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This two-nation cruise includes it all from the glitz of the Manhattan skyline to the cobblestone streets and vintage charm of Quebec. The romantic contrast of the city scenes and surging rivers makes this journey worthy to be in our ‘Signature Series’ portfolio. Go where other ships cannot as we transit the Erie Canal, something only Blount boats can do due to their design. Cruise through the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence Seaway, part of the international boundary between the US and Canada. The seaway is a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and wildlife habitats. Explore Quebec City, considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America, before concluding this amazing journey in vibrant Montreal.

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ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

New York, NY

Day 1

New York, NY

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This two-nation cruise has it all, from the dazzle of the Manhattan skyline to the vintage charm of Quebec. The romantic contrast of the city scenes combined with the surging rivers, serene lakes and fjords makes this journey worthy to be in our ‘Signature Series’ portfolio. Embark today in New York City and prepare to cruise the most renowned waters of New York State and southeastern Canada.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

NYC Shuttle
Enjoy an optional shuttle from our dock to the heart of New York City, Times Square. This all-day shuttle service will be running approximately once every hour, providing transportation at the cost 1 trip downtown by taxi or Uber! Check with your cruise director for day of schedule.

Hop On, Hop Off Big Bus Tour
Have you ever been on a tour and wanted to hop off and explore a particular attraction? Well now you can with Big Bus Tours of New York City. You will have the option of not 1 but 2 tours, one of Uptown, one of Downtown, that you can hop on and off all day long! This exciting tour will start at the M&M World in iconic Times Square. On the Uptown you will see and hear all about the Broadway Theater District, Grand Central Terminal, the MET, the Frick Museum, Central Park Zoo, the Plaza Hotel, Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. On the Downtown tour you will see Times Square, Bryant Park, 5th Avenue, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, NOHO, SOHO, Little Italy, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall, Wall Street, the Charging Bull Statue, Statue of Liberty from Battery Park, and Restaurant Row. If you decide to explore any one of these destinations more, another bus will be along approximately every half an hour.
West Point, NY *

Day 2

West Point, NY *

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Begin your day with a morning sail through New York Harbor passing the Statue of Liberty before the majestic natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. This afternoon, arrive in West Point, NY. An optional tour takes you to the campus of the prestigious  United States Military Academy at West Point and its awe-inspiring Gothic Revival style chapel. Continue to Kingston, NY.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

United States Military Academy
This unique tour brings you into “central area” where cadets live and attend classes. Enjoy the history and beauty of this section of the post. Visit the Parade Grounds where cadets of today drill and parade where George Washington drilled and organized the Continental Army. Tour Trophy Point, Battle Monument, and relics of wars dating back to the Revolution. Before the tour comes to an end get ready for a “million-dollar view” of the scenic Hudson Valley. **Please note: Due to security at West Point, you cannot visit the Academy on your own; you must be part of the tour group. Picture ID is required. Tours are subject to accessibility and daily approval.
Kingston, NY

Day 3

Kingston, NY

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This afternoon in Kingston, tour Hyde Park which includes a visit to "Springwood," the beloved estate home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt - now his presidential library and museum. Later, travel up the northern leg of the Hudson River to Troy, NY. The retractable pilot-house will be lowered to transit the famed Erie Canal. 

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Hudson River Maritime Museum
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. Indoor and outdoor exhibits on the Hudson River maritime history, a gift shop, waterfront special events, and boat rides to the historic Rondout Lighthouse are available at the museum. The museum is self-guided and is located within walking distance, along the banks of the Rondout Creek.


Historic Hyde Park Tour
“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River,” wrote Franklin D. Roosevelt during his years in the White House. You will understand his sentiment when you visit Springwood, the first U.S. Presidential Library and Museum, honoring America’s only Preside elected to four terms. On the grounds are the family home, where FDR was born, and the graces of Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. Your guide will give you an in-depth interpretation of this historic area and its founding families on your drive to and from the ship.

Cruise the Erie Canal

Day 4

Cruise the Erie Canal

Going where other ships simply cannot go, we transit the Erie Canal, something only Blount boats can do because of their design. Enjoy a full day of cruising this historic waterway, widely considered to be one of the most important works of civil engineering in America. A local historian joins the cruise to narrate about the history of the canal.
Sylvan Beach, NY

Day 5

Sylvan Beach, NY

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A day to behold the beauty of the Catskill Mountains - where approximately 250,000 acres of the Catskill's pristine landscape has been designated "forever wild" thanks to the work of environmental visionaries. Located in the foothills of the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown, NY is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Tonight arrive in Sylvan Beach, NY on the shores of shimmering Lake Oneida.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

National Baseball Hall Of Fame
A “Between Locks Optional Tour” takes you to Cooperstown, located at the foothills of the Catskills Mountains. The entire group will be bused to Downtown Cooperstown, where your ticket will grant you admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baseball fan or not, you are sure to enjoy your visit with over 38,000 three-dimensional artifacts on display on three floors depicting the history of the game from its inception to the present. If baseball doesn’t interest you, you will have the option to stroll along Main Street to visit the many shops and galleries in this historical town.
Oswego, NY

