- Crystal Cruises: Take A Cruise To New England & Canada -
Crystal Cruises focuses on delivering unique learning experiences for its passengers, and this mission has never been better accomplished then in the cruise line’s new sailings to Canada and New England.
Fall east coast voyages offer dozens of new boutique adventures ashore, and new chic spaces on board. Crystal Cruises‘ brand new, exotic Québécois itinerary offers three off-the-beaten-path maiden calls. Beginning September 19, the Crystal Symphony, freshly redesigned in a $15 million extreme makeover, will feature five 7-11 day cruises linking Boston, Manhattan and Montréal. The season’s centerpiece, Crystal Cruises’ first ever round-trip from Montreal, is a seven day intimate exploration of the European flavor of French Canada.
Crystal Cruises Offers New Experiences in Canada
Twenty-nine new Crystal Cruises Adventures offer novel ways to experience the culture, cuisine, and history of the region’s most iconic and less visited destinations. Ports of call include:
- Saint-Pierre & Miquelon: North America’s last vestige of the French Republic, and the location of Al Capone’s “home-away-from-home” during the island’s golden era of Prohibition profiteering.
- Québec City: Offering all the charms of France, this city is a touch of the old world in the Western Hemisphere. Cruisers will also have an opportunity to join Huron natives in a Friendship Dance, and sacred ceremonies, following a traditional feast of bison, wapiti meat and Indian bannock bread.
- New York: Cruisers’ emotions will be stirred in a sail past the Statue of Liberty to the newly-completed 9/11 Memorial. An exclusive, private visit to the American Museum of Natural History, while closed to the public, is another interesting option.
- Havre-Aubert Island: A Madelinot fisherman’s tales of maritime life of yore is a unique way to experience the French Canadian culture.
- Halifax: Here is an opportunity to see a majestic North American bald eagle during a Shubenacadie River Zodiac ride.
- Bar Harbor: Gliding over Acadia National Park’s treetops in an open-cockpit biplane is an exciting way to experience the wonders of nature.
- Magdalen Islands (maiden call): A taste of the distinct Acadian culture is coupled with a sampling of local specialties like port-style fortified wine, Pied-de-Vent cheese and bagosse “island beer.”
- Montréal: The adventurous will enjoy a jet boat ride from the Old Port, down the Lachine Rapids.
- Sept-Îles (maiden call): A train ride to a marshland Innu camp provides an opportunity for immersion into traditional First Nations life, from chanting and smoked salmon secrets, to moccasin and medicine making.
- St. John: Experiences like heli-fishing in the footsteps of Prince Charles, on the Miramichi River, or having “Tea with Eleanor” at the Roosevelts’ summer residence, are great options here.
- Boston: Two of New England’s most well-preserved and picturesque colonial towns, Marblehead and Salem, offer a view of life in old New England.
Other Options From Crystal Cruises
Aspiring photographers can learn pro tips to capture the “perfect shot” of Halifax or St. John, during Crystal Cruises photo excursions, while bike-riders can work off their sea legs through NY’s Central Park, or Montréal’s 236 miles of bike paths. Additionally, Crystal Cruises’ “You Care, We Care” voluntourism program offers opportunities to assist local Canadian food banks, or help low-income and homeless Bostonian children.
“New England/Canada is one of the most storied and stunning regions in North America, and offers so much to explore and discover. Each year, we strive to not only expand our offerings with new ports, but also to re-invent the journey with new experiences in traditionally popular destinations,” says John Stoll, Crystal Cruises vice president, land and port operations.
The renowned Crystal Cruises experience was recently voted the “World’s Best” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for the seventeenth year in a row, more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.
This article is based on a press release by Crystal Cruises, and has been edited and augmented by Andrew Kruglanski of Cruisin Susan Cruise Blog.
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