Great American Waterways

from $5,295

DATES (2018 – New York to Chicago): JUNE 10  | AUGUST 01

DATES (2018 – Chicago to New York): JUNE 27  | SEPTEMBER 5

DURATION: 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS

EMBARK / DISEMBARK: CHICAGO, USA / NEW YORK, USA

SHIP: GRANDE MARINER & GRAND CARIBE

 

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All about the Great American Waterways.

Four stunning Great Lakes and the historic Erie Canal merge to create one amazing adventure. This journey will capture your imagination, leaving you lost in the peacefulness of this beautiful escape and its ever-changing panoramas. The Great Lakes, collectively considered the largest body of fresh water on Earth, were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs. Your cruise stretches across Lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario; taking you from vibrant Chicago all the way to New York City.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum
  • Henry Ford Museum, home President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus
  • Breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls
  • West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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.
  1. Day 1 Chicago, IL

    Welcome to the architecturally renowned Chicago skyline, juxtaposed against Lake Michigan to create a fusion of serene vistas and exciting cityscapes.

  2. Day 2 Manitowoc, WI

    Known as Wisconsin’s Marine Capital, Manitowoc is the home to Wisconsin’s Maritime Museum, which captures the riveting history of the entire great lakes area, including the building of 28 submarines for WWII. Don’t miss out on the Rahr-West Art Museum which hosts pieces from Picasso, Miro, Dali, as well as many others.

  3. Day 3 Mackinac Island, MI

    Step back in time when you arrive at Mackinac Island, MI famed for its horse-drawn carriages and old-world charm. Admire the architecture during an optional carriage tour of the island, including entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. This afternoon, an optional excursion invites you to the Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea, including scones and finger sandwiches.

  4. Day 4 Cruise through Lake Huron

    Relax on the sunny top deck and admire the beautiful views of Lake Huron during a day of cruising en route to Wyandotte, MI. The Great Lakes were carved by retreating ice sheets and filled with the meltwater from ancient glaciers. The indigo-blue waters of the Lakes are cloaked by forest-green pines, with classic lighthouses dotting the rocky cliffs whose banks are home to many animals.

  5. Day 5 Wyandotte, MI

    Spend a full day in Wyandotte, MI, nestled on the Detroit River. An optional tour in nearby Dearborn, MI begins at the Henry Ford Museum, home President John F. Kennedy’s limousine and the Rosa Parks bus. Continue your tour to Greenfield Village, where nearly 100 historical buildings have been relocated to create a demonstration of American life from the founding of the country through modern times.

  6. Day 6 Cleveland, OH

    Sail through Lake Erie for an introduction to the legendary American city of Cleveland, OH, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore this Great Lakes metropolis during an optional panoramic city tour via trolley. This evening, enjoy an onboard musical performance.

  7. Day 7 Buffalo, NY

    Located at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo, NY is known for its sports, snow, and special sauce. Admire breathtaking views of world-famous Niagara Falls during an optional tour, including visits to the Whirlpool Overlook, the Table Rock area, and a boat ride on the Hornblower (passport required). Tonight, local musicians entertain onboard the ship.

  8. Day 8 Cruise the Welland Cana

    Today, cruise the magnificent Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Located in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, learn how ships travel through the locks of this gravity-flow canal. Transit through 8 locks which will lower the vessel 320 feet as you bypass the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara Falls.

  9. Day 9 Rochester, NY

    This morning explore Rochester, located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Ontario. It sits at the middle of what has been called the 100 must-see miles of the Erie Canal. An optional tour offers stunning views of towering High Falls on the Genesee River and showcases the city’s most notable landmarks. Arrive this evening in Oswego, NY.

  10. Day 10 Oswego, NY

    Departing from Oswego harbor, enter Lock #8 of the Oswego Canal. One of 4 branches of the NY State Barge Canal System. Cruise the Oswego Canal and then begin your journey on the Erie Canal. After dinner this evening, disembark the vessel to explore Sylvan Beach, NY.

