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New England Maritime Sampler

Program Number: 11077RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 6/26/2016 - 7/1/2016; 7/17/2016 - 7/22/2016; 8/14/2016 - 8/19/2016; 9/11/2016 - 9/16/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rockport, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,139.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

On an adventure by land and sea on Boston’s North Shore, discover the stunning beauty of Cape Ann as you explore its quaint harbors, artistic charm and picturesque villages. Aboard a lobster boat, see a lobsterman hoist his catch from chilly seawaters. Learn about the famous Gloucester fishing fleet. Experience the Rocky Neck art colony and view seascapes created by Winslow Homer and Fitz Henry Lane, who called Cape Ann home. At the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, let craftsmen guide you through the history of master shipbuilding. Bite into a mouthwatering fried clam. And experience a whale watch, learn about the witch trials in historic Salem, and pass by gilded mansions on the shores of Marblehead and Manchester-by-the-Sea.


• Voyage on Cape Ann's vibrant shoreline and a tidal river on five distinctive boats as you inhale salt air, marvel at lighthouses and view the unique wildlife attracted to the rugged coast.
• Experience a whale watch, boating three miles to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in hopes of spotting a finback, minke or humpback breaching the waters.
• Sail on one of Essex’s iconic schooners, learning from the captain about the construction of this magnificent wooden vessel.

Activity Particulars

Walking 3-5 blocks over smooth surfaces; some stairs; embark/disembark boats & coach bus.

Date Specific Information

9-7-2014, 6-26-2016, 7-17-2016, 8-14-2016, 9-11-2016

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Rockport (Massachusetts)

Inspiring painters such as Winslow Homer, this harbor town of rocky beaches and 18thcentury buildings boasts a long history of seafaring and fishing. Picturesque Rockport continues to celebrate and inspire Cape Ann artists.

Hotel located on five scenic acres, indoor pool, and Jacuzzi.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jim McAllister

Jim McAllister is a Salem historian, photographer, author and teacher, and serves as a historic consultant to the City of Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel. A graduate of Stonehill College, his photographs of Salem have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of “Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City” and co-author of “Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City.” Jim has appeared on both the “History Channel” and “Home and Garden TV.”
Meals and Lodgings
   Rockport Inn & Suites
  Rockport 5 nights
 Rockport Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Rockport Inn & Suites, with its extensive renovation is the largest hotel in Rockport, MA. Features include a brand new indoor pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness room and 32” Flat Panel HDTV’s. Guests can enjoy a walk to beaches and downtown Rockport, where shopping, art galleries and beaches await you. Rockport is known as a community rich in the arts, including Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Motif #1, the most painted building in the world. You can pick up the local Trolley in season and take it to town, the beaches or to the “T”. Whale watching, deep sea fishing, state parks, museums and festivals are plentiful in this area and will keep families busy for days.
  Contact info: 183 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 USA
phone: 978-546-3300
  Room amenities: All rooms have air conditioning, cable tv and private baths
  Facility amenities: The Rockport Inn & Suites encompasses five gorgeous buildings and spans over five acres of property. The hotel features spectacular amenities found only at renowned facilities, and is meticulously maintained to ensure your complete satisfaction, comfort and enjoyment. 24 hour front desk assistance, Indoor pool and jacuzzi, 24 hour coffee and tea, Free local calls,Free wireless internet, Tennis courts, Fitness center, Business center
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Please contact hotel directly. Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please contact hotel directly. Please contact the hotel directly for room rates. In most cases, they are happy to honor our special Road Scholar group rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration 3-4:45pm in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Rockport Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends 12:30pm You will be staying at Rockport Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the entire week.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rockport
  Nearest city or town:  Gloucester
  Nearest highway: Rte 128 and I95
  Nearest airport:  Logan Airport, Boston
  From End of Program
  Location: Rockport
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Logan Airport, Boston


To Train Station




Public Transportation
MBTA Blue Line


Per Person/One Way:


$2.50 Charlie Ticket
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes from North Station 






Outside your terminal, stand where the signs say Massport Bus. Board the shuttle bus labeled MBTA Blue Line; this bus is free and will take you to the Airport T station. Purchase your Charlie Ticket(s) from a vending machine at the airport and board any Bowdoin/Inbound train. Get off at the State station and connect to the Orange Line; board the Oak Grove labeled train to North Station.


