Grand New England Cruise

Discover the majestic seafaring heritage of coastal towns and quaint island villages on the 11-day Grand New England cruise. Your elegant small ship will dock in the heart of each historic harbor, amidst working boats and luxurious private yachts. Steps away you will find whaling and maritime museums, scenic bluffs, beaches, cobblestone streets, and unique shops.

By meticulously selecting the most captivating ports of call from southern New England to Maine, American Cruise Lines offers you this epic New England cruise. Discover America's birthplace and savor the local cuisine, from the succulent lobsters of the Penobscot Bay to the best chowders of New England.

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Cruise Itinerary

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Ports of Call
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Boston, MA
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Portland, ME
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Bar Harbor, ME
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Camden, ME
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Rockland, ME
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Boothbay Harbor, ME
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Gloucester, MA
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Newport, RI
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Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Provincetown, MA
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Boston, MA

Grand New England Cruise

This cruise itinerary will take you to gorgeous harbors, bays, and towns, all while enjoying stunning views from the comfort of your private balcony. On this 11-day journey, explore the best of Boston, Camden, Provincetown, Martha's Vineyard, Boothbay Harbor, and more.

Ports of Call

  • Boston Four Seasons Package Available
  • Boston, MA
  • Portland, ME
  • Bar Harbor, ME
  • Camden, ME
  • Rockland, ME
  • Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Gloucester, MA
  • Newport, RI
  • Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Provincetown, MA
  • Boston, MA
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Pre-Cruise
Boston Four Seasons Package Available

American Cruise Lines’ Pre-Cruise Package with the Four Seasons Hotel offers a complete Boston experience. Located in the heart of downtown, the hotel puts the city at your fingertips and allows you to arrive at your leisure the day before your cruise.

The packages include breakfast at the acclaimed Bristol Restaurant in the Four Seasons on the morning of your cruise, followed by a tour of the city. During the tour, gain a complete historic view of Boston, including such landmarks as Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Old South Church, and the Boston Public Library. Along the way, learn about the characters that shaped this colonial seaport city.

American Cruise Lines handles everything on the morning of the cruise, including transportation of your luggage from the Four Seasons to your stateroom aboard the ship. The tour concludes at the ship, in time for embarkation and an afternoon cruise out of Boston Harbor.

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Day 1
Boston, MA

Begin your journey in one of America's most storied cities, Boston. Though it is considered the oldest city in America, Boston is still among the country’s most forward-thinking and innovative. 

Walk along The Freedom Trail which winds its way around the city, connecting historically significant landmarks, such as the first public school in America, Boston’s oldest church, and  sites linked to America's fight for independence.

Boston is in fact an incredible living history museum and the perfect port from which to launch a Grand New England cruise.

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Day 2
Portland, ME

Maine's most historic seaport overlooks beautiful Casco Bay. Spend your visit exploring its gallant 360-year history or check out its amazing cultural scene. Big-city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm here as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

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Portland City Excursion - Complimentary Excursion

Meet your local guide for a narrated tour of Portland, Maine’s largest city-by-the-sea. View Longfellow’s boyhood home, former homes of sea captains’, and the elegant Victorian Mansion as you drive through historic neighborhoods overlooking the islands of Casco Bay. Your tour includes a stop at Portland Head Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park, a historic landmark and the most photographed lighthouse in America.

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Day 3
Bar Harbor, ME

The natural beauty that surrounds Bar Harbor is accented with ocean cliffs, glacier‐formed lakes and valleys, stunning mountain vistas, and pine forest. This beauty has been captured in the works of Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and many other great artists.

Lobstering is a centuries‐old industry that continues to thrive in Bar Harbor as well as boat building, another traditional business that is an important part of the economy.  Though Bar Harbor region is best known for its outdoor activities, it is also home to small museums, cultural attractions, and historically significant landmarks.

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Acadia National Park

Nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for centuries. During the 1800's, the breathtaking mountains and seascapes were a source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Prominent figures like Joseph Pulitzer and William Proctor built magnificent cottages in this beautiful coastal community. This tour of Acadia National Park includes stops at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first land in the United States touched by the morning sun, and Thunder Hole, an inlet naturally carved out of rocks where the waves spout water as high as 40 feet.

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Day 4
Camden, ME

Full of classic schooners, this charming village is considered the "Tall Ship Capital of Maine." Enjoy the summer sun and refreshing sea breezes as you watch beautiful ships sail into the harbor or browse the quaint shops and art galleries. Bring your camera to capture ocean vistas, placid coastlines, and panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and surrounding islands from atop Mount Battie.

