Navigating the Northeast and Atlantic Canada

New York to New York

This roundtrip expedition along North America’s eastern seaboard offers dramatic nature, rich culture, and fascinating historic sites. Heading north, we visit Newport, Rhode Island, and charming Boston, and enjoy the verdant coast of Maine. We visit the vibrant city of Halifax before reaching the beautiful shores of Newfoundland and the settlements of St. John's and St. Pierre. As our adventure returns south, we visit historic Louisbourg, Nova Scotia; get to know Portland, Maine; and enjoy a day at sea as we return to the Big Apple to cap off an amazing voyage.

  • Discover the rugged beauty of Newfoundland
  • Experience small-town charm in the state of Maine
  • Visit the historic site of Louisbourg
  • Enjoy culture, history, and natural beauty every day of the cruise


This cruise departs from exciting New York City and sails into the peace and quiet of Newport, Rhode Island, where you can walk along the beautiful cliffs and enjoy the lovely architecture. Boston is the next stop, and you will have time to discover some of the must-see historic sites and charming cobbled streets. Skyscrapers nestle next to centuries-old houses in this renowned city, as Boston manages to blend past and present in an artful and welcoming way.

The Maine Voyage of Discovery

The state of 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 much more than just lobsters, lighthouses, and picturesque ports. To get a deeper insight into the Maine coastline, we visit Rockland, Bucksport, and Bar Harbor to enjoy their small-town charms and experience a national park with mountains, lakes, forests, and gorgeous coastal landscapes.

Vibrant Halifax

Modern Halifax was founded in 1749, and today serves as Atlantic Canada's entertainment and cultural capital. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers. Life here revolves around the sea, and the surrounding areas offer plenty of outdoor activities. Spend some time exploring this vibrant urban center that rests on the edge of nature.

Beautiful Newfoundland and Novia Scotia

We call on St. John's, the oldest city in North America, and enjoy exploring its narrow streets and hidden alleyways. Join an optional excursion to further explore this beautiful region. As we cruise along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we visit the historic city of Louisbourg and its famed French fortress.

We head back to the US and make a call on Portland, Maine, a fascinating town that blends the best of historic New England and modern cultural life before sailing past Lady Liberty one more time as we return to New York City.

Price includes:

  • Hurtigruten expedition in 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

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 15, 2018

Departs from New York
Day 1

The Big Apple Never Sleeps

Location : New York

Our expedition starts in New York City, the 'City that Never Sleeps'. Spend some time enjoying all that New York City has to offer before embarking on MS Fram. Make sure to be out on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out to sea.

Day 2

The Ocean State

Location : Newport

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 were once 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 the 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 that offers 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 as well. Newport chefs create local delicacies by working with area farmers, foragers, and fishermen, making amazing dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients, so enjoy eating well while you're here!

Day 3

The Cradle of Liberty and Beantown

Location : Boston

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.

Days 4-5

Small-Town Life in Maine

Location : Rockland/Bucksport

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 6

When in Maine…

Location : Bar Harbor

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 7

Exploration Day

Location : At Sea

Because of the on-site coordination and guidance of our experienced captain, expedition leader, and local experts, guests will enjoy unique stops in destinations that other cruise ships are not able to deliver. This might mean a special landing site to go for walks and launch our kayaks, a community visit, or a stop to watch wildlife. This area we are in, often called 'Down East Maine', is an amazing coastal landscape carved by glaciers. Wildlife is abundant, so keep your eyes open for a variety of marine and avian life we may encounter.

Day 8

An Urban Center, a Magnificent Seacoast, and Rich History

Location : Halifax

While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by the 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, on water, and in the air. Spend some time exploring this vibrant urban center that rests on the edge of nature, or join one of the optional excursions.

Day 9

Lectures, Photo Courses, and Relaxing

Location : At Sea

The expedition staff continues their lecture program, covering topics related to the areas in which we sail. The lectures also focus on 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 an opportunity to look behind the scenes and partake in our guest expedition staff program. You will, of course, also have plenty of time to relax and just enjoy being on board the ship.

Day 10

Full of Character

Location : St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John’s is the oldest and easternmost city in North America. With its narrow streets and hidden alleyways, it is a city full of character and history. We recommend you explore its history by visiting the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. You can also join an optional excursions to explore this beautiful region.

Day 11

The French Way of Life

Location : St Pierre and Miquelon

Even though Paris is thousands of miles away, the people living in St. Pierre and Miquelon are very proud of being French. This is France’s oldest overseas territory and a part of the French Republic. So today you can enjoy a visit to a place where you will find the typical French way of life with nice bistros and cafés, as well as delicious wines, cheeses, baguettes, chocolates, and pastries. You might even see people wearing berets! Join our optional excursions to L'Île-aux-Marins or experience local life with a walking tour of St. Pierre.

Day 12

Where the Past Is Present

Location : Louisbourg

Sailing along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we head for the large island of Cape Breton. Then we reach Louisbourg, home to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a historic jewel. Here, you can experience what life was like in the bustling French-fortified town of Louisbourg in 1744. The rugged coastal setting also offers plenty of outdoor adventures, including wonderful hiking and biking trails. As one of the busiest crab- and lobster-fishing villages in the Maritimes, Louisbourg Wharf is the perfect place to watch the day’s catch come in, and perhaps even sample some fresh seafood!

Day 13
Catch beautiful sunsets with our professional expedition photographers.
Catch beautiful sunsets with our professional expedition photographers. Photo: Nick Cobbing Photo

Unwind with a View

Location : At Sea

A day at sea means you can join the lectures presented by the expedition team, and spend time out on deck or in the Panorama lounge with fellow travelers as we sail south. Perhaps enjoy a workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs.

Day 14

The Best of New England

Location : Portland

Portland, Maine, has so much to offer! Take a historic tour, enjoy hiking along the coastlines or in the woodlands, take advantage of the biking trails, or explore the iconic New England lighthouses in the area.

Day 15
Enjoy the comfort in your cabin and relax with a good book. MS Fram.
Enjoy the comfort in your cabin and relax with a good book. MS Fram. Photo: Tobias Fisher Photo

Summing Up an Amazing Voyage

Location : At Sea

On this final day at sea, our expedition team will review the highlights of the cruise, and we will all raise a glass at the farewell dinner to this memorable journey.

Day 16

Return to the City

Location : New York

Early in the morning we return to the great metropolis of New York City, where it's time to say farewell.

April 30, 2018

Location New York
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