20430
Canada/United States
Coastal Culture: Iconic Cities & Port Towns Along the Atlantic
There’s nothing quite like the rugged beauty of the East Coast. Experience the region on a voyage that leads from Quebec City to Bar Harbor and Boston.
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Program No. 20430RJ
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14 days
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14 days
13 nights
38 meals
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DAY
1
Embark on Cruise from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
At Sea
D
ms Veendam

Afternoon: Ship check-in available from 1:00 p.m. Program Registration. 3:00-4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the Lower Promenade deck to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. You may board as early at 12:00 pm but no later than 90 minutes prior to sail time, 4:00 pm. Lunch: Embarkation Buffet Lunch at Lido Deck opens at 1:00 pm. Cabins should be ready to use by 1:00 pm. Everyone must participate in the ship's mandatory Safety Drill.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. You may also wish to explore what the ship has to offer. The ship has a variety of shops, restaurants, as well as the casino, theatre, and cooking demonstrations.

DAY
2
Quebec City, Chateau Frontenac, Musee du Fort
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: We will join a local expert on a walking field trip through charming and historic Old Québec City. We will start at the Lower Town and Place Royale, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America with its fine stone merchant houses and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. We will walk through the charming commercial district of rue du Petit-Champlain. Continue on to Upper Town and visit the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Québec, site of the first diocese in Canada and founded in 1663 by Bishop Laval. Arriving at Place d'Armes, we will see the monument of Samuel de Champlain, Father of New France and founder of Québec City. Our morning walk will end at the famous Château Frontenac

Lunch: At the Château Frontenac, we will enjoy a buffet lunch including hot and cold options, coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most before re-boarding the ship. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Free evening to stroll the ship and take in some of the many activities.

DAY
3
Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fur Trade, French Indian Alliance
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: We will cruise through the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A presentation will focus on the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence and their importance to the history and development of the region.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: We will learn about the history of the fur trade industry in Quebec and the alliance created between the French settlers and the native population of the region. Historically important to the area’s First Nations people for both transportation and as a fishery, the gulf was also the site of the first known exchange between the native population of the Quebec region and Europeans. In 1603, Samuel de Champlain negotiated the first economic and military alliance between North American Indians and Europeans at Tadoussac. This treaty determined New France’s economic direction as well as its strategic and military policy for the next 156 years. Under the terms of the agreement, the First Nations would transport and deliver beaver pelts to the French at their various trading posts along the St. Lawrence River in exchange for European goods and a pledge to aid the Huron and Algonquin in their longstanding war with the Iroquois of New York.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.

DAY
4
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Green Gables
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: A local historian will guide us on a walking exploration Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation. We will see Beaconsfield Historic House with its mansard roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, and crowning belvedere stands. We will learn about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Charlottetown, a plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: Parks Canada staff will present the history of Green Gables and its significance to Canadian literary history. We will spend time at Green Gables, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables. We will discover the history of the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale of fiction, Anne of Green Gables. This presentation aboard the ship will provide an introduction to the maritime regions of Atlantic North America to be visited on the program. It preambles our visit to Nova Scotia where we will witness the maritime way of life and learn of the history and culture of this region.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.

DAY
5
Louisbourg National Historic Site, Historic Sydney
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: On an expert-led visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg, we will learn how the French came here in 1713 after ceding Acadia and Newfoundland to the British as per the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht. They built the fortress to protect France's interest in the New World and to serve as the center of France's lucrative cod fishing industry off the Grand Banks. It played an important role in the struggle against Britain for colonial supremacy in North America. Louisbourg was for many years France's crown jewel of military strength and commerce in the New World. Entering the Fortress of Louisbourg we will leave the modern world behind and step back to 1744. The fortress is alive with animators in full costume and character from housewives to soldiers who will be happy to tell you all about their lives at the fortress. We will visit the lively town tavern, see Chapelle St. Louis, the garrison chapel, or explore the King's Bastion Barracks which is the largest building on site and was one of the largest buildings in North America in its day. We will stroll through the fortress streets amongst the impressive walls, majestic gates, quaint homes and formal gardens.

Lunch: At the Fortress, plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will explore Sydney with a local expert from the mining and steel town of yesterday to the vibrant tourist area of today.

Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.