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Camden Hills State Park Tour

Camden is proud to call itself the "Jewel of the Coast." A quaint seaport town, Camden features 19th-century architecture, a harbor full of classic schooners, and a beautiful backdrop provided by the Camden Hills. Enjoy a narrated tour through Camden Hills State Park, with a stop at the top of Mount Battie, where you can enjoy panoramic views of glistening lakes, Camden Harbor, and the islands of Penobscot Bay.

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Lobstering & Lighthouse Cruise

Board the Lively Lady for a cruise of Camden Harbor. Watch a live lobster fishing demonstration presented by Captain Dominic during which you may see lobsters, baby lobsters, star fish, sea urchins, crabs, mussels, and an occasional surprise from the deep! Along your journey, view Curtis Island lighthouse, traditional sailing vessels, Maine's scenic coastline, and seaside mansions only visible from the water. In addition to seagulls and cormorants, you may also often see harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, osprey, and guillemots (a cousin to the puffin).

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Camden Historical Walking Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Join a local tour guide for a walking tour through Camden, the prettiest harbor on the Maine Coast. The tour highlights the history of Camden with its industrial beginnings through its current status as the hub for yachting in Maine. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and landscape design as you weave through the streets of this quaint port.

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Day 5
Rockland, ME

Before arriving in Rockland, you will have the pleasure of experiencing Maine's most beautiful cruising areas. Pass through Merchants Row, the gorgeous 6-mile passage lined with evergreens. In Rockland, passengers can follow the Rockland Harbor Walk, visit the Shore Village Museum, or take an interesting narrated tour of the area.

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Rockland City Museum Exploration - Complimentary Excursion

Explore the museums of Rockland with visits to Owls Head Transportation Museum and Farnsworth Museum. The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages, and engines are on permanent display.Enjoy the museum’s outstanding collection, view late 19th-century automobiles, or even ride in a Model T.

The Farnsworth Museum features the permanent collection, “Maine in America,” which focuses on Maine artists and The Wyeth Center. The Farnsworth Art Museum is one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth.

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Lobsterbake Luncheon - Complimentary Excursion

One of the highlights of our New England itineraries is the traditional Lobsterbake. This tradition pre-dates America itself, beginning thousands of years ago with the Native Americans. 

Our version of this long held New England summer tradition is very much the same, featuring fresh lobsters, steamed clams and mussels, warm corn on the cob, and baked rolls, prepared on a fire along the beach. In addition to the finest seafood in the area, we also feature live music presented by talented local musicians.

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The Sail Power & Steam Museum

Just before enjoying the Lobsterbake Luncheon at Sharp’s Point South, visit the Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, a working “hands on” museum with sail making and rigging rooms. Enjoy “make ‘n break” gas stationery and steam engines, old ship building tools, hand tools, and architectural builder’s half models.

The museum has a complete boat shop with caulking tools, a working sail maker’s bench, and a navigation room with two working radars. Also in the museum is a shipwreck room featuring wrecks of 1898, a real working lime kiln, and an extensive model display of schooners and steam boats of the Penobscot.

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Day 6
Boothbay Harbor, ME

This lovely, historic town is lined with shops, boutiques, and picture-perfect harbors dotted with lobster boats, pleasure crafts, and windjammers. Boothbay is the largest boating harbor north of Boston, earning the moniker of "Boating Capital of New England."

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country, and one of Maine's top attractions. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic natural landscape, and scenic will captivate you. A guided tour will introduce you to the history, horticultural details, and colorful explanations of these gardens. Included will be a guest favorite, the Lerner Garden of Five Senses, a garden designed to appeal to each sense. After the tour, visit the gift shop or stroll the gardens on your own.

Photo by Barbara Freeman, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

 

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Day 7
Gloucester, MA

Located a few miles from Boston, Gloucester is the home to America's original seaport and the oldest working art colony in North America. The town’s picturesque waterfront has drawn fishermen, artists, and visitors for over four hundred years. With over 60 miles of coastline, there is a wealth of stunning views to enjoy and plenty of fresh seafood to savor.

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Schooner Lannon Cruise

Sail on board the Schooner Lannon (65-foot boat) and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner 100 years ago. Along your journey, sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester's coastline. Breathe the refreshing air and feel the wind on your face as you witness lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes.  

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Maritime Heritage Center & Narrated Sightseeing Tour

During a visit to the Maritime Heritage Center, explore the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Exhibit, New England’s only marine sanctuary.  Other features include the Sea Pocket Lab, Burnham Brothers Marine Railway; Eleanor, a reproduction of one of the three ships that participated in the Boston Tea Party; and the Main Pier.  After visiting the Maritime Heritage Center, enjoy a narrated tour of Gloucester and Rocky Neck. Tour highlights will include Stacy Boulevard, where passengers can view the famous statue, “Man at the Wheel;”  Downtown Gloucester, and East Gloucester, also referred to as Rocky Neck. 

