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2018 Maine & New Brunswick

10 Day, 9 Night | Price Starting at $2,999.00

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Natural wonders are closer than you think. This cruise will have you exploring colorful gardens, hiking in Acadia National Park and whale watching along the Bay of Fundy. This is a nature lovers paradise. 

Explore the scenic coast of New Brunswick and New England on a 10-day journey that takes you from historic Boston to pristine New Brunswick. Kick off this seaworthy adventure with a stop in the “City of the Ships” - Bath, ME. Explore the rocky shoreline of Rockland, ME where you might kayak by lobster boats. In Eastport, ME tour the last stone mustard mill in America. In seaside St. Andrews, New Brunswick, watch whales play, explore with a naturalist, or perhaps play golf at a world class course. Cruising back toward Boston, explore Bar Harbor Maine before stopping in Portland with picturesque views of the Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Back in Boston, explore the Freedom Trail where every path leads to a different moment in history.

For the nature lover, be guided by our onboard naturalists, with expertise in wildlife management and restoration, ecology, environmental tourism and marine mammals. 

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ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Boston, MA

Day 1

Boston, MA

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Embark in Boston where you'll prepare to sail north towards Canada on this special Nature Cruise.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Belle Island Marsh Reservation
Enjoy approximately 3 hours of casual, low impact birding. Expect to see a good variety of herons, egrets, and shorebirds. Also be on the lookout for American oystercatchers, glossy ibis, and willets. If lucky we might see nesting piping plovers and least terns. This evening, join a presentation conducted in the lounge by Dr. Matthew Perry and Laura Blandford, detailing their expertise with wildlife and the birding excursions planned throughout the cruise.

Bath, ME

Day 2

Bath, ME

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Welcome to the “City of the Ships” - Bath, ME. Located on the west bank of the Kennebec River, Bath remains a major player in the naval shipbuilding industry today. Discover the Maine Maritime Museum and experience over 400 years of shipbuilding heritage and culture. See 19th century brick buildings while exploring shops and restaurants downtown.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Popham State Park
At Popham we can expect to add some new bird species to our trip list including some ducks species such as the bufflehead, long-tailed duck, and goldeneye. We also will be looking for new shorebird species, along with some saltmarsh sparrows.


Maine Maritime Museum Tour
Tour the Maine Maritime Museum and the Percy & Small Historic Shipyard here in Bath. The museum is located on the original site where very large four-, five-, and six-mast wooden ships were built, including the world’s largest wooden ship, the Wyoming. Most of the shipyard’s original buildings, plus tools and equipment are on view. In the center of the yard, a full-scale metal sculpture of Wyoming’s bow and stern gives visitors a sense of the enormous size of the ship. With the purchase of this tour you will receive a 45-minute guided tour of the Percy & Small Historic Shipyard, with a period after to tour the main museum.

Rockland, ME

Day 3

Rockland, ME

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Rockland, ME is a charming coastal town with a welcoming downtown, thriving artists’ community, and a rich history of shipbuilding. Settle in and relax as the ship sails “Down East” this afternoon to Bar Harbor, ME, a popular resort town on Mount Desert Island.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Maine Coastal Island Wildlife Refuge
A 30 minute tour of the restoration and management of colonies of nesting birds.


Weskeag Marsh a Maine Audubon Site
This marsh should be active with many wetland species, including the Nelson sparrow and the saltmash sparrow. A short distance from the marsh is a farm field where we might see nesting meadowlarks and the interesting bobolink.

Project Puffin Audubon Center
Tonight, Stephen Kress, an internationally-known puffin/seabird scientist will join passengers for dinner and conduct a lecture in the lounge.


Rockland Historical Tour and Farnsworth Art Museum
Begin your Rockland experience with a 45-minute narrated motorcoach tour of Rockland, highlighting the history, lobster industry, shipbuilding, and working waterfront. Learn why Rockland is known as the “Lobster Capital of the World.” Then tour the famed Farnsworth Art Museum, which celebrates “Maine’s Role in American Art” with its nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. Revel in the nation’s largest collection of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Most notably, the museum’s Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth.