  11. Day 11 Amsterdam, NY

    Cruise along the Erie Canal through historic towns and villages. Today, an optional excursion takes you to picturesque Cooperstown, NY, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Experience an optional tour to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmer’s Museum or Fennimore Art Museum. This evening, enjoy a quiet overnight stop in Amsterdam, NY at Lock #11 along the Erie Canal.

  12. Day 12 Troy, NY

    The highlight of the Erie Canal, enjoy a leisurely sail to Troy, NY. 5 locks will lower the vessel 169’, by passing Cahoes Falls where the Mohawk River flows into the Hudson. Later, watch as the retractable pilot-house is raised back to its full height. Tonight, delight in the local culture during an onboard musical performance.

  13. Day 13 Kingston, NY

    In Kingston, NY, dock in Rondout Creek just off the Hudson River. Included in your cruise is a visit to the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Next, you may join an optional visit to Hyde Park or the Vanderbilt Mansion (based on availability). The Hyde Park excursion includes a visit to “Springwood,” the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum (tour available eastbound only).

  14. Day 14 West Point, NY

    Travel to West Point, NY, home of the prestigious United States Military Academy, where you may opt to take a tour of its magnificent campus and admire its famed Gothic Revival-style Chapel. *Ability to tour West Point is subject to availability, determined by the U.S. government.

  15. Day 15 New York, NY

    Take in the view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, and the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline. Docked in Chelsea Pier, explore the New York High Line and Chelsea Market. Later join an optional private bus tour of New York City, led by a professional guide.

  16. Day 16 New York, NY

    Your 16-day journey concludes today in New York City.

Grande Mariner & Grande Caribe

Blount Small Ship experience is truly about creating an unscripted journey to places others can’t reach. We wrap new friendships with a value unsurpassed in small ship cruising. Being a family run business for more than 50 years, we welcome all of our passengers as members of our own extended travel family. This means our onboard and onshore activities are always entertaining – full of humor, learning, and designed to create the bond of memories only achievable through one-of-a-kind shared experiences.

The size of our ships affords numerous and tangible benefits. As we carry a maximum of 88 passengers, you will never stand in lines, never be lost in the crowds, and best of all, you step directly off our ships and right into the destination. We pride ourselves on creating insider experiences by educating our passengers through lectures and talks from noted experts and with spirited tales from our knowledgeable and friendly crew.

Due to the intimate nature of the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner, your experience will be an exclusive and personal one. You’re never a number, you are our cherished guest, experiencing our unique form of hospitality and sailing amongst friends. One of the highlights of any adventure is gathering in the lounge or for a meal with friends both new and old and sharing the day’s adventures. Life onboard is extremely social as you are among like-minded adventurers who appreciate taking the road less traveled. A special bond soon develops through shared experiences and tales, one that stays with you in cherished memories long after your Blount adventure ends.

The unique size and design of our ships, with their bow ramps, retractable pilot houses, and shallow draft, allows them to take you to places other ships cannot. Imagine cruising up the Rio Dulce, off-limits to larger vessels, venturing deep into the lush jungles and rain forests past thundering waterfalls and through imposing, cavernous gorges. Marvel as your skilled Captain gently brings you right onto the beach in the Bahamian Out Islands where you easily and safely step right off the ship via our ingenious bow ramp. You’ll watch with amazement as the pilot house retracts to the deck level, affording our ships the enviable distinction of being the only cruise ships to traverse the historic Erie Canal which is a monument to ingenious American engineering.

WHAT SETS BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURES APART?

• Exclusive Signature Series Adventures Provide Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences
• Charming And Friendly All-American Crew
• Open-Seating Dining
• Beer And Wine Included At Lunch And Dinner
• “BYOB” Bar Policy
• Unique Ship Design – Bow Ramp, Retractable Pilot House And Shallow Draft
• Stair Lifts Provide Ease Of Access Onboard
• Glass Bottom Boat – Provides A Diver’s-Eye View Without Getting Wet!
• Insightful Guest Lecturers And Destination Experts
• Photography Workshops
• Bike And Kayak Rental
• Spectacular Fall Foliage
• Snorkeling Adventures in the tropics

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Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
August 1, 2018 - September 19, 2018
$5,295
June 10, 2018 - July 27, 2018
$5,295