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Voyages of Discovery on America's Inland Seas
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Grande Caribe & Grande Mariner

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Locks, Legends & Fjords: The Erie Canal to the Saguenay

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12 Nights, 13 Days

Grande Caribe
October 2–14, 2012* (NYC to Montreal)

Grande Mariner
October 8–20, 2012* (Montreal to NYC) SOLD OUT

* Fall Foliage Seasonal Cruise, viewing subject to Mother Nature.

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DAY 1: On this adventure through the rivers, lakes, and bays of the northeast, our signature small ships enable you to slip in and out of historic and picturesque river towns. After a noon departure from New York City, travel through the bustling New York Harbor enjoying unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. A short trip up the Hudson brings you to Kingston, NY.

DAY 2: In Kingston, you can visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits dedicated to preserving the area's maritime history. Either Hyde Park or Vanderbilt Mansion will be available as an option. Hyde Park includes visiting "Springwood," the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt now home to his presidential library and museum. Later, cruise to Troy known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and abundant 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 Blount and is still a trademark of the Blount Small Ship Adventures experience today.

DAY 3: Pass through Lock 11 of the Erie Canal to Amsterdam, NY, originally a Dutch settlement on the banks of the Mohawk River. New York's Mohawk Valley is the ancestral home of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Mohawk, who now reside predominantly along New York's northernmost border. Tonight in Amsterdam, enjoy a presentation by the staff of the New York Folklore Society. A guest basket-maker introduces you to the history of the basket making traditions of the Haudenosaunee Mohawk including the styles and materials.

DAY 4: Enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal's calm, blue water and the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding countryside. A "Between Locks" optional tour leads you on a journey through this beautiful region making several stops. First, enjoy the official Erie Canal Museum, located in the last remaining weigh lock building, and later the Snake-Oil Glass Works to discover first-hand the craftsmanship of the glass blowing process and the beautiful glass creations that result. Complete the excursion with a wine tasting at a local winery. Tonight, in Sylvan Beach, NY, a lakeside resort town, a local performer and historian will entertain with history and period music of the Erie Canal.

DAY 5: Your port of call today is Oswego, NY on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. Cruise along the Oswego Canal. 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.

DAY 6: 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. Overnight in scenic Alexandria Bay with views of the famed Boldt Castle.

DAY 7: Continuing through the scenic Thousand Islands, you will visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour the stately and elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running during Prohibition. Continue on to Ogdensburg where you may opt to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum to admire the original works of this American painter.

DAY 8: Crossing into Canada you cruise the 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: Welcome to charming and historic Quebec City. With its distinctly French culture it's considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Be sure to visit the impressive Chateau Frontenac and browse the shops and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of Old Town. This morning an optional tour introduces the charms of Quebec City and the stunning view from Observation Towers before visiting the impressive Montmorency Falls. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you onboard.

DAY 10: Cruise north along the St. Lawrence River to the mouth of the beautiful Saguenay River. This swift waterway is bordered by dramatic cliffs which creates some of Canada's most stunning natural scenery. 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 at this scenic wonder to introduce you to this area's majestic fjords and phenomenal wildlife, including seals, birds and whales.

DAY 11: Spend the day cruising south to Montreal, a fantastic world-class city filled with culture, history and artistic wonders.

DAY 12: You'll fall in love with Montreal from its charming riverside locale to its diverse big-city attractions. A day at leisure allows you to discover the treasures of this vibrant city. Climb the summit of Mount Royal, believed by some to be an extinct volcano. Learn about the city's history at Pointe-A-Calliere Museum. Roam the narrow streets of Old Montreal, whose architecture, boutiques and outdoor cafes delight. Later this evening enjoy a performance of the flute and guitar by local entertainers.

DAY 13: Disembark in Montreal.

This cruise is also available in reverse.
All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on weather and sea conditions.

New York, NY • Kingston, NY • Troy, NY • Amsterdam, NY • Sylvan Beach, NY • Oswego, NY • Clayton, NY • Alexandria Bay, NY • Dark Island, NY • Ogdensburg, NY • Quebec City, QC • Montreal, QC
New York Harbor • Hudson River • Erie Canal • Lake Ontario • St. Lawrence Seaway • Saguenay River