Eastport, ME

Day 4

Eastport, ME

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Arrive this morning in Eastport, ME, the eastern-most city in the United States. Consisting of just 12.34 square miles of enchanting island beauty, it’s clear why the locals invite visitors to discover “The Maine Thing.” An optional guided tour of the town acquaints you with the remarkable Old Sow Whirlpool and historic Raye’s Mustard Mill.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Sipayik Trail at Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation
Local wildlife expert Chris Bartlett from Maine Sea Grant joins you for a tour of the reservation. The trail is a good area to add some seabirds to our trip list, but also possibly some new songbirds.


America’s Easternmost Town Tour
Enjoy this trolley tour of Eastport, narrated by local guides who will share their knowledge of the history of the area and its unique characteristics. Your tour will begin in the heart of historic downtown, where your guide will share stories of the “Great Fire” of 1886 and describe the waterfront of the past. Visit and take a factory tour of Raye’s Mustard Mill, the last working stone ground mustard mill in the country. Learn the history of this quaint island city and see Shackford Head State Park, where many Civil War ships were dismantled and burned. Learn of Eastport’s dramatic tidal changes and see “Old Sow,” this hemisphere’s largest whirlpool. Learn of past and present plans to harness Eastport’s tides to produce electricity. Hear stories of the fishing industry and the working waterfront including the sardine industry, lobstering, aquaculture/salmon farming, scalloping, boat building, and shipping. Hear stories of the Roosevelt’s present in Eastport and their beloved island, Campobello. Learn about the Wabanaki “People of the Dawn” living on nearby Sipayik, Pleasant Point Indian Reservation, whose history goes back 4,000 years. See the mythical home of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, as you drive along the scenic shorelines from Eastport. During your tour you will be treated to commanding views of the Passamaquoddy and Cob.

Saint Andrews by the Sea, NB

Day 5

Saint Andrews by the Sea, NB

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Be greeted by seals and other marine mammals as we cross into Canada! An optional excursion takes you to Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, offering postcard- perfect views of the majestic Bay of Fundy en route to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s beloved island home.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

The Roosevelt’s and Campobello Island Tour
A two for one experience!! Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home on Campobello Island and en route on your catamaran boat enjoy Mother Nature at its best. See an abundance of wildlife in the rich feeding grounds of the Bay of Fundy, from many species of whales, seals, porpoise, eagles, and seabirds. On your way you will pass many islands and passages where tidal currents are strong. Upon arrival at Campobello Island you will walk past beautiful flower gardens which lead to the FDR and Eleanor’s magnificent 34 room residence. Interpretative guides are provided for both the home and gardens. The Roosevelt-Campobello International Park stands as a memorial and symbol of the close friendship between Canada and the United States.


St. Andrews & Kingsbrae Garden Walking Tour
Enjoy a private guided tour of the award winning Kingsbrae Garden, a magnificent 27-acre public horticultural garden, recently named to the "Top Five North American Gardens Worth Travelling For" at the 2011 international Garden Tourism Conference. Andreas Haun, award-winning manager of Kingsbrae, will guide you through the wonders of the garden on this exclusive tour. Built on the grounds of several grand old estates, Kingsbrae Garden has superb collections of over 50,000 perennials in many themed gardens, engaging animals, a brand-new National Sculpture Competition, ponds, streams, old-growth Acadian forest, activities for children and much more. Take in the splendid gardens and views of the Passamaquoddy Bay.


Grande Manan, NB

Day 6

Grande Manan, NB

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Uncover the unique charms shaped by the world's largest tides on Grand Manan Island; the Bay of Fundy's largest island. Grand Manan is a hub for all kinds of wildlife. Here, you will have the opportunity to observe diverse species of birds and the gentile giants of the ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for whales in the distance. 

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Grand Manan Whale and Research Station
Laurie Murison takes you to this special excursion. Here, you may spot returning shorebirds and phalaropes from the high Arctic nesting areas. Birders have documented 131 breeding species in the area. Around this island is also the best place to see the comical-looking and acting Atlantic puffin.


Cruise by Petit Manan
And island full of actively breeding puffins, razorbills, murres and 3 species of terns. While cruising, enjoy wonderful views of Petit Manan lighthouse and get a chance to hear from working seabird researchers who live on the island.


