Canada & New England in Private Yacht Style
Long before Columbus, Vikings crossed the Labrador Sea from Greenland to settle in L’Anse Aux Meadows. Centuries later, Portuguese fishermen, Basque whalers, French trappers, and English pilgrims would follow and discover a Promised Land where nature nurtures both body and soul. Here, where the sun first kisses North America, explorer Jacques Cartier found a place where “the scenery is indeed worth seeing and can’t be properly described in words.” The ravishing lighthouse-studded coast still inspires awe. Manna from the sea still delights palates. And small cruise ships like ours still ply these waters with a freedom denied to larger cruise ships.
New York City to Montreal - 12 Days
Head north from New York City to charming New England towns and coastal scenery that will take your breath away. Step into the living rooms of the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Morgans in Newport’s restored Gilded Age mansions. Witness the autumn spectacle of Acadia National Park from Bar Harbor. Discover the quaint, yesteryear charm of Charlottetown — inspiration for Anne of Green Gables. And watch for rare Blue and Beluga whales as you cruise beautiful Saguenay Fjord and the waters off the Gaspé Peninsula.
Reykjavik to New York City - 16 Days
Cross the North Atlantic from Greenland’s prismatic glaciers to the rocky shores of Southeast Canada and New England. Along the way, visit places beyond the reach of larger ships like the UNESCO sites of Red Bay and L’Anse Aux Meadows with their whaling and Viking pasts, and tiny Acadian villages like Bonne Bay in the midst of Gros Morne National Park’s beauty. Fill your camera’s memory cards in scenic Acadia National Park and picturesque Peggy’s Cove. Watch for whales in the wildlife-rich Cape Cod Canal (another place inaccessible to larger ships). Take in Norse ruins and Inuit culture, lobster bakes and fiddle music that speaks to the soul.
New York City to San Juan - 11 Days
This 11-day, southbound journey crosses 23 degrees of latitude to tropical islands where the average temperature difference between winter and summer can be less than 10 Fahrenheit degrees. Not long after Manhattan’s glowing skyline slips beyond the horizon, you arrive at the northernmost point in your journey: Newport, Rhode Island. It’s home to Vanderbilt mansions and warm and creamy lobster bisque, hundreds of sailboats, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. From here you turn south and be the first cruise ship to transit the thriving Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Take your own walk around the angular, pocked walls of Fort McHenry, a pentagonal-shaped fortification that inspired Francis Scott Key’s The Star Spangled Banner. Float past the immense Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the largest naval base in the world, and walk the storied battleship deck of the USS Wisconsin. Warmer breezes rise as you approach Bimini’s blue waters, a favorite fishing haunt and drinking destination for writer Ernest Hemingway. Swim along a quiet beach near Samana in the Dominican Republic, or search for rare birds and animals along the mangroves in Los Haitises National Park. Your final destination is just a day away among San Juan’s vibrantly painted buildings and the brooding, weathered walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Nearby you’ll find sandy beaches and lively cantinas to help you completely forget about the encroaching winter months ahead.
Boston to Montreal - 12 Days
Shuttered Cape Cod cottages, harbors filled with lobster boats and regatta-bound yachts, forests aflame with autumn colors – the beauty of New England and the Maritime Provinces takes many forms. Leave other cruise lines behind as you visit the artists’ colony of Provincetown, site of the pilgrims’ Mayflower landing. Watch an endless ballet of sailboats against a backdrop of lighthouses and classic Maine coastal towns. Become a Soldier for a Day at Halifax’s Citadel, ride a horse-drawn carriage past Victorian gingerbreads in Charlottetown, and cruise the scenic waters of Saguenay Fjord to Gaspe’s giant sea arch. Linger in Quebec City overnight, long enough to absorb its French flavor and wander the cobblestone streets of Old Town, before arriving in historic Montreal.
Montreal to Boston - 9 Days
Quebec’s French-flavored history, Prince Edward Island’s anachronistic charm, the fusion of Acadian and Scottish cultures in Nova Scotia—each province distills its own blend of Old World and New, bucolic and urbane. Browse the shops and boulangeries along Quebec City’s picturesque Petit Champlain, the oldest street in North America. Watch for rare beluga whales in spectacular Saguenay Fjord. Fall under the spell of Charlottetown and Gaspe with their bright red covered bridges and Anne of Green Gables vibe, and Halifax with its lively pub culture and majestic Citadel.
Montreal to San Juan - 23 Days
The sugary, cinnamon sweetness of a doughy beavertail pastry overwhelms your taste buds as you stroll along the cobblestones throughout Old Montreal’s Parisian-themed shops, cafes and brasseries. Relax on a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride or savor buttery-rich lobster among Bar Harbor’s brightly painted boutiques and galleries. Amble along New York’s Central Park serpentine paths, or take in the skyline from a departing Staten Island Ferry bound for the Statue of Liberty. Sample regional wines from Long Island, Finger Lakes, and Hudson River Valley in a Manhattan wine shop. Brush the gray armor plating of USS Wisconsin’s imposing 16-inch guns on Virginia’s Elizabeth River, or admire more than 450 fragrant rose flowers at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Then relax and break out your shorts and light cotton shirts for the sea days leading up to the warm beaches and mangrove mysteries in Bimini and Samaná. Your journey culminates in San Juan’s Old City, within walking distance of El Morro’s scarred fortress walls. Wander the storied streets where traders plied their wares or made idle chatter about the tobacco trade and worrisome pirates. Order a potent rum drink at a raucous neighborhood pub or request a fruit cocktail from a quiet, sundrenched table overlooking the harbor. It’s a perfect way to cap the unforgettable experiences on this extensive Atlantic Seaboard odyssey.