Islands of New England

from $2,185

DATES (2018): JUNE 5, 13 | July 14, 22

DURATION: 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

EMBARK: WARREN, RI

DISEMBARK: WARREN, RI

SHIP: GRANDE MARINER & GRAND CARIBE

 

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All about the Islands of New England.

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.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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.”
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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

Package Confirmed Dates Price (PP) Excluding Flights  
June 5, 2018 - July 29, 2018
$2,185