Day 1: August 22: Fly to Newark and overnight
Today you will fly from your home to Newark New Jersey. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: August 23: Newark – Board Royal Caribbean Ship
This morning will be a free morning to relax. Late this morning we will transfer to Cape Liberty where we will board the ship.
Day 3: August 24: Newport, Rhode Island
Our shore excursion package returns us to the early 20th century and the elaborate period of “America’s Gilded Age”. Those that booked the excursion package enjoy the rich history and scenery of Newport from colonial days, through the Gilded Age, to the present. You will pass through the historic district with its fine examples of Colonial, Federal, and Victorian homes, many of which are designated as National Historic Sites. Watch for Trinity Church, Redwood Library, and the Gothic Church of Saint Mary’s, where Jacqueline Bouvier married Senator John F. Kennedy. Continue along the famous, 10-mile Ocean Drive, and enjoy spectacular views of the rocky coastline. See where society’s millionaires of the early 20th century built their grand summer “cottages” along Bellevue Avenue. Pass the opulent mansions of the Vanderbilt, Astor and Morgan families, many of which have been beautifully preserved. Your tour includes a visit through one of the largest of these magnificent estates, Marble House. Built in 1892, by William K. Vanderbilt, Marble House is easily one of the most impressive mansions on famed Bellevue Avenue. Various types of marble are in evidence throughout the estate’s 50 rooms, which are still furnished with pieces original to the house. After your visit, continue your tour of the Bellevue Avenue mansion area and central Newport before returning to the cruise ship.
Day 4: August 25: Boston, Massachusetts
Those with our shore excursion package will enjoy a wonderful day exploring the historic sites of Boston, Lexington and Concord. On the evening of April 18th, Paul Revere’s lantern messaging system was used to warn the patriots of advancing British Troops… “one if by land, two if by sea”. Revere and other riders immediately set out on horseback to wake every home calling the local militia to action. Just before dawn on April 19, 1775 the first shots were fired in Lexington signaling the start of the Revolutionary War. We spend time in Concord reflecting on the great minds, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, that once called this beautiful place home. In Boston we enjoy a walking tour along the Freedom trail seeing sites such as the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre, the Old North Church, Beacon Hill and more.
Day 5: August 26: Portland, Maine
For anyone who purchases our shore excursion package our tour begins with a historic tour throughout picturesque Portland. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow named his hometown a “Jewel by the Sea,” you will see why as you learn about Portland’s history with your experienced guide. Portland’s rocky coastline necessitated the use of lighthouses. On this tour we will visit one of the most prominent lighthouses in the area, the Portland Head Lighthouse. George Washington ordered the construction of the lighthouse in 1787, however as the colonies were poor they had to use materials that were close to hand. The original “rubble stone” tower still stands as one of the few colonial lighthouses that have never been rebuilt. The tour will continue with a visit to Kennebunkport. Kennebunkport was founded in 1653 and was a major ship building center in the 1800s. It is now better known for its scenery, beautiful seaside estates, picturesque harbors, quaint shops and galleries. It is also the summer home to former president, Pres. George Bush.
Day 6: August 27: Saint John NB (Bay of Fundy), Canada
The ship will be in port near Saint John NB Canada. For anyone who purchases our shore excursion package our tour will begin in the oldest incorporated city in Canada, Saint John. Saint John is over 400 years old. We will see the famous Reversing Falls and our expert guides will explain this unique phenomenon. From here we will travel an hour up the coast to the quaint fishing village of St. Martin. You will be able to browse for local handmade crafts, visit with the native people, walk along the beach collecting stones, and enjoy this picturesque village. This area has always been a favorite of photographers and painters for variety of reasons, including covered bridges, lighthouses and fishing vessels. This area is also known for its sea caves that have been slowly created by the incoming tides. We will have the chance to explore these caves before returning to St. John, where if time permits we will have a chance to visit the old city market.
