1Embark in Boston, MA
Welcome aboard the American Eagle!!
Gloucester has been a functioning seaport for over 400 years, and is also home to America’s oldest working art colony. You can take a 2-hour cruise aboard the 65-foot Schooner Lannon – just relax and watch the coastline, or help to raise the sails! A local guide can take you on a narrated sightseeing tour of Gloucester, Rocky Neck and Rockport, including a stop for pictures at the famous ‘Man at the Wheel’ statue. Or visit the Maritime Heritage Center for a guided tour, including a visit to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Sea Pocket Lab, Burnham Brothers Marine Railway, and a reproduction of one of the Boston Tea Party ships!
3Plymouth, MA / Mass Maritime Academy
Plymouth is a coastal town, and the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620. Plymouth Rock, a boulder in Pilgrim Memorial State Park, marks the place where settlers are thought to have landed on shore. The Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the ship that carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic, is usually anchored at the park.
4Martha's Vineyard, MA
Martha’s Vineyard made a name for itself in the 18th and 19th century as a shipping hub for exotic cargo. Today, it epitomizes the classic New England summer vacation destination. There are 6 towns on the island. We’ll dock in Vineyard Haven, where a local guide will take you through Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and West Tisbury. Plus you’ll have free time to explore the villages on your own, especially shopping in Edgartown. We’ll also visit the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs, including enjoying lemonade and cookies in one of the homes.
Newport has much to offer, including just the lovely sights. From the dock you’ll be able to see why Newport is the yachting capital of the world. You can also head to the Avenue of Mansions, showing off the 19th century vacation homes of so many famous Americans. Or choose to head out on a guided tour of Fort Adams with a knowledgeable park ranger who will explain and answer questions about the naval history of the fort.
6New Bedford, MA
In the mid 19th-century, New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, and became the inspiration behind Herman Melville's classic American novel, Moby Dick, in 1841. Today, New Bedford is still known as "The Whaling City," with an authentic seaport village, large fishing fleet and working waterfront.
Originally settled as an artists colony, Provincetown is now one of the most popular summer destinations on Cape Cod. Known for its quaint shops, colorful architecture, and relaxing beaches. Provincetown offers guests a great opportunity to explore historic Cape Cod.
8Disembark in Boston, MA
Disembark after breakfast, or extend your stay in the city with a hotel package.