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New England Islands

Rates & Dates:

Trip Length: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Prices from: $4,225 pp/do*

Single Price: $5,155 pp

2017 Dates: June 4, 10, 17, 24, 30. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept 2, 9.

2018 Dates: Jun 3, 9, 16, 23, 29; Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sept 1, 8

Ships: American Constellation
Independence
American Star

Notes: Port Fees $250 pp.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Charming New England | 8-Day Cruise

All aboard for day one of your New England islands cruise adventure in Providence, RI, a city that has been beautifully preserved, while remaining current in the 21st century. Make your way up to New Bedford, MA which houses a waterfront where much of the downtown area is a Historic National Park. This stop is also home to the world’s largest maritime and whaling museum, as well as Seaman’s Bethel chapel, which may sound familiar from the first few chapters of Moby Dick.

Next up is Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard which inhabits lovely flower-strewn meadows, white sand beaches, and trails forged by generations of American Indians. Get lost in the beauty of superbly kept country gardens and gingerbread cottages at Martha’s Vineyard, or day dream over the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the elevation of Gay Head Cliffs.

Explore Nantucket’s many shops, buildings, and galleries: everything from Quaker brick mansions to traditional clapboard houses. Venture to what’s been named by The Nature Conservancy as one of the ‘Last Great Places on Earth’ in the charming Block Island, which is 10 square miles of bliss. Celebrate the yachts that have commanded the world’s most exclusive sporting event for years at the renowned America’s Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, RI. In Newport, RI, one of the prettiest ports in New England, take in even more boating history, tour the summer cottages of the Vanderbilt’s and Astor’s who ushered in the Gilded Age. Explore the nation’s oldest synagogue, first church steeple, tavern or library – all found in this whimsical City by the Sea.

There is much to do during this week long itinerary, and your vacation will only be enhanced by your on board experience. Feasting on local seafood (including lobster), conversing with guest speakers, and taking in this exceptional opportunity to spend 8-Days aboard a beautiful small ship, you surely won’t forget this exploration of America’s maritime background.

 

2017 Specialty Departures

6-night Cruise: June 4. Fares start at $3545 pp/do ($4760 single).

Lobsterbake Cruises: June 4, 24; July 8, 22; August 12.

4th of July Cruise: July 1.

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7-Night Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Embark in Providence, RI

‘Renaissance City’ has many fine attractions if you have the time, including theater, fine art and their Philharmonic. Ask our agents about coming in a day ahead and booking a 1-night pre-cruise hotel in Providence.

Day 2: New Bedford, MA

New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world and inspiration behind Melville’s Moby Dick. Today, the ‘Whaling City’ is an authentic seaport village, home to the Whaling Museum. If you’d like a more intimate view of the harbor, take a harbor cruise with a local captain who’ll share insights into the local fishing industry, especially scallops.

Day 3: Nantucket Island, MA

From small farming community to a major player in the whaling industry to popular resort, Nantucket’s history is visible and alive. Tour the island with a local guide, sharing stories of the history, showing off the rose-covered cottage style popular on the island, local lighthouses, and cranberry bogs. After some free time in town, the onboard guest lecturer will lead a walking tour to Brant Point Lighthouse.

Day 4: Martha’s Vineyard, MA

One of the most popular vacation spots in all of New England, Martha’s Vineyard is divided into 6 towns: Tisbury, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah. Martha’s Vineyard is known as a summer colony, only accessible by boat and air. The ship will be docked in Vineyard Haven, part of Tisbury. On the Island Tour, you’ll have free time to explore and shop in Edgartown, see the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs, and the island’s agricultural center, West Tisbury. This evening, Mark Alan Lovewell will join us onboard to teach us sea chantey sing-a-long songs.

Day 5: Block Island, RI

The Mohegan Bluffs rise 200 feet above the ocean, stretching across 3 miles of the shore. The island has fantastic nature trails with stunning views, if you’d like to stretch your legs today. Or take the island tour with local legend, ‘Howie’. Howie will show you around like a local, taking you to the best nooks and views. In Old Harbor, visit the Southeast Lighthouse and try local summer treat, Del’s Lemonade. Back onboard, we’ll enjoy a seafood-inspired feast for dinner!

Day 6: Newport, RI

Newport is a natural harbor, which made it a natural placement to put Fort Adams. Our ship will dock right at Fort Adams, giving you easy access for a guided tour with a park ranger about the fort’s history and military significance. In the 19th century, Newport became an epicenter of opulence. A guided tour of the Avenue of the Mansions will take you along Ocean View Drive and Bellevue Avenue, concluding your tour with a visit to the Breakers Mansion – a 70-room palazzo built as a summer cottage by the Vanderbilt family.

Day 7: Bristol, RI

Bristol is home to Battleship Cove, a floating museum with the world’s largest collection of 20th century US naval fighting ships. To view intricate model ships and other nautical memorabilia, continue on to Fall River’s Marine Museum. Battleship Cove is also home to the oldest functioning carousel in America, fully restored. Yes, it might be silly, but it also will be fantastic! Take a ride!

Day 8: Disembark in Providence, RI

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