It’s time to think about booking fall cruises that sail from August through October. As with any itinerary, you have many choices for the departure ports, ports of call, and length of the cruise. Offered are round trip cruises, with the same embarkation and disembarkation port, or one way cruises that either start in New York City or Boston, and end in Quebec City, Canada, or reverse. You can sail round trip from New York City; Bayonne, N.J.; Boston; or Baltimore. Length varies from seven to 14 nights. Prices for interior cabins range anywhere from $549 per person to $1,649, depending on the length and cruise line. Of course, if you have a favorite cruise line that you want to stick with, that helps to eliminate some of the myriad options.
Holland America does seven-day one way cruises either north from Boston to Montreal or reverse, with ports of call in Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. They also offer 10-day cruises either north or south from New York City to Quebec and reverse. These slightly longer cruises stop in the above ports as well as Newport and Gloucester, and have a full day and overnight in Quebec City. This allows you to see Quebec City without the expense of a hotel the day before you disembark the ship.
Royal Caribbean offers all round trip voyages, either seven nights from Boston with stops in Portland, Bar Harbor, Bay of Fundy/St. John and Halifax, or nine nights from Baltimore or Bayonne, N.J. with all the above ports of call in addition to a day in Boston.
Celebrity Cruises offers two slightly different 14-night round trips from Cape Liberty (Bayonne, N.J.) with stops in Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor, Halifax, one and a half days in Quebec City, then Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and either Sydney, Nova Scotia or Newport, R.I. What a thrill it would be to sail past the Statue of Liberty on the anniversary of 9/11.
Princess offers three different itineraries: a seven-day round trip out of New York City with ports of call in Halifax, Bay of Fundy/St. John, Bar Harbor, Boston, and Newport; a nine-day round trip from New York City with ports of call in Sydney, Charlottetown P.E.I., Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport; or a 10-day one way either north or south between New York City and Quebec City with ports of call in Newport, Boston, St. John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, and a full day and overnight in Quebec City. At the end of the season in October, the ship continues to sail from New York City to Fort Lauderdale.
Additionally you have the option of adding a land tour before your cruise, much like the Alaska cruise tours. These motor coach tour options are available only from Princess cruises, and go from May through October for the eight-night Historic America tour and September through October for the six-night Maple Explorer.
The Historic America tour starts in Washington, D.C. where you spend two nights before proceeding to Colonial Williamsburg, Va. for a two-night stay. From there, you visit Richmond, Jefferson’s home at Monticello; and experience the Skyline Drive through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley before arriving at Gettysburg. From there you drive to Philadelphia and have the afternoon free to do independent sightseeing before riding to New York City the next day to embark your ship. This tour can be added before either the nine-day New York City round trip cruise May through July or the seven-day New York City round trip, end of July through October. If you haven’t seen the Colonial America destinations, this is a great way to “do it all” with only one airplane fare.
Likewise the Maple Explorer is a wonderful opportunity to add a trip to Niagara Falls, Toronto, cruising through the Thousand Islands, Montebello, and Montreal before embarking your cruise ship in Quebec City. This tour can be added before the 10-day cruise from Quebec to New York City in September or the 12-day cruise from Quebec to Fort Lauderdale in October or it can be done after the 10-day New York City to Quebec cruise in September and October. These two optional land tours from Princess offer hotel accommodations, coach transportation, some meals and the services of a tour director. You can expect the same seamless experience that Princess is famous for with their Alaska cruise-tours.
Well, if this has your head spinning with all the options available, stop by Cruise Port Travel and we will help you sort through it all. Having done the Celebrity Cruise itinerary, we can advise you about what to see in the many ports of call. We are a locally owned and certified travel agency. Visit us on our Web site, www.travelpayson.com or call (928) 472-7878 for an appointment. We are always happy to meet new people and talk about the places we have experienced. You won’t find that level of knowledge from an online call center employee.