From Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood and Nature Reserves

From Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood and Nature Reserves

From Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood and Nature Reserves

From Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood and Nature Reserves

Travel information 9 days MS Roald Amundsen
Departures
11 September 2023
13 September 2024
Price from
2890 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Experience the beauty of North America’s eastern seaboard on a 9-day expedition cruise from Halifax to Boston.

Beautiful nature and maritime history 

You’ll follow the Lighthouse Route to glorious Peggy’s Cove before cruising the coast from Halifax in Nova Scotia to the sandbars of Sable Island, where magnificent wild horses and seals reside in a national park. Then you’ll sail on to visit the UNESCO-listed former colonial settlement of Lunenburg. 

New England seafood and national parks 

Dine on succulent Maine lobster and get a taste of ‘Down East’ culture as you sail into Eastport, Rockland and Bar Harbor – the gateway to breathtaking Acadia National Park. Walk the sand dunes of scenic Cape Cod in Provincetown and the historic city streets of Boston. 

From Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood and Nature Reserves From Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood and Nature Reserves
  • Day 1
    Halifax, Canada

    Exploring Halifax

    The cosmopolitan capital of Nova Scotia 

    Your expedition cruise to Boston begins with an overnight stay in historic Halifax. With its red-brick heritage buildings, landmark Citadel Hill National Historic Site and epic 2.5-mile seafront boardwalk, it’s a wonderful starting point for any adventure. 

    Take a leisurely stroll on Halifax Common – Canada’s oldest park, dating back to 1763 – and visit one of the city’s many art galleries or museums. Don’t miss the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. 

    There’s so much to see and do here; why not arrive early and join our optional Pre-Programme to explore more.

    Day 1
    Halifax, Canada

    Exploring Halifax

  • Day 2
    Halifax, Canada

    The Lighthouse Route

    Estimated time of departure is 6:00 PM

    Explore Peggys Cove before setting sail 

    This morning, we’ll take you along the winding coastal highway known as the Lighthouse Route. At journey’s end you’ll discover the unspoilt tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. 

    Remember to bring your camera as you’ll find one of the world’s most photographed lighthouses here – a beauty you’ll want to capture for yourself. 

    Then it’s time to head back to Halifax and board your comfortable hybrid electric–powered expedition ship, MS Roald Amundsen. Settle in, then meet your friendly Expedition Team and enjoy your first delicious meal at sea as we head for Sable Island.  

    Day 2
    Halifax, Canada

    The Lighthouse Route

  • Day 3
    Sable Island, Canada

    Horses of Sable Island

    Spotting wild horses on this unspoilt sandbar island  

    Your expedition cruise from Halifax makes its first stop at the crescent-shaped Sable Island – named after the French word for sand and now a national park reserve that protects the magnificent wild horses which live here. There are believed to be over 550 of them roaming free, descended from horses originally released back in the 18th century. 

    The waters close to the island are historically challenging, but the sandy beaches provide an excellent vantage to view the island. Join us in our small expedition boats as we attempt a beach landing on this remote shore, or simply admire the dramatic scenery from the deck. 

    • Included Sable Island Landing
    Day 3
    Sable Island, Canada

    Horses of Sable Island

  • Day 4
    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

    Colourful Lunenburg

    Stroll around this colonial-era UNESCO-listed town 

    The first thing you’ll spot as you sail into Lunenburg will be the colourful buildings along the waterfront. This UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site has barely changed since the 1700s, when it was a British colonial settlement. 

    Take a walk around the Old Town and soak up the maritime atmosphere. Or if you’d rather explore on two wheels, you can rent a bike and enjoy the town’s scenic cycling trails. 

    • Included Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
    Day 4
    Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

    Colourful Lunenburg

  • Day 5
    Eastport, Maine

    Historic Eastport

    Visit Americas easternmost city and the Old Sow whirlpool  

    Today you’ll cross from Canadian waters into the United States to visit Eastport on Moose Island. The deepest natural harbour on the eastern seaboard, archaeologists believe the Indigenous Passamaquoddy people lived here for at least 10,000 years before the first Europeans appeared in 1604. 

