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ATLANTIC COAST CRUISE WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN
Philadelphia was one of the nation’s capitals in the Revolutionary War and served as temporary U.S. capital while Washington D.C was under construction. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Today the city is known for its arts, culture, and rich history, attracting over 41 million domestic tourists alone each year. Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the United States.
Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.
Grandeur of the Seas: Adventure on a grand scale, Grandeur of the Seas® is the ultimate east coast adventure, sailing from Baltimore. It’s the perfect blend of unbelievable shores and unique experiences onboard, like movie nights under the stars, imagination-defying dishes at Chef’s Table, and entertainment that takes you from Broadway to Buenos Aires
THINGS TO DO while at sea
ROCK CLIMBING WALL A BOLDER BOULDER: Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Chop TIL YOU DROP: Watch seasoned chefs turn fresh ingredients into delectable appetizers, main dishes and desserts, as you get tips that will take your culinary pursuits to the next level.
PALM TREES & PIRATE TALES:Find yourself right in the middle of the vibrant Junkanoo culture, bustling straw markets and glitzy casinos of Nassau. Here you can march to the beat of your own goombay drum, surrounded by swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches and the crystal-clear turquoise waters that make the islands of The Bahamas famous.
LEGENDARY LOST CITY: Discover the Atlantis Resort— an entertainment mecca and home to the largest water park in the Caribbean. Located across the harbor on Paradise Island, you’ll find acres of adventures to be had— whether exploring underground tunnel aquariums, plunging down waterslides, or swimming with dolphins.
PRIVATE PARADISE: A short, 30-minute boat ride off the coast is Pearl Island, one of the unique private islands of The Bahamas. Spend the day on water trampolines, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Or relax in front of the iconic lighthouse while enjoying a frozen drink and freshly made conch salad.
LOUNGE LIKE A LOCAL: Junkanoo Beach is a free, public stretch of sand with affordable lounge-chair and umbrella rentals and tasty Bahama Mamas. It’s an easy 15-minute walk from the harbor, and offers a taste of the island’s famous blue waters and soft sand with a hint of local flavor.
LOCAL CUISINE: Bahamian cuisine showcases local seafood and reflects Spanish, West African, and British influences. Rock lobster and conch are served up in a variety of ways— from hearty chowders and fried fritters to citrus salads. Craving dessert? Try the guava duff— a warm, spongy dessert topped with sweet butter rum sauce.
SHOPPING: Festival Place, which sits right on the wharf, has more than 40 local vendors selling artisanal items. Cruise to Nassau and make your way to Bay Street— just a block away— for duty-free luxury goods. This waterfront promenade is a bargain-hunter’s paradise, and the nearby Straw Market is the go-to spot for authentic Bahamian hand-made treasures.
INSIDER TIP: Water taxis run between Nassau and Paradise Island every half-hour.
THIS IS YOUR PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY: This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned. Conquer the tallest waterslide in North America and snap a shot from up to 450 feet up in a helium balloon. Grab a drink at the swim-up bar and soak up the scene in the largest freshwater pool in the Bahamas. Or get a taste of Bora Bora with your own overwater cabana. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay — only on Royal Caribbean®.
NOW OPEN FOR ADVENTURE THRILL WATERPARK: This is bragging rights earned. Conquer 13 waterslides including the tallest in North America. Brave the biggest wave pool in the Caribbean and more thrills in all sizes.
UP, UP AND AWAY: Heighten the adrenaline and score an unrivalled view while drifting up to 450 feet above Perfect Day at CocoCay in a helium balloon.
OASIS LAGOON: Explore the different coves of the Caribbean’s largest freshwater pool— whether you’re looking to spend some family time, share a few cocktails with friends or lounge around in your private cabana.
CAPTAIN JACK’S: Jam out to live music, chow down on chicken wings and crispy steak fries, and grab a drink at the rowboat bar.
CHILL ISLAND: Miles away from ordinary, you’ll find the island escape you’ve been dreaming about. All your beach day favorites are here— and more. Like fresh bites at Chill Grill, plus daybeds, cabanas, and plenty more ways to catch some shade. Source: royalcarobbean.com
SKY ROCKETING ADVENTURE: Cape Canaveral is the launching point for all-out adventure in Central Florida. Explore America’s astronaut legacy at Kennedy Space Center. Soak up the sand and sun along Space Coast beaches. Feel the thrill of Orlando’s theme parks, only an hour’s drive away. Or trace the region’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Museum.
TREKKIE TRACK: Lift off into interstellar exploration at the Kennedy Space Center. Among interactive Mission Zones you’ll see the Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis. Go behind the gates to discover historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities, plus marvel at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
GET IN CHARACTER: Orlando is known as a land of amusements — and for good reason. The city is home to six unique theme parks, each with their own distinct thrills, including Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure. Or you can venture beyond the Big Six to Gatorland’s swampy terrain, or hit one of the many epic waterparks around town.
OUTSIDE THE LINES: Connect with Florida’s natural side while riding waves at Cocoa Beach or basking in seclusion at Canaveral National Seashore. Don’t miss a kayak trip through glowing bioluminescent waters, or an airboat ride through wetlands. Cruise to Orlando-Port Canaveral and swim in rejuvenating freshwater springs— or tee off at one of Orlando’s 150 golf courses.
