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The Ocean Navigator takes you on a 9-day journey into the heart and spirit of America's birthplace. See charming, classic New England in all its glory. The rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, and green countryside provide a backdrop for a real American experience. Allow yourself to be swept up in the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary location.
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  • Discover Boston's historical roots.
  • Delight in the rich history, phenomenal cliffside views of Newport.
  • Explore a slice of paradise in Provincetown.
  • Stroll along cobblestone streets in Portland.
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Day 1: Hotel Stay in Boston, MA

Enjoy a complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening allows time to become acquainted with the city. For your convenience, our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about the upcoming voyage to reservation of premium experiences. Representatives will be available to provide suggestions for dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here. 

Day 2: Boston/Gloucester, Massachusetts | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Boston is ubiquitous. As the Cradle of Modern America, it birthed a revolution. Laced in legacy and a world of cultures, the city has stories to tell. Follow the red-brick road along the Freedom Trail, and admire the zenith of colonial history and modern innovation. Cobblestone walkways, civic landmarks and classic architecture sit pretty to reveal authentic Americana from the perspective of one of the oldest cities in the United States. From bookstore and boutique to street performer, Boston is groundbreaking. 

 

Day 3: Nantucket, Massachusetts

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This tiny island – dubbed “Best Island in the World” by National Geographic – is situated 30 miles off Cape Cod’s southern coast. A Native American word, Nantucket translates into “faraway island” or “land far out to sea.” The 50-square-mile island has been home to indigenous peoples, Quakers, whalers, counterculture free spirits and the upper echelons of industry and commerce. At its heart, Nantucket is an unassuming island of disarming natural beauty. As such, it’s the summer playground to 12 of the world’s richest billionaires. The island, designated a National Historic Landmark, offers myriad sights and a rich, living history. Well-preserved historical sites include the African Meeting House, Brant Point Light, the First Congregational Church, the Hadwen House, the Maria Mitchell Association, the Nantucket Atheneum (local library), the Oldest House, the Pacific National Bank, the “Three Bricks” (which has a very interesting construction history), and the Whaling Museum. Most sites are within walking distance of each other. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Nantucket Included Hop-On Hop-Off tour

 

Day 4: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dotted with grassy hills and winding roads, this cherished island features three towns – Edgartown, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs – and a few smaller villages. Colonial homes and Greek Revival mansions blend with weathered cottages in the architectural style named for the surrounding waters – Cape Cod. Shopping and sightseeing, lighthouses and lobsters, beaches and bike trails… these are the things that visits to Martha’s Vineyard are made of. There’s a lot of history packed into the little Island, going all the way back to before it was even an island. Martha’s Vineyard – and its sister island, Nantucket – were formed from the rubble left behind by a melting glacier, according to geologists. In 1602, a fellow named Bartholomew Gosnold landed on the Island. Legend says he found wild grapes growing here, and back in England he had a baby daughter and/or a mother named Martha. Hence the name. He claimed the Island for England and went back home. For much of the 20th century, the year-round residents of the Vineyard were content to fish, farm, and poke fun at the summer vacationers. Then JAWS hit movie theaters. Within a decade of the JAWS debut, the rest of the world took notice of Martha’s Vineyard, and the price of real estate skyrocketed. Painters and writers had taken a fancy to the Vineyard’s scenic quiet decades earlier and it was already a well-established mecca for creative types, so it was unsurprising when wealthy people began to buy summer houses all over the Island.

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Martha's Vineyard Included PM
Oak Bluffs:
  This seaside resort from the Victorian era was constructed on historic campgrounds. Today, it features over 300 “gingerbread” cottages and other buildings from the 19th century. The Oak Bluffs is also home to one of the oldest platform carousels, the Flying Horse Carousel.
Edgartown:  Enjoy this storybook setting along the waterfront. Gaze upon the elegant Greek revival structures that housed the whaling captains in their heyday. Edgartown is home to many historic structures from the Old Whaling Church to the Harbor Lighthouse.
Vineyard Haven:  This is the only year-round port of entry to Martha’s Vineyard.  The village and port have been serving the community since the 17th century.
Menemsha:  Enjoy a scenic drive through the up-island countryside and the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark before stopping in the fishing village of Menemsha, where you can taste some good old-fashioned New England “Clam Chowda” or “Lobstah Bisque.”
Aquinnah:  Step out and stretch your legs at Aquinnah. Here enjoy the breathtaking landscape featuring multi-colored clay cliffs and an impressive lighthouse. Soak in the views and snap a photo to cherish your memory of the day.