 

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Day 8
Newport, RI

Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Newport, the yachting capital of the world. As you stroll along the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves, and scenic waterfront, you will find Newport offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. Explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions."

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Guided Tour of Fort Adams - Complimentary Excursion

Newport boasts one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The night before your arrival, engage in an enlightening lecture of how Newport’s earliest settlers protected the harbor from intruders and also used it to achieve monetary successes. The intimate size of our ship allows us to dock right at Fort Adams, the well-known fort used to protect the harbor, and puts us just a short ride away from Newport’s bustling riverfront.

Our onboard lecturer will walk you over to the fort and answer any questions you may have before leading you to a knowledgeable park ranger who will delve deeper into the history of the fort and the military and naval strategies implemented there.

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Avenue of the Mansions Tour

Travel back in time to the epicenter of 19th-century opulence as a knowledgeable guide takes you down one of the most architecturally impressive avenues in the world. Learn about the owners of the homes and their monetary successes as you travel along the spectacular Ocean View Drive and Bellevue Avenue, stopping at the “grande dame” of them all, The Breakers Mansion.

A portrayal of the social and financial prominence of the Vanderbilt family at the turn of the century, the architecture of this seventy-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo is remarkable. Take a leisurely audio tour of the home and learn about the Vanderbilt family and the inspiration for their building this impressive summer “cottage.” At the conclusion of the tour, you will have time to explore the bustling Newport waterfront at your leisure.

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Day 9
Martha's Vineyard, MA

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Martha's Vineyard was a hub for merchant ships carrying exotic cargo from the far corners of the world. Today, the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns. Historic Edgartown is the most genteel town on the island, featuring freshly painted white clapboard colonial homes and manicured gardens.

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Views of the Vineyard Tour

Enjoy a narrated tour of the island, including historic Edgartown which maintains its Greek Revival architecture, Oak Bluffs with its quaint gingerbread cottages, the scenic harbor of Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury reminiscent of a Currier & Ives print. Stroll through the quaint village of Edgartown where you will have time to shop and explore.

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Day 10
Provincetown, MA

Originally settled as an artists colony, Provincetown is now one of the most popular summer destinations on Cape Cod. Known for its quaint shops, colorful architecture, and relaxing beaches, Provincetown offers guests a great opportunity to explore historic Cape Cod culture.

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P-Town Trolley Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a popular summer vacation destination known for its beaches, harbors, and local art community. Affectionately referred to as “P-Town,” learn all about the area’s rich history and culture. Experience Commerce Street and enjoy the diverse shops and restaurants, before heading to Race Point Beach for a visit to the Race Point Lighthouse. A trip to Provincetown would not be complete without visiting the Provincetown Library, whose unique interior features an actual sailing ship, Rose Dorothea.

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Day 11
Boston, MA

Welcome back to the historic city of Boston. End your journey with a stroll through some of Boston's more famous locations including Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and Newbury Street.

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Experience the scenic coastline of New England from the comfort of the brand new American Constitution. This 11-day journey, featuring the most desirable locations in the region, is rich in history, natural beauty, and delectable cuisine.

Your Cruise Includes

American Constitution

American Cruise Lines is proud to announce the newest addition to our expanding fleet of small cruise ships, the American Constitution. Designed with elegance in mind, this brand new coastal cruise ship will carry a capacity of just 175 guests and is uniquely designed to navigate the inland coastal waterways of the East Coast.

In the intimate atmosphere on board, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

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At up to 450 sq. ft., the American Constitution Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door, and full-size bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

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With a generous up to 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

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At 368 sq. ft., our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Pacific Northwest scenery can be enjoyed. 
 

AAC (Private Balcony)

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Featuring the most modern amenities, our spacious AAC staterooms offer the perfect retreat for travelers. With over 350 sq. ft., each stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel and is configured to maximize the interior living space. These stateroom also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provides spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area. These staterooms are the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a day of exploration.

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Centrally located, . ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. You will enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and hotel-size bathrooms.

Single (Private Balcony)

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Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our Single staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest Single staterooms in the industry at 238 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-size bathrooms.

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Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. Single staterooms. With a large picture window, twin beds and sizable bathrooms, these Single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.

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Lobsterbake Cruise


Mention New England and one of the first things that comes to mind is lobster. Enjoy a traditional Lobsterbake on our Grand New England cruise and indulge in many flavorful lobster dishes including tenderloin and stuffed lobster tail, Cape Cod lobster pot pie, and whole steamed lobsters.

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