LOCAL CUISINE: The Cove at Port Canaveral is home to plenty of waterfront restaurants serving up fresh fish tacos and mahi-mahi sandwiches. Orlando has its fair share of celebrity chef-led, farm-to-table spots— and character meals are popular at the theme park resorts. And the Mills 50 District north of downtown Orlando is famous for its Vietnamese fare.
SHOPPING: The shops in Historic Cocoa Village sell local handmade art and tropical décor. Souvenir shopping in Orlando is best at Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk and along International Drive. Stop by the family-owned Orange Blossom Indian River Citrus for Florida-grown oranges, grapefruits and other fruits during your Orlando cruise.
INSIDER TIP: Bring cash for tolls on the Beachline Expressway between Port Canaveral and Orlando.
STEEPLED IN ADVENTURE: An afternoon in Charleston might best be spent lunching in a quaint courtyard eatery, sunning on a barrier island beach, or gliding in a paddle-wheel riverboat through the harbour. Staying a bit later? Don’t miss an evening ghost tour— this old southern city is recognized as a hotspot for paranormal activity.
FOOTSTEPS OF TIME: Head out on foot from the Battery’s seawall to Waterfront Park, then through the French Quarter and down buzzing King Street. Along the way you’ll stroll past centuries-old mansions, Dock Street Theatre, Gothic Revival churches, war relics, retail hubs and other southern treasures.
ANTEBELLUM MEMORIES: Trace centuries of American history among Charleston’s old rice plantations. Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working farms, while Middleton Place is home to the country’s oldest landscaped gardens. Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation both offer Southern heritage and Lowcountry scenery along the Ashley River.
PALMETTO PARADISE: Get your feet— or your paddle— wet with plenty of outdoor adventures. Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach are both popular with beachgoers, and nearby Kiawah is renowned for its PGA-caliber golf courses. Kayak around Shem Creek’s estuaries beside dolphins and waterfowl, or enjoy a walk across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge before your Charleston cruise.
SHOPPING: King Street’s retail mecca is filled to the brim with unique boutiques, antique shops and book stores. Broad Street’s Gallery Row is an art collector’s dream, while the four-block City Market is where you’ll find Gullah artisans selling their famous sweetgrass baskets handwoven from locally grown bulrush grass.
INSIDER TIP: The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) trolley offers a quick and free means of traveling around downtown Charleston.
Lancaster: The oldest Amish settlement in the USA is in Lancaster, PA. The Amish community here is flourishing even though they still rely on horse and buggy transportation and refuse public electricity. We’re Amish country PA! Originally called Hickory Town, the city was renamed after the English city of Lancaster by native John Wright. Its symbol, the red rose , is from the House of Lancaster. Lancaster was part of the 1681 Penn’s Woods Charter of William Penn, and was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734. It was incorporated as a borough in 1742 and incorporated as a city in 1818.
Kitchen Kettle Village showcases all that Lancaster County has to offer — homemade baked-goods, jams and relishes, good food with unexpected touches, in a picturesque countryside. Famous for the unique shopping experience, featuring 40 distinct merchants offering everything from locally-made art, pottery and PA Dutch quilts to name-brand favourites like Brighton, PANDORA Jewelry, UGG and Minnetonka moccasins.
The Sight & Sound Theater
MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS: After decades of crushing Roman rule, the Hebrew people are losing hope. When will the promised Messiah come? Into the midst of this turmoil, young Mary is told she will bear God’s Son.
11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners, 8 nights Western Caribbean cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas (Cat 2N cabin), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, DeNure Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.
- City tour of Philadelphia
- City tour of Baltimore
- B&O Railroad Museum
- Kennedy Space Center
- 8 Night Royal Caribbean Western Caribbean Cruise
- Hilton, Scranton (1 night)
- Country Inn & Suites Hotel, Bel Air/Aberdeen MD (1 night)
- Cruise: Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas (8 nights)
- Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn & Suites, Lancaster, PA (1 night)
- Nassau, Bahamas
- CocoCay®, Bahamas private island
- Port Canaveral, FL
- Charleston, SC
Toronto to Scranton, PA
Scranton, PA to Bel Air (Aberdeen), MD
Bel Air to Baltimore
Day4 - 5
Meals: B, L, D (2)
Charming Charleston! Courtyards, barrier beaches, old canopy trees, landscaped gardens, and antebellum heritage. Charleston feels like an antique southern town with its centuries-old mansions and quaint stores. It is the place for a romantic stroll, but the trolley is free if you prefer to ride! Walk the Battery’s Seawall to lovely Waterfront Park. From there, take in the French Quarter and King Street. Broad Street’s Gallery Row and the City Market sells everything from handwoven sweetgrass baskets to finer fares. Take a paddle-wheel riverboat ride in the harbour. Lowcountry dishes are served by award-winning chefs, making Charleston one of America’s top culinary picks. Sample Creole and Gullah at its best! Try Frogmore stew, fresh-shucked oysters, and collard greens—yes’m!
Travel to Lancaster, PA
Lancaster to Toronto
- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.