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Historic Chesapeake Bay

10 Days, 9 Nights | Price Starting at $2,727.65

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Beauty and history are the hallmarks of this cruise that starts in Philadelphia and ends in Baltimore, but not before taking in the entire length and breadth of Chesapeake Bay. Meet us in Philadelphia, the “Cradle of Liberty.” You can even opt to board the ship a day sooner, settle into your cabin, and explore the city. 

We’ll visit the quaint little coastal towns of Saint Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge and Crisfield, MD, each with its own fun shopping and dining experiences, plus panoramic water views. Of course, your ship is a great place for viewing too! And so, sailing we go, south to Norfolk, VA, and the world’s largest naval base.

When we dock at Yorktown, VA, you may feel like you’re connecting the dots of American history—from Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed, to the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Beauty and history continue Alexandria, VA, just minutes from Washington D.C. 

Annapolis, MD, you probably know as home to the U.S. Naval Academy. But did you know it served as the capital of the United States in 1783–1784? It was here that George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

Our final destination is Baltimore, MD. And what a fabulous finish it is. Our vessel docks in the Inner Harbor, the heart of this vibrant city. World famous crab shacks seem to appear on every corner. And you’re within walking distance of the warship USS Constellation and the National Aquarium.

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ADVENTURE DAY-BY-DAY

Onboard Early Arrival

For $185.00 per passenger, you may arrive at the vessel at 5 pm on May 18th. Settle into your
cabin before heading to the dining room for a chef-prepared dinner. After breakfast the following
morning, your pre-cruise package includes Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours 1-day Hop-on Hop-off Tour. Just a few steps from Penn's Landing Marina where your vessel is docked, you will have access to many of Philly's greatest attractions. Visit the National Constitution Center, the United States Mint, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many more attractions. This route has 28 different stops, with access to over 100 sites, taking you to every attraction you want to see in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, PA

Best known as the first city of the colonists, Philadelphia is often called the “Cradle of Liberty” for being one of the country’s most historic cities. Revolutionary and Civil War buffs can enjoy exploring heritage trails and museums.

Saint Michaels, MD

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The “Heart of the Chesapeake,” was named for the parish that established here in 1677. By the War of 1812, this was an established shipbuilding town known for producing fast schooners. These ships adapted to evading blockades and outrunning pirates at sea! Today, visit the idyllic harbor with tastefully restored buildings and interesting waterside museum.

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

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Step right off the ship onto the beautiful campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. You will see a working shipyard, where you can watch and interact with shipwrights as they restore and build Chesapeake Bay boats. Check out the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and experience the life of a 19th century lighthouse keeper. Next, you will have the chance to step aboard a real skipjack, and into the world of Chesapeake Bay waterman. Finally, finish your tour checking out the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world.

Oxford, MD

Tiny Oxford is home to parks that run to the bay, where every promenade produces incredible views of the sea. This tiny town is one of the oldest in Maryland and was one of two ports of entry for all of Maryland in 1694. 

Cambridge, MD & Crisfield, MD

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Settled by England colonists in 1684, Cambridge is one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. Then visit Crisfield, “Crab Capitol of the World” and southern most city in Maryland, witness the local ‘farming’ communities along the Chesapeake Bay.

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

Harriet Tubman Tour – Cambridge, Maryland
Experience the life and legacy of one of America’s great heroes, Harriet Tubman. After a brief introduction, the group will travel to the Long Wharf Park, which was a port used by sailing vessels, including slave ships. From there, drive past the grounds of the Dorchester County Courthouse, where slave auctions were held. You'll learn how some slaves and abolitionists managed to secure freedom from under the eyes of the auctioneers. Drive through Cambridge, passing some of the historic buildings that were important during the town's years as a port city. The landscape between Cambridge and the Harriet Tubman State Park has changed little over the years. You'll have a sense of what her world looked like. The tour will stop briefly at the Stanley Institute, an early education site for African-Americans before arriving at the Park for a guided tour of the Visitor Center. After that, travel to the historic marker near the site of her birthplace. Our last stop is at the Bucktown Store, where she defied an overseer to protect a young slave. From there, we return to Cambridge.


Crisfield Gab and Crabs – Crisfield, Maryland
Enjoy all that Crisfield, Maryland has to offer in this special two-part excursion. First, take a walking tour with a local historian directly from the ship. They will teach you all about the history of Crisfield, as well as the crabbing industry that it is famously known for. Then you will head to a waterfront restaurant, where you will be provided with a crash course on crabs! You will be provided with delicious steamed crabs and instructions on how to properly eat them. You will also be provided a few side dishes, to help really experience a crab feast.

