Coastal Gems of America - Northbound

Miami - Halifax

This expedition takes you along North America’s eastern seaboard, and offers a striking variety of cultures, historic sites, and dramatic natural scenery. Starting in Miami, we visit Charleston, sail into New York to experience the Big Apple, discover Maine’s magnificent coast, and hike in the wilderness before completing our journey in Halifax, Canada.

  • Visit Miami, Charleston, New York, and Boston
  • Experience charming small towns in Maine
  • Sail almost 1,400 nautical miles along the east coast of North America
  • Enjoy culture, history, and natural beauty


America has been 'discovered' a few times during the last millennia, starting with Norsemen coming across Newfoundland around 986 A.D. Almost 500 years later, João Vaz Corte-Real probably also reached Newfoundland. Columbus reached the 'new world' farther south in 1492, launching the colonization of America. Now it’s your turn to discover the eastern seaboard of North America, from Miami to Halifax.

Big City Life

From cosmopolitan Miami, we sail north to experience southern charm, history, and a rich way of life in Charleston. After a day at sea, we sail past the Statue of Liberty and into New York City. Here you spend two days exploring The Big Apple and it’s endless sights, attractions, culture, food, and feeling its unique energy. Then it is time to find some peace and quiet in Newport, where you can enjoy walks along the cliffs and admire the lovely architecture. Boston is next, and you have time to discover some of the must-see sites and charming cobbled streets. There’s history and culture around every bend in Boston.  Skyscrapers nestle next to historic houses in this city that manages to blend past and present in an artful and welcoming way.

The Maine Voyage of Discovery

Maine is New England at its most iconic. The sea looms large here, with mile upon mile of jagged sea cliffs, peaceful harbors, and pebbled beaches. But Maine is more than just lobsters, lighthouses, and picturesque ports. To see what this part of the coast is all about, we visit Rockland, Bucksport, and Bar Harbor to take a close look at their small-town charm and a national park with mountains, lakes, forests, and gorgeous coastal landscape. As we reach Halifax, Canada, we end a journey covering 1,400 nautical miles of the North American eastern seaboard.

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Your Cruise Price Includes:

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full-board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

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Cruise Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

April 10, 2018

Departs from Miami, Florida
Day 1
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Beaches, Glamour, Art Deco, and Fusion Food

Location : Miami, Florida

Miami is known for its glamour, Art Deco buildings, and spectacular beaches. In this city, the multi-cultural environment creates a dynamic atmosphere with vibes from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. And the food! A heady mix of flavors from all over the world makes dining out in Miami an experience not to be missed. Try giant crabs, pollo con platano, corn-fed beef, BBQ, gourmet burgers, Key Lime Pie, or a Cuban coffee in Little Havana to enjoy a delicious taste of Miami. You can also venture outside the city to nearby Everglades National Park, known for its unique ecosystem and wildlife, before embarking on MS Fram to sail north along the North American coast.

Day 2
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Lectures, Photo Courses, and Relaxing

Location : At sea

As we sail north, the expedition staff will start their lecture program, which covers topics related to the areas in which we sail, but a central theme for these lectures are the environmental challenges of the world’s oceans and climate change. If you are interested in photography, the expedition photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography and there might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our guest expedition staff program. A day at sea means a great time to just enjoy being on board the ship.

Day 3
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Charleston and the Old South

Location : Charleston, USA

Charleston, South Carolina, overflows with history. In this lovely city you can stand on the site where the first shot of the Civil War was fired. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour to conjure an earlier era, and see the historic district and the great sites that have shaped Charleston. Discover this romantic and laid-back, but also sophisticated city with an old-Southern feel. Stroll down Rainbow Row, with its candy-colored houses, one of the most photographed areas of town. Visit the Aiken-Rhett House – the only surviving urban plantation of Charleston. Here you get a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life, and you can even enter the slaves' quarters behind the main house. See Ryan's Mart, an open-air market that auctioned off African men, women, and children in the mid 1800s, now a museum about South Carolina's shameful past. Here you can also listen to the oral recollections of former slave Elijah Green and others. Situated next to the museum you find the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, which was used as a prison for pirates and for American patriots held by the British during the Revolutionary War. This cramped space sits beneath a stately Georgian-Palladian customs house that was completed in 1771. The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, and illuminates various periods of Charleston's long and storied history. Artifacts include a whale skeleton, slave tags, and the 'secession table' used for the signing of the state's secession documents, and even a polar bear! Check out 'The Gateway Walk', a little-known garden path between Archdale Street and Philadelphia Alley that connects four of the city's most beautiful historic churches: the white-columned St. John's Lutheran Church; the Gothic-Revival Unitarian Church; the striking Romanesque Circular Congregational Church, originally founded in 1681; and St. Philip's Church, with its picturesque steeple and 17th-century graveyard, parts of which were once reserved for 'strangers and transient white persons'. There are so many blossoming gardens, so many photo opportunities, so many sights, so much history to ponder, and so many reasons to explore Charleston.

