Last week I introduced a new series to showcase Port Adventures for those of you sailing on the Disney Magic this summer, starting with destinations on our 14-night transatlantic cruise. Today, let’s take a look at things for your family to do in Canada’s Sydney, Nova Scotia—your gateway to the beautiful Cape Breton Island and home of North America’s only living Celtic culture.
Highland Village Experience and Scavenger Hunt – Several of our Port Adventures visit Highland Village, a 50-acre living-history museum overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. Your hosts, costumed guides who are well-versed in conversational Gaelic and local history, will paint a vivid picture of life in Cape Breton during the 1700s and give you an exciting taste of Scottish culture. Part of our Signature Collection, this excursion gives Disney Cruise Line guests the exclusive opportunity to join a fun scavenger hunt throughout the village, searching for period items and artifacts –a great way to bring history to life for your children.
Cabot Trail – For those of you wanting to experience the beauty of Nova Scotia, you won’t want to miss this tour of the Cabot Trail, deemed one of the most scenic drives in North America. The historic trail runs along the Atlantic coast and through Cape Breton’s Highland National Park, with sights including the fishing village of Ingonish, Kelly’s Mountain and Cape Smokey Mountain and the Gaelic College. Your trip also includes a visit to a beach for views of the great granite cliffs of Middle Head Peninsula, in addition to a delicious buffet lunch at a charming local restaurant.
Lobster 101 and Sydney Pub Tour – Where better to dine on a feast of lobster than Nova Scotia? Our mouth-watering Lobster 101 Port Adventure gives adults the chance to learn how to prepare a traditional lobster boil (taught by a local chef), taste fresh, local fare and enjoy a performance by local musicians. Another great way for adults to experience the tastes of Nova Scotia is to embark on the Sydney Pub Tour, a festive walking tour complete with city sights and craft brews. Along the way to your beer-tasting destinations, you’ll learn about the local history while your guide tells tales of lore.
Next week, I’ll introduce you to Port Adventures offered during our brand-new British Isles cruises, starting with excursions in Dublin, Ireland, which is also a port of call on our transatlantic sailing. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!
We will be on the DVC member cruise which stops at Nova Scotia on 9/30. Struggling to find an excursion my 12 year old daughter would fine interesting. Titantic museums and pub crawls not really her thing.
My father recently retired from the Highland Village and I got married there almost eight years ago now. It’s a gorgeous spot.