Spectacular natural scenery abounds on this adventure from New York to southeastern Canada. From the bustling bright lights of Manhattan to the charm and sophistication of Montreal, travel the waterways that blend U.S. and Canadian cultures. Go where other ships simply cannot go, we check in on the Hudson and sail the river valley before transiting the Erie Canal. Cruise through the stunning 1000 Islands along the St. Lawrence River before entering The Saguenay River, nestled beneath towering cliffs and enveloped in pine. The cold cobalt waters attract schools of Beluga whales, making the Saguenay one of the world’s premier whale-watching destinations.
September 23 (Grande Mariner)
DISEMBARK: New York, NY
DATES: 2018 – August 16; September 15 (Grande Caribe)
- Hyde Park and Springwood, the beloved estate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Saratoga Springs, popular for its plentiful mineral springs
- Tour stately Singer Castle, a mansion used for rum-running during Prohibition
- Erie Canal
- Enjoy whale watching on the Saguenay River where the cold waters attract schools of Beluga whales
Day 1 – New York, NY
From the bustling bright lights of Manhattan to the treasure of Quebec City, travel the waterways which blend the cultures of the US and Canada. This journey introduces you to both amazing civil engineering feats such as the Erie Canal and stunning natural wonders like the 1000 Islands region. A tour of New York Harbor puts you in a NY state of mind before setting sail on the Hudson River.
Day 2 – Kingston, NY
This morning in Kingston, NY, treat yourself to an optional tour of nearby Hyde Park and Springwood, the beloved estate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We’ll follow the Hudson River through the Erie Canal, a testament to American ingenuity, and into the Oswego Canal. Watch as the ship’s unique retractable pilot house is lowered, allowing the vessel to slip easily beneath low bridges.
Day 3 – Cruise the Erie Canal
Relax during a full day of sailing on the Erie Canal’s calm waters. Blount Small Ship Adventures is the only overnight cruise line to sail this famed waterway. Enjoy a daytime tour of nearby Saratoga Springs, popular for its plentiful mineral springs. Your tour includes a visit to the Saratoga Battlefield, site of the first major American victory during the American Revolution. Conclude your day with musical entertainment.
Day 4 – Rome, NY
A second full day on the Erie Canal invites you to enjoy an optional excursion to the Oriskany Battlefield and Fort Stanwix in the Mohawk River Valley, where the 1777 Siege of Fort Stanwix endured for nearly three weeks.
Day 5 – Oswego, NY
Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego, NY, on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. As the ship exits the canal, witness the pilot-house being raised back up to its full position. Delight to the sounds of live musical entertainment this evening.
Day 6 – Ogdensburg, NY
Continuing through the scenic Thousand Islands, visit tiny Dark Island, NY in Chippewa Bay and tour stately Singer Castle, a mansion used for rum-running during Prohibition. Continue on to Ogdensburg, NY, where you may opt to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum to admire the original works of this American painter.
Day 7 – Cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway
Crossing into Canada via the St. Lawrence Seaway, you will be awe-struck by the immense natural beauty surrounding you. Welcome to the splendor of 1000 Islands region where Emerald pines and stone castles stand guard. Called the ‘Garden of the Great Spirit,’ by the Iroquois, there are 1800 islands here straddling the US and Canadian borders.
Day 8 – Quebec City, QC
Depart the enchanting 1000 Islands region for the quaint, French-inspired, Quebec City considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Offering a distinctly French culture, cobblestone streets, and the historic architecture of Old Town, your afternoon arrival allows time to discover the city’s treasures during an optional guided walking tour.
Day 9 – Port de Saguenay, QC
Arrive in the beautiful riverside village of Port de Saguenay this afternoon and enjoy a trip to see ‘La Fabuleuse.’ Running for more than 25 years, this visual and sound spectacular features more than 100 actors playing over 1,000 characters, and narrates the life and history of Port de Saguenay and its people. You’ll soon see why Saguenay was voted the happiest city in Canada!
Day 10 – Cruise the Saguenay and St. Lawrence River
Founded by Jacques Cartier in 1536, The Saguenay River is nestled beneath towering cliffs and enveloped in pine. The Saguenay supposedly gets its name from an Iroquoian legend about a kingdom in the north rich in gold and silver. Today, enjoy whale watching on the Saguenay River where the cold waters attract schools of Beluga whales, making it one of the world’s premier whale-watching destinations.
Day 11 – Quebec City, QC
Return to Quebec City, where an optional morning tour introduces the charms of this breathtaking locale and the stunning view from Observatory Towers before visiting the impressive Montmorency Falls. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you onboard.
Day 12 – Montreal, QC
Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising today as the ship sails toward Montreal, QC.
Day 13 – Montreal, QC
Welcome to Montreal, vibrant with culture, history, and riverside vistas. Choose an optional tour including Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica (subject to availability), Olympic Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. This afternoon, another optional tour introduces you to historic Old Montreal and its 17th century architecture. This evening, a flute and guitar duo entertain during a farewell celebration.
Day 14 – Montreal, QC
After exploring this stunning combination of land and water with Blount, the company who invented small ship cruising through US and Canadian waters more than 50 years ago, you disembark in Montreal.
- 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|
|Dedicated Single Category 3||$8,155|
|Pre-Cruise Arrival Night Onboard with Dinner and Breakfast||$150|