NEW ENGLAND 2019
September 26-October 05,
Aboard Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas
New England Itinerary
September 26: Day
Cape Liberty, New Jersey
(across the bay from New York City)
September 27: Day
to New England
September 28: Day
September 29: Day
September 30: Day
Harbor, Maine - Acadia Nat. Park
October 01: Day
Nova Scotia (Canada)
October 02: Day
October 03: Day
New Brunswick, Canada
October 04: Day
October 05: Day
Cape Liberty, New Jersey
About the New England Trip:
The value of
this trip can be summed up in two words: History and Beauty.
With New York City and Boston as our first two stops, there
are all sorts of sights to see and places to be.
Then as we get
farther north, witness the incredible beauty of New England
as the color of the leaves change.
Arrive early and
explore the many charms of fabulous New York, New York.
Then take a taxi, train, or bus across the Upper Bay to the
New Jersey shore 5 miles away. Your ship awaits to take you on a
delightful trip through New England and Eastern Canada.
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Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York!
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York!
What is there to say about New
York City that hasn't been said before?
New York is the self-proclaimed greatest city in the world and
there are plenty of reasons to believe the hype...
Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Broadway,
Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, Metropolitan Museum of
Art, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, SoHo to
name a few!
I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps
New York, New York
Transfer from New York City to Cape Liberty
Cape Liberty is
the docking area used by Royal Caribbean as its departure
point from New York. Cape Liberty is separated from
Manhattan by the Hudson River and the Upper Bay. By
car, the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River makes the
trip fairly easy, traffic being the biggest problem
depending on the time of day. The distance itself is
only 7 miles.
From a Houston
perspective, the Cape Liberty docks are closer to downtown
Manhattan than Galveston is to downtown Houston.
Here is a Royal
Caribbean website that explains the various ways to reach
Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal
By the way, the
Statue of Liberty is just two miles north from where we
board our ship. This should make for some very
DAY TWO: Cruising
at sea to Boston
exciting visit to New York, a day of rest at sea is exactly
what you will need as the Anthem makes its way up to Boston.
Boston is known as "the Hub" since its
pre-revolutionary days and is still considered an exciting,
vibrant city. It is an extremely walkable city making it
easy to explore.
Another good idea is to take a bus trip into the
Massachusetts interior and witness the beautiful landscapes
of New England first-hand. This would be our chance to see
covered bridges, old barns, rustic farmhouses, cobblestone
fences, streams and waterfalls, and best of all, the
stunning beauty of the leaves changing color in the Autumn!
It is hard to know where to begin when it comes to visiting
Boston. From the Freedom Trail to baseball lovers' Fenway
Park, this city has something for visitors of all ages.
Obviously, as the birthplace of the American Revolution, history is a huge draw for visitors to Boston,
with landmarks like the USS Constitution, the Old North
Church and Bunker Hill Monument, to name just a few sights.
Other popular venues include Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall
Marketplace, famous for being the place where Jonathan
Mayhew challenged the Sugar Act of 1764 by proclaiming, "No
taxation without representation!" Located near the
waterfront, Faneuil Hall is a great place to congregate with
friends and enjoy the local food and flavors of Boston.
Key Sites to See: Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Boston
Common, Fenway Park, Boston Tea Party, U.S.S. Constitution,
Salem & Witch Museum, Copley Square and Beacon Hill, Back
Bay, Lexington Green, and Concord.
In particular, be sure to consider walking Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown
Boston that passes by 16 locations
significant to the history of the United States. Marked
largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the
Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail
include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards,
notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval
frigate. Marla's Note: You can expect to see
Rick and I making this Trail.
While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, the
Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul
Revere House charge admission. The Freedom Trail is overseen
by the City of Boston's Freedom Trail Commission and is
supported in part by grants from various nonprofits and
foundations, private philanthropy, and Boston National
When you reach Portland, Maine, you have come to
the home of the lighthouses. If you have an interest in these
lovely structures, be sure to visit the oldest commissioned lighthouse in the United States while
exploring this rustic coastal town.
Portland offers a unique combination of Maine's rich history
and its own vibrant culture. Local artisans offer their handiwork
along the streets of the Arts District and the Old Port Exchange.
Colorful boats line the shores of Casco Bay, and wonderful freshly
cooked seafood abounds in this charming seaside town.
See Victorian-style mansions built by sea
captains and 19th century merchants. One more thing: After all your touring, be
sure to stop by one of the local microbreweries and refresh yourself.
Key Sites to See: Kennebunkport, Maine Lighthouses, Old
Port, Brewery Tour.
If you have a spirit of adventure, consider a road trip to
White Mountain. Located in New Hampshire 70 miles
northwest of Portland, White Mountain is the tallest peak in
New England. One of the main reasons to visit White
Mountain is the chance to drive inland and see the beautiful
changing of the leaves. Take a look at the fences made
of rocks, the rustic farms and those fabled covered bridges.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE
Bar Harbor is a small town on Mount Desert Island, a
rugged isle known for incredible natural beauty.
The soaring granite cliffs,
majestic mountains and blue waters will enchant you. It is impossible to
resist the breathtaking seacoast views and quaint Victorian-era town. The
charming cobblestone streets and quaint storefronts make Bar Harbor a
delightful New England vacation destination.
