Day 1 - New York, NY
Enjoy a delightful day of cruising along the Hudson River to West Point.
Day 2 - Catskill, NY
Steeped in history and tradition, the United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the grandiose grounds once trekked by some of the nation's greatest generals, like Patton, Eisenhower and MacArthur. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America since Revolutionary days. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel and view magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.
Day 3 - Albany, NY
The picturesque region of what is today the city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find a quick passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today the capital city of New York state welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800's.
Day 4 - Kingston, NY
With the invention of the steamboat in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel with literally hundreds of vessels making their way up and down the picturesque passage. Originally the capital of New York in the late 1700's, today Kingston preserves the maritime heritage of the Hudson River at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row" - with palatial estates and grand mansions reminiscent of the mid-1800's when wealthy New York businessmen began buying property in the beautiful valley for summer retreats.
Day 5 - Sleepy Hollow, NY
The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the tales and scenery of the Hudson Valley as the basis for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Today Washington Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a Registered National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with legends and lore.
Day 6 - Cruising the Hudson River
Day 7 - New York, NY
Discover the sights, sounds and history of this extraordinary city! From South Street Seaport to Central Park and the Museum of Natural History, New York encapsulates the culture and spirit of America. Explore the Big Apple on your own, or join a narrated tour of the city's biggest landmarks.
Day 8 - New York, NY
Itinerary Subject to Change
Your onboard experience is as important as your onshore experience, so we take special care in providing the best in service, accommodations, entertainment, dining, all in an elegant yet comfortable environment. The all-American crew is there to see to all your needs, with the goal of providing you with the most memorable adventure possible.
Not only do we provide unique ports on our cruises, but unique entertainment as well. Activities are designed to highlight the areas in which we visit, including guest lecturers, local musicians, demonstrations, minor theatrical performances and games. From a performance by a fife and drum corps on Chesapeake Bay to a visit from a local lobsterman in Maine or a visit from costumed antebellum characters in the historic south, activities are as rich in history and culture as the ports themselves. Unlike the mega ships, you won’t find glitzy shows or casinos; instead we offer a refreshingly casual atmosphere, with an intimate ambience that is perfect for congenial camaraderie with fellow passengers and quiet relaxation. Open decks and glassed-in observation lounges allow for the watching of passing scenery and wildlife, while a well-stocked library provides reading material and videos focusing on the areas to be visited.
In order to enhance your cruise experience we invite carefully selected experts to join us on board. Through informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they bring local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. These enlighteners, naturalists and historians also lead shore excursions while in port, to give our guests behind the scenes tours of some of American’s best-kept secrets and favorite treasures. Not only will you find knowledge in these experts, but a friend as well. Onboard activities and entertainment are included in your cruise fare.
We make it a top priority to offer a first-class dining experience at every meal. Expect exceptional cuisine prepared by chefs who have extensive culinary credentials and training from some of the most prestigious culinary institutes. The all-American crew offers an outstanding level of service to make the most discerning passenger’s journey memorable and relaxing. Dining onboard is informal, dress is resort casual, and seating is unassigned and served in the glass-enclosed dining room, where every seat offers a panoramic view. Using only the freshest ingredients, menus are inspired by regional and local specialties. Each evening before dinner, passengers are invited to mingle and share their day’s adventures over complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.