Boston's North Station to Rockport


From Train Station




Public Transportation
MBTA Commuter Rail Rockport Line


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 15 minutes 




From Rockport Train Station to Hotel is a 1/2 mile


For schedule information please visit; select Rail and then the Newburyport/Rockport Line. Your station is Rockport


Hotel from Rockport Train Station


From Train Station




Public Transportation


Per Person/One Way:


Taxi Cab $9 Flat Rate for Taxi or Local Bus $1 adults 50 cents seniors
Prices are subject to change.




The walk is half a mile from the Rockport train station to hotel


Taxis need to be called ahead of time. Cape Ann Taxi (978) 281-4747 Atlantic Taxi (978)-281-5550 CATA green line bus services the Rockport train station and has a stop (Blue gate meadow parking lot.) 1/10 a mile from hotel. The bus driver often will stop across the street from the hotel. The participant can ask the driver when they board. The bus runs every 20 mins from 11am 7pm.

Driving Directions
  Points North Follow Route 95 south from Maine/New Hampshire to Route 128. Take Route 128 North toward Gloucester (19 miles). Pass Sudbay Motors and go over bridge. Follow 128 North through two traffic circles. Turn Left on Route 127 North at traffic light. Rockport Inn & Suites is up 2.5 miles on the left.
  Points South Follow either Route 93, 95 or Route 1 north to intersection with I-95 North. Take Route 128 North toward Gloucester (19 miles). Pass Sudbay Motors and go over bridge. Follow 128 North through two traffic circles. Turn Left on Route 127 North at traffic light. Rockport Inn & Suites is up 2.5 miles on the left.
  Points West Follow Route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) east to Exit 14, Route 128/Route 95. Take Route 128 / Route 95 north. Stay on Route 128 after it splits with Route 95. Take Route 128 North toward Gloucester (19 miles). Pass Sudbay Motors and go over bridge. Follow 128 North through two traffic circles. Turn Left on Route 127 North at traffic light. Rockport Inn & Suites is up 2.5 miles on the left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, September 7)

Note: Due to the amount of boat activities included in this program time and dates of activities and subject to change depending on tides and weather. Some activities may be substituted for others in the situation of inclement weather or ocean/river conditions.

 Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff, pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information.ORIENTATION: We'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet your fellow participants during an introductory, get-acquainted session. We'll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)
 Dinner: Dinner served at hotel
Accommodations: Rockport Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Take a Gloucester Harbor Cruise, visit the Rocky Neck Artist Colony, and journey around Cape Ann.
(Monday, September 8)

