Coming up this Fall, Crystal Cruises fall voyages through America and Canada’s “East Coast” roots offer dozens of new boutique adventures ashore. Beginning September 19 aboard Crystal Symphony, fresh off a $15 million extreme makeover, will sail between Boston, Manhattan and Montréal. The season’s centerpiece, Crystal’s first-ever round-trip from Montréal, is an easy, seven-day intimate exploration of European-flavored French Canada, including a maiden call to France itself.
A number of Crystal Cruises new Crystal Adventures offer ways for foodies, adventurers, and culture-hounds to experience the historic region’s most iconic and less-expected areas, like North America’s last vestige of the French Republic, Saint-Pierre & Miquelon.
Passengers can visit and see Al Capone’s “home-away-from-home” during the golden era of Prohibition and sail past the Statue of Liberty to the newly-completed 9/11 Memorial or enjoy an exclusive, private visit to the American Museum of Natural History while closed to the public.
“New England/Canada is one of the most storied and stunning regions in North America and offers so much to explore and discover. Each year, we strive to not only expand our offerings with new ports, but also re-invent the journey with new experiences in traditionally popular destinations,” says John Stoll, Crystal Cruises vice president, land and port operations.
Aspiring photographers can also learn pro tips to capture the “perfect shot” of Halifax or St. John during photo excursions there, and bike-riders can work off their sea legs through NY’s Central Park, or Montréal’s 236 miles of bike paths.
Additionally, Crystal’s You Care, We Care voluntourism program offers complimentary opportunities to assist with local Canadian food banks or help low-income and homeless Bostonian children.
The renowned Crystal Experience was recently voted the “World’s Best” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for the seventeenth year in a row, more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.
Flickr photo by Phil Guest