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Birding in Maine & New Brunswick

10 Days, 9 Nights | Price Starting at $2,999.00

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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.
 

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Birding Excursion Package Special:

$499 when you book by April 2!

*Sightseeing tours off the vessel are an additional cost to cruise fare and include transportation to and from the vessel, gratuities and expert guides. Please note itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions. Call reservations for more information.

ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Boston, MA

Early Arrival (Optional)

Boston, MA

Settle into your cabin one day early and get a jump-start on the exciting future period exploring the Northeast coast.  Our ship is docked in walking distance to the Boston Seaport. Enjoy a chef prepared dinner and breakfast the following morning. 

Boston, MA

Day 1, Pre-Cruise Package

Boston, MA

After breakfast onboard, board a bus for a trip to Belle Island Marsh Reservation and 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

After lunch, join a brief lecture by After lunch, join a brief lecture by Derek Lovitch followed by an optional birding expedition to Popham State Park. Species of note at Popham include Piping Plovers and Least Terns, the possibility of Endangered Roseate Terns among the many Common Terns, and early migrant shorebirds already returning from the high Arctic, or perhaps over-summering locally. The marshes also hold Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows. It's also good for Arctic waterbirds that occasionally oversummer in Maine, especially Black Scoter. Return to the vessel just in time for cocktail hour with Derek, and for some Q & A discussion about his books “How To Be a Better Birder” & “Bird Watching in Maine: A Site Guide.” Copies of the books will be available for purchase and can be personally signed by the author. 

Rockland, ME

Day 3

Rockland, ME

In Rockland, you will enjoy 3 optional birding destinations. Beginning at the Maine Coastal Islands Wildlife Refuge, you will enjoy 3 optional birding destinations. Beginning at the Maine Coastal Islands Wildlife Refuge for a 30 minute tour. Next, head to Weskeag Marsh a Maine Audubon Site for a 2 - 2.5 hour birding excursion. 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 farmfield where we might see nesting meadowlarks and the interesting bobolink.  At 4 p.m. join the bus to 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.

Eastport, ME

Day 4

Eastport, ME

Today, birders will be doing the optional Sipayik Trail at Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation with local birding expert Chris Bartlett from Maine Sea Grant.   Depart the ship after lunch onboard for an afternoon of birding. The trail is a good area to add some seabirds to our trip list, but also possibly some new songbirds. 

St. Andrew's, NB

Day 5

St. Andrew's, NB

Explore the legendary charm of seaside Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. Known for its old-world ambiance and colonial heritage, Saint Andrews is also notorious for the latest marine research, which you can discover at the Saint Andrews Biological Station or Huntsman Marine Aquarium. Today, join an optional tour of Campobello via ferry for whale watching and a visit to Kingsbrea Garden.

Grand Manan, NB

Day 6

Grand Manan, NB

Today you will tour the largest of the Fundy Islands, Grand Manan. Join an optional island tour by bus to view the iconic bus to view the iconic Swallow Tail Lighthouse, recognized as a Federal Historic Building. Just walking distance from the vessel dock, visit the Grand Manan Whale & Research Station with Laurie Murison. 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. There are few areas in North America to see this marine species.  While in transit around the islands we will be on the lookout for numerous pelagic species that cannot be seen from land. Enroute to Bar Harbor, we will swing by Petit Manan for bird watching and sightseeing from the vessel. Petit Manan is an 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.

Bar Harbor, ME

Day 7

Bar Harbor, ME

Today you will join Matthew Perry and Laura Blandford to Acadia National Park for an optional nature hike. The beautiful park has much to offer in regard to great vistas and natural wonders.  This should be a good place to see our fastest flying bird, the peregrine falcon, and also our national bird, the bald eagle.  But while walking on trails we will be searching for numerous early-migrant species of birds, which use this prominent area as a stopover to rest and “refuel.”

Portland, ME

Day 8

Portland, ME

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. After lunch onboard, there will be an optional Birding Excursion to Scarborough Marsh 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

 

Boston, MA

Day 9

Boston, MA

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.

Boston, MA

Day 10

Boston, MA

Disembark today in Boston, MA

Pricing

Category I
$2,999.00
Category II
$4,099.00
Category III
$4,499.00
Category IV
$4,499.00
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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Saint Andrews By the Sea, New Brunswick
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St. Andrews By the Sea, New Brunswick

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