Note: Need to be able to climb 2-3 stairs to embark and disembark vessel. Walking up to 1/2 mile at a time on pavement and some uneven surfaces.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: You've enjoyed lobsters at home and in restaurants. Have you ever wondered how lobsters are harvested? On this 1-1/4 hour tour and demonstration, you'll learn all about lobsters and lobstering. After your cruise, enjoy a guided historical art lecture and walk through the Rocky Neck artist colony. Walk in the footsteps of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper and a host of other pioneering American artists, and see first hand the iconic land and seascapes that gave rise to their illustrious artistic output.
 Lunch: Lunch on Rocky Neck
 Afternoon: This afternoon board your motor coach for a journey around Cape Ann. Visit the seacoast communities of Rockport, Gloucester and Essex. See what both the coast and inland areas have to offer. This journey will include multiple stops. Learn about the area's history, home to both a granite quarry and a commercial fishing industry.
 Dinner: Enjoy a lobster dinner
Accommodations: Rockport Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Essex Shipbuilding Museum/Cruise on the Essex River
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: Walk along a paved ramp to a floating dock, step over a gap to board the boat. There are padded seats on the boat.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Learn about the history of Essex's shipbuilding industry. The museum was established in 1976 as part of the town's observation of the American Revolutionary Bicentennial. Its primary purpose was to provide Essex families a local repository for their ancestors' shipbuilding artifacts and to stem the tide of artifacts that were going to other museums, being sold to private collectors, or simply being destroyed. Its collections include over 7,000 rare shipbuilding artifacts, photographs, tools, documents, builder's half-models and rigged ship models. Many of these items have come from attics, basements and barns in Essex.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Cruise on the Essex River, located in the village of Essex, Massachusetts, one of the four communities that comprise Cape Ann, along with Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester by the Sea.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Evening talk by local historian
Accommodations: Rockport Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruise historic Salem Harbor and enjoy a free afternoon.
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: Walk 50 yards on pavement from motor coach to dock. Walk on a gangplank with hand rails to dock (depending on tide the gangplank may be level or downhill). Walk 25 yards on a wooden dock to the boat, then step over gap to board boat.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel
 Morning: Depart Rockport for historic Salem, established in 1626. Enjoy a narrated cruise that brings Salem Sound to life through an informative yet laid-back narration. This is not a recording so feel free to ask questions whenever. As we cruise by the beautiful shorelines of Salem, Marblehead, Beverly, Manchester-By-The-Sea and the Misery Islands you’ll learn of town history, the boom and bust of the local maritime industry, ocean life, historic landmarks and of course today’s latest gossip on all those multi-million dollar estates.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in Salem
 Afternoon: Enjoy further exploration of Salem or discover other highlights of Cape Ann on your free afternoon.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own - you might dine in Salem, Gloucester, Rockport or one of Cape Ann's other beautiful towns. All are accessible by the MBTA rail system.
Accommodations: Rockport Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Lecture on the fishing industry and whale watch boat ride in the afternoon.
(Thursday, September 11)

Note: Must be able to embark and disembark vessels using ramps and/or stairs.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: While on a four hour whale watch, you'll learn about whales from our qualified naturalists, and have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with researchers working as trained crew members onboard the vessel. See real whale artifacts, and even participate in plankton tows, water visibility analysis, and temperature measurements.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Meet Captain Salvatore Novello and hear about his life as a fisherman, understanding this local industry from his perspective.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Rockport
 Evening: Tonight’s final evening program is an entertaining talk on the local area.
Accommodations: Rockport Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Schooner cruise, lunch and departure.
(Friday, September 12)

Note: Walk 50 yards on pavement from motor coach to dock. Walk up a marine ramp with hand rails to wooden dock, walk five steps up and two steps down over gap to board boat. There is a bathroom on board, but it is down a steep flight of wooden steps so use on land before the boat departs is highly recommended. Schooner has sails and wooden benches.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Cruise on the Thomas E. Lannon, a classic schooner. Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65- foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze. Enjoy a two hour sail and get a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago. Help the crew raise the sails or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester's coastline.
 Lunch: Boxed Lunches
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  Rockport Essex Online
The town of Essex Massachusetts, located on Cape Ann, just 30 miles north of Boston has historically been known as the oldest continuously operating shipbuilding area of the United States, boasting over 4,000 two-masted vessels. For nearly 100 years, Essex was recognized world-wide as North America's center for fishing schooner construction. You can relive that time in Essex today through the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. But the Essex of today has much to offer besides its shipbuilding hertitage. Come explore our over 30 antique or gift shops like Sea Meadow or sample fresh Essex steamer clams at our many fresh seafood restaurants like Essex Seafood. Included in Essex of course is world famous Woodmans, home of the first fried clam. Take an Essex River Cruise or pilot your own kayak on the Essex River. Play a round of golf or hike a country trail. There is plenty to see and enjoy in this small but vibrant New England town. This ever-expanding site will attempt to point you in the right direction so that you can experience all Essex has to offer. For additional information, visit
  Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry
A beautiful city on the ocean. Fun shops and good food. Historic 18th century buildings, movie theater, antique shops, Plum Island beaches and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry 38R Merrimac Street Newburyport, MA 01950 978-462-6680 For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

