...and discover North America's most scenic, historic and culturally rich region on our Eastern Canada and New England Rookery cruise. This wonderful holiday features a starting point of Montreal, historic seaports, dazzling cities, outdoor activities and unforgettable sea life. Travel the path of American independence; enjoy the wonders of Acadia National Park; eat a fabulous lobster on Prince Edward Island; save a day for golf on Prince Edward Island or Nova Scotia, watch for beluga whales and extraordinary sea life with us in the Saguenay Fjord, sample the delights of French-flavored Montréal and Québec, the Scottish flair of Nova Scotia and the Yankee delights of Boston and Maine.
August 23-30, 2008
Our itinerary is rich and exciting!
It isn’t too early!
Montreal, Quebec—a pre-cruise package will be available for all of our Rookery cruise guests. Included will be the Hotel, a city tour and transfers to the ship. Arrangements for Golf will be available.
Montreal, Quebec With its dual English and French cultures, Montreal is one of Canada’s most unique cities. A sightseeing tour might include St. Joseph’s Oratory, McGill University and Mont-Royal, plus a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Montreal has an “Underground City,” which links many major buildings and shopping malls in the area. Another attraction is Montréal’s Biodome; it's not just a botanical garden, aquarium, or zoo but all three combined. Visit the Montréal Tower, at 575 feet it stands as the world’s tallest inclined tower. Come to town early and enjoy this Canadian gem!
Private Cocktail Party Exclusively for our Rookery Cruisers and their Guests
Quebec City, Quebec This historic city is divided in two by steep bluffs into Upper Town—which includes the old quarter—and Lower Town.. Tour Canada’s only walled city, crowned by the great turrets of the Chateau Frontenac. Until the British victory of 1759, Old Quebec was the center of New France and is one of the best-preserved cities in North America. Within the walls reside the Place d’Armes; the Laval Seminary; the star-plan Citadelle, with grand vistas from its bastions; and ancient Place Royale. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River. …you’ll want to return again and again!
Scenic Cruising Saguenay FjordThis 200-mile natural canal brings saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean inland and creates a beautiful environment for waterfront living for the communities of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It is unique in the world by its geographic location, the fantastic history; the population that settled along the entire length of its shores, and its outstanding marine life make it a destination of its own.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island What makes it so special, you might wonder. Small and compact, with a skyline that doesn’t even top the local church spire, it nestles along the scenic harbor front like some city from the past. The first time people see it, they often want to giggle. City, they think- it hardly qualifies as a town! Therein, of course, lies its charm, its uniqueness, its indefinable quality that lures people back time and time again. Journey along the magnificent shoreline of Prince Edward Island National Park and visit Green Gables, literary home of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s charming tale Anne of Green Gables.
Sydney, Nova Scotia It's a place to smell the salt air, to spend time with a hard-handed lobster fisherman, a place to dance with the Scots and eat with the Acadians. So green and Gaelic is Cape Breton Island that Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell called it home for the last 37 years of his life. In fact, Cape Breton was principally settled by Highland Scots whose families had come out on the wrong side of rebellions against the Crown. You can still see this heritage in the accents in some remote villages, and in the great popularity of Scottish-style folk music.
Halifax, Nova Scotia Imagine the vivacity of city living, the charms of small town life and the pristine beauty of nature - all in one place! That’s Halifax! Lighthouses stand sentinel on cliffside ledges and tiny villages huddle in rocky inlets. Take time to explore Citadel Hill with its early 19th-century star-shaped fort, and the tree shaded walks of the public gardens.
Bar Harbor, Maine Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island’s largest community, was New England’s premier summer resort in the 19th century. It was home to the largest hotel in North America and to Millionaires’ Row, a line of spectacular summer estates built for America’s most powerful families—Rockefeller, Ford, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Astor and Morgan, to name a few. Bar Harbor is adjacent to Acadia National Park, home to 1,532-foot Mount Cadillac. Its summit is the first spot in the United States where the sunrise can be seen.
Private Cocktail Party Exclusively for our Rookery Cruisers and Their Guests.
Ms Maasdam arrives in Boston, Massachusetts [ End of Cruise] Boston, where America’s road to independence marked a milestone. Enjoy prominent landmarks such as the historic sites near Boston Common, including the Old State House; Old North Church, from where Paul Revere got the signal to start his famous ride; and Fanueil Hall.
Boston, Massachusetts —we will have a post-cruise package available for all of our Rookery cruise guests. Included will be the Hotel, a city tour and transfers from the ship. Number of nights will be at guest’s choice. Arrangements for Golf will be available.
Now is the time to reserve - while our Rookery cabins are still available!
Deposits are refundable until 90 days prior to cruise!
Holland America Lines’ms Maasdam … spacious comfort… The ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history to bear the name. Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, the centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. She exudes a warm, elegant feel throughout by combining rich, polished woods and displays more than $2 million antiques and art collection. The ms Maasdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Spring 2006.
At 720-feet, the ms Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing them with more space for maximum comfort. Accommodating 1,258 guests, many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each of the 149 suites has a private verandah.