Photos: Quebec City: A unique Canadian hideaway

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  1. Historic railway

    Taking locals and tourists up nearly 300 feet at a 45 degree angle to Terrase Dufferin, the Quebec Funicular has been operating since 1879. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Charming Chateau

    The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac stands high on a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Quebec City. (Tibor Bogn·r / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Marvelous mural

    The Fresque des Quebecois Mural fills an entire four story wall, and illustrates 400 years of Quebec history. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Icy competition

    Ice canoe racers push and paddle their canoes along the St. Lawrence River, during Quebec's Winter Carnival. (Alison Wright / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A cool place to stay

    Quebec's Ice Hotel is located just outside of Quebec City, and is rebuilt each winter with new and unique architecture. (Alison Wright / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Walking in the rain

    Pedestrians walk in the rain on Rue de Petit Champlain, in Quebec City. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Illuminating art

    The Gare du Palais Fountain is illuminated at night across from the Gare du Palais train station in Quebec City. (Nik Wheeler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/9/2009 11:01:58 AM ET 2009-03-09T15:01:58

The deal
As the seasons change, cruise ships do an about-face and head to their new seasonal home ports, and bring some low prices along for the ride. Many repositioning cruises offer the appeal of crossing the Atlantic by ship, and along the way they visit unusual ports of call that you won’t find on standard itineraries.

We’ve hunted down an autumn voyage that sails to northern nations like Scotland, Iceland and Canada starting from just $934. Plus, you’ll be sailing down the East Coast just as the colorful foliage begins to burst from the nearby countryside.

This 11-night cruise on the Norwegian Jewel departs from London Sept. 21, starting from as little as $85 a night. That amazing price on interior cabins is up to 42 percent off brochure rates, and also includes up to $250 in onboard spending credits on select bookings.

The first port of call is Lerwick, on the Shetland Islands of Scotland, the historical area that boasts breathtaking cliffs, and some ancient residents like miniature horses and free-spirited sheep. Then it’s on to the world’s most northerly capital of Reykjavik, Iceland. This European city has a quiet charm, and is filled with coffee shops, bookstores, shopping, museums, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Take some time during the visit to rejuvenate in the nearby blue lagoon, Iceland’s famous natural healing hot spring.

From there, it’s on to St. John’s, Newfoundland, one of the oldest settlements in North America that offers an impressive array of scenery and wildlife including icebergs, puffins, and whales, as well as local handicrafts, and jovial Irish pubs.

After that, the ship visits Halifax, Nova Scotia, home to a variety of lighthouses, galleries, beaches, and quiet coves. The final stop on this voyage is the Big Apple itself. Interior cabins start at $934, with oceanview rates available from $1,029.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment, and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes, as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
Trying to find cheap airfare to London. Take a look at our Europe flight deals page for ideas.

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