Jan 12th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Harbor Hopping Adventures for Seniors

Harbor Hopping is quite popular on the eastern seaboard. There are many islands to visit and each has much to offer seniors.  The harbors, bays and islands of New England offer discovery and stunning beauty at every turn.  Home to patriots and pilgrims the history is a tapestry woven rich in significance and fascinating details.  The eastern seaboard is called the “Cornerstone of America” and seniors are invited to climb on board a small cruise ship and see it all for themselves.

American Cruise Lines

This cruise line’s motto is “Small-Ship Cruising Done Properly.” It doesn’t take a giant cruise ship with 3,000 passengers on board to enjoy all the amenities that go with a cruise along America’s coastline. American Cruise Lines specializes in a unique style of small ship cruising along the inland waterways and rivers of the United States. Fascinating itineraries include the Pacific Northwest, Maine, New England Islands, Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, the Historic South & Golden Isles, Florida, Alaska, and the Mississippi River aboard the brand new paddle-wheeler Queen of the Mississippi. With no more than 150 guests onboard, seniors experience each port of call, up close and personal, while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow travelers.

While this cruise line has several coast line options, I have chosen to explore Nantucket, Block Island , and Martha’s Vineyard, the island gems of New England. From cobblestone streets and 17th century architecture to the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, discover the seafaring heritage of New England’s quaint islands and seaport villages. Tour the famed Gilded Age mansions of Newport, once the summer playground for America’s elite. Stroll through elegant Edgartown, a picture-book village with white clapboard colonial homes and manicured gardens, and visit 18th century lighthouses that guided whaling ships back to bustling ports. Join American Cruise Lines and revel in the nautical legacies that are distinctly New England. These look like a lot of fun.  Having explored a small island in the vicinity called Cuttyhunk, seeing the choices above I would love to take this cruise with you.

Seniors Enjoy Eight Days and Seven Nights

On your second day you will cruise into New Bedford. I loved this place. In the mid-nineteenth century, New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, and became the inspiration behind Herman Melville’s classic American novel Moby Dick in 1841. Today, New Bedford is still known as “The Whaling City”, with an authentic seaport village, large fishing fleet and working waterfront. New Bedford is the number one fishing port in America, so you are going to see lots of boats.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum houses the world’s largest collection of whaling artifacts, including a ship model so large, you can climb aboard!  An interesting self-guided walking tour of the waterfront begins just a few steps from the ship. The museum is awesome with tons of Portuguese history.  From here be transported back to the 18th century as you step off your ship onto the timeworn cobblestone streets of Nantucket.  The County Street historic area features dozens of whaling era mansions worthy of admiring.

Then on to Martha’s Vineyard that was a hub for whaling fleets and merchant ships, with exotic cargo from far corners of the world arriving on her shores. I wrote a recent blog on Newport, RI that is nestled within Narragansett Bay. Here is Rhode Island’s famous Newport – the Yachting Capital of the World – where senior visitors will stroll the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves and scenic waterfront.

The 2012 and 2013 schedules have been formulated and take off approximately seven days apart. Ship and rates will fill you in on the details.   All departure ports are located near major airports and rail systems. Transportation to and from the airports and to the ship is available at an additional charge. For further information contact American Cruise Lines, Inc. Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible to ensure the availability of the cruise and stateroom choice. Ahoy, there and Hello Martha’s Vineyard! jeb

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