2017 Islands of New England Cruise
With a collection of picturesque islands dotting its rocky coast, summer cruising in New England is unparalleled. Voyage through the nooks and crannies of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Newport to experience a classic back east adventure. It’s a place where rugged bays, sandy beaches and colorful lighthouses all have individual stories longing to be told; where oyster beds breed “shucked-to-order” shellfish in mellow, sheltered harbors; and where modest colonial charm and Gilded Age beauty combine to create a feeling of sophistication and authenticity. Island hop with a local and experience New England the way it’s meant to be – from the water.
SHIP: Grande Caribe & Grande Mariner
- Travel to charming Nantucket Island, MA
- See beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, MA
- In New Bedford, MA join a tour to Lees Wharf, an authentic oyster farm
- Visit Block Island, RI named one of The Nature Conservancy’s “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere.”
Day 1 – Warren, RI
Embark in Warren, RI, home to Blount Small Ship Adventures. Relax onboard as you begin your cruise through Narragansett Bay, offering postcard-perfect views of rugged cliffs, classic lighthouses, and gentle waves so lovely that National Geographic named it one of the Best Adventure Destinations. Tonight you’ll arrive in Cuttyhunk, MA a quiet island outpost off the coast of Cape Cod.
Day 2 – Nantucket Island, MA
Nantucket Island, MA welcomes you this morning with its iconic Cape Cod charm. Begin with an optional tour of Nantucket’s pristine beaches, fishing ports, old-style lighthouses, and bright cranberry bogs. Later, enjoy time to explore the Nantucket Whaling Museum, or stroll through the brick-lined streets lined with historic clapboard homes and local shops. This evening, cruise to Martha’s Vineyard.
Day 3 – Martha’s Vineyard
Enjoy a full day on Martha’s Vineyard, a laidback summer getaway loaded with colonial charm where several U.S. Presidents have vacationed. On an optional tour, visit Edgartown, home to the Vineyard’s most famous lighthouse; West Tisbury, a “typical New England village”; Oak Bluffs, featuring colorful gingerbread cottages; the Gay Head cliffs, and much more!
Day 4 – New Bedford, MA
Discover New Bedford, MA, known as “the Whaling City.” Connect with the people of the waterfront with 2 optional tours: Learn about the city’s history during an optional walking tour; or, join a tour to Lees Wharf, an authentic oyster farm. This afternoon enjoy time to stroll the cobblestone streets and view the many shops. Tonight, local fishermen introduce you to “A Fisherman’s Life.”
Day 5 – Newport, RI
Arrive this morning in Newport, RI. An optional tour takes you down spectacular Ocean Drive past the opulent Gilded Age Mansions. See Rosecliff Mansion where the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” was filmed and visit The Breakers, once owned by the Vanderbilt family. Or, tour Newport from the water on a 2-hour sail aboard America’s Cup Charters and relax aboard a classic 68’ 12 Meter yacht.
Day 6 – Block Island, RI
Block Island, RI has been named one of The Nature Conservancy’s “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere.” With over 40% of its land dedicated to conservation, the island offers endless beaches and supreme sailing opportunities. An optional tour introduces you to gorgeous Mohegan Bluffs, where green hills plunge toward crashing waves. Or, enjoy an Eco-kayaking tour.
Day 7 – Warren, RI
Today before disembarking in Warren, RI, pass scenic Prudence Island, RI. This small island is home to a thriving oyster regeneration project created by Captain Luther H. Blount in 2000, and today remains funded by his foundation.
- Cruise aboard the Grande Mariner or Grande Caribe, with only 88 passengers.
- Complete program of optional tours and excursions (An additional fee may apply)
- Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship.
- All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
- BYOB , Bring your own selection of beverages; mixers and ice is provided
- Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader.
- Professional tour staff.
- Complete pre-departure materials.
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare; transfers; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, gratuities and Internet service.
|Cabin Category||Price per person based on double occupancy||Price based on single occupancy|
|Category 4||$3,099||Call for current pricing|
|Category 3||$2,899||Call for current pricing|
|Category 2||$2,799||Call for current pricing|
|Category 1||$1,999||Call for current pricing|
|Dedicated Single Category 1||N/A||$1,999|
|Pre-Cruise Arrival Night Onboard with Dinner and Breakfast||$150||$150|