Halifax to Boston - History, Seafood, and Nature Reserves
About Boston, Massachusetts
- Discover the beautiful Atlantic coast from Halifax, Canada, to New England, U.S.
- Visit five charming towns, the Cape Cod National Seashore, and possibly two national parks
- Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
- Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is included for suite guests
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
- English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
- Range of included activities
- Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
- Use the ship’s Science Center, which features an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
- The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
- The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
- The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
- Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations
- Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
- Loan of trekking poles and all equipment needed for the activities
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
- Expedition photographers will help configure your camera settings before landings
- International flights
- Travel protection
- Baggage handling
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
- Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
- Excursions and activities are subject to change
- Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
- No gratuities are expected
Vibrant Capital of Nova Scotia - Halifax, Canada
Your exciting journey begins in Halifax, the cosmopolitan capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It sits in the center of Nova Scotia's east coast. This important seaport looks out over one of the world's largest natural harbors. With its red-brick heritage buildings, the landmark Citadel Hill National Historic Site, a historic 1820 brewery, and the epic 2.5-mile seafront boardwalk, Halifax is a great start to any adventure.
Stroll in Halifax Common, Canada’s oldest park, which opened in 1763. Visit one of the many museums here, such as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which contains a large exhibit about the Titanic. If you enjoy art, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s extensive collection is sure to make an impression. To really appreciate the city and see its sights, we recommend coming a few days before the expedition starts. Our Pre-Program will take you to all the best spots, including a visit to the historic fishing community at Peggy’s Cove.
After you’ve boarded the hybrid electric–powered MS Roald Amundsen and checked in, you’ll pick up your complimentary expedition jacket and be shown to your cabin. Other than the mandatory safety briefing you must attend, you can spend your free time exploring the ship and settling in. After we set sail, the captain will give a welcome speech. Enjoy the first of many sumptuous meals, where you can meet your friendly Expedition Team.
Wild Horses, gray seals, and sandbars - Sable Island, Canada
Our first stop after Halifax is the long crescent-shaped Sable Island, some 185 miles to the east. The name comes from the French word for sand, as this unusual sandbar island cannot support any natural trees. People come here to see the free-roaming horses, descended from horses originally released here in the late 18th century. Over 550 horses are thought to roam free here. The Canadian government gave them full protection from human interference in 1960. In 2011, the island was declared a National Park Reserve.
Due to frequent heavy fog and strong currents, as many as 350 sailing ships are believed to have fallen victim to the long sandbars around the island. The waters close to the island pose a challenge even for our modern navigation equipment, especially during unfavorable weather. Don’t worry, though: If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the ship will try to maneuver close enough for you to see the horses from the ship’s deck. This is even better, if they are trotting and galloping on the beaches. If we are able to go ashore, we’ll see the Sable Island horses at close range and keep our eyes peeled for harbor seals and gray seals on the shoreline.
A Colorful Colonial-era highlight - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The colorful buildings along the waterfront will mark your first sight of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its brightly painted houses and square gardens are almost unchanged since the 1700s, when it was a British colonial settlement.
You’ll love strolling around the Old Town and soaking up the maritime atmosphere. This seaport almost seems like a time capsule. That said, there’s nothing old-fashioned about the dining options, galleries, and artisanal shops.
Great cycling trails are located nearby for those wanting to explore the town on two wheels. Rental bikes are readily available from local outfitters. And if you have seen the TV show The Curse of Oak Island, Oak Island is in fact only around 14 miles away. The island is popular with treasure hunters. If you visit, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the shipwrecks and treasures talked about on the show.
America’s easternmost city - Eastport, Maine
As we cross Canadian waters into the U.S., the next stop on our expedition cruise is Eastport City, on Moose Island. Archeologists believe the native Passamaquoddy lived here for at least 10,000 years before the first Europeans appeared in 1604. Eastport has the deepest natural harbor on America’s Eastern Seaboard, but it never attracted as many settlers as New York City, once its rival as a trading port. We can only imagine how this peaceful New England settlement would have changed if history had turned out just a little differently!
Stroll the historic downtown district to check out the shops, restaurants, and cafés. Local volunteers are stationed at different points of interest, and they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about the town and its history that you may have.
