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The Big Apple to the U.S. Capital

The Big Apple to the U.S. Capital

Cruise Highlights:

  • Sail through New York Harbor, enjoying spectacular views of the city’s famous skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
  • In Philadelphia, a day of exploration concludes with lively entertainment on the ship.
  • Festive Captain’s Cocktail Party and lively musical entertainment in Alexandria, VA

At a glance

Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Coverage: New York City, NY to Alexandra, VA

From: $2,999

Season: May - June

Activities: Culture, History

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Discover the magic of the City that Never Sleeps!

Enjoy a full day in New York City, including a walking tour of its sophisticated Chelsea neighborhood, before admiring the Big Apple’s world-famous skyline and the Statue of Liberty en route to historic Philadelphia, PA.

Enjoy onboard entertainment in charming Baltimore, MD, and admire scenic Annapolis, MD, home to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy. Step back in time in Alexandria, VA, home of President George Washington, and explore nearby Washington D.C. Conclude your all-American adventure with a festive Captain’s Cocktail Party and a lively musical performance onboard the ship.

It doesn’t get any better than this. The crew are all very good and friendly people.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - New York City, NY

Welcome to the “Big Apple!” New York City, NY, is America’s most populous city and its most exciting metropolis, offering endless entertainment, shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Board your ship in New York Harbor and enjoy spectacular city views or explore the “City that Never Sleeps” this afternoon at your leisure.

Day 2 - New York City, NY

You’ll be in a New York state of mind with a full day of exploration in Manhattan! This morning, treat yourself to a walking tour of Chelsea, a neighborhood blending sleek sophistication with industrial chic. This gem of the West Side is known for its numerous art galleries; the sprawling Chelsea Market, where local artisans and antiques dealers sell their wares; and the Highline, an elevated garden promenade. Later, explore the city at your own pace. Browse the high-end department stores, take in a Broadway show, sail by ferry to Ellis Island, marvel at Times Square, or enjoy a scenic stroll through Central Park. After a full day of discovery, unwind this evening with a chef-prepared dinner onboard the ship, followed by an entertaining presentation by a local expert.

Day 3 - Cruising form New York to Philadelphia

Begin your morning with a cruise through bustling New York Harbor, enjoying postcard-perfect views of the Statue of Liberty and the city’s towering skyline reflected in the water. Relax with a cocktail on the ship’s top deck or admire the scenery from the Vista View lounge as the currents gently carry the ship toward Philadelphia, “the City of Brotherly Love.”

Day 4 - Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Philadelphia, PA, is often called the “Cradle of Liberty,” for its pivotal role in the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia today remains one of the most history-rich cities in our nation, and is home to numerous famous Americans, including Grace Kelly and Dick Clark. An optional sightseeing excursion introduces you to the highlights of this scenic riverside city, including a visit to see the iconic Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and more. Before returning to your ship, be sure to stop by one of the local shops for a taste of the city’s famed Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Tonight, enjoy evening entertainment onboard the ship.

Day 5 - Philadelphia to Baltimore

Begin your day with a leisurely sail between Philadelphia and Baltimore, MD, nicknamed the “Charm City” for its numerous and diverse neighborhoods and expansive seaport. This afternoon, an optional guided city tour acquaints you with Baltimore’s most beloved treasures, including the marble steps, a status symbol in the 1900s; the Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum; Camden Yards, the official home of the Baltimore Orioles; John Hopkins Hospital; charming Fells Points, a historic waterfront neighborhood; and “the Harbors,” where locals and tourists alike gather to shop, dine, and admire the view. Don’t forget to visit one of the many waterfront restaurants to sample the city’s famed Chesapeake Blue Crabs! This evening local entertainers perform aboard the ship.

Day 6 - Annapolis, MD

Arrive this morning in lovely Annapolis, MD, home to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis boasts brick-lined streets and elegant 18th-century architecture. An optional sightseeing tour introduces you to the city’s nearly 350 years of living history, architecture, folklore, and trivia. Visit the scenic campus of St. John’s College, nestled on the city’s picturesque seaport; the Maryland State House, in continuous legislative use since 1772; and the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, whose towering green dome is a focal point of the Academy’s campus.

Day 7 - Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA sits proudly on the Potomac River, within eyesight of Washington, D.C. A vital seaport during Colonial times, Alexandria is as scenic and welcoming as it is steeped in historic significance. An optional morning tour takes you to Mt. Vernon, the elegant plantation home of President George Washington, to view the estate’s Mansion, Washington’s Tomb, a working blacksmith shop, the Pioneer Farm, the slave cabins, and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground, dedicated to the enslaved and free African Americans who worked at the plantation in the 1700s and early 1800s. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to explore on your own. After dinner, treat yourself to an optional excursion into Washington, D.C. to see our nation’s most iconic landmarks brilliantly lit against the night sky. Admire breathtaking views of the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, and the Vietnam and WWII Memorials on this very special excursion.

Day 8 - Alexandria, VA

Enjoy a second full day in beautiful Alexandria! Begin your day with an optional, historian-led walking tour through charming Old Town Alexandria. Today a popular destination for dining and sightseeing, admire Old Town’s 18th and 19th century houses and buildings, and learn about its most famous residents, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee. After lunch, enjoy a second optional excursion to admire Washington D.C.’s grand monuments by daylight. Visit Arlington Cemetery, the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Embassy Row; the Capital Building; and the National Mall, where you will enjoy free time to browse the Smithsonian Institution museums. View the famous 45.5-carat Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History; the Wizard of Oz’s ruby slippers at the National Museum of American History; or Vincent Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait” at the National Gallery of Art. This evening, enjoy a festive Captain’s Cocktail Party and a lively musical performance onboard the ship.

Day 9 - Alexandria, VA, Disembark

Disembark today in Alexandria, VA.

Dates & Rates

Dates
Ships
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May 22, 2015 Grande Caribe $2,999 $3,539 $3,779 $4,139
Jun 1, 2015* Grande Caribe $2,999 $3,539 $3,779 $4,139
Jun 2, 2015 Grande Mariner $2,999 $3,539 $3,779 $4,139
Jun 11, 2015 Grande Caribe $2,999 $3,539 $3,779 $4,139
Jun 21, 2015* Grande Caribe $2,999 $3,539 $3,779 $4,139

*Reverse itinerary

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The Big Apple to the U.S. Capital

Ships

Grande Caribe

Grande CaribeBuilt by Blount Boats in Warren, RI, and commissioned in 1997, the Grande Caribe carries 88 passengers everywhere from Belize to Baltimore. She was completely renovated in 2009, with new furniture and décor in the lounge, cabins and dining rooms, and sparkling new showers and bathrooms. View ship details...


Grande Mariner

Grande MarinerCommissioned 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. View ship details...