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, won the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards as having the “Best Shore Excursions,” “Most Eco-Friendly Cruise Line” and other top awards, including “Best Canada/New England” cruises!
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.
Sail on the ms Zuiderdam, where expert and friendly service abounds and staterooms are spacious. You can choose to relax or rejuvenate in the signature Greenhouse Spa & Salon while at sea and you’ll want to partake in Holland America Line’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.
Cruise on a Holland America Line’s five-star ship
Travel at traditional fall foliage time
7 diverse ports loaded with culture, history and beautiful scenery
Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to New York City, New York and from Quebec City, Quebec
10 nights shipboard accommodations on Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam
All meals on ship
Taxes and port charges
Ship’s Registry: The Netherlands
A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.
Wed, Oct 3: Fly to a New York City-area airport and transfer to the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal and board the ms Zuiderdam. Set sail in the evening and enjoy dinner on board.
Thu, Oct 4: At sea. Enjoy the numerous activities and amenities on board.
Fri, Oct 5: Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is home to historic sights and modern neighborhoods, stores and restaurants with old-time character, gracious green spaces and 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.
Sat, Oct 6: 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 taking a guided tour.
Sun, Oct 7: 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.
Mon, Oct 8: 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.
Tue, Oct 9: 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.
Wed, Oct 10: Cruising the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Thu, Oct 11: 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.
Fri, Oct 12: 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, and is home to churches and hospitals that date back to the 17th century.
Sat, Oct 13: Disembark in Quebec City, Quebec and fly to Indianapolis.
Holland America Line’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.
Category L Inside
Category D Ocean View
Category VD Verandah
Ambassadair Trip #7366
Documents Required: Valid passport.
Deposit Per Person: $600
Final Payment: 07/05/18
Cancellation Fee Per Person: 90-0 Days – No Refund
Trip Insurance: Optional Trip Insurance through Travel Insured. To purchase, call your Ambassadair Travel Counselor.
Additional Info: * Subject to change due to fuel surcharge
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