Day 7: August 28: Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada
For anyone who purchases our shore excursion package our tour will discover Halifax, Nova Scotia’s vibrant capital city founded in 1749. Stunning 18th and 19th century buildings are interspersed with ultra-modern glass towers. Passing through bustling downtown Halifax, you’ll see Province House, the seat of government and Canada’s oldest legislative building, referred to as “a gem of Georgian architecture” by Charles Dickens, who passed through here in the 1840s. This excursion also includes a drive around Halifax Citadel, a majestic hilltop fortress comleted in 1856 where you will be given a photo stop. From here we make our way to the Halifax Public Gardens, one of the oldest examples of Victorian Public Gardens in North America. We will take a walk through the gardens before we proceed to the Halifax Waterfront where you will be given free time to have lunch on your own. After lunch we will drive past Historic Properties, a popular complex of 19th century wharves and warehouses transformed into upscale boutiques and charming restaurants. A collision in 1917 between two ships in Halifax harbor, one a French munitions ship that leveled the North End of Halifax killing or injuring thousands. Our next stop will be Fairveiw Lawn Cemetery where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 121 victims of the Titanic. After this interesting stop we have a beautiful coastal drive that takes you past picturesque coastal villages and inlets to the rugged fishing community of Peggy’s Cove. With its breathtaking location on a narrow, coastal inlet characterized by wave-worn granite boulders and crashing surf, this charming little village is one of Canada’s most photographed sites. According to local legend, Peggy’s Cove received its name in the 1800’s when a schooner ran aground and sank. The only survivor from the wreckage was a woman named Margaret. The locals came to know here as Peggy and her home as Peggy’s Cove. A lighthouse was constructed in 1868 on the smooth white granite rocks at the point of the cove is one of the crowning features of this peaceful place. Unfortunately it has been closed to visitors due to mold from years of water crashing into it. You will certainly fall in love with this tiny village where colorful houses dot the shore line and quaint shops and galleries line the streets.
Day 8: August 29: Sydney, Nova Scotia
For those doing our shore excursion package today will be a full day. We begin in Sydney which was founded in 1758 by Col. J. F.W. Des Barres, Sydney was first settled by Loyalists from New York State. Immigrants from the Scottish Highlands followed 20 years later and added much of the Scottish flavor we see today. Sydney boomed at the turn of the century with the building of the Dominion Steel and Coal Company plant at Whitney Pier. This plant was the largest self-contained steel plant in North America and is still the city’s major industry. Next we visit Glace Bay. This former coal mining town got its name from the French word for ice, because of the drift ice in the harbor. During the 1950s and 60s Glace Bay’s population was more than 28,000 inhabitants, making it the largest town in Canada at the time. While here we visit the Miners’ Museum. This museum focuses on the contribution of coal and the people who mined it to the development of modern Western civilization. We also visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. At a cost of over $60 million, this is the largest historic reconstruction ever undertaken in Canada. The original fortress was constructed between 1720 and 1744 and was instrumental in protecting the interests of New France in North America by controlling access to the St. Lawrence Seaway. When Louisbourg was captured and destroyed in 1760, the fate of Quebec was sealed. The most important structures have been reconstructed in exacting detail and costumed guides interpret the various functions of the buildings and their inhabitants. To make the best of this tour be sure to wear warm clothing and good walking shoes.
Day 9: August 30: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Those who purchased our shore excursion package will begin the day with a memorable city tour of historic downtown Charlottetown followed by a stop at PEI preserves in New Glasgow. We then continue along the coast to the small village of North Rustico and the famous Prince Edward Island National Park, home of Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables. You’ll have free time to sample homemade island jams, visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead and stroll the boardwalk overlooking the beautiful sandy beaches of the island. Next we visit Rustico harbor to visit a traditional fishing village and learn about the history of the Prince Edward Island fishery. Relax and enjoy the picturesque landscape on the drive back to Charlottetown as the tour winds to a close.
Day 10: August 31: Fun Day At Sea
Today is a fun day at sea. You will have time to explore and enjoy your Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. We will also have a wonderful seminar with our educator.
Day 11: September 1: Quebec
Today we do a tour of Quebec City. We will do a 1/2 day tour of Quebec City where we visit the “Old Town” area as well as Montmorency Falls and St. Anne-De-Beaupre Basilica among other sites. We will overnight tonight in Quebec on the ship in dock.
Day 12: September 2: Quebec
This morning we will finish our tour of Quebec City. We then will set sail towards Montreal.
Day 13: September 3: Montreal
We will disembark our beautiful cruise ship today and we will do a city tour of Montreal. We plan to visit St. Josephs Oratory. The Oratory is dedicated to St. Joseph whom has been credited for many miracles that have reportedly occurred here. One wall of the oratory is covered with crutches of those who claim to have been healed. It also houses the third largest dome of its kind in the world. Only St. Peters Basilica in Rome and another on the Ivory Coast are larger. Later we visit the Botanical Gardens of Montreal which is known for the beautiful Japanese and Chinese gardens. We also visit the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica among other sites before we transfer to our hotel.
Day 14: September 4: Montreal – Home
Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. Today we fly back to our homes.