Begin your journey in one of America's most storied cities, Boston. Rich in culture and maritime history, Boston provides guests with the perfect port from which to launch a Grand New England cruise.
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 culture.
Provincetown Library & Race Point Lighthouse
Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a popular summer vacation destination known for its beaches, harbors and local art community. Affectionately referred to as “P-Town,” you’ll learn all about the area’s rich history and culture. You’ll experience Commerce St. and enjoy the diverse shops and restaurants before heading to Race Point Beach and a visit to the Race Point Lighthouse. A trip to Provincetown would not be complete without visiting the Provincetown Library, whose unique interior features an actual sailing ship, Rose Dorothea.
Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Newport, the yachting capital of the world. As you stroll along the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves and scenic waterfront, you'll find Newport offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. Explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions."
Avenue of the Mansions
Travel back in time to the epicenter of 19th century opulence as a knowledgeable guide takes you down one of the most architecturally impressive avenues in the world. Learn about the owners of the homes and their monetary successes as you travel along the spectacular Ocean View Drive and Bellevue Avenue, before concluding at the “grand dame” of them all, The Breakers Mansion. A portrayal of the social and financial prominence of the Vanderbilt family at the turn of the century, the architecture of this seventy-room Italian renaissance-style palazzo is remarkable. Take a leisurely audio tour of the home and learn about the Vanderbilt family and the inspiration for their building this impressive summer “cottage.” At the conclusion of the tour, you will have time to explore the bustling Newport waterfront at your own pace.
Guided Tour of Fort Adams
Newport, RI boasts one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The night before your arrival, engage in an enlightening lecture of how Newport’s earliest settlers protected the harbor from intruders and also used it to achieve monetary successes. The intimate size of our ship allows us to dock right at Fort Adams, the well-known fort used to protect the harbor, and puts us just a short ride away from Newport’s bustling riverfront. Our onboard lecturer will walk you over to the fort and answer any questions you may have before leading you to a knowledgeable park ranger who will delve deeper into the history of the fort and the military and naval strategies implemented there.
Martha's Vineyard, MA
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Martha's Vineyard was a hub for merchant ships carrying exotic cargo from far corners of the world. Today, the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns. Historic Edgartown is the most genteel town on the island, featuring freshly painted, white clapboard colonial homes and manicured gardens.
As we dock in Vineyard Haven, you’ll be immediately surprised by the charm of the quaint seaside village. Our local island guide will greet us at the harbor and take us on a personalized tour of Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll visit the many historic towns, including, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury. You’ll enjoy ample free time to explore the village and local shops of Edgartown. Once back at the ship, you’ll meet up with our onboard lecturer who will take the group to Oak Bluffs for a narrated tour of the gingerbread cottages. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Bill Ewen’s gingerbread home for freshly made lemonade and cookies. In the evening, musical great, Mark Alan Lovewell will entertain everyone onboard with popular sea chantey sing-a-long songs.
Located in York County, Kennebunkport is famous for being the summer home for the Bushes, a family that has produced two Presidents and the former governor of Florida. A small summer enclave, Kennebunkport offers guests a chance to experience the quaint and quiet environment New England is famous for.
Kennebunkport and the First Families
Made famous by George H.W. Bush, Kennebunkport is a quiet coastal Maine town known for its many small boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Along Ocean Avenue and Walkers Point you will enjoy views of the famous Bush family compound before continuing on to Saint Ann’s Church and the Kennebunkport Historical Society. Here you’ll view exhibitions covering two centuries of Kennebunkport history, from its maritime culture to Presidential influence.
Seashore Trolley Museum
Enjoy a relaxing trolley ride on an authentically restored streetcar through the untouched Maine wilderness as part of your visit to the Seashore trolley Museum. While visiting, you’ll experience History in Motion: Public Transportation Communities exhibit. Take a look at how the Atlantic Shore Line Railway and an electric interurban line changed the communities it passed through in southern Maine.
Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "tall ship capital of Maine". Enjoy the summer sun and refreshing sea breeze as you watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor, or browse the quaint shops and art galleries. Bring your camera to capture ocean vistas, placid coastlines and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay and surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.
Narrated Bus Tour
Camden is proud to call itself the "Jewel of the Coast." A quaint seaport town, Camden features 19th century architecture, a harbor full of classic schooners and a beautiful backdrop provided by the Camden Hills. A 90-minute narrated bus tour takes you through Camden Hills State Park, with a stop at the top of Mt. Battie, where you'll have panoramic views of glistening lakes, Camden Harbor, and the islands of Penobscot Bay.
Other Camden Attractions
Old Conway House and Museum
The Old Conway House was built in the 1770s. The antique furniture and farm equipment on display reflect the time period.
Camden Hills State Park
If recreation is on your list, you've come to the right place. Camden Hills State Park offers unlimited hiking opportunities with incredible views of Penobscot Bay and Megunticook Lake atop Mt. Battie and Mt. Megunticook. If you are not into hiking, then consider the auto road to the top of Mt. Battie. Website
Maine Sport Outfitters Sea Kayaking Adventures
Just across the street in Camden Harbor, Maine Sport Outfitters offers professional sea kayaking tours of Camden Harbor and beyond, led by registered guides. Enjoy two- and four-hour tours that take you around Curtis Island where you'll see a working lighthouse and great views of the Bay and Camden Hills. Website
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor's breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife have welcomed visitors for over one hundred years. Some cruises may go to Bar Harbor via coach from Bucksport. Please call for details.
Cruise past some of the most breathtaking scenery in New England while you get up close and personal with the indigenous wildlife that inhabits the area. An expert naturalist will narrate as you meet the native harbor seals and seek out nesting eagles. Along with the wildlife, highlights will include views of magnificent summer homes, Egg Rock Lighthouse, and Acadia National Park.