Mount Desert Island is the home of Acadia National Park, one
of the most beautiful locations you will ever see on Planet
Earth. The park is just
a short drive from downtown Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park offers a
spectacular display of nature at its finest. Rocky cliffs and jagged
coastline open to beautiful ocean views and stony beaches. Take the road
less traveled by exploring Acadia National Park's many trails on foot or on
a mountain bike.
Known for its fishing and whale-watching trips, Bar Harbor
is a nature lover's dream that neighbors the spectacular
Acadia National Park. With its beautiful coastline and
historic charm, this town does not lack for fun things to
do, which is probably why it attracts millions of tourists
each year. No visit here is complete without a stroll along
Shore Path, a coastal path that winds around the island,
offering enchanting views of the water and the magnificent
palaces (known as "cottages") that dot the shore.
Located just a short distance from Bar Harbor, visitors to
Acadia can hike, climb, mountain bike, horseback ride and
birdwatch, but most of all, they can take in the incredible
landscapes and fabulous views.
Key Areas to visit: Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain,
Otter Cliff, Thunder Hole, Whale Watching, Frenchman's Bay,
Mount Desert Island.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a lovely seaside city
nestled inside a natural harbor on the coast of the Atlantic
Ocean. This vibrant capital of Nova Scotia is
jam-packed with attractions and activities. From iconic
lighthouses to urban gardens, there is much to see and do in
Halifax, all within easy walking distance of the ship.
Visitors can start with exploring one of Canada's most
visited national historic sites, the Halifax Citadel, a
major attraction in the downtown core; then head to the Old
Town Clock, a symbol of the city and one of the most
recognizable landmarks in Halifax; before strolling along
the downtown waterfront or meandering through the city's
16-acre park, Halifax Public Gardens. Breweries,
museums, aquariums and even a Seaport Farmer's Market round
out a long list of things to do here.
Key Areas to See: Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Titanic Museum,
Citadel Hill, Public Gardens, Old Town Clock.
Rick Archer's Note: Halifax is closely
connected with the Titanic Tragedy in a very sad way.
As the closest city to the 1912 tragedy, the bodies
collected from the sinking site were returned to Halifax and
buried here. Due to this important link, there is an
excellent Titanic museum located here. On a personal
note, it was my 2006 visit to this museum that awakened my
keen fascination with the Titanic Tragedy.
By chance, in 2012 Marla and I were hired to be the Ballroom
instructors on a voyage to the exact site of the Titanic
tragedy. This cruise trip visited the crash site on
the 100th anniversary of the most famous maritime disaster
in history. After the trip, I wrote an extensive story
about the Titanic tragedy that makes for very interesting
If you take the time to stroll through Halifax, definitely
take a stop at the Titanic Museum.
Cruising at Sea to St. John
After four terrific stops in four days... Boston, Portland,
Bar Harbor and Halifax... a day at sea is exactly what we
will all need. Rest, relax, enjoy the brisk sea air.
Don't forget your jacket... it's going to be chilly.
ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK
Saint John is the coastal port
city in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
One very popular thing to do is visit the Bay of Fundy
National Park. This spectacular park features 25
waterfalls and all sorts of nature trails. The
downside is that it is 60 miles northeast of St. John.
Another trip to consider is St. Martin's Sea Caves and Beach, where you'll see caves carved out by
the pounding tides, as well as the rock-covered beach. St. Martin's
twin-covered bridges, harbor area and lighthouse are favorites with
photographers and painters.
Key Sites to See: Bay of Fundy, Fundy Trail, Sea Caves,
Hopewell Rocks, St. Andrews, Old City Market.
St. John is best known
for a strange tidal formation that takes place in the adjoining
Bay of Fundy. Here one sees the greatest difference in water level between its high
and low tides in the world. As a result,
enormous amounts of water leave and return every twelve hours,
creating a powerful current.
At the city of St John, the crazy rise and fall of the tide
meets a powerful river. The St John River is trying to empty
its waters into the Bay only to have the waters of the Bay force it
back up the river.
creates a phenomenon known locally as
the Reversing Falls.
Twice daily the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy rise faster than
the river can empty. When this
happens, the tide attempts to push the river back upstream, then the
tide ebbs and the river appears to reverse itself and flow over the
rocks, creating the appearance of reversing rapids.
In the top of the picture, look for the difference in color where
the two waters are meeting.
These two pictures give
you a pretty good idea what they mean about the difference in water
levels. On the left, you see the effects of low tide. On
the right, you see the effects of high tide.
That boat appears to be twelve feet higher in the picture on the
One of the major
consequences of the powerful current is that the waves in
the Bay of Fundy are very choppy. The citizens of St
John have found a curious way to embrace their unusual tidal
phenomenon - they send tourists out in boats and dare them
to return alive!
powerboat drivers put everyone in wet suits and life vests.
Then they deliberately drive their boats straight into these
giant waves, creating a jarring collisions that sends huge
pools of water airborne, drenching everyone in the process.
Yes, you will get wet. It is unavoidable unless you
wear a professional wetsuit in addition to what they give
Note: Believe it or not, I've tried this and it
was a load of fun. For the faint of heart, forget it, but
for the adventuresome, this is one of most exciting
excursions you will ever encounter on a cruise trip.
Cruising at Sea to New York
Sad to say, all
good things must come to an end eventually. Our final
day of the trip will be spent making the long haul back to
New York City. Get yourself a good book, curl up in a
comfy chair and prepare for the flight home.
We will be back
in New Jersey in the morning.