Day 6

Oswego, NY

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Cruise the canal to Oswego, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Choose to take a shuttle on a loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights like the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum, or Fort Ontario. Witness the feat of Blount’s retractable pilot-house being raised up to its full height. Later, local musicians entertain onboard.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Clayton & Alexandria Bay, NY

Day 7

Clayton & Alexandria Bay, NY

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Today, cruise to Clayton, NY in the gorgeous Thousand Islands region. You will visit the notable Antique Boat Museum for a glimpse of the world’s largest showcase of classic recreational boats. Spend the night in beautiful Alexandria Bay, NY with views of the famed Boldt Castle.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Oswego Historical Walking Tour
Experience the port city of Oswego, located on the oldest fresh water port on the Great Lakes. While traveling along the beautiful Oswego River with your knowledgeable local guide, you will pass through the city’s historic downtown shopping district. You will then cross the Harbor Rail Trail, a reconstructed walkway that follows the original 1880’s train bridge in Oswego. The trail spans the Oswego River and features an enclosed concourse that provides breathtaking views of the city, the harbor and the river. Your tour will conclude with a visit to one of the most preserved homes in New York State, the Richardson-Bates Museum. This home & museum features an extensive archival collection and exhibit space documenting the history of Oswego County. The museum is also home to the Oswego County Historical Society.

Oswego Kayak Adventure
If you are looking for a little more adventure in your port visit to Oswego, try the Oswego Kayak Adventure. This kayak tour of the port city will give you a new perspective of the oldest fresh water port on the Great Lakes. Depart from the Oswego Historic Maritime District and learn about the different roles the waterfront played has played throughout the years.
Cruise the 1000 Islands

Day 8

Cruise the 1000 Islands

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Cruise through the stunning Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River, part of the international boundary between the US and Canada. Visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and cruise by the stately and elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running during Prohibition. 

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Antique Boat Museum
The Antique Boat Museum is a collection of freshwater boats, including Native American dugout and birch bark canoes, St. Lawrence skiffs, early 20th-century speedboats, launches and pleasure crafts. Features are the Dixie II, the Miss Canada III, and other Gold Cup boats. You will also see the privately-owned boats of the former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield.

Singer Castle Tour
American history and local folklore meet at Singer Castle on Dark Island, located on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Constructed in 1905, Singer Castle is the only castle on the river to be completed, fully furnished and resided in during the heyday of the “great builders” and industrialists in New York. The Castle, which is accessible only by water, was designed and built to be a “hunting lodge” of Commodore Frederick Gilbert Bourne, a self-made millionaire. Enjoy this 45-minute guided tour, including four floors of the Castle featuring the Great Hall, Library, Dining Room, Breakfast Room, Terrace, Drawing Room, Loggia, Wicker Room, Bedrooms, Guest Rooms and 4th floor Dormitory. Your tour guides will share the unique history and mysteries of the Castle, as you view original furnishings and artifacts, and even secret passages. Don’t miss this highlight of your 1,000 Islands experience.
Cruise the St. Lawrence

Day 9

Cruise the St. Lawrence

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Crossing into Canada, cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway, the gateway from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great Lakes. The seaway is a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Quebec City, QC

Day 10

Quebec City, QC

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After a day of cruising, arrive tonight in Quebec City.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Tour
Discover, in comfort, the renowned sites and heritage of this ancient capital. Quebec’s historical, cultural and sacred monuments bear witness to four centuries of life in North America. A local expert will introduce the highlights of this majestic city, such as the Parliaments Buildings, the Battle Fields Park, Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac, Place d’Armes, and Place Royale. Then to top it all off, a stop will be at the Marie-Guyart Building, where you will biew the city’s splendor from 31 floors up! Take in breataking views from this height of over 700 feet, with panoramas such as the St. Lawrence River, Ile-d’Orleans, the Laurentian Mountains, the city’s fortifications and the winding cobblestone streets that make this city so charming. The best is yet to come with a journey to the majestic Montmorency Falls. These impressive falls were named by Samuel de Champlain after the duke of Montmorency. At 272 feet tall, they’re 98 fee taller than Niagara Falls, and offer a thunderous experience and a beautiful photo opportunity.
Quebec City, QC

Day 11

Quebec City, QC

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Quebec City, QC, with its distinctly French culture, is considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Be sure to visit the Chateau de Frontenac and browse the shops and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of Old Town. This morning, an optional tour introduces the charms of Quebec City and the stunning view from Observation Towers before visiting Montmorency Falls.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Old Quebec Walking and Wine Tour
In Old Quebec, your experienced guide will make the history of Quebec come alive as you walk the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Best explored on foot, you will discover nearly four centuries of history. Essentially a living museum, the Old Town is the only walled city in North America and was named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1985. On this tour you will see the Place-Royale, Petit-Champlain Street, Funicular, Chateau Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, and Upper City. On this tour you will also enjoy a wine tasting in one of Quebec’s historical buildings, with an informative presentation of a variety of wines from the Province of Quebec.
Three Rivers, QC

Day 12

Three Rivers, QC

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Your port of call today is charming Three Rivers, QC, also known as Trois-Rivières in French. This morning select from two optional tours: “Churches of Trois-Rivières” to admire the stunning architecture, or a Heritage Walking Tour. This evening, enjoy a special opportunity to visit the Musèe des Ursulines, a short walk from the ship, and listen to a private organ recital inside the museum’s awe-inspiring chapel.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Churches of Trois-Rivieres
Take a fascinating look at how the clergy and religious communities of the area helped shape the city’s history and culture. You will discover the area’s monasteries, churches and shrines and then visit the magnificent Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, North America’s largest place of worship devoted to the Virgin Mary. Your tour begins in the city centre as you pass the Musée des Ursulines. The Ursulines were the first community to become established at Trois-Rivières in 1697. Continuing past Saint-James Church and the Sacré Coeur Monument, you will make your way to Assomption de Marie Cathedral. The Gothic-styled cathedral opened for worship in 1858 and features stained glass windows created by master glass artist Guido Nincheri as well as one of the largest organs in Quebec with 5,751 pipes. Additional highlights include the Father Frédéric museum and the Manoir des Jésuites. You will then make your way to Cap-de-la-Madeleine on the shores of the St Lawrence River for a visit of the Our Lady of the Cape Sanctuary. With its modern basilica, old sanctuary, impressive stained-glass windows and magnificent gardens, the shrine to the Virgin Mary is both a spiritual and cultural attraction. Opened in 1720, it is the oldest church in the country to have been completely preserved. Pilgrimages to the shrine began in the early 19th century. In 1984, even Pope Jean-Paul II arrived for a visit of the shrine.

The Great Industrial Adventure: Iron, Pulp & Paper

Journey back in time to discover the birth and rise of Canada’s industrial heritage. Trois-Rivières was once known as the pulp and paper capital of the world. You will discover an important chapter in the city’s history with a visit to Boréalis, a magnificent centre dedicated to the history of the paper industry. Located in the former water filtration plant of the C.I.P. paper mill, the plant has been transformed, through an investment of over seven million dollars, into an exceptional architectural venue with the preservation of many of the original internal mechanisms. Through multimedia presentations and exhibitions, the former lumberjacks, raftsmen and workers tell the story of their travels and their work, revealing their personal history and ours. You will also have an opportunity to discover how a paper-making machine works, experiment with water pumping and filtration, and feel the heat, smell, humidity and noise of the paper industry of the 20th century. Other highlights include the original underground vaults, the former water tower with fantastic views of the Saint-Maurice River, and the huge multimedia fresco where you will learn all about the forest. Your next visit will be to Forges du Saint-Maurice, a National Historic site commemorating the birth of Canada’s ironmaking industry as well as the first industrial community in the country. Founded in 1730 on the banks of the Saint-Maurice River, the Forges were in use for over 150 years and endured through the various forms of government in that period of Canadian history, from the French Regime to the Confederation. You will have an opportunity to turn back the hands of time and experience life from a bygone era as you learn about the rise and development of the iron-making industry in Canada.
Montreal, QC

Day 13

Montreal, QC

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Famed for its thrilling cuisines, cobblestone streets, and world-class shopping, Montreal truly appeals to every sense of adventure. You may choose an optional city tour that includes Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory; or enjoy exploring this enchanting and historic city at your leisure. This evening enjoy a musical performance of the flute and guitar by local entertainers.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Montreal City Tour & Notre Dame Basilica
Montreal is one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan cities of the world. It is the second largest French speaking city in the world after Paris. Marked by its past, proud of its bicultural heritage and further enriched with a colorful ethnic flavor. Discover this wonderful city as you pass such places of interest as Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, St. Joseph’s Oratory, a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Visit the breathtaking Notre-Dame Basilica and enter a world of beauty, peace, reverie and delight. With its dazzling combination of blue and gold, the Basilica is a place like no other in Montreal…“once seen, never forgotten.”
Montreal, QC

Day 14

Montreal, QC

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Disembark today in Montreal.

Optional Excursions and Activities

*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Pricing

Category I
$4,399.00
Category II
$5,799.00
Category III
$5,999.00
Category IV
$6,699.00
Category III Singles
$7,499.00
Port Charges
$395.00

Departure Dates

Embark: New York, NY
Sep 30, 2018
Disembark: Montreal, QC
Oct 13, 2018
Embark: Montreal, Quebec
Oct 08, 2018
Disembark: Warren, RI
Oct 21, 2018
Embark: Montreal, QC
Oct 15, 2018
Disembark: New York, NY
Oct 28, 2018

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