Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Locks, Legends & Canals of the Northeast (on the Grande Mariner) tour

Locks, Legends & Canals of the Northeast (on the Grande Mariner)

Blount Small Ship Adventures
4.6 . Excellent
92%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
14 days
From: $ 4,399 $ 314 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to “Springwood,” the beloved estate home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Cruising the historic Erie Canal
  • View some of the highlights such as the H. Lee White Marine Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum, or Fort Ontario
  • Visit the notable Antique Boat Museum for a glimpse of the world’s largest showcase of classic recreational boats
  • Visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour the stately and elegant Singer Castle
  • Visit the Musèe des Ursulines
  • Visit the impressive Chateau de Frontenac
  • Explore Montreal, a vibrant riverside city filled with culture, history, and artistic wonders

Short Description

Embark in dazzling New York City, then discover the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River Valley. Enjoy a full day of cruising the historic Erie Canal, and behold the foothills of the Catskills Mountains in Cooperstown, NY. Transit the Oswego Canal, gaze at the majesty of the Thousand Islands region, and cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway as you cross into Canada! Explore enchanting Three Rivers, QC, and enjoy an organ recital in the town’s awe-inspiring chapel. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Town in French-inspired Quebec City, QC, then discover vibrant Montreal, QC. A performance by local musicians is the perfect conclusion to your unforgettable adventure.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City New York City
End City Montreal
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Itinerary

Day 1:

Spectacular natural scenery and postcard-perfect photo opportunities abound on this northeastern adventure! Sail the most renowned waters of New York State and southeastern Canada, including surging rivers, peaceful lakes, and majestic fjords. Embark today in New York City and admire the iconic Manhattan skyline.

Day 2:

Begin your day with a morning sail through New York Harbor and behold the Statue of Liberty, then marvel at the majestic natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. This afternoon, arrive in West Point, NY*, where an optional tour takes you to the campus of the prestigious West Point Military Academy and its awe-inspiring Gothic Revival style chapel. Later a short afternoon sail takes you to Kingston, NY, where you may choose an optional tour of the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Day 3:

This morning in Kingston, an optional tour to Hyde Park includes a visit to “Springwood,” the beloved estate home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, now home to his presidential library and museum. Later, travel up the northern leg of the Hudson River to Troy, NY where the retractable pilot house will be lowered to transit the famed Erie Canal. Troy is known for its Victorian architecture and abundant Tiffany windows. This evening enjoy lively musical entertainment onboard the ship.

Day 4:

Enjoy a full day of cruising the historic Erie Canal, an engineering marvel credited with transforming the commercial transportation industry in the 19th century. A local historian joins the cruise to narrate about the history of the Canal.

Day 5:

Located in the foothills of the Catskills Mountains, Cooperstown, NY is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. Watch America’s history come alive in this picturesque town that combines big-city excitement with small town charm. Tonight arrive in Sylvan Beach, NY on the shores of shimmering Lake Oneida.

Day 6:

Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego, NY, located on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. 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. This evening, witness the unique feat of Blount’s retractable pilot house being raised up to its full height. This evening, local musicians entertain onboard the ship.

Day 7:

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.

Day 8:

Continuing through the Thousand Islands regions, 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 to admire the original works of this American painter.

Day 9:

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.

Day 10:

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.

Day 11:

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 impressive 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 the impressive Montmorency Falls. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you onboard.

Day 12:

Spend the day cruising south, as you approach Montreal, a vibrant riverside city filled with culture, history, and artistic wonders. Famed for its thrilling cuisines, cobblestone streets, and world-class shopping, Montreal truly appeals to every sense of adventure.

Day 13:

Spend a full day discovering the treasures of Montreal, QC. 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.

Day 14:

Disembark today in Montreal.

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Locks, Legends & Canals of the Northeast (on the Grande Mariner)

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Ship Name

Grande Mariner

Ship Stats

Specifications

  • Length: 184'
  • Beam: 40'
  • Draft: 6'6"
  • Passenger Capacity: 88
  • Passenger Cabins: 44
  • Commissioned: 1998
  • Refurbished: 2010
  • Flag: United States
  • Built By: Blount Boats, Warren, Ri

Ship Description

Grande Mariner

Commissioned and built by Blount Boats in 1998, the Grande Mariner makes her way up to Montreal, just in time for fall foliage season. 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.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Grande Mariner

Cancellation Policy:

All reservations are subject to a minimum $75 per person cancellation charge. Passengers may cancel subject to the charges listed below. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing by the passenger or travel agent prior to departure to be considered valid.

Cancellation fees per person from date of departure:

60 days or more = $75

59 days – 45 days = 25% of fare

44 days – 30 days = 50% of fare

29 days – 11 days = 75% of fare

10 days or less = 100% of fare

In addition, passengers will be charged all administration costs incurred by us on behalf of passenger. Administration charges may be levied for ground or air portions or other services associated with voyage or special requests and changes. There shall be no right to any refund except as stated, and we shall have no obligation or liability to passengers for cancellation and/or non-use of all or a portion of a voyage or other services, whether or not due to circumstances beyond passengers’ control. Once purchased trip insurance is non-refundable. We strongly encourage all passengers to purchase trip insurance.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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