Day 5: Provincetown, Massachusetts

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown in 1620, where they signed the “Mayflower Compact” before settling across the bay in Plymouth. Maybe it’s because it sits at the edge of the continent, 60 miles out to sea, in a place that swirls together people and experiences, but the area became a favorite of seafarers and fishermen, and the carousing, drinking, gambling, and smuggling caused the Puritanical to nickname the port “Helltown.” As more settlers arrived, the wilder sort were tamed and Provincetown was incorporated as a town in 1727. Decline set in until the late 1700s, when deep-water whaling became an industry and Provincetown became one of the great whaling ports of the country. In the late 1890s, the town saw the beginnings of its current economic backbone, tourism. The arrival of the railroad made visiting easier, and the sea, the dunes and the unusual natural light attracted artists and painters. By the time World War I began, Provincetown had a well-established reputation and was attracting well-known artists like Hans Hofmann and writers like Norman Mailer and Eugene O'Neill. Art, theater, and fishing still exist in Provincetown. The dense array of shops and restaurants on Commercial Street host a constant stream of visitors drawn to the beautiful beaches, galleries, shops, whale watching, and, of course, people watching. And – from the 1950s onward – this coastal community became a haven for “alternative lifestyles” with gay men and lesbians opening guesthouses and businesses. Today, Provincetown is proudly recognized as one of the “gay friendliest” towns in America.

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Provincetown Full Day
Pilgrim Monument:  Visit this massive monument that stands to honor the Mayflower Pilgrim’s landing in Provincetown in 1620. The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892, and construction was completed under President Taft in 1910. Climb the 252-foot column and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding area.
Commercial Street:  Enjoy local shops and restaurants for a taste of Provincetown. Stop in the shops and search for the perfect souvenir to commemorate your trip to New England! 
Provincetown Library:  This historic building has served the Provincetown community for over 150 years. Its varied uses include a church, art museum, heritage museum, and finally the public library that stands today. The interior of the building has been restored to match the original design and features much of the heritage museum’s collection.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum:  Explore this cultural institution and museum that hosts a stunning collection of art that showcases the artistic qualities of Provincetown and Cape Cod. Appreciate the culture of the area through the galleries and exhibitions on display."
 

Day 6: Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Picture Angela Lansbury riding her bike in the former hit TV show “Murder She Wrote.” Her hometown could have been Boothbay Harbor, the quintessential New England seaside village. When Pilgrims were low on food, a few sailed from Plymouth to resupply at Damariscove Island. The Scotch-Irish families who resettled the area in 1729 engaged in subsistence farming; exporting lumber, firewood, and fish for cash to buy what they could not grow. Eventually, shipbuilding and fishing were the area’s principal industries. Aside from the usual commercial and recreational boat building, naval vessels were built for World War I, World War II, and Korean War service. Boothbay shipbuilders were in demand at seaports all over New England when those contracts were awarded. 


 

Day 7: Rockland, Maine

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Did you know Rockland is the lobster capital of the world? The eclectic mixture here makes it New England in a snapshot. Seafood, tall ships, lighthouses, and puffins – the adorable, orange-tinged birds, for which Maine ocean islands provide their only American nesting grounds. Rockland was originally part of Thomaston, owned by the proprietor Samuel Waldo. The Waldo patent covered the lands between the English colonies to the southwest and French territory in the northeast. Following the French and Indian Wars, settlers to this area called it Shore Village. They came to harvest lumber and to farm and fish. The virgin forest covering the shore and the mountains provided tall, straight masts for the ships; shipbuilding flourished all along the coast. After the Revolution, the lime industry boomed. Local limestone helped build Boston, New York and beyond. East Thomaston was annexed from Thomaston and changed its name to Rockland in 1850. As the lime and fishing industries faded, tourism flourished. Make the most of your visit. Sail the scenic coast by schooner; Rockland is home to the most windjammers in the United States. Admire the historic architecture of its homes, shops, and restaurants. Visit one of the city’s cultural institutions, which include the public library, which opened in 1904 with a gift from Andrew Carnegie. Other attractions include Rockland Historical Society, Island Institute, Sail Power & Steam Museum and Maine Lighthouse Museum. Discover the expansive collections at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Winding Way Art Gallery, Wyeth Center, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Included Shore Excursion: Rockland Included Tour

Day 8: Bar Harbor, Maine

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
They say at certain times of year sunrise greets this world-famous port on Mount Desert Island before any other place in America. A visit to this island and the Acadia National Park region is often the highlight of a DownEast adventure. Spread over 46,000 acres and several towns and villages, the park features many miles of shoreline to explore, 125 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads. No matter the season, Acadia is a recreational treasure-trove. From eagles and puffins to black bear and muskrats, the inland region of Acadia is bursting with diverse and amazing wildlife. Just offshore, the coastal waters surrounding the island include a variety of whales, seals, dolphins and porpoises. While Bar Harbor is the premier destination of Mount Desert Island, the smaller villages of Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Hall Quarry, and Pretty Marsh are worth a visit. Pause to admire a spectacular fjord carved by glaciers or stroll the various botanical gardens that feature endless varieties of plants and flowers. 

INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS: Scenic Bar Harbor Included Tour
Bar Harbor is a scenic town on Mount Desert Island that rests on the cusp of Acadia National Park. The town’s impeccable beauty is distinct. The landscape is marked by natural wonders, such as overlooking ocean cliffs, rocky beaches, lush forests, and the not-so-distant peak of Cadillac Mountain. During your visit, experience the marvelous scenes of the coastal community along Frenchman Bay that have captured the hearts of many.  


 

Day 9: St. John, New Brunswick, Canada | Disembark

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As your American Queen Voyages journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town -- whether it's an optional premier post-cruise experience or a quick transfer to the airport for your final trip home -- your AQV team can pre-arrange everything for you.

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  • 8 Nights Accommodations
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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