Wed, Sep 20: Fly to Quebec City and board the ms Zuiderdam. The ship overnights in port allowing for an opportunity to explore the city and enjoy dinner on board.
Thu, Sep 21: 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.
Fri, Sep 22: Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Enjoy the numerous activities and amenities onboard.
Sat, Sep 23: 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.
Sun, Sep 24: 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.
Mon, Sep 25: 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.
Tue, Sep 26: 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, Sep 27: 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.
Thu, Sep 28: At sea.
Fri, Sep 29: Newport, Rhode Island. A thriving seaport in colonial days, then a summer playground for wealthy 19th-century families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts, Newport has some splendid historic mansions, a lovely harbor and rustic natural beaches close to town. The city’s cobblestone streets and charming wharves are lined with boutiques and galleries.
Sat, Sep 30: Disembark in New York City and fly to Indianapolis.
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.