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New England Islands

New England Islands

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Providence, RI

From: $3,340

Season: May - September

Activities: History

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American Cruise Lines

Begin your harbor hopping adventure in Providence, Rhode Island, a thriving city that has been lovingly preserved, while enthusiastically embracing the 21st-century. As your ship cruises down Narragansett Bay, you’ll visit New Bedford, still proud of its seafaring past and now home to a contemporary working waterfront, where much of the downtown is a National Historic Park. Spend an afternoon at the Whaling Museum viewing the world’s largest American whaling and maritime history collections, or visit Seaman’s Bethel, the chapel described by Herman Melville in the opening chapters of Moby Dick.

Continue with stops at the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, summer resorts that have always welcomed visitors to their white sand beaches, flower-strewn meadows and meandering trails first forged by generations of Native Americans. Delight in the whimsical gingerbread cottages and exquisitely tended country gardens of the Vineyard, or gaze out toward the Atlantic from the heights of Gay Head Cliffs. Nantucket offers a cobblestoned town center filled with galleries, shops, and buildings from traditional clapboard houses to solid Quaker brick mansions. You’ll be charmed by Block Island: its 10 square miles of paradise was designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the “Last Great Places on Earth.” Back in Narragansett Bay is Bristol, Rhode Island, famous for the America’s Cup Hall of Fame which celebrates the yachts that for decades dominated the world’s most exclusive sporting event. You’ll see even more boating history in Newport, Rhode Island, one of the prettiest ports in New England. Take in the city’s rich heritage with a tour of the “summer cottages” of Vanderbilts and Astors which ushered in the lavish Gilded Age; seek out the classic colonial homes, the nation’s first church steeple or oldest synagogue, library or tavern—all to be found in the City by the Sea.

With all there is to see and do on this itinerary, it’s certain that your appreciation of our harbor hopping cruise will be enhanced by the onboard experience. Be sure to feast on local lobsters and seafood, to chat with our knowledgeable, entertaining guest speakers and to cherish the invaluable opportunity you’ve had to spend a week on a small ship exploring America’s maritime heritage.

It was a great way to see the New England states and for that I am truly grateful.

This New England Islands Cruise may be combined with a Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise for a 14-night itinerary. Call for details.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Providence, RI

The state capitol of Rhode Island is known as the “Renaissance City”, with a host of attractions for visitors to enjoy including acclaimed theaters, fine arts and Philharmonic performances. Over three centuries of fascinating history are preserved and celebrated in Providence from Benefit Street’s “Mile of History” to immaculate examples of Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture. There are plenty of historic landmarks to discover, such as the Rhode Island State House, the John Brown House and the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America, or explore this glorious New England harbor at your leisure.

Day 2 - New Bedford, MA

In the mid-nineteenth century, New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, and became the inspiration behind Herman Melville's classic American novel Moby Dick in 1841. Today New Bedford is still known as "The Whaling City", with an authentic seaport village, large fishing fleet and working waterfront. The New Bedford Whaling Museum houses the world's largest collection of whaling artifacts, including a ship model so large, you can climb aboard! The County Street historic area features dozens of whaling era mansions worthy of admiring. An interesting self-guided walking tour of the waterfront begins just a few steps from the ship!

Day 3 - Nantucket Island, MA

Be transported back to the 18th century as you step off your ship onto the timeworn cobblestone streets of Nantucket. Discover how this delightful island evolved from a small farming community to be the center of the American whaling industry to a popular resort community. Although just a short cruise from the mainland, Nantucket is a world unto itself, with towering church steeples and old-world architecture. Take a tour that offers glimpses of the island's historical landmarks, modern art galleries and its famous whaling museum. Or stroll down streets lined with charming shops, ice cream parlors, and rose-covered cottages, before watching the sunset from Nantucket's pristine beaches.

Day 4 - Martha's Vineyard, MA

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Martha's Vineyard was a hub for whaling fleets and merchant ships, with exotic cargo from far corners of the world arriving on her shores. Today the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns, including Chillmark and Vineyard Haven. The most genteel town on the island is historic Edgartown, all prim and proper with its freshly painted, white clapboard colonial homes and manicured gardens. Oak Bluffs offers visitors an array of wooden gingerbread cottages and inviting shops and eateries in which to browse. Martha's Vineyard is also home to the picturesque Gay Head Cliffs, renowned for the multicolored earth that was once the main source of paint for the island's houses.

