October 12 – 22, 2020: Fall Foliage Cruise to New England & Canada

/Canada 2020
Canada 20202019-07-22T14:42:26+00:00

Sailing from New York to Quebec City
on the Caribbean Princess

I am pleased to offer for the very first time, a Fall Foliage Cruise to New England and Canada. This ten night cruise departs from New York and we disembark in Quebec City. Along the way we visit some truly amazing, historic, and scenic ports of call. I picked this date intentionally so we will be there during the height of Fall Foliage season, the most colorful time of the year. Rest assured that it is easy to find reasonable airfares to New York with a return from Quebec. Princess Cruises offers very attractive airfares.

Our ports of call will include a stop in Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts and Bar Harbor, Maine. Plus four additional charming stops in magnificent Eastern Canadian with towns that are quaint and with varied scenery & culture. Enjoy a day in Halifax, Nova Scotia and St John, New Brunswick, in addition to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island and the Gaspe peninsula. Each town has very different look and feel. We also get to enjoy on day sailing up the Saguenay River all the way until Quebec City, clearly the most French looking city in Canada. After the cruise, spend the weekend in Quebec to soak up all the culture, architecture, and amazing French cuisine.

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Itinerary

DAY/NIGHT PORT/CITY ARRIVAL DEPARTURE
Mon. Oct. 12
New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn), NY 07:00 PM
Tues. Oct. 13
Newport, Rhode Island
(Tender required, wheelchair access limited)
07:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed. Oct. 14 Boston, MA, USA 11:00 AM 08:00 PM
Thurs. Oct. 15 Bar Harbor, ME, USA
(Tender required, wheelchair access limited)
07:00 AM 07:00 PM
Fri. Oct. 16 Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick, Canada 04:30 AM 03:45 PM
Sat. Oct. 17 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Sun. Oct. 18 Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09:00 AM 06:00 PM
Mon. Oct. 19 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Tues. Oct. 20 At Sea
Wed. Oct. 21 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 09:00 AM
Thurs. Oct. 22 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 07:00 AM

New York City (Manhattan or Brooklyn), New York, USA

A leading global city, New York exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture and fashion, and entertainment. The city consists of five boroughs and an intricate patchwork of neighborhoods. Some of these include Lower Manhattan and the New York Stock Exchange, Battery Park and South Street Seaport, Chinatown, trendy SoHo and Greenwich Village, along with Little Italy, the flat Iron District and Gramercy Park. Famous Central Park covers 843 acres of paths, ponds, lakes and green space within the asphalt jungle. Many districts and landmarks have become well-known to outsiders. Nearly 170 languages are spoken in the city and over 35% of its population was born outside the United States.

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

In the 19th century, Newport was America’s Versailles. It was here that the great merchant princes and robber barons of the Gilded Age erected the elaborate summerhouses they so ingenuously dubbed “cottages.” At the height of its splendor, a Newport season was a giddy whirl of grand fêtes, yacht races and elaborate beach picnics for assorted Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans. Today, it is the privileged traveler who marvels at the splendor of great mansions like The Breakers, The Elms, or Rosecliff. Gone are the days when “Tessie” Oelrichs, one of Newport’s fabled hostesses, had 12 skeleton ships anchored offshore and dramatically lit for her legendary “White Ball.”

Please Note: Newport is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship’s tender service.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship’s Captain.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Standing atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, it is easy to see why individuals like John D. Rockefeller felt so strongly about preserving this area’s natural beauty.

Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Mount Desert Island had been a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style “cottages” that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. It was the efforts of these wealthy vacationers, including John D. Rockefeller, which led President Woodrow Wilson to establish Acadia as the first national park east of the Mississippi. Many of Bar Harbor’s great houses are a memory. A catastrophic fire in 1947 ravaged the town and the surrounding forest. But Acadia National Park survived, and today it is one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia’s 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders: In addition to the stunning landscape, some 50 species of mammals including moose, black bear and white tail deer roam the park.

Please note: Bar Harbor is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship’s tender transfer. In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship’s Captain.

Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Standing atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, it is easy to see why individuals like John D. Rockefeller felt so strongly about preserving this area’s natural beauty.

Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. Mount Desert Island had been a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919. The wealthy flocked to Bar Harbor at the turn of the century, building Newport-style “cottages” that turned the quaint New England town into a fashionable summer resort. It was the efforts of these wealthy vacationers, including John D. Rockefeller, which led President Woodrow Wilson to establish Acadia as the first national park east of the Mississippi. Many of Bar Harbor’s great houses are a memory. A catastrophic fire in 1947 ravaged the town and the surrounding forest. But Acadia National Park survived, and today it is one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia’s 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders: In addition to the stunning landscape, some 50 species of mammals including moose, black bear and white tail deer roam the park.

Please note: Bar Harbor is an anchorage port. Transfer from the ship to shore will be via the ship’s tender transfer.
In ports where guests utilize tender boats to go ashore, Princess staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 lbs. (22kg). Guests requiring physical assistance must travel with an able-bodied companion. With your safety and comfort in mind, the final decision to permit or prohibit passengers from going ashore will be made on each occasion by the ship’s Captain.

Saint John (for the Bay of Fundy), New Brunswick, Canada

Saint John, Canada’s oldest settlement is the gateway to the scenic wonders of New Brunswick. One of Canada’s oldest provinces, New Brunswick remains remarkably unspoiled: 85 percent of the province remains unsettled. New Brunswick boasts vast forests, purling streams, gentle hills, rich farmlands, and a spectacular coastline dotted by historic towns. Nature also blessed the area with one of her most astonishing phenomena: the reversing River Rapids. The fierce tides of the Bay of Fundy rise with such force that they actually cause the St. John River to reverse direction and its waters to flow upstream. Saint John’s history dates to 1604, when the Sieur de Champlain landed nearby on the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. After the American Revolution, American Loyalists flocked to the area. Saint John became a thriving industrial port. But the catastrophic fire of 1877, declining commerce and decades of neglect gave the town a sad and careworn look for decades. That changed in recent years. Redevelopment of the waterfront and the old district has restored Saint John’s charm and its sense of history.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain’s major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax’s Historic Properties recall the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia’s floating ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer’s Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia’s stunning scenery, including famous Peggy’s Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty.

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cape Breton is fabled as a magical travel destination and the Port of Sydney is the gateway. Known for its beauty and unique Celtic music and culture, Sydney puts some of the Island’s greatest sights and attractions at your fingertips when you disembark into the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.

The dockside pavilion offers an array of Shopping Boutiques, a Craft Market and the World’s Largest Fiddle. You will also find wireless Internet services, a Visitor Information Centre, and the Cape Breton Island Exhibition Centre featuring artifacts, images and an overview of the rich culture and heritage of this historic Island. Or you can simply sit and savour our local seafood cuisine at the Range Light Cafe, or enjoy a glass of wine on our second level balcony.

The city of Sydney has a deep history and was originally founded in 1785 by British Loyalists fleeing the perils of the American Revolution. The rich natural resources led these new settlers to establish prosperous coal and steel industries, which attracted immigrants from a myriad of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. To this day, Sydney remains a haven of multiculturalism.

The Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion is just a short drive from the community of Baddeck and the breathtaking Bras d’Or Lake where Alexander Graham Bell lived, worked and studied. On the east coast of Cape Breton lies the largest historic reconstruction in North America, the Fortress of Louisbourg. The Fortress is a Parks Canada National Historic Site and is described as a Williamsburg-style attraction that is not to be missed.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

While Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest providence in terms of area and population, it more than makes up for this with the friendliness of its people, its natural beauty, and for being known as the birthplace of Canada.

The island’s landscape is dramatic and features rolling hills, pristine forests, reddish-white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil. The capital of Charlottetown offers a small town feel and a relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair. The town has evolved into a dynamic city without sacrificing its historic charm. One certainly cannot think about Prince Edward without mentioning the author Lucy Maud Montgomery who once lived on PEI and drew inspiration from the land during the late Victorian Era for the setting of her classic novel “Anne of Green Gables.” PEI also has another claim to fame with the Confederation Bridge built in 1997. The world’s longest bridge over ice-covered waters provides a connection from PEI to the mainland Canada.