Grand Manan Island Explorer
Join your guide for an incredible discovery of the unspoiled natural surroundings and beauty of Grand Manan. As you tour the Island, you’ll learn about the famous Bay of Fundy, which surrounds Grand Manan and is renowned for its tides – the highest in the world. The rich waters of the bay are home to an abundant variety of marine life that has kept island fisheries thriving for generations. See lobster pounds, fishing weirs, and other evidences of a lifestyle built around the sea. And beneath the surface of the water lie many a testament of the ocean's unforgiving side. Over 300 vessels have been wrecked around the island over the past two centuries, and you’ll hear of these, and other facets of Grand Manan’s incredible history, during your visit. Enjoy a guided tour at the fascinating Grand Manan Museum, which includes rich displays and history of life on the island. Tour along the breathtaking coastline and see lighthouses that have guided fishermen into Grand Manan’s harbours for decades. Learn how the world-renowned Dark Harbour Dulse is harvested and try some for yourself. You will enjoy a boxed lunch at your leisure. Return to your ship, having experienced the warm community, natural wonders, and island life on Grand Manan.

Bar Harbor, ME

Day 7

Bar Harbor, ME

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Before the 1947 fire, some of America’s most affluent families owned summer homes in Bar Harbor. The properties of some of these notable individuals - from the Rockefellers to the Vanderbilts - still exist throughout town. If you are up for an adventure, take a trip to Acadia National Park for a scenic view atop the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Acadia National Park Tour
This private trolley bus tour affords you the opportunity to discover Bar Harbor’s city center, Acadia National Park and also Maine’s spectacular coastline. Most of the tour will take place in Acadia National Park, where you will visit Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, Sieur De Monts Spring, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliff, and Jordan Pond House. Learn about the Park’s rich human history, including Native Americans, European settlers, artists, conservationists, and more. Discover the park’s natural diversity due to its location and being surrounded by the ocean. Be sure to bring your camera as there will be several opportunities to stop and take pictures and admire the breathtaking scenery.

Portland, ME

Day 8

Portland, ME

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Arrive at noon in Portland, the largest city in Maine. Soak up the sea breeze and explore local shops, as you watch fishermen bring in the catch of the day. Enjoy a picturesque view of the Portland Harbor inside the Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in Maine.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Scarborough Marsh
Visit a Maine Audubon site for a few hours of some potentially excellent birding. This will be a good place to see some new species possibly including the roseate tern.


Portland Discovery Tour
Get on board the "Discovery" trolley! Sit back, relax and enjoy a 105-minute, fully narrated tour as our engaging and informative guides treat you to Portland's diverse history and hidden gems. The childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Victoria Mansion, and the bustling Old Port are just a few of the landmarks you'll see as we travel from city streets to rocky coast. We'll even make a 30-minute stop at Portland Head Light, Maine's oldest and most photographed lighthouse. Don't forget your camera and come see the best of Portland with us!

Boston, MA

Day 9

Boston, MA

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Cruise back to Boston this afternoon and take a historical tour of this vibrant city. Explore the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every path leads to a different historically significant site location. Learn more about Boston’s role in the American Revolution, while visiting museums, significant meetinghouses, and burial grounds.

Optional Excursions and Activities

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

Boston Duck Tour
You’ve never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. First, you’ll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors®, who’ll be narrating your sightseeing tour of Boston. Then you’re off on a journey like you’ve never had before. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Beacon Hill and the TD Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes, your ConDUCKtor® will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more. It’s time for “Splashdown” as your captain splashes your DUCK right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines, the kind of view you just won’t get anywhere else. So, take the ride of your life. Hop on a Boston Duck Tour and experience the best thing to do in Boston! We are Boston’s most popular tour!

Boston, MA

Day 10

Boston, MA

Disembark this morning in Boston.

Pricing

Category I
$2,999.00
Category II
$4,099.00
Category III
$4,499.00
Category IV
$4,799.00
Category III Singles
$5,599.00
Port Charges
$225.00

 

Departure Dates

Embark: Boston, MA
Jul 10, 2018
Disembark: Boston, MA
Jul 19, 2018

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Includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer, fresh towels daily

 

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