Day 5 - Bristol, RI / Fall River, MA

A stop at Fall River is not complete without a visit to Battleship Cove - a unique "floating" museum recognized as the world's largest collection of 20th century U.S. naval fighting vessels. Relive your childhood memories on the magnificent, fully restored carousel at Battleship Cove - the oldest functioning carousel in America. You may also wish to explore a collection of intricate model ships and other nautical keepsakes from the golden days of great sail ships and luxury steamships at Fall River's Marine Museum. The museum also hosts the largest exhibit of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia in the United States.

Day 6 - Newport, RI

Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Rhode Island's famous Newport - the Yachting Capital of the World! As you stroll the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves and scenic waterfront, you'll find that Newport has a distinct nautical flavor and offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. Or explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions", renowned museums, art galleries and historic landmarks.

Day 7 - Block Island, RI

Stroll along Mohegan Bluffs and admire the Southeast Lighthouse, located along the scenic southern shore of the island. The bluffs rise sharply 200 feet above the ocean and stretch 3 miles along the shoreline. This small, pristine island off the coast of Rhode Island has quickly become a favorite summertime destination, adored for its "laid back" attitude, splendid nature trails and breathtaking bluffs.

Day 8 - Providence, RI

Disembark

Dates & Rates

Date # of Nights Ship A AA AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
Jun 10, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 17, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 24, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 30, 2017 7 American Constellation $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 1, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 8, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 15, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 22, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 29, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 5, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 12, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 19, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 26, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Sep 2, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Sep 9, 2017 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
May 7, 2018 5 Independence $2,990 -- $3,650 $4,010 $5,195 $3,995 $3,585
Jun 3, 2018 6 American Star $3,545 $3,990 $4,300 $4,750 $6,135 $4,760 --
Jun 9, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 16, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 23, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 29, 2018 7 American Constellation $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jun 30, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 7, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 14, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Jul 21, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 28, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 4, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 11, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 18, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Aug 25, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Sep 1, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --
Sep 8, 2018 7 American Star $4,100 $4,635 $4,950 $5,490 $7,075 $5,525 --

*Private Balcony
¹6 Nights
All rates are shown in US dollars, per person, double occupancy. Itineraries, rates, and ships are subject to change without notice. A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 9 nights or less, and $900.00 per person on trips of 10 nights or more.
Single Occupancy: One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy depending on the type of stateroom occupied.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • Cruise and accommodations aboard ship.
  • Meals and snacks onboard ship
  • Complimentary cocktail parties
  • All entertainment.

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Shore tours.
  • Port charges and/or fees
  • Gratituities
  • Fuel charges (if applied to future cruises)

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New England Islands

Ships

American Glory

American GloryThe America Glory offers discerning travelers the most unique and modern style of small ship cruising. Each unique and off-the-beaten path port visited gives guests a glimpse into the cultural heritage that is the fabric of our great nation. The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks are frequented by guests who wish to mingle with friends new and old. View ship details...


American Star

American StarThe American Star entered service in June 2007. Similar to the American Spirit, it will offer guests the same unique style of cruising that has become the hallmark of American Cruise Lines. From charming small towns to gracious southern ports, the American Star brings guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, each guest will be able to unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere created by the staff. View ship details...


Indepenence

IndepenenceAmerican Cruise Lines is proud to introduce the Independence, the newest addition to the ACL fleet. While the passenger capacity will be the same as the American Star and American Spirit, the size of the ship will be larger, enabling the interior areas, including the staterooms and balconies to be even more spacious and deluxe. The Independence will also be fully stabilized, with Rolls Royce stabilizers, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort. View ship details...

Cruise Reviews

American Star - September 2010

American SpiritA good time was had by all. We picked this particular sailing because it was round trip and we had to fly from the west coast. We had a AAC cabin with a private balcony Cabin 311. Our bed was a queen and very comfortable. We were able to get a early booking discount with Linda, since we booked many months prior. Our cabin I would estimate at around 200 sq feet, well furnished with a door leading out to our small balcony. Our window opened also. We received a $50 ship board credit from Linda to help pay for shore excursions which are not included. However, free beer and wine is included, little backwards in my opinion.

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American Spirit - July 2008

American SpiritA good time was had by all. We picked this particular sailing because it was round trip and we had to fly from the west coast. We had a AAC cabin with a private balcony Cabin 311. Our bed was a queen and very comfortable. We were able to get a early booking discount with Linda, since we booked many months prior. Our cabin I would estimate at around 200 sq feet, well furnished with a door leading out to our small balcony. Our window opened also. We received a $50 ship board credit from Linda to help pay for shore excursions which are not included. However, free beer and wine is included, little backwards in my opinion.

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