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Historic Chesapeake Bay Cruise

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DATES (2019): MAY 19 (PHILADELPHIA – BALTIMORE) | MAY 30 (BALTIMORE – PHILADELPHIA)

DURATION: 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

EMBARK: PHILADELPHIA, PA

DISEMBARK: BALTIMORE, MD

SHIP: GRANDE CARIBE

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All about the Historic Chesapeake Bay Cruise.

Cruise the Historic Chesapeake Bay

Cruise America’s largest estuary by small ship on a 10 day cruise that takes you back in time. Celebrate some of the most environmentally rich and protected shorelines along this region of the United States. Step back to a different era, where freedom is new and liberty prevails. Scenic shores, architectural gems and historic sights are not to be missed.

Known as one of the most historically dynamic regions in the US, you may opt to tour museums or former battlefields in Norfolk and Yorktown. Enjoy sight-seeing along the Potomac River or while walking the streets in Philadelphia. Optional excursions may take you to Washington, DC or the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Historians rejoice! For those who study history and those who live it, your ship has finally come in!

HIGHLIGHTS / PORTS VISITED:

  • Baltimore, MD
  • St. Michaels, MD
  • Oxford, MD
  • Cambridge, MD
  • Crisfield, MD
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Yorktown, VA
  • Mt. Vernon, VA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Philadelphia, PA

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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 (Additional fees 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
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and internet service
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Gratuities
  1. Day 1 Philadelphia, PA

    Best known as the first city of the colonists, Philadelphia is often called the “Cradle of Liberty” for being one of the country’s most historic cities. Revolutionary and Civil War buffs can enjoy exploring heritage trails and museums.

  2. Day 2 Saint Michaels, MD

    The “Heart of the Chesapeake,” was named for the parish that established here in 1677. By the War of 1812, this was an established shipbuilding town known for producing fast schooners. These ships adapted to evading blockades and outrunning pirates at sea! Today, visit the idyllic harbor with tastefully restored buildings and interesting waterside museum.

  3. Day 3 Oxford, MD

    Tiny Oxford is home to parks that run to the bay, where every promenade produces incredible views of the sea. This tiny town is one of the oldest in Maryland and was one of two ports of entry for all of Maryland in 1694.

  4. Day 4 Cambridge, MD & Crisfield, MD

    Settled by England colonists in 1684, Cambridge is one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. Then visit Crisfield, “Crab Capitol of the World” and southern most city in Maryland, witness the local ‘farming’ communities along the Chesapeake Bay.

  5. Day 5 Norfolk, VA

    Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk remains a stopping-off point for nearly 30,000 naval personnel destined for ships and stations overseas each year.

  6. Day 6 Yorktown, VA

    Site of the final battle of the American Revolution in 1781, the Battle of Yorktown was successfully lead by General George Washington. Today, it is a charming riverfront town offering boutique shopping. You may opt to tour Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum.

  7. Day 7 Mount Vernon, VA & Alexandria, VA

    President George Washington lived on this stunning plantation. Overlooking the Potomac River, you can explore the out-buildings, museums and final resting place of George and Martha Washington. Also, explore Alexandria, a bustling city just minutes from Washington, D.C. Travel back in time to Old Town where over 2,000 buildings predate 1899 or enjoy a tankard of ale at the famed Gadsby’s Tavern where the Founding Fathers would arrange meetings.

  8. Day 8 Annapolis, MD

    Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis is a genteel city of elegant mansions and stately parks. Here, the Maryland State House has been in continuous legislative use since 1772. You may also opt to visit the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy.

  9. Day 9 Baltimore, MD

    The cultural and economic hub of Maryland and hometown to the legendary Babe Ruth, scout out the Inner Harbor and renowned National Aquarium. A visit to Fort McHenry and the USS Constellation may also be available!

  10. Day 10 Baltimore, MD

    Disembark, Baltimore, MD

Grande Mariner

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