SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 9, 2019
10 NIGHTS | ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS
+2 NIGHTS NEW YORK CITY - BEFORE
+2 NIGHTS MONTREAL - AFTER
New York City, Cape Liberty, New Jersey-Bar Harbor, Maine-Portland, Maine-Saint John, New Brunswick (Bay of Fundy)-Halifax, Nova Scotia-Charlottetown, PEI-Quebec City, Quebec, Montreal
Join owners, Lori & Glen Bosecke, as they enjoy the splendor of the Fall colors of the East coast. Combine a vacation with quilting by joining our onboard quilting workshop.
|25-Sep-19||Arrive airport NYC|
|26-Sept-19||NYC Tour & Bateau Dinner Cruise|
|27-Sep-19||Cape Liberty, NJ (NY Metro)|
|29-Sep-19||Bar Harbor, Maine|
|01-Oct-19||Saint John, NB (Bay of Fundy)|
|02-Oct-19||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|06-Oct-19||Quebec City, Quebec|
|07-Oct-19||Via Rail to Montreal City|
|08-Oct-19||Montreal City Tour|
NEW YORK CITY
A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture and fashion, and entertainment. The city consists of five boroughs and an intricate patchwork of neighborhoods. Some of these include Lower Manhattan and the New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park and South Street Seaport, Chinatown, trendy SoHo and Greenwich Village, along with Little Italy, the flat Iron District and Gramercy Park. Famous Central Park covers 843 acres of paths, ponds, lakes and green space within the asphalt jungle. Many districts and landmarks have become well-known to outsiders. Nearly 170 languages are spoken in the city and over 35% of its population was born outside the United States.
Our full day of sightseeing will include Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Fifth Avenue and much more. In Rockefeller Center you will also enjoy admission to the Top of the Rock - the 70th floor indoor/outdoor observation deck above Rockefeller Center with amazing panoramic views of the city, the Hudson River, NJ and everything in between. You will travel to lower Manhattan through Chelsea, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown on your way to the World Trade Center and the National 9/11 Memorial. Your guide will help explain the event of the 9/11, the aftermath and the dramatic changes made to the area since.
That evening, leave the hustle and bustle behind as youl enjoy a 3-hour luxury dinner cruise aboard Bateau, a glass enclosed dining ship. As you travel down the Hudson River to NY harbor, you will marvel at the wonderful skyline of Manhattan with a stop in front of the Statue of Liberty washed in light, all while you dine on wonderful cuisine and enjoy live music!
What better way to combine our vacation with our passion for quilting? While at sea we have an opportunity to take a quilting class from a renown quilting instructor. For those who aren’t quilting, there is a myriad of adventures aboard the ship from an adrenaline rush to total tranquility. Try rock climbing, ice skating and mini golf on green that overlooks a sea of blue or melt away land-based stress with a spa massage or simply relax poolside.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE
Standing atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, it is easy to see why individuals like John D. Rockefeller felt so strongly about preserving this area's natural beauty.
Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Mount Desert Island had been a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style "cottages" that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. It was the efforts of these wealthy vacationers, including John D. Rockefeller, which led President Woodrow Wilson to establish Acadia as the first national park east of the Mississippi. Many of Bar Harbor's great houses are a memory. A catastrophic fire in 1947 ravaged the town and the surrounding forest. But Acadia National Park survived, and today it is one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia's 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders and on West Street, the surviving summer estates of the 1947 fire, are evidence of the resort area for the wealthy.
Please note: Bar Harbor is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship's tender transfer.
Portland was founded in 1632 by the British as a fishing and trading post and named Casco. In 1658 the name was changed to Falmouth and Portland was put on the map in 1786. While Portland's name has changed over the years the essence of the area has not changed. Today, Portland remains a vibrant fishing and commercial port, Maine's largest city, and its cultural, social and economic capital.
From the renovated Old Port with its brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets to the quaint seaside village of Kennebunkport, the summer home of President George H. Bush, Portland and the surrounding area have something for everyone. Photographers are sure to delight at the photo opportunities including the Portland Head Lighthouse and the picturesque White Mountains on the Cog Railway. Today, visitors enjoy taking in the Old Port. This quaint, restored area houses specialty shops, restaurants and pubs. If you get thirsty in Portland, it boasts seven breweries, the most breweries per capita in the country.
SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK (BAY OF FUNDY)
Saint John, Canada's oldest settlement is the gateway to the scenic wonders of New Brunswick. One of Canada's oldest provinces, New Brunswick remains remarkably unspoiled: 85 percent of the province remains unsettled. New Brunswick boasts vast forests, purling streams, gentle hills, rich farmlands, and a spectacular coastline dotted by historic towns. Nature also blessed the area with one of her most astonishing phenomena: the reversing River Rapids. The fierce tides of the Bay of Fundy rise with such force that they actually cause the St. John River to reverse direction and its waters to flow upstream. Saint John's history dates to 1604, when the Sieur de Champlain landed nearby on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. After the American Revolution, American Loyalists flocked to the area. Saint John became a thriving industrial port. But the catastrophic fire of 1877, declining commerce and decades of neglect gave the town a sad and careworn look for decades. That changed in recent years. Redevelopment of the waterfront and the old district has restored Saint John's charm and its sense of history.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain's major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax's Historic Properties recall the city's centuries-old maritime heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia's floating ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer's Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia's stunning scenery, including famous Peggy's Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty.
Be sure to visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – the gateway into Canada for one million immigrants – and then explore eclectic shops and galleries, some of the city’s best restaurants, and ships including the last of the WWII convoy escort corvettes. Discover the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America, and our seafaring history through exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic which include displays on the city’s link to the Titanic disaster.
CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
While Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest providence in terms of area and population, it more than makes up for this with the friendliness of its people, its natural beauty, and for being known as the birthplace of Canada.
The island's landscape is dramatic and features rolling hills, pristine forests, reddish-white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil. The capital of Charlottetown offers a small town feel and a relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair. The town has evolved into a dynamic city without sacrificing its historic charm. One certainly cannot think about Prince Edward without mentioning the author Lucy Maud Montgomery who once lived on PEI and drew inspiration from the land during the late Victorian Era for the setting of her classic novel "Anne of Green Gables." PEI also has another claim to fame with the Confederation Bridge built in 1997. The world's longest bridge over ice-covered waters provides a connection from PEI to the mainland Canada. Visit “Founders’ Hall – Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion where you can travel back in time through the “Time Travel Tunnel” and with through the pages of Canadian history starting with the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 and concluding with the joining of Nunavut in 1999.
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC
Few places in North America are as steeped in history as Québec City, Canada. Older than Jamestown and founded before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, it is the only city north of Mexico whose original fortifications remain intact. The Québec City historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still home to religious orders and hospitals that date back to the 17th century. Its Place-Royale would look familiar to the explorer Samuel de Champlain, even with its modern attractions of gift shops and cafés. On the Plains of Abraham, you can walk the battlefield where, in 1759, the French forces under General Montcalm were decisively trounced by the British, led by General Wolfe.
The British took control of all of New France within a year of that 1759 battle, but even so French culture still lives on here in Québec City. More than 95 percent of Québec City's population speaks French as its first language, though it's easy to sightsee and navigate the city in English. As you tour the museums and historic sights of Québec City that celebrate Québecois history and dine at restaurants that serve its distinctive cuisine, you'll discover a remarkable culture that has survived and thrived into the 21st century.
Montréal, Canada is a city of contrasts, one that defies a simple description or a catchy tagline. It sits on the New World’s St. Lawrence River, yet it has an undeniable Old-World French flair. It is a historic city, founded in 1642, and the streets of Old Montréal are lined with sights that range from a 17th-century seminary to grand commercial buildings erected in the 19th century. But Montréal is also home to contemporary architectural masterpieces—most notably those erected for Expo 67, including Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere.
Montréal is at once the cultural capital of the Québecois and a decidedly global and cosmopolitan city, attracting migrants from around the world. The walls of its galleries and museums showcase leading artists from the province and the rest of Canada, while the city hosts festivals that feature the best international films, musicians and performers. Many of its restaurants serve traditional specialties—poutine, bagels and smoked meats; others are helmed by some of the continent’s most innovative chefs.
Montréal is a vibrant urban center, with buzzing streets and attractions, yet crowned by peaceful, leafy Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also responsible for New York’s Central Park). Whichever of the city's many aspects appeals to you most, you are sure to be charmed by this unique city and find many things to do in Montréal.
On our included tour of Montreal we will discover the Old City, Mont Royal, the sites of EXPO 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the famed underground city and of course the incredible, ornate Notre Dame Basilica in the heart of the Old City. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Montreal as you choose before rejoining as a group in the evening for AURA, a stunning combination of light and orchestra music using the beautiful architecture of the Basilica to produce a true spectacle!