While we’re in Passamaquoddy Bay, check out Old Sow, believed to be the biggest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere and named after the ‘squealing’ noise it supposedly makes as it spins. Lobster boats offer to take visitors to check their lobster traps and get up close to Old Sow… but not too close. Make sure to look out for seals, eagles, and whales, which are commonly spotted here.
Small-town charm, world-class art, and lobster! - Rockland & Castine, Maine
Aside from its five-day international lobster-eating fest each year, Rockland is usually quiet, filled with bohemian cafés, pleasant eateries, bijoux art galleries, and yes… lobster fishing. If you’ve ever been served a Maine lobster, chances are it passed through Rockland.
Art lovers should check out the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum, which contain works by Andrew Wyeth and other New England painters. If you’d rather spend your time ashore in the great outdoors, Camden Hills State Park, some 9 miles away, offers hiking trails around Mount Battie.
The real magic happens when night falls. We’ll drop anchor in Castine Harbor, where the unique aquatic ecosystem creates the perfect environment for bioluminescent phytoplankton to thrive. Subject to availability, we’ll have a number of kayaks for guests to get close to the natural phenomenon, gliding between the starlit sky and the shimmering water. Kayak or no kayak, it’s an amazing spectacle to see from the ship. We’ll do our best to make sure everyone can see it and will even collect samples of the glowing water to display in the onboard Science Center.
Gateway to Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, Maine
Perched in Frenchman’s Bay on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor sits at the entrance to Acadia National Park and provides views over Cadillac Mountain and the Cranberry Islands.
Its seafood restaurants are said to be among the finest in New England. Its menus are heavy on locally caught lobster, mussels, and scallops, often paired with local craft beer. Stroll through calm oceanfront parks or relax in a sidewalk café or bar. You also have many boutiques and art galleries to peruse.
While the authentic ‘Down East’ character of Bar Harbor is a great draw, the town is truly special because of its access to the scenery of Acadia National Park. Most of the park’s 47,000 acres are on Mount Desert Island, consisting of rolling, gently sloping mountains and lush green forests. Be on the lookout for a wide variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, moose, black bear, and 300 species of birds such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons.
We’ll be including a hop-on, hop-off bus service that takes you to different sites in the park. Hear thunder, but the sky is clear? That’s Thunder Hole, a short walk on the coast from Sand Beach. Looking for a place to spot most of the park’s flora in one place? Head to the Wild Gardens. To really explore Acadia National Park, we recommend joining optional excursions to hike local trails or go kayaking.
Cape Cod, an artist’s paradise - Provincetown, Massachusetts
Today we arrive at Provincetown, Massachusetts, on the tip of Cape Cod. Also known as ‘P-town’, the small population here balloons dramatically during the summer months, when people from all over come for the sandy beaches, restaurants, art galleries, and progressive atmosphere.
As a matter of fact, Provincetown is something of an artistic hub. Painters such as Jackson Pollock and Hans Hofman have been drawn here since the 1940s. They’re attracted by the luminosity of the light and the sense of space, as well as the permissive culture and artistic vibe. As you might expect, the place is packed with galleries featuring many original artists.
The protected dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore are within walking distance of town, which you can explore on foot or as a possible excursion by dune buggy. For whale-watching opportunities, the offshore Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary attracts 17 cetacean species, including humpbacks and the rare North Atlantic right whales.
Cheers to the memories! - Boston, Massachusetts
Our expedition cruise comes to a close when we sail into Boston. Home to Harvard and the legendary Red Sox baseball team, there’s something to love about Boston for everyone. This European-style city played a revolutionary role in the history of the U.S.. With cobbled streets, Tea Party attractions, and the fascinating Freedom Trail, it’s the perfect place to round off your cruise.
Just like its people, Boston’s cuisine has plenty of character. Sample some of its culinary specialties such as seafood chowder, fried clams, and the hearty Yankee pot roast. Of course, you can’t leave Boston without paying a visit to the legendary Cheers Bar.
Boston is a big city packed with history and culture and we recommend staying a few days. If you’d like, you can book one of our Post-Programs to explore the city and its surroundings.