Begin your journey in one of America's most storied cities. Boston is in fact an incredible living history museum and the perfect port from which to launch a Grand New England cruise. Though it is considered the oldest city in America, Boston is still among the country’s most forward-thinking and innovative.
Maine's most historic seaport overlooks beautiful Casco Bay. Spend your visit exploring its gallant 360-year history or check out its amazing cultural scene. Big-city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm here as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.
Bar Harbor, ME
The natural beauty that surrounds Bar Harbor is accented with ocean cliffs, glacier‐formed lakes and valleys, stunning mountain vistas, and pine forest. This beauty has been captured in the works of Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and many other great artists.
Lobstering is a centuries‐old industry that continues to thrive in Bar Harbor as well as boat building, another traditional business that is an important part of the economy. Though Bar Harbor region is best known for its outdoor activities, it is also home to small museums, cultural attractions, and historically significant landmarks.
Before arriving in Rockland, you will have the pleasure of experiencing Maine's most beautiful cruising areas. Pass through Merchants Row, the gorgeous 6-mile passage lined with evergreens. In Rockland, passengers can follow the Rockland Harbor Walk, visit the Shore Village Museum, or take an interesting narrated tour of the area.
Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "Tall Ship Capital of Maine." Enjoy the summer sun and refreshing sea breezes as you watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor or browse the quaint shops and art galleries. Bring your camera to capture ocean vistas, placid coastlines, and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.
Boothbay Harbor, ME
This lovely, historic town is lined with shops, boutiques, and picture-perfect harbors dotted with lobster boats, pleasure crafts, and windjammers. Boothbay is the largest boating harbor north of Boston, earning the moniker of "Boating Capital of New England."
Located a few miles from Boston, Gloucester is the home to America's original seaport and the oldest working art colony in North America. The town’s picturesque waterfront has drawn fishermen, artists, and visitors for over four hundred years. With over 60 miles of coastline, there is a wealth of stunning views to enjoy and plenty of fresh seafood to savor.
Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Newport, the yachting capital of the world. As you stroll along the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves, and scenic waterfront, you will find Newport offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. Explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions."
Martha's Vineyard, MA
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Martha's Vineyard was a hub for merchant ships carrying exotic cargo from the far corners of the world. Today, the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns. Historic Edgartown is the most genteel town on the island, featuring freshly painted white clapboard colonial homes and manicured gardens.
Originally settled as an artists colony, Provincetown is now one of the most popular summer destinations on Cape Cod. Known for its quaint shops, colorful architecture, and relaxing beaches, Provincetown offers guests a great opportunity to explore historic Cape Cod culture.
Welcome back to the historic city of Boston. End your journey with a stroll through some of Boston's more famous locations including Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and Newbury Street.