Locks, Legends & Canals of the Northeast Cruise

Northeastern Coastline

2017 Locks, Legends & Canals of the Northeast Cruise

This two-nation cruise includes it all from the glitz of the Manhattan skyline to the cobblestone streets and vintage charm of Quebec. The romantic contrast of the city scenes and surging rivers makes this journey worthy to be in our ‘Signature Series’ portfolio. Go where other ships cannot as we transit the Erie Canal, something only Blount boats can do due to their design. Cruise through the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence Seaway, part of the international boundary between the US and Canada. The seaway is a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and wildlife habitats. Explore Quebec City, considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America, before concluding this amazing journey in vibrant Montreal.

DURATION: 14 Day/13 Night
EMBARK: New York, NY
DISEMBARK: Montreal, QC
DATES: September 23 (Grande Mariner); September 29 (Grande Caribe), 2017

EMBARK: Montreal, QC
DISEMBARK: New York, NY 
DATES: October 8 (Grande Mariner); October 14 (Grande Caribe), 2017
SHIP: Grande Caribe & Grande Mariner 

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sail through New York Harbor passing the Statue of Liberty
  • Enjoy a full day of cruising the historic Erie Canal with a local historian as your guide
  • Spend the night in beautiful Alexandria Bay, NY with views of the famed Boldt Castle
  • Choose a city tour that includes Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory

ITINERARY:

Day 1 – New York, NY
This two-nation cruise has it all, from the dazzle of the Manhattan skyline to the vintage charm of Quebec. The romantic contrast of the city scenes combined with the surging rivers, serene lakes and fjords makes this journey worthy to be in our ‘Signature Series’ portfolio. Embark today in New York City and prepare to cruise the most renowned waters of New York State and southeastern Canada.

West Point, NY

Day 2 – West Point, NY
Begin your day with a morning sail through New York Harbor passing the Statue of Liberty before the majestic natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. This afternoon, arrive in West Point, NY. An optional tour takes you to the campus of the prestigious West Point Military Academy and its awe-inspiring Gothic Revival style chapel. An afternoon sail takes you to Kingston, NY.

Day 3 – Kingston, NY
This morning in Kingston, an optional tour to Hyde Park includes a visit to “Springwood,” the beloved estate home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, now his presidential library and museum. Later, travel up the northern leg of the Hudson River to Troy, NY. The retractable pilot-house will be lowered to transit the famed Erie Canal. This evening enjoy lively musical entertainment onboard the ship.

Erie Canal

Day 4 – Fonda, NY
Going where other ships simply cannot go, we transit the Erie Canal, something only Blount boats can do because of their design. Enjoy a full day of cruising the historic Erie Canal, widely considered to be one of the most important works of civil engineering in America. A local historian joins the cruise to narrate about the history of the Canal.

Day 5 – Sylvan Beach, NY
Behold the beauty of the Catskill Mountains – where approximately 250,000 acres of the Catskill’s pristine landscape has been designated “forever wild” thanks to the work of environmental visionaries. Located in the foothills of the Catskills, Cooperstown, NY is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Tonight arrive in Sylvan Beach, NY on the shores of shimmering Lake Oneida.
Day 6 – Oswego, NY
Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego, NY, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Choose to take a shuttle on a loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights like the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum, or Fort Ontario. Witness the feat of Blount’s retractable pilot-house being raised up to its full height. Later, local musicians entertain onboard.

Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY

Day 7 – Clayton & Alexandria Bay, NY
Today, cruise to Clayton, NY in the gorgeous Thousand Islands region. You will visit the notable Antique Boat Museum for a glimpse of the world’s largest showcase of classic recreational boats. Spend the night in beautiful Alexandria Bay, NY with views of the famed Boldt Castle.

Day 8 – Ogdensburg, NY
Cruise through the stunning Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River, part of the international boundary between the US and Canada. Visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour the stately and elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running during Prohibition. Continue on to Ogdensburg, NY where you may opt to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum.
Day 9 – Cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway
Crossing into Canada, cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway, the gateway from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great Lakes. The seaway is a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats.

Quebec City, QC

Day 10 – Quebec City, QC
After a day of cruising, arrive tonight in Quebec City.

Day 11 – Quebec City, QC
Quebec City, QC, with its distinctly French culture, is considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Be sure to visit the Chateau de Frontenac and browse the shops and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of Old Town. This morning, an optional tour introduces the charms of Quebec City and the stunning view from Observation Towers before visiting Montmorency Falls.

Three Rivers, QC

Day 12 – Three Rivers, QC
Your port of call today is charming Three Rivers, QC, also known as Trois-Rivières in French. This morning select from two optional tours: “Churches of Trois-Rivières” to admire the stunning architecture, or a Heritage Walking Tour. This evening, enjoy a special opportunity to visit the Musèe des Ursulines, a short walk from the ship, and listen to a private organ recital inside the museum’s awe-inspiring chapel.

Day 13 – Montreal, QC
Famed for its thrilling cuisines, cobblestone streets, and world-class shopping, Montreal truly appeals to every sense of adventure. You may choose an optional city tour that includes Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory; or enjoy exploring this enchanting and historic city at your leisure. This evening enjoy a musical performance of the flute and guitar by local entertainers.
Day 14 – Montreal, QC
Disembark today in Montreal.

Grande Mariner & Grande Caribe

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:

  • 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 CategoryPrice per person based on double occupancyPrice based on single occupancy
Category 4$6,699Call for current pricing
Category 3$5,999Call for current pricing
Category 2$5,799Call for current pricing
Category 1$4,399Call for current pricing
Dedicated Single Category 1N/A$4,399
Port Fees/Taxes$395$395
Pre-Cruise Arrival Night Onboard with Dinner and Breakfast$150$150

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