The Perfect Storm

Author: Sebastian Junger

Description: Meteorologists called the storm that hit North America's eastern seaboard in October 1991 a "perfect storm" because of the rare combination of factors that created it. For everyone else, it was perfect hell. In The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger conjures for the reader the meteorological conditions that created the "storm of the century" and the impact the storm had on many of the people caught in it. Chief among these are the six crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail, all of whom were lost 500 miles from home beneath roiling seas and high waves. Working from published material, radio dialogues, eyewitness accounts, and the experiences of people who have survived similar events, Junger attempts to re-create the last moments of the Andrea Gail as well as the perilous high-seas rescues of other victims of the storm. Like a Greek drama, The Perfect Storm builds slowly and inexorably to its tragic climax. The book weaves the history of the fishing industry and the science of predicting storms into the quotidian lives of those aboard the Andrea Gail and of others who would soon find themselves in the fury of the storm. Junger does a remarkable job of explaining a convergence of meteorological and human events in terms that make them both comprehensible and unforgettable. (

The Hungry Ocean

Author: Linda Greenlaw

Description: She's smart, hard-working and good at what she does, though sometimes she wishes she had a life. Greenlaw is captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, the sword-fishing boat whose disappearance was described with agonizing verisimilitude in Sebastian Junger's bestseller, The Perfect Storm. Greenlaw tells a comparatively quotidian tale, "the true story of a real, and typical, sword-fishing trip, from leaving the dock to returning." Not trying to compete with Junger's operatic tale of death on the high seas, Greenlaw deals with stormy personalities rather than with bad weather. She rounds out the story with her gimlet-eyed description of a captain's biggest headache after nature itself: the crew. Racism, drug use, baffling illnesses: these are all elements of a 30-day journey for six people crammed aboard a 100-ft. boat designed less for human comfort than to carry the 50,000 pounds or more of fish it will eventually take on. But Greenlaw picks her sailors carefully and, through her own example, inspires a fierce loyalty among the menAsuch as the one who extracted his own abscessed tooth rather than return to shore ("In my experience," she notes, "very few men are willing to pull their own teeth"). Greenlaw's narrative should foster an abiding respect in anyone who has tossed a swordfish steak on the grill, and it is certain to induce jaw-dropping admiration among personnel managers everywhere. (Publishers Weekly)

The Last Fish Tale

Author: Mark Kurlansky

Description: Starred Review. Bestselling author Kurlansky (Cod; The Big Oyster) provides a delightful, intimate history and contemporary portrait of the quintessential northeastern coastal fishing town: Gloucester, Mass., on Cape Anne. Illustrated with his own beautifully executed drawings, Kurlansky's book vividly depicts the contemporary tension between the traditional fishing trade and modern commerce, which in Gloucester means beach-going tourists. One year ago, a beach preservation group enraged fishermen by seeking to harvest 105 acres of prime fishing ground for sand to deposit on the shoreline. Wealthy yacht owners compete with fishermen for prime dockage, driving up prices. Fishermen also contend with federal limits on their catches in an effort to maintain sustainable fisheries. But while cod are protected from extinction, the fishermen are not. Some boats must go 100 or more miles out to sea—a danger for small boats with few crew members. Tragedies abound, while one, that of the swordfish boat Andrea Gail, documented by Sebastian Junger in A Perfect Storm, brought even more tourists to Gloucester. (Publishers Weekly)

Lone Voyager

Author: Joseph Garland

Description: Like countless Gloucester fishermen before and since, Howard Blackburn and Tom Welch were trawling for halibut on the Newfoundland banks in an open dory in 1883 when a sudden blizzard separated them from their mother ship. Alone on the empty North Atlantic, they battled towering waves and frozen spray to stay afloat. Welch soon succumbed to exposure, and Blackburn did the only thing he could: He rowed for shore. He rowed five days without food or water, with his hands frozen to the oars, to reach the coast of Newfoundland. Yet his tests had only begun. So begins Joe Garland's extraordinary account of the hero fisherman of Gloucester. Incredibly, though Blackburn lost his fingers to his icy misadventure, he went on to set a record for swiftest solo sailing voyage across the Atlantic that stood for decades. Lone Voyager is a Homeric saga of survival at sea and a thrilling portrait of the world's most fabled fishing port in the age of sail. (Product description)

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