DAY
6
Halifax, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: We will journey to the past and to present time in an expert-led coach exploration of Halifax. We will see Government House, official resident of the province's lieutenant governor. It is North America's oldest consecutively occupied government residence, since the US's White House was evacuated and burned during the War of 1812. Halifax Citadel gives us a wonderful view of the Harbor and the city. We will take a stroll in the Public Garden's next to the Needham Memorial Bell Tower. This historic tower overlooks the north end of Halifax, the section most devastated by the Halifax Explosion, which took place when the Belgian relief ship Imo collided with the French munitions vessel Mont Blanc on Dec. 6, 1917. The tower pays tribute to the 2,000 who died in the largest man-made explosion ever to be recorded before the A-bomb. We will visit Fairview Cemetery final resting place of 121 of the victims of the Titanic, many of them never identified.

Lunch: At a local waterfront restaurant, a plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: This expert-led visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic offers a great look into the maritime history of Atlantic Canada. The museum is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada and was first created by a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a place where Canada's naval past could be preserved. We will be introduced to the age of steamships, local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, and WWII convoys. The museum also tells the story of famous historical events such as "The Battle of the Atlantic", the Halifax explosion of 1917, Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, various shipwrecks and more.

Dinner: Dinner in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.

DAY
7
Bar Harbor, Victorian Homes
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.

Morning: This morning the ship will arrive in Bar Harbor, Maine. We will Travel by tender to the shores of the largest community on Desert Island; what was once the premier summer resort in New England in the 19th century. We will enjoy an expert-led walk in Bar Harbor including the beautiful historic properties and Saint Saviour's Episcopal Church with its 10 original Tiffany stained glass windows. Learn about the development of Acadia National Park spearheaded by wealthy summer residents such as Joseph Kennedy and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. We will also hear about the devastating fire of 1947 and its effects on the island

Lunch: At a local restaurant, a plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: There will be some free time to explore on your own before we return to the ship.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Evening is yours to explore the ship, try your luck at the casino or take in some of the entertainment on board.

DAY
8
Boston, Mass, City Exploration
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: Known as the Cradle of Liberty, the city of Boston played a crucial role in the story of America. We will experience both colonial and contemporary life in this historic city on an expert-led coach exploration of the city.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, a plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: We will continue to explore Boston. The city is home to a number of important historical sites.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.

Evening: Free time to explore the ship with its many venues.

DAY
9
Cruising the Atlantic
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: You may wish to relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast as the ship makes its way to our next port of call New York City.

Lunch: Lunch is on board. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.

Afternoon: Take advantage of all the activities the ship has to offer.

Dinner: Dinner is onboard ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Enjoy the large variety of evening entertainment the ship has to offer.

DAY
10
New York City, Times Square, Statue of Liberty
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: We will experience the best of New York City with a local expert. From Times Square, Greenwich Village, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty just to name a few of the sites we will see. We will learn the history and experience why New York is such a popular destination.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, a plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: We will continue our experience with a trip to Freedom Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Evening: Evening at leisure.

DAY
11
Cruising the Eastern Seaboard
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.

Morning: You may wish to relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making its way to our next port of call in Charleston, South Carolina.

Lunch: Lunch is on board. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the activities and amenities on board.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room

DAY
12
Charleston, Historic Plantation
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast on board open seating

Morning: We will discover the historic district of the charming port city of Charleston, South Carolina and the rich history of Magnolia Plantation

Lunch: At a local restaurant, a plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase

Afternoon: We will continue to explore the spectacular gardens, ornately decorated homes and antebellum history in Charleston.

Dinner: Dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and two grand staircases.

Evening: Free time to explore the ship with its many venues.

DAY
13
Cruising the East Coast to Florida
At Sea
B,L,D
ms Veendam

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served on board. You may have breakfast in the dining room or the Lido Buffet; both are open seating.

Morning: You may wish to relax on deck as the ship glides through the waters along the East Coast making its way to our final port, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Lunch: Lunch is on board. You may decide to eat in the dining room, at the Lido buffet, the poolside grill or other locations the ship offer. Open seating is available at all locations.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the ship on your final day on board.

Dinner: Our farewell dinner is on board ship in the elegant two-story Rotterdam Dining Room

DAY
14
Program Concludes
At Sea
B

Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship. Program concludes

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Disembarkation in Fort Lauderdale will start at 8:30 a.m.