    As you explore the shops, restaurants and cafés of the downtown district, you’ll feel the echoes of history all around. 

    If the weather cooperates, local lobster fishermen may be offering trips to see ‘Old Sow’ – a whirlpool believed to be the biggest in the Western Hemisphere and named after the ‘squealing’ noise it is said to make as it spins.  

    • Included Eastport Town Package
    Day 5
    Eastport, Maine

    Historic Eastport

  • Day 6
    Rockland & Castine, Maine

    Rockland and Castine

    Enjoy nature walks and discover a bioluminescent bay 

    Rockland is a quiet mix of cafés, art galleries and lobster fishing. 

    Discover the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and enjoy a nature walk. Camden Hills State Park is also nearby for scenic hikes around Mount Battle. Art lovers will want to visit the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum, featuring works by the famous American realist painter Andrew Wyeth.  

    We’ll drop anchor close to the town of Castine tonight for you to discover the unique aquatic ecosystem of bioluminescent phytoplankton. You may even have an opportunity to get up close to this incredible natural phenomenon on a kayak.  

    • Included Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and Nature Walk
    Day 6
    Rockland & Castine, Maine

    Rockland and Castine

  • Day 7
    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Acadia National Park

    47,000 acres of amazing nature and wildlife in Maine 

    An extra special day awaits you as we sail into Maine’s Bar Harbor. Full of ‘Down East’ character, don’t miss an opportunity to try one of the exquisite seafood restaurants here. 

    Bar Harbor is the gateway to the stunning Acadia National Park. Gently sloping mountains and green forests are home to a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, moose, black bears, and over 300 bird species. 

    A hop-on, hop-off bus service is available to help you explore the wonders to be found here, such as Thunder Hole and the Wild Gardens. Or why not hike some local trails or go kayaking.  

    • Included Acadia National Park
    Day 7
    Bar Harbor, Maine

    Acadia National Park

  • Day 8
    Provincetown, Massachusetts

    Laid-back Cape Cod

    Enjoy the lively atmosphere of arty P-town 

    Follow in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock as we reach Provincetown, Massachusetts. The light and progressive atmosphere of this seaside town has been attracting artists since the 1940s. 

    Enjoy a unique perspective of ‘P-town’ on a trolley tour and take time to enjoy a few of its many galleries and restaurants. 

    Take a short walk to the Cape Cod National Seashore to explore its protected dunes. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to ride a dune buggy. Avid whale watchers should head to the offshore Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, known to attract 17 species of cetacean. 

    • Included Trolley Tour of Provincetown
    Day 8
    Provincetown, Massachusetts

    Laid-back Cape Cod

  • Day 9
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Revolutionary Boston

    Estimated time of arrival is 7:00 AM

    Old and new worlds meet at journeys end 

    Your expedition cruise from Halifax reaches its final stop: historic Boston. Here, you can visit the site of the famous Tea Party and walk the Freedom Trail to discover the city’s revolutionary role in shaping the modern-day United States of America. 

    Don’t miss out on the city’s culinary classics – try the steaming bowls of seafood chowder and fried clams. And if you’re looking for a friendly bar, then you’ll want to head to Cheers, the bar that inspired the legendary TV show. What better place could there be to wrap up your expedition cruise! 

    Day 9
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Revolutionary Boston

Departures

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Hotel 

  • Overnight in Halifax before the expedition cruise, including breakfast 

Transfers 

  • Transfer from the hotel to the ship in Halifax, including an excursion, before the expedition cruise 

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. 

 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila
MS Roald Amundsen
Aune Restaurant, MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Espen Mills
Your ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Year built 2019
Shipyard Kleven Yards
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
MS Roald Amundsen in Antarktis
Photo: Dan Avila

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