Norfolk, VA

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Home to the world’s largest naval base, Norfolk remains a stopping-off point for nearly 30,000 naval personnel destined for ships and stations overseas each year.

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

Norfolk Highlights Tour
Join a local expert on this unique tour of the largest naval base in the world! Home port to over 100 ships, 26 aircraft squadrons, and home to more than 100,000 military personnel. View the Naval Air Station, which houses the Navy’s E2C Hawkeyes. Salute as you pass by the beautifully landscaped homes of the flag officers on Admirals Row. The tour continues through the historic quarter of Norfolk, where you will learn a bit of the 325 years of history. You will be amazed by the architecture and historic stories as you ride along viewing the stately homes along The Hague, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Moses Myers House, and the waterfront area home to the Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin. The tour would not be complete without a tour to the MacArthur Memorial. View an outstanding collection of artifacts, and photographs housed in Norfolk’s historic City Hall which commemorates the life of five-star General Douglas MacArthur. A short film will outline the General’s life. General MacArthur and his wife are both entombed in the rotunda of the memorial.

Yorktown, VA

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Site of the final battle of the American Revolution in 1781, the Battle of Yorktown was successfully lead by General George Washington. Today, it is a charming riverfront town offering boutique shopping. You may opt to tour Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum.

?Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

American Revolution Tour
Experience the history of the battle that won the American Revolution when you visit the Yorktown National Battlefield. Tour Yorktown, as well as the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, with renowned historian and onboard lecturer John Quarstein, as he guides you through the final battle of the war. Visit the Hornwork, Redoubts 9 & 10, French Grand Battery, and Surrender Field to understand how the siege of Yorktown secured our nation’s independence.

Alexandria, VA

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Explore Alexandria, a bustling city just minutes from Washington, D.C. Travel back in time to Old Town where over 2,000 buildings predate 1899 or enjoy a tankard of ale at the famed Gadsby’s Tavern where the Founding Fathers would arrange meetings.

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

Man, Monuments and Memorials
Experience our nation’s capital with a motor coach tour of Washington, D.C. You will board the coach at your dock in Baltimore and proceed to the capital. You will the opportunity to see the U.S. Capital building, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Washington Monument before stopping by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where you will have time to venture to any one of the Smithsonian Museums.

Annapolis, MD

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Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis is a genteel city of elegant mansions and stately parks. Here, the Maryland State House has been in continuous legislative use since 1772. You may also opt to visit the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy.

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

USNA Historical Tour
Experience the life of a midshipmen on this tour of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. This tour, provided by the Naval Academy Guide Service, will provide highlights of life at the Academy past and present. The tour includes a visit to the original armory, Wright B-1 flyer, student dormitory, sports complex, Memorial Hall, Main Chapel, and the crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero, and father of the U.S. Navy.

Baltimore, MD

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The cultural and economic hub of Maryland and hometown to the legendary Babe Ruth, scout out the Inner Harbor and renowned National Aquarium. A visit to Fort McHenry and the USS Constellation may also be available!

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

Freestyle at the Mall 
Just in case you did not get enough time in the Nation’s capital, we are providing a second chance to go to Washington, D.C. This excursion provides you with direct transportation to the Smithsonian Museums’ end of the Mall, giving you an extended amount of time to go through some of the world’s most famous museums. You will be walking distances from the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Castle, the National Museum of African Art, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Terms

Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost and options are finalized 60 days prior to departure. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions. Valid passport required.

Pricing Per Person

Category I
$2,727.65
$3,209.00
Category II
$3,654.15
$4,299.00
Category III
$3,832.65
$4,509.00
Category IV
$4,130.15
$4,859.00
Category III Singles
$4,750.65
$5,589.00
Port Charges
$195.00
Save 15% per cabin, early booking discount on these 2020 cruises: 5/2 & 5/13; and these 2021 cruises: 5/2 & 5/13. Offers expire 12/1/2019 or when no qualifying cabins are available. Offers are only valid on new bookings. $500 deposit is required at time of booking. Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations; cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Promotion does not include taxes gratuities and fees. Additional terms and conditions may apply - call for details.

Departure Dates

Embark: Baltimore, MD
May 02, 2020
Disembark: Philadelphia, PA
May 11, 2020
Embark: Philadelphia, PA
May 13, 2020
Disembark: Baltimore, MD
May 22, 2020
Embark: Baltimore, MD
May 02, 2021
Disembark: Philadelphia, PA
May 11, 2021
Embark: Philadelphia, PA
May 13, 2021
Disembark: Baltimore, MD
May 22, 2021

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