Québec City, Québec, Canada

To visit Québec is to experience France without crossing the Atlantic. The architecture, the ambience, and the animated conversation on the street confirm the impression that a bit of France has been permanently imbedded in North America. Stroll along the streets of the atmospheric Latin Quarter and explore the historic stone and brick houses of Old Québec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. Visit the Place Royale and Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, and marvel at the turreted Château de Frontenac.

Rates

Cabin Category Location Rate
Interior Cabin ID  Decks 8 & 9 Midship $1549
Window Cabin OC  Deck 5 $2234
Balcony Cabin BD  Deck 10 Midship $2649
Mini Suite MD $3249

Our group rates tend to be the lowest refundable rate. There may be lower rates that are nonrefundable. Please ask.

Rates will increase once these cabins are sold out.

All rates quoted are per person based upon two sharing the cabin. Single occupancy is twice the above rate. Triple rates are available upon request as are rates for any suite. We will not be guaranteeing a roommate share on this sailing.

Please add the port tax of $250 per person.

In order to participate in our events you must make reservations directly with us. Unfortunately people booked through a different source cannot be included as part of our group.

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FAQ

1. Payments: Norwegian Cruises will require a deposit of $500.00 per cabin ($250 per person) at the time of reservation. Final payment will be due June 5, 2018 and will be automatically charged to your credit card unless you notify me in advance to use a different form of payment. Any and all check payments should be made payable to Cruise Designs.

2. Documents:
Each person must have a valid U.S. passport, a passport card or an enhanced driver’s license. Also acceptable is your state issued birth certificate with your driver’s license. Canadian and residents of other countries will need to check with their consulates to see if a visa will be required.

3. Pre-cruise Hotel: TBA

4. Cabin Assignments:
I will reserve the best available cabin at the time of your reservation. From time to time you may not get a cabin number immediately. This means that the cruise line has guaranteed your rate but temporarily can not assign a cabin number. You are guaranteed to get the cabin category that you have selected but you may have to wait a while for it to be assigned.

5. Cashless Society: When checking at the pier you will need to leave a credit card imprint. Anything you purchase on the ship will be charged to your cabin account. Cash is not accepted anywhere except the casino. Should you not have a credit card, you will need to leave cash deposit from which you may draw.

6. Ship Board Activities: The first night of every cruise we host a welcome cocktail party exclusively for our guests. This is the first time the entire group will have a chance to meet and mingle. We will make many useful announcements. Other private events are also planned for the week. Full details of our daily itinerary will be made available to you upon check in on the ship.

7. Dining: We have confirmed a block of tables together at 8:15PM each evening. Since the tables are ours, you may feel free to move from table to table each evening. We encourage this so that you get the chance to get to know as many people as possible. Dining the rest of the evenings is casual meaning slacks and shirt or polo type shirt. All meals in the buffet are always casual. You may request other dining times if you wish but you will not be with the rest of the group. We find it a great bonding experience if the entire group dines together.

8. Room Mates: We offer those who are traveling alone the opportunity to be paired up with other solo travelers. Roommate shares are not available in all categories. You may find your own roommate until June 1, 2018. Any one participating in the roommate share program will be assigned prepaid gratuities and a shipboard credit (no exceptions). I assign roommate at the time of final payment. After you have been assigned a roommate I will introduce the two of you by email.

9. Shore Excursions: The ship will offer many excursions to purchase. We however, will offer at least two or three of our own including a chartered catamaran for swimming, snorkeling and fun. Our trips are usually lower priced and include more than what the ship will offer. Information regarding our excursions will be sent to you about 60 days prior to sailing.

10. Gratuities: A daily charge of $13.99 per person will be added to your cabin account to serve as tips to porters, waiters, cabins stewards, and pool boys.

11. Getting to the Ship: Fly into Boston airport and try to arrive before 12PM. If you stay at our host hotel we will offer transfer service to the pier for a nominal fee. We will be flying home from Quebec City.