From the bustling bright lights of Manhattan to the UNESCO world heritage treasure of Quebec City, travel the waterways which blend the cultures of the U.S. and Canada. This journey introduces you to both amazing civil engineering feats such as the Erie Canal and stunning natural wonders like the 1000 Islands region in the St. Lawrence Seaway.
A tour of New York Harbor puts you in a NY state of mind before setting sail on the Hudson River. Decorated in the vibrant colors of autumn foliage, tree-lined rolling hills are dotted with orchards and sleepy villages. Behold the beauty of the Catskill Mountains – where verdant valleys, rushing streams and rivers, abundant wildlife and artistic mavericks abound. Approximately 250,000 acres of the Catskill’s pristine landscape has been designated “forever wild” thanks to the work of environmental visionaries. We’ll follow the majestic Hudson River meandering through the Erie Canal, a marvel of engineering and a testament to American ingenuity, and into the Oswego Canal having passed through 30 locks along the way.
Crossing into Canada via the St. Lawrence Seaway, you will be awe-struck by the immense natural beauty surrounding you. Welcome to the splendor of 1000 Islands region where Emerald pines and stone castles stand guard. Called the ‘Garden of the Great Spirit,’ by the Iroquois, there are 1800 islands here straddling the U.S. and Canadian borders. Ancient legend holds that Manitou, the Great Spirit, bestowed a magnificent garden to his people if peace would prevail in their land. But when fighting started, he wrapped the garden in a bundle and ascended into the sky. The garden tumbled out of his arms and into the St. Lawrence, breaking into pieces that became the 1000 Islands.
This enchanting area leads us to the quaint, French-inspired, Quebec City considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. On your final stop in sophisticated Montreal, the rich culture, culinary delights and artistic wonders will embrace you like an old friend.
A perennial favorite, this adventure has been enjoyed for more than 51 years. Come experience the best of the U.S. and Canadian waterways in a casual cruising environment. It’s like cruising on your friend’s yacht.
This two-nation cruise includes it all from the glitz and dazzle of the Manhattan skyline to the cobblestone streets and vintage charm of Quebec. The romantic contrast of the city scenes combined with the surging rivers, serene lakes and magnificent fjords makes this journey worthy to be in our ‘Signature Series’ portfolio. Embark today in New York City and prepare to cruise the most renowned waters of New York State and southeastern Canada.
Begin your day with a morning sail through New York Harbor passing the Statue of Liberty before the majestic natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. This afternoon, arrive in West Point, NY. An optional tour takes you to the campus of the prestigious West Point Military Academy and its awe-inspiring Gothic Revival style chapel. An afternoon sail takes you to Kingston, NY.
This afternoon in Kingston, tour Hyde Park which includes a visit to "Springwood," the beloved estate home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt - now his presidential library and museum. Later, travel up the northern leg of the Hudson River to Troy, NY. The retractable pilot-house will be lowered to transit the famed Erie Canal.
Going where other ships simply cannot go, we transit the Erie Canal, something only Blount boats can do because of their design. Enjoy a full day of cruising the historic Erie Canal, widely considered to be one of the most important works of civil engineering in America. A local historian joins the cruise to narrate about the history of the Canal.
Behold the beauty of the Catskill Mountains - where approximately 250,000 acres of the Catskill's pristine landscape has been designated "forever wild" thanks to the work of environmental visionaries. Located in the foothills of the Catskills, Cooperstown, NY is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Tonight arrive in Sylvan Beach, NY on the shores of shimmering Lake Oneida.
Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego, NY, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Choose to take a shuttle on a loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights like the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum, or Fort Ontario. Witness the feat of Blount’s retractable pilot-house being raised up to its full height. Later, local musicians entertain onboard.
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. Spend the night in beautiful Alexandria Bay, NY with views of the famed Boldt Castle.
Cruise through the stunning Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River, part of the international boundary between the US and Canada. 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, NY where you may opt to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum.
Crossing into Canada, 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.
After a day of cruising, arrive tonight in Quebec City.
Quebec City, QC, with its distinctly French culture, is considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Be sure to visit the Chateau de 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 Montmorency Falls.
Your port of call today is charming Three Rivers, QC, also known as Trois-Rivières in French, named for the juxtaposition of the three mouths of the Saint-Maurice River at the St. Lawrence River. This morning select from two optional tours: “Churches of Trois-Rivières” to admire the stunning architecture, or a Heritage Walking Tour, which includes a visit to the town’s Old Prison. After a chef-prepared lunch on the ship, enjoy an optional tour to discover “The Great Industrial Adventure: Iron, Pulp and Paper.” This evening, enjoy a special opportunity to visit the Musèe des Ursulines, a short walk from the ship, and listen to a private organ recital inside the museum’s awe-inspiring chapel.
Famed for its thrilling cuisines, cobblestone streets, and world-class shopping, Montreal truly appeals to every sense of adventure. You may choose an optional city tour that includes Old Montreal, Olympic Park, Mount Royal Park, and St. Joseph’s Oratory; or enjoy exploring this enchanting and historic city at your leisure. This evening enjoy a musical performance of the flute and guitar by local entertainers.
Disembark today in Montreal.
Itineraries are subject to change.
Cabins 10 A & B: Main Deck, upper and lower berths, porthole, private facilities. Cabin 11 C: Main Deck, two lower berths, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 20 A & B: Lower Deck, upper single berth, lower double berth, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. No window. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
Cabins 30 A & B: Main Deck, upper single berth, lower double berth, porthole, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 31 A & B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, porthole, private facilities. Door to
interior hallway. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
Cabins 40 - 41 A, 42-44 A & B: Main Deck, two single berths, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabin 40 B: Main Deck, two single berths, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 41 B: Main Deck, permanent double bed, fixed window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins 60 - 62 A: Sun Deck, two single berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabins 82 A & B: Sun Deck, permanent double bed, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
Cabins 50 - 57 A & B: Sun Deck, two lower berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to interior hallway. Cabins may be made up as double berths (except 55 A). Cabins 70 A & B: Sun Deck, two lower
berths, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Cabins 80 B, 81 B: Sun Deck,
permanent double bed, sliding window, private facilities. Door to outside deck. Each cabin feature individual air conditioning, a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.
Port Charges: 395 USD pp
Vessel Type: Small Ship Cruise
Passenger Capacity: 88
Built/ Refurbished : 1998 / 2010
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. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready.