November 2, 2016
5 Things to Expect on an Islands of New England Cruise
The Land of Lighthouses:
New England is known for its many lighthouses that stand against the coasts and welcome ships to shore. When visiting New England, visitors should expect to see and explore the numerous lighthouses that the Islands of New England have in store. On a Blount Cruise, passengers will have the opportunity to see a number of breathtaking lighthouses. While each lighthouse is unique in their own way, from the white Brant Point Lighthouse adorned with an American flag in Nantucket to the red brick Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha’s Vineyard, all of the lighthouses are share the same iconic purpose of marking land for new visitors.
A Rich History:
As most people know, New England is a region full of history around every corner. On our Islands of New England Cruise, Blount passengers have the opportunity to explore the history of each port first-hand. Some of the richest history comes in the form of the Gilded Age mansions, often called “summer cottages”, of Newport, RI. An optional tour takes passengers to some of the most famous and extravagant cottages including Rosecliff Mansion, the setting of the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, and the most opulent of the mansions, The Breakers, previously owned by the Vanderbilt family. Another fun look into the past is in New Bedford, also known as “the Whaling City,” where the world famous whaling museum shows visitors the industry that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Traditional Clam Bakes:
A trip to New England is not complete without a traditional style clam bake. The tradition originates from the way in which regional Native American tribes cooked clams, lobsters, and other seafood in sand pits, using the earth as their resource, over 2,000 years ago. This tradition was passed through the centuries, and New Englanders today still thrive on the excitement summertime of clambake season. A clam bake is the perfect meal for visitors of the region to taste while searching for some local flavor, so Blount’s Islands of New England cruise puts on a traditional, laid back clam bake on Martha’s Vineyard complete with all of the classics: lobster, clams, potatoes, corn on the cob, and more!
The Sailing City:
New England’s storied history with the Atlantic Ocean is evident by its many ports, strong fishing and trade industry, and its reputation for sailing. Specifically, Newport, RI is known as the sailing capital of the world. Newport’s perfect location along the water, as well as their reputation for opulence and culture made the town a perfect destination for the US Naval Academy, yachting, and for competitive sailboat racing such as America’s Cup. In addition to successfully racing sailboats, America’s Cup Charters also offers Blount cruisers the opportunity to join on casual sails or racing sails aboard the largest fleet of America’s Cup winners in the world. The refurbished yachts sail along the most gorgeous coasts in Rhode Island and are a true New England thrill.
Paddling along the abundant water in New England is one of the most common, casual and relaxing ways to pass time in the warm summer months. Block Island in particular places a special emphasis on kayaking around their pristine island. Named one of The Nature Conservancy’s “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere” with over 40% of its land dedicated to conservation, Block Island’s beaches and water are kept untouched except by nature. While visiting Block Island, Blount cruisers have the unique opportunity to explore the immaculate waters and partake in an Eco-kayaking tour. A slow-paced paddle allows cruisers to observe local flora and fauna and to see the environmental conservation of Block Island first-hand. BSSA ships are also equipped with kayaks for any casual paddle passengers may wish to take.
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By: Rachel Kampersal