Acadia National Park
Nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for centuries. During the 1800's, the breathtaking mountains and seascapes were a source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Prominent figures like Joseph Pulitzer and William Proctor built magnificent cottages in this beautiful coastal community. This bus tour of Acadia National Park includes stops at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first land in the United States touched by the morning sun, and Thunder Hole, an inlet naturally carved out of rocks where the waves spout water as high as 40 feet.
Before arriving in Rockland, you'll have the pleasure of experiencing Maine's most beautiful cruising areas. Your ship will pass through the gorgeous 6-mile passage lined with evergreens known as Merchants Row. In Rockland, passengers can follow the Rockland Harbor Walk, visit the Shore Village Museum or take an interesting narrated tour of the area.
Owls Head Transportation Museum
Take a step back in time at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles from the late 19th century and early 20th century are on permanent display. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum's outstanding collection. Also, don't miss out on your chance to ride in a Model T.
City Tour / Farnsworth Museum
Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. Enjoy a narrated tour of Rockland, which will make frequent stops around town, including the famous Farnsworth Art Museum where you will enjoy a one-hour tour. The Farnsworth Art Museum pays homage to Maine artists throughout its permanent collection, "Maine in America." Moreover, it is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths.
Lobster Bake Luncheon
Enjoy the flavors of local lobster, clams, and mussels right on the shore of beautiful Penobscot Bay. Dine under a covered tent while listening to fabulous musical entertainment. This event truly encapsulates everything wonderful about the Maine experience.
Captain Jack’s Lobsterboat Tour
During this memorable tour, board an authentic, 30-foot lobsterboat and learn firsthand about catching lobster on the shores of Maine. Watch as the Captain hauls in traps and see all of the delightful creatures these traps can capture.
Boothbay Harbor, ME
This lovely, historic town is lined with shops, boutiques, and picture-perfect harbors dotted with lobster boats, pleasure craft, and windjammers. Boothbay is the largest boating harbor north of Boston, earning the moniker of "Boating Capital of New England."
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Tour
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country, and one of Maine's top attractions. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic natural landscape, and scenic waterfront will captivate you. A guided tour will introduce you to the history, horticultural details, and colorful explanations of these gardens. Included will be the visitor favorite, the Lerner Garden of Five Senses, a garden designed to appeal to each sense. After the tour, visit the gift shop or stroll the gardens on your own.
Photo by Barbara Freeman, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
Maine's most historic seaport overlooks beautiful Casco Bay. Spend your visit exploring its gallant 360-year history or check out its amazing cultural scene. Big-city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm here, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.
Other Portland Attractions
Portland's Old Port is one of the most successful revitalized warehouse districts in the country. Seamlessly connected to the waterfront, the Old Port is a working waterfront and a chic shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Taking a walk at the water's edge along Commercial Street provides a window into the latter. Just steps from the water, one can stroll down the cobblestone streets and experience the quaint charm of this district. The boutique shopping, one-of-a-kind stores, lobster-serving restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife are all unparalleled by any other New England city. Website
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House
The Wadsworth-Longfellow House has both historical and literary importance. It is both the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and the childhood home of famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Within this home's walls lived four generations of one remarkable family that made significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States. After growing up here, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow went on to become one of the most famous men of his time. Website
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum
Take a trip back in time at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum. Enjoy magnificent views of Portland's waterfront aboard antique rail cars pulled by hard-working steam and diesel locomotives. Don't miss the unique two-foot gauge trains that linked rural Maine to the rest of the world. Website
Portland Harbor Museum
Founded in 1987, the Portland Harbor Museum is an exciting place to explore and celebrate the rich maritime history of Portland Harbor. Located on the South Portland waterfront, the museum lies within the granite walls of Fort Preble, adjacent to Spring Point Ledge Light. Other points of interest like Bug Light and the Liberty Ship Memorial are less than a mile away. Website
Portland Museum of Art
As the largest and oldest art museum in the state of Maine, the Portland Museum of Art serves as a vital cultural resource for all who visit. The Museum's collection of more than 17,000 objects is housed in three historic and remarkable buildings showcasing three centuries of art and architecture. Website
The Portland Observatory
The Portland Observatory, built in 1807, is the last surviving maritime signal tower in the United States. Using both a telescope and lantern, two-way communication between ship and shore was possible several hours before an incoming vessel reached the docks. Greater Portland Landmarks, a non-profit organization, maintains the building. Guided tours with discussion about the history of the building and the neighborhood are provided by volunteers. Website
Victoria Mansion is one of the finest examples of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors among the most lavish and sophisticated during this era, this mansion is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Our history, a quick tour, and present-day efforts aimed at restoring the Mansion convey the significance of this unique site. Website
Downeast Duck Adventures
Splash into history on this fun and fully-narrated 65-minute adventure through Portland. As you twist and turn through the Old Port, we'll tell you about the legends and lore that have shaped Portland into one of the most historical cities in the nation. Learn about places of interest to visit and many little known facts about the city that is nicknamed 'The Phoenix.' Then, hold onto your tail feathers as you drive into the waters of Casco Bay to view Portland's working waterfront, Calendar Islands and marine wildlife. Website
Eagle Island Tours
Casco Bay, one of the most beautiful waterways in the United States, lies just beyond Old Port. Eagle Island Tours offers you the opportunity to see all of the beautiful sights the area has to offer on our seasonal daily sightseeing cruises and trolley tours. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind on a sunset lighthouse cruise, see Portland's landmarks by trolley or embark on an adventure to Eagle Island, you've come to the right place! Website
Welcome back to the historic city of Boston. End your journey with a stroll through some of Boston's more famous locations including Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and Newbury Street.