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Grand New England

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Trip Length: 11 Days/ 10 Nights

Prices from: $5,690 pp/do*

Single Price: $7,175 pp

2018 Dates: May 20, 30; Jun 9, 19; Jul 13, 23; Aug 2, 12, 22; Sept 1, 11

Ships: American Constitution

Notes: Port Fees & Gratuities Not Included in Prices Listed.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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Explore the magical nautical traditions of charming island villages and waterfront towns on this 10-night cruise

At each port of call, your small ship will dock in a place that has been carefully selected to take you right into the heart of the most captivating towns from southern New England to Maine. In each historic harbor you’ll dock among luxurious private yachts and working boats, and be just moments away from scenic beaches and bluffs, cobblestone streets, maritime and whaling museums and unique places to shop. This memorable cruise allows you to savor local cuisine, which of course includes locally caught, mouthwatering lobster, delicious chowders, and even fresh, warm blueberry pie.

This roundtrip cruise from Boston, MA will have you hopping along the harbors up and down the coastline that include destinations like Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, Bar Harbor, and more. You will have the freedom to explore these summer paradises on your own, or you may choose to participate in shore excursions led by expert guides who share with you their passion for local history. And while easing through the Cape Cod Canal and the islets that hug the Maine coast, keep your eyes peeled for the chance to see seals, puffins, and even whales in the northern New England waters.

From the delightful towns full of markets and small shops, to the naturally breathtaking national parks, this cruise is the ultimate journey in allowing you to discover America’s birthplace, and the memories of this corner of America will be resonating in your mind for years to come.

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Daily Itinerary

grand-new-england-cruise-map-2017Day 1: Embark in Boston, MA

Day 2: Provincetown, MA

Provincetown is one of the most popular sites on Cape Cod because of its colorful buildings, shopping and beaches. Definitely head up to Race Point Lighthouse and visit the shops along Commerce Street. The Provincetown Library has the sailing ship, the Rose Dorothea.

Day 3: Newport, RI

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.

Day 4: Martha’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. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a sea chantey sing-a-long with Mark Alan Lovewell.

Day 5: Gloucester, MA

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!

Day 6: Camden, ME

Camden is the ‘tall ship capital of Maine’ – and you can tell by all the classic schooners at this village harbor! You’ll never let go of your camera as you walk through town, along the coast, and atop Mount Battie.

Day 7: Bar Harbor, ME

Surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor has the most amazing views and wildlife, making it a popular visitor stop. You’ll get great views from the ship as we cruise past the coast. Our onboard naturalist will narrate your views, pointing out the harbor seals or eagles. The bus tour of Acadia National Park is always popular, because its just so beautiful! One of the stops will be the summit of Cadillac Mountain – the first piece of land in the US that is touched by the sun every morning.

Day 8: Rockland, ME

Our ship will pass by Merchants Row, a beautiful 6-mile passage of evergreens, before landing in Rockland. There’s lots to do in Rockland, but perhaps our most important event is today’s Lobster Bake Luncheon. We’ll pitch a tent on the shore and get some local musical entertainment – the perfect Maine experience!

Day 9: Boothbay Harbor, ME

Boothbay is the ‘Boating Capital of New England’, but it’s also home to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Day 10: Portland, ME

Portland may be a big city, but its full of small-town charm! There’s plenty to do in Portland, so make sure to do some research for your departure. You could visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Or choose from Portland’s many museums, like the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum, Portland Harbor Museum, or the Portland Museum of Art. Head up to the Portland Observatory, or Victoria Mansion, or still so many options…

Day 11: Disembark in Boston, MA

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