polaris
Visiting: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Charleston, South Carolina Norfolk, Virginia Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking began as a river cruise line and entered the ocean-cruise market with the launch of the 930-guest Viking Star.

Viking has already made an indelible mark on the sector with its fleet of stylish, near-identical, adult-only ships.

The cruise line currently has 10 ships in its fleet.

378
Passengers
260
Crew
2022
Launched
30150t
Tonnage
205m
Length
21m
Width
18kts
Speed
6
Decks
EUR
Currency
Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Day 2
River travel
Day 3
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Day 4
River travel
Day 5
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Days 6 - 7
River travel
Day 8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Day 9
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Day 10
Cap-aux-Meules, Magdalen Islands, Québec, Canada
Day 11
River travel
Day 12
Quebec City, Québec, Canada
Day 13
Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers), Québec, Canada
Day 14
River travel
Day 15
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Day 1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Fort Lauderdale, known as the "Venice of America," offers a wealth of attractions and activities for visitors before or after embarking on a cruise. Explore the picturesque canals aboard a water taxi, admiring the luxurious waterfront homes and lush landscapes. Hit the vibrant shops and restaurants along Las Olas Boulevard, where culinary delights and boutique finds await. Relax on the sun-drenched beaches, from bustling Fort Lauderdale Beach to the serene Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. For cultural immersion, visit the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens or the NSU Art Museum, showcasing diverse collections of art and history.
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Day 2
River travel
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Day 3
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Wandering through the city's famous Historic District, you would swear it is a movie set. Dozens of church steeples punctuate the low skyline, and horse-drawn carriages pass centuries-old mansions and town houses, their stately salons offering a crystal-laden and parquet-floored version of Southern comfort. Outside, magnolia-filled gardens overflow with carefully tended heirloom plants. At first glance, the city may resemble a 19th-century etching come to life—but look closer and you'll see that block after block of old structures have been restored. Happily, after three centuries of wars, epidemics, fires, and hurricanes, Charleston has prevailed and is now one of the South's best-preserved cities.Although it’s home to Fort Sumter, where the bloodiest war in the nation's history began, Charleston is also famed for its elegant houses. These handsome mansions are showcases for the "Charleston style," a distinctive look that is reminiscent of the West Indies, and for good reason. Before coming to the Carolinas in the late 17th century, many early British colonists first settled on Barbados and other Caribbean islands. In that warm and humid climate they built homes with high ceilings and rooms opening onto broad "piazzas" (porches) at each level to catch sea breezes. As a result, to quote the words of the Duc de La Rochefoucauld, who visited in 1796, "One does not boast in Charleston of having the most beautiful house, but the coolest."Preserved through the hard times that followed the Civil War and an array of natural disasters, many of Charleston's earliest public and private buildings still stand. Thanks to a rigorous preservation movement and strict architectural guidelines, the city's new structures blend in with the old. In many cases, recycling is the name of the game—antique handmade bricks literally lay the foundation for new homes. But although locals do dwell—on certain literal levels—in the past, the city is very much a town of today.Take, for instance, the internationally heralded Spoleto Festival USA. For 17 days every spring, arts patrons from around the world come to enjoy international concerts, dance performances, operas, and plays at various venues citywide. Day in and day out, diners can feast at upscale restaurants, shoppers can look for museum-quality paintings and antiques, and lovers of the outdoors can explore Charleston's outlying beaches, parks, and waterways. But as cosmopolitan as the city has become, it's still the South, and just beyond the city limits are farm stands cooking up boiled peanuts, the state's official snack.
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Day 4
River travel
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Day 5
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Like many other old Southern towns, Norfolk has undergone a renaissance, one that's especially visible in the charming shops and cafés in the historic village of Ghent. There's plenty to see in this old navy town.
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Days 6 - 7
River travel
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Day 8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Halifax, steeped in maritime history, stands as a beacon of Canada's shipping legacy. Its strategic location and bustling port played a crucial role in trade and immigration, shaping the nation's identity. Today, the city honors its heritage with museums, historic sites, and the iconic waterfront boardwalk, paying homage to the seafarers who once navigated its waters.
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Day 9
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, is a thriving seaport located on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island. French settlers first arrived in Louisbourg in 1713, using the island as a base for their lucrative cod fishery. Soon, the town became one of the busiest harbours in North America and an important trading outpost and military hub. They named it Louisbourg, in honour of King Louis XIV. The fortress was built to defend against the threat of a British invasion. After two major attacks, the fortress was destroyed in the 1760’s. In 1961 the Canadian Government commenced a $25 million reconstruction project to restore portions of the fortress to its pre-siege glory of the 1740’s. It was the largest reconstruction project in North America. The lighthouse was Canada’s first, constructed in 1734, but was severely damaged during the last siege and was abandoned in 1758. The existing lighthouse was built in 1923.
Cap-aux-Meules, Magdalen Islands, Québec, Canada image
Day 10
Cap-aux-Meules, Magdalen Islands, Québec, Canada
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Day 11
River travel
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Day 12
Quebec City, Québec, Canada
Quebec stands as a hidden gem in Canada's cruise landscape, often overlooked despite its profound historical significance. As the birthplace of French civilization in North America, Quebec City's cobblestone streets and majestic architecture offer a journey through centuries of rich heritage. The St. Lawrence River, a vital waterway in Canadian history, invites exploration with its picturesque landscapes and charming port towns. Yet, its prominence in shaping North America's past is often overshadowed by other destinations, despite offering a unique and enriching experience for cruise travelers seeking a deeper connection to the continent's history.
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Day 13
Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers), Québec, Canada
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Day 14
River travel
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Day 15
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto's allure as a cruise destination lies in its dynamic blend of cultural attractions and stunning cityscape. From the iconic CN Tower piercing the skyline to the historic Distillery District's cobblestone streets, the city offers a tapestry of experiences. Immerse yourself in world-class museums, vibrant neighborhoods like Kensington Market, and waterfront parks along Lake Ontario's shores. Entertainment options abound, with theaters, sports arenas, and festivals showcasing the city's creative energy. Whether exploring cultural landmarks or indulging in culinary delights, Toronto's diverse offerings promise an unforgettable urban adventure.
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First, we invented modern river cruising. Then, we redefined ocean cruising. Now, experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with an expedition ship built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations and allow you to immerse yourself in these regions.

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