Canada & New England: Holland America Line

Foliage Season on the Atlantic Coast

September 30-October 10, 2017


Sat / Tue - 11 Days

From the changing of the guard in citadel cities to the changing of fall colors in northeast landscapes, Holland America Line has once again, according to travel-savvy readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, dominated the 2016 Readers’Choice Awards as having the “Best Shore Excursions,” “Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line” and other top awards, including “Best Canada/New England” cruises! Holland America Line has also been recognized for its deep commitment to safeguarding the oceans and the environment, and was awarded “Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line” by Porthole Cruise Magazine.

Delight in the fall colors as you sail the Atlantic coast from New York City to Québec City, Canada. Of course, there’s more to this trip than just scenic vistas. Most of the ports are steeped in maritime history and culture: lighthouses and lobster, Acadian heritage and pastoral countryside, early settlements and even an old, walled city that seems more French than Canadian.

Explore the wild beauty of Gaspé Peninsula and sample the delights of French-flavored Québec City. Some highlights among the optional tours include having tea in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine; walking through the Halifax Public Gardens and visiting the Titanic museum to learn about the role Halifax played in the recovery; coursing along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia; touring the Anne of Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island; and taking a guided walking tour of Québec City’s cobblestone streets inside 400-year-old fortifications.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year. The country was proclaimed the number one place to visit by The New York Times on their “52 Places to Go in 2017.” Travel along the Atlantic Coast of Canada and discover why.

Sail on the ms Zuiderdam. With its 1-to-2 staff-to-guest ratio, expert and friendly service abounds. Staterooms are spacious, and you can choose to relax or rejuvenate in the signature Greenhouse Spa & Salon while at sea (you’ll want to spend time with Holland America’s excellent shore excursions while in ports). The ship has an amazing Venetian-themed art collection, and an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by famed artists such as Andy Warhol.

Itinerary Ship

Sat, Sep 30: Fly to Newark, New Jersey and transfer to the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal and board the ms Zuiderdam. Set sail in the evening and enjoy dinner on board.

Sun, Oct 1: At sea. Enjoy the numerous activities and amenities onboard.

Mon, Oct 2: Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is home to historic sights and modern neighborhoods; stores and restaurants with old-time character; and gracious green spaces as well as a beautiful waterfront. Legendary figures of the American Revolution come alive at buildings and attractions along Boston’s Freedom Trail, including the Paul Revere House and Old South Meeting House, and in Lexington and Concord just outside Boston.

Tue, Oct 3: Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island just off the Maine coast, and is the gateway to Acadia National Park. From the top of Cadillac Mountain see spectacular vistas of granite cliffs and towering coastal mountains. Bar Harbor is bejeweled with grand mansions and immaculate gardens. Enjoy walking the streets of town or take a guided tour.

Wed, Oct 4: Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia (“New Scotland”) and sits on the world’s second largest natural harbor. Numerous ocean and lake beaches dot the area around Halifax, as do small fishing communities. One of these is a popular tourist attraction: Peggy’s Cove, known for its classic red-and-white lighthouse built on an extensive granite outcrop at Peggy’s Point.

Thu, Oct 5: Sydney, Nova Scotia. Enjoy the fall colors around Sydney on an optional Cape Breton Island tour. Travel along the Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway on the northern part of the island as it passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Fri, Oct 6: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Stroll through the city to see colorful heritage homes and beautiful lawns and gardens. Prince Edward Island claims miles of beautiful beaches and the island is known as the birthplace of L.M. Montgomery, the author of the “Anne of Green Gables” books.

Sat, Oct 7: Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Sun, Oct 8: Saguenay, Quebec & Scenic Cruising Saguenay Fjord. At the tip of a majestic fjord, where the waters of the Saguenay and the St Lawrence Rivers meet, you will find the charming village of Saguenay. There is access nearby to Saguenay National Park where you can hike, kayak or take a boat excursion to see the beauty of the fjord from the sea. Huge cliffs, shaped by glaciers, rise more than 1,150 feet above sea level and plunge 900 feet below the waterline. In the evening enjoy cruising the scenic fjord.

Mon, Oct 9: Québec City, Québec. Québec City is over 400 years old and was the first permanent European-built city in North America that was not founded by Spain. The city has a distinct European feel and most residents are native French speakers. The Québec City Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a walled city with cobblestone streets that still has its original fortifications still intact, and is home to churches and hospitals that date back to the 17th century.

Tue, Oct 10: Disembark in Quebec City, Quebec and fly to Indianapolis.

ms Zuiderdam
Holland America’s five-star ship boasts a collection of artwork and antiques with emphasis on Dutch heritage in the New World; a culinary arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine with demonstrations and interactive gourmet cooking lessons; Explorations Café, a coffeehouse with Internet access, sponsored by The New York Times; and port lectures and explorations speaker series. Recently renovated in 2015 with 25 new staterooms and dining venues. Highlights: spacious staterooms with luxurious plush Sealy® Premium Euro-top mattresses • showers with premium massage showerheads • bathrobes for use during your cruise • six restaurants • three bars • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • 24-hour room service • Internet center • Greenhouse Spa and Salon • two outdoor swimming pools (one with retractable roof) • hydro pool • fitness center • basketball court • volleyball court • nightclub • casino • live musical entertainment and Broadway-style shows • BB King’s Blues Club • Dancing with the Stars experience • library • screening room • library • free sessions of Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows® • Club HAL® kids facility • teen-only Loft and Oasis area • duty-free shops • escorted shore excursions.

Canada & New England: Holland America Line Pricing

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Ambassadair Trip #7065

Acadia National Park

Highlights Include

  • Cruise on a Holland America line five-star ship
  • Travel at traditional fall foliage time
  • 7 diverse ports loaded with culture, history and beautiful scenery

Package Includes

  • R/T commercial air to New York, New York and from Quebec City, Quebec
  • 10 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
  • All meals on ship
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges

    Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands

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