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Sydney NS

A brand new port for P&O Cruises, Sydney - also commonly known as the Steel City - is Nova Scotia's third largest city. Located on Cape Breton Island's east coast, stunning scenery abounds and tours are readily available to soak up the very best of Mother Nature's masterpieces.

The city was founded by the British Crown in 1785 and you can still find several buildings and landmarks dating back to this time. The Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science offers an insight into the history of Sydney; from its early settlement, through the booming steel heydays to today, where the city attracts countless visitors to its breathtakingly scenic shoreline. The Cossit House and Jost House museums are also an excellent window on a world gone by. Faithfully restored and featuring knowledgeable guides in period costumes, you step back in time when you step through the front door. The success of Sydney is celebrated along the Oceanfront Esplanade with numerous statues and plaques, and for souvenirs, head to the vibrant Sydney River shopping district.


Shore excursions in Sydney NS

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Alexander Bell Museum

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the fascinating museum of Alexander Graham Bell, dedicated to his life and works.

Embark on a scenic drive through rolling green hills reminiscent of Scotland, passing Boularderie Island and the landmark Seal Island Bridge.

Upon arrival at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore at your own leisure and discover the remarkable life of Dr Bell. Artifacts, audio visual programs and photos portray his story. Discover how air and water captured Dr Bell’s imagination and how ideas led him to transmit sound on light and create a treadle-powered sound recording device, man-carrying kites, airplanes and a record-setting hydrofoil boat. From the rooftop you can see Bell's 37 room estate ‘Beinn Breagh’ (Gaelic for beautiful mountain).

Your return drive will allow you to enjoy the surrounding scenery once more, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time is approximately 1 hour each way. The time at the museum is around 2 hours.

Cape Breton Views and Baddeck Town

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Admire the natural beauty of the foothills of Cape Breton, and enjoy a stop at the charming town of Baddeck.

Sweeping vistas and pristine beauty are the heart and soul of Cape Breton. Your hour long journey will meander through verdant valleys with some breathtaking scenery. A short stop will be made at 2 viewpoints, where you can admire the lovely views of the Gulf of St Lawrence and St Ann’s Bay.

Your journey will bring you to Baddeck, a charming tourist town that was once the summer residence of the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a guided walk along the town’s waterfront boardwalk, where the Bras d’Or Lakes gently lap the shoreline. In the distance catch sight of the Bell mansion, and you may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Bald Eagles flying high above. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to browse the quaint shops and perhaps purchase a souvenir.

Your return drive will take you along the same route, allowing you to capture more of the charming scenery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over varying terrain, which includes some uneven surfaces and slight inclines. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The time spent in Baddeck is subject to local conditions on the day.

The Fortress of Louisbourg

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Live, if only for the day, in the year 1744 as you cross the ramparts to Louisbourg fortified French colonial town.

You’ll drive south across pristine Cape Breton Island, crossing over the Mira River, which is the longest navigable river in Nova Scotia.

Fortress Louisbourg is a living museum, a faithful recreation of a 250 year old town and North America’s largest historical reconstruction. The original fortress, constructed between 1720 and 1740 was one of the most extensive and expensive fortifications ever to be built in North America, and one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the New World.

Upon arrival, a brief guided tour will provide an introduction to the fortress, after which you are free to explore independently and visit the workshops. Mingle with costumed characters such as a Compagnies Franches soldier, and witness the smoke and noise during a musket firing demonstration. A kitchen servant offers a glimpse into her life serving the elite and will show you how hot chocolate, one of the favourite treats of Louisbourg’s high society, was prepared. In the heritage gardens, meet the gardener and discover the 18th century plant life and herbs that were used for medicinal purposes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes walking over varying terrain, which includes uneven, and gravel surfaces and slight inclines. Passengers will be required to stand whilst visiting the workshops. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Heart of the Island

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Take a picture-perfect drive through the heart of the Bras d'Or Lakes region and visit the Highland Village.

Your scenic drive will take you through the heart of the Bras d'Or Lakes region of Cape Breton. The Bras d'Or Lakes is one of the largest salt-water lakes in Canada and stretches out over 450 square miles.

You’ll continue onto the Iona Peninsula, located in the centre of Cape Breton, to the Highland Village, a living history museum and cultural centre that celebrates the Gaelic experience in Nova Scotia. Step back to a bygone era, as you stroll around the 43-acre hillside overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes. The village is studded with period buildings, including houses, a mill, a forge, a store and a church - all representative of a Gaelic community from the late 1700's to the end of the 1800's.

Meander through the village and enjoy demonstrations by the costumed guides, showcasing the art of weaving, quilting and rug hooking. Discover Nova Scotia's rich Scottish Gaelic cultural history and learn a little Gaelic from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Cape Breton is the only place in North America where Gaelic is still spoken, a legacy of those who arrived here from the highlands of Scotland. Thigibh air chéilidh or as they say in English - come and visit!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers will have approximately 1½ hours at the Highland Village. The village is situated on a hill and the terrain is rough and uneven. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Leisurely Sydney

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2 hours

Take in the highlights of Sydney, the largest town on Cape Breton Island, with a rich and colourful history.

Sit back and relax on a scenic drive that will take you past many of Sydney's treasured buildings. You’ll see Victoria Park, the site of the original garrison camp, before continuing downtown where a short photo stop will be made at Wentworth Park.

Afterwards, you’ll head to the Whitney Pier Historical Museum. Built around a steel plant and housed in a former Jewish synagogue, the museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy and culture of the 55 different ethnic groups that settled here and made Sydney their home. Enjoy a traditional oatcake and tea as you view the photos, newspaper clippings, and artefacts that reflect the area's diverse, rich culture.

Your drive back to the pier will pass by the Melting Pot Memorial and the community of Membertou, a modern day blueprint for all aboriginal communities in North America.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves around 30 minutes of walking. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach.


A selection of cruises to Sydney NS

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