Lock, Legends and Canals of the Northeast
At a glance
Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights
Coverage: New York City, NY to Montreal, QC.
Season: September - October
Activities: Culture, History
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The ultimate adventure through the rivers, canals, and fjords of the northeast, this unforgettable cruise transits seven storied waterways and fourteen ports of call!
Sail through the pictureperfect Hudson River Valley, the famed Erie and Oswego Canals, the Catskill and Adirondack mountain ranges, and Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway, an ingenious series of locks and canals. On the Saguenay River, watch for Beluga, Right, and Blue whales, and explore the cosmopolitan Canadian cities of Quebec and Montreal – all set against the beauty of vibrant fall foliage!
- Day 1 - New York City, NY
Spectacular natural scenery and postcard-perfect photo opportunities abound on this northeastern adventure! Sail the most renowned waters of New York State and southeastern Canada, including surging rivers, peaceful lakes, and majestic fjords. Embark in New York City and transit famed New York Harbor, and behold the iconic Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
- Day 2 - West Point, NY* - Poughkeepsie, NY
Greet the morning with a scenic sail through the breathtaking Hudson River Valley! Enjoy a visit to West Point, NY*, where an optional tour takes you to the campus of the prestigious West Point Military Academy and its awe-inspiring Gothic Revival style chapel. Later, sail toward picturesque Poughkeepsie, NY. An optional tour will take you to one of two locations (subject to availability): Vanderbilt Mansion, an opulent monument to America’s Gilded Age, or the Springwood estate, the former home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and current site of his presidential library and museum.
- Day 3 - Troy, NY
This morning arrive in Troy, NY known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and magnificent Tiffany windows seen in such films as Martin Scorsese’s Age of Innocence. Here, witness the unique feat of lowering the ship’s pilot house as we prepare to travel under the low bridges of the Erie Canal. This engineering design was the brainchild of founder Luther H. Blount and is still a trademark of the Blount Small Ship Adventures experience today. Enjoy an optional walking tour of this eclectic town and discover its vibrant downtown, lively arts community, and historic riverfront where Henry Hudson first landed more than 400 years ago.
- Day 4 - Cooperstown - Sylvan Beach, NY
Enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal’s calm water. Today you may choose to visit quaint Cooperstown, NY and meet the ship later in the day. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. Tonight in Sylvan Beach, NY, on the shores of Oneida Lake, a local performer will entertain with the history and period music of the Erie Canal.
- Day 5 - Oswego, NY
Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego, NY nestled on the shoreline of magnificent Lake Ontario. You may choose to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights such as the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum, or Fort Ontario. As the ship exits the Canal, witness the marvel of the pilot house being raised back up to its full position.
- Day 6 - Thousand Islands
Today cruise to Clayton, NY in the gorgeous Thousand Islands region. You will visit the notable Antique Boat Museum for a glimpse of the world’s largest showcase of classic recreational boats. Dock overnight in scenic Alexandria Bay, NY with views of the famed Boldt Castle.
- Day 7 - Dark Island - Ogdensburg, NY
Continuing through the scenic Thousand Islands, visit tiny Dark Island, NY in Chippewa Bay and tour elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running during Prohibition. Continue on to Ogdensburg, NY where you may opt to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum to admire the original works of this American painter.
- Day 8 - Cruising the St. Lawrence Seaway
Crossing into Canada, cruise the magnificent St. Lawrence Seaway, the gateway from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great Lakes. The Seaway is a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats.
- Day 9 - Montreal, QC
Welcome to Montreal, QC, a fun-filled city vibrant with culture, history and artistic wonders, from its charming riverside locale to its diverse, big-city attractions. Choose an optional city tour including Old Montreal, Notre Dame Basilica (subject to availability), Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory. This afternoon you may choose to partake in an optional walking tour of historic Old Montréal.** Walk the cobblestones as did the first settlers, and admire architecture dating back to the 17th century. Your walking tour culminates with a delicious local treat while taking in the sights and sounds of new and old Montreal. This evening enjoy a musical performance of the flute and guitar by local entertainers.
- Day 10 - Cruising the St. Lawrence River to the Saguenay River
Cruise north along the St. Lawrence River to the mouth of the beautiful Saguenay River. This swift waterway is bordered by dramatic cliffs, which create some of Canada’s most stunning natural scenery.
- Day 11 - The Saguenay
The Saguenay is noted to be one of the world’s best locales for whale watching, attracting Belugas, Right whales, and even the elusive Blue whale. A naturalist and fjord expert will join you and introduce the area’s majestic fjords and phenomenal wildlife, including seals, birds, and whales.
- Day 12 - Quebec City, QC
Welcome to charming and historic Quebec City, QC. With its distinctly French culture it is considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. This morning an optional tour introduces the charms of Quebec City and the stunning view from Observation Towers before visiting the impressive Montmorency Falls. During your free time, be sure to visit the impressive Chateau Frontenac Hotel and browse the shops and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec City; or perhaps take a stroll through the must-see Petit Champlain Quarter and Place-Royal, where you will discover treasures including art galleries, quaint and unique boutique shops, the Musée de la Civilisation, and the Quebec City Farmer’s Market. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you onboard.
- Day 13 - Montreal, QC
Spend the day cruising south, as you make a return to Montreal. This evening celebrate with a festive farewell dinner and cocktail party.
- Day 14 - Montreal, QC
Disembark in Montreal, QC.
Dates & Rates
|Sep 23, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,399||$5,799||$5,999||$6,699|
|Sep 29, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,399||$5,799||$5,999||$6,699|
|Oct 8, 2017||Grande Mariner||$4,399||$5,799||$5,999||$6,699|
|Oct 14, 2017||Grande Caribe||$4,399||$5,799||$5,999||$6,699|
Built by Blount Boats in Warren, RI, and commissioned in 1997, the Grande Caribe carries 88 passengers everywhere from Belize to Baltimore. She was completely renovated in 2009, with new furniture and décor in the lounge, cabins and dining rooms, and sparkling new showers and bathrooms. View ship details...
Commissioned and built by Blount Boats in 1998, the Grande Mariner makes her way up to Montreal, just in time for fall foliage season. She was refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations including new décor, new bathrooms, new furniture in the cabins, a renovated lounge, new décor, and brand new furniture. View ship details...