Day 4
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Unwind with a View

Location : Expedition Day

An Expedition Day means you can join the lectures presented by the expedition team, or spend time on deck or in the Panorama lounge with fellow travelers. Or enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs.

Day 5-6
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The Big Apple Never Sleeps

Location : New York, USA

For the many immigrants who flocked from Europe to New York City, the Statue of Liberty was the first thing they saw in the US. The statue was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of America's Independence. We sail past this icon of freedom on our way into New York City, where we will dock for the next two days. Use MS Fram as your base camp while exploring this bustling city. You might choose to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on foot. The bridge was built between 1869 and 1883, connects Brooklyn with lower Manhattan, and is one of the most famous and magnificent landmarks in New York City. While you are here, you will see that New York City is indeed a melting pot of many cultures. You'll find neighborhoods filled with people of various ethnic backgrounds. One of the most popular areas with visitors is Little Italy, where you can experience the sights and smells of the 'Old Country'. Right next to Little Italy you will find one of the North America's largest Chinatowns. The Chinese immigrants who made the burgeoning city their new home founded this neighborhood in the 1870s. Further north you will find Times Square, the nexus of New York City, known for its Broadway theatres and huge electronic billboards. This is one of those places that make New York City the 'City that Never Sleeps'. More than any other, the Empire State Building embodies the ambition of humans to build towers that reach for the sky. The skyscraper is probably New York City's best-known building. At the beginning of the 20th century, the race for the world's tallest building started in earnest with several developers in New York City vying for the coveted title. The Chrysler Building was the first building to beat-out the then-tallest structure, the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. Another famous structure is the Flatiron Building. This iconic twenty-one-story building, best known for its triangular shape, was one of the spectacular, early high-rises that have come to define Manhattan. New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is often considered the most important museum of its kind in the world. Its collection includes works from a wide range of celebrated modern artists, including Andy Warhol, van Gogh, and Picasso. Central Park is one of those places that makes New York City such a great place to live. The huge green space – 843 acres – is located in the center of the city, and its design has served as the model for city parks around the world. New York's Fifth Avenue is best known as an unrivaled shopping street, with almost every upscale retailer hosting a prestigious store here. But not all of Fifth Avenue is shopping-centric, as along Central Park, Fifth Avenue becomes a residential street with stately homes and interesting museums. The main building of the New York Public Library is worth visiting as one of the most magnificent early-20th-century architectural landmarks, and don't miss the library's majestic Rose Main Reading Room, a breathtaking Beaux-Arts space with 52-foot-tall ceilings displaying murals of vibrant skies and billowing clouds. Enjoy all that New York City has to offer. Fitting it all in two days is impossible, but it'll be great fun to try!

Day 7
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The Ocean State

Location : Newport, USA

Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island, is considered a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. It is home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality. Tour the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families with names such as Astor and Vanderbilt, or enjoy wine-tasting at Newport's three scenic vineyards. Hop on a ride through Newport's downtown and along iconic Ocean Drive, discover Colonial architecture, or explore the tunnels at Fort Adams – America’s largest coastal fortification. Experience the world-renowned Cliff Walk, a path tracing the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and offering views of opulent Newport mansions, or stroll the city’s historic Old Quarter. Join fascinating walking tours or experience natural wonders such as Hanging Rock, where American author, poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau found inspiration. The Norman Bird Sanctuary boasts 325 acres and seven miles of trails that wind through diverse habitats. Newport has earned an enviable reputation as a culinary hot spot. Newport's chefs create local delicacies by working with area farmers, foragers, and fishermen, making amazing dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients.

Day 8
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The Cradle of Liberty and Beantown

Location : Boston, USA

Boston can be described as one large outdoor museum. As we arrive, Boston Harbor provides a spectacular scenic backdrop to the city, and its 34 islands provide an exciting urban-adventure destination. Walk the Freedom Trail and you'll quickly get a sense of the city's revolutionary spirit and history. As you follow the redbrick road, from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument, you pass 16 sites where dramatic history unfolded. Be sure to explore some of Boston's fine museums and old neighborhoods. The city's most magnificent architecture is clustered in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, symbolic of the culture and learning that gave Boston its nickname: the 'Athens of America'. Harvard Square is a rich source of colonial and revolutionary history. Lined with mansions that were once home to royal sympathizers, it earned the nickname 'Tory Row'. This is where you will find Harvard, founded in 1636, the oldest university in the US. Throughout Harvard Square, street musicians perform on the sidewalks and in the parks, and there are live performances in many of the clubs. Follow the brick sidewalks to an eclectic mix of bookstores and music stores, performing arts theatres, and museums. Exploring on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Luckily, Boston is America’s seafood capital, famous for clam chowder and lobster, and with a rich mix of ethnic flavors from all corners of the world.

Day 9-10
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Two Typical Small Towns in Maine

Location : Rockland/Bucksport, USA

As we continue sailing north, we reach Rockland, a beautiful coastal town in Maine that's situated alongside Penobscot Bay. Rockland is known for its lobster-fishing industry and deep harbor dotted with hundreds of inlets and coves. Downtown Rockland has great architecture among its historic homes and shops. Rockland is also home to The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, which has an impressive collection of Maine art. With beautiful mountains, scenic waterways, charming wineries, and pristine Atlantic beaches, Rockland offers many options for outdoor activities. Sailing further up the coast, we come to Bucksport, Maine, located on the Penobscot River, and home to approximately 5,000 people. Across the bay is Fort Knox, one of the largest fortifications on the New England seacoast. A major feature of Bucksport is its Downtown Waterfront Walkway and an old railroad station that now houses the local Historical Society. Here you can learn about the town’s eventful past through photos, exhibits, and lore, including the legend of a witch’s curse placed upon the town’s founder, Jonathan Buck. To this very day, evidence of the curse can be seen on Buck Monument, located on Route 1. Stroll in this typical American small town and enjoy its charming atmosphere. And there are plenty of tasty cafés and restaurants here that serve fresh, local seafood, of course! 

Day 11

When in Maine…

Location : Bar Harbor, USA

Adventure, romance, rocky coast, soaring granite cliffs. There is a special mystique to Bar Harbor, Maine. Surrounded by Acadia National Park and perched on the edge of the sea, this little community offers tons of charm. Bar Harbor is the artistic, culinary, and social center of Mount Desert Island. Around the turn of the last century, the island was known as a summer haven for the very wealthy because of its cool breezes. Today, Bar Harbor's shops are clustered along Main, Mount Desert, and Cottage Streets. Take a stroll down West Street, a National Historic District, where you can see some fine old houses. One of Bar Harbor’s many attractions is its close proximity to Acadia National Park, which has over 35,000 acres of mountains and lakes, and has incredible hiking and biking trails, amazing views, and dramatic coastline. We will aim to catch the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the east coast of the US, which offers magnificent views of the glaciated coastal and island landscape.

Day 12

Exploration Day

Location : At sea

Our experienced captains, along with expedition leaders and local experts, will create unique stops in destinations normal cruise ships are not able to deliver.

These might be special landing sites to go for walks and launch our kayaks, or community visits, or perhaps stops to watch wildlife.

Day 13
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An Urban Center, a Magnificent Seacoast, and Rich History

Location : Halifax

While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi'kmaq peoples for millennia, modern Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. Today it is Atlantic Canada’s entertainment and cultural capital, melding the old and new worlds. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers. Located on the second-largest natural harbor in the world, life here revolves around the sea, and the surrounding areas offer plenty of fun activities on land, water, and in the air. Spend some time exploring this vibrant, urban center that rests on the edge of nature before you fly home. 

April 22, 2018

Location Halifax
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