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Eastern Seaboard Explorer: Colonial America and Cultural Capitals - 2024

Boston • 12-night small ship cruise with Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, New York City, Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach • Nassau
  • Charting the Eastern Seaboard: Colonial America and Cultural Capitals from Boston to Nassau | Ocean Explorer | Small Ship Cruises
  • Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Boston to Nassau | The quaint port of Martha's Vineyard
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Join Vantage Deluxe World Travel for a voyage that dives into the multifaceted roots of America. Cruising on the 5-star Ocean Explorer, you'll journey from the crystalline waters of The Bahamas, where Columbus first set foot in the New World, all the way to Boston's Revolutionary sites.

Discover the quirky charm of Provincetown on Cape Cod. Experience the coveted resort of Martha’s Vineyard, where the quaint and the glamorous coexist side by side. See the opulent Gilded Age mansions of Newport. Take a bite out of the Big Apple (where you’ll stay overnight). Step into the living history museum of colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy the coastal beauty and architectural grace of Wilmington, North Carolina. And visit Charleston, South Carolina, the culinary hotspot and all-around cultural charmer that has been voted the “world’s best city” by readers of Travel + Leisure for six years in a row. 

Designed with just 77 cabins, including a landmark 15 solo cabins, the Ocean Explorer promises an intimate sailing experience as you chart the Eastern Seaboard. In between destinations, you’ll enjoy two relaxing days at sea — time to rejuvenate and enjoy the world-class amenities of your 5-star luxury ship. Pamper yourself with a spa treatment or gain in-depth historical insights from your onboard Resident Lecturer, who will lead riveting talks and discussions on your destinations. Plus, included hotel stays in Boston and Nassau provide the perfect bookends.

Our ship’s small size also lets you navigate to exclusive ports larger ships can’t reach, with some tendering where you will be required to have the physical agility to maneuver getting on and off of tenders. And with fewer travelers onboard, you’ll have more impactful interactions and Cultural Discoveries with locals, Tour Directors, lecturers, and more. We look forward to Charting the Eastern Seaboard: Colonial America and Cultural Capitals from Boston to Nassau with you soon!

Boston to Nassau

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DAY 1:

Depart home and arrive in Boston, Massachusetts

Welcome to Boston. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. Settle in and relax, or perhaps do some exploring on your own. Maybe you’ll venture across the river to Charlestown to see the historic Bunker Hill monument, or come aboard the USS Constitution or “Old Ironsides,” the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. You might browse Faneuil Hall (aka Quincy Market), a bustling pedestrian marketplace with colonial roots and a tempting food hall. Just make sure you leave some room for our Welcome Dinner tonight back at the hotel.

Included meals:


DAY 2:

Discover the best of Boston and Cambridge

The heart of Boston is quite compact, but it packs a big wallop in terms of its cultural, historic, and touristic attractions, even compared to much larger cities. Boston has been called a “city of neighborhoods,” and on your city tour today you’ll see some of its most charming locales.

Riding across town, you’ll pass Copley Square, ringed by architectural jewels like Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and the Old South Church. Continue riding through the Back Bay and see trendy Newbury Street, the Public Gardens, Boston Common, and Beacon Hill, crowned by the gold-domed, Bulfinch-designed Massachusetts State House. From here you’ll head to the Old North Church, where Paul Revere hung two lanterns in the steeple to signal that the British were coming. It sits in the middle of the North End, Boston’s historic Italian neighborhood. Take a little time to walk around and enjoy its sights, sounds, smells, and (of course) tastes. From here you’ll cross the Charles River and head across Cambridge to Harvard Square, where you’ll have time to walk around and see the campus and surrounding commercial center of America’s oldest and most prestigious university.

The balance of the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore, relax, and enjoy dinner on your own. Perhaps you’ll walk along sections of the Freedom Trail, passing the site of the Boston Massacre of 1770, Boston Common, the Old Granary Burying Grounds (where many illustrious Bostonians are buried), and more. Heading toward the renovated Seaport district, you can see a replica of the Boston Tea Party ship, where colonists protested a British tax by dumping tea into the harbor in 1773. Boston has a brisk dining, music, and theater scene, so don’t forget to ask your Destination Manager to help you plan your time.

Included Feature:

  • Boston city tour

Included meals:


DAY 3:

Visit Lexington and Concord, then embark the Ocean Explorer

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and head west to discover Lexington and Concord, the battleground where the “shot heard round the world” officially triggered the American Revolution. Concord is also famous for its literary history, and was the home of the American Transcendentalist movement spearheaded by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Arriving at Lexington’s Battle Green, you will stand where the opening shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired. Your route to Concord takes you along the Battle Road Trail that Paul Revere followed during his famous midnight ride. Here you will walk on the Old North Bridge, a replica of the wooden bridge where militiamen beat back the British forces, and view the outsides of the gracious, historic homes where Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott (and the rest of her illustrious family), and others established one of America’s most formative, 19th-century intellectual circles.

Arriving back in Boston, you will then be transferred to the pier to embark the Ocean Explorer and enjoy lunch onboard. Come aboard and get settled in before this evening’s port talk and Welcome Dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Lexington and Concord

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4:

Explore Cape Cod and ride the trolley around Provincetown

Provincetown (or “P-Town,” as locals call it) was the fertile fishing ground where the Pilgrims first dropped anchor before settling in Plymouth. Set at the curving tip of Cape Cod, it still is an important fishing community that over the years has been known for its spectacular beaches and tolerant, live-and-let-live vibe. For this reason, it has been a longtime resort, artists’ colony, and popular summer haven for the LGBTQ community. Famous residents have included Tennessee Williams, Norman Mailer, Eugene O’Neill, Kurt Vonnegut, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Julie Harris, Anthony Bourdain, and many more. You’ll get acquainted during this morning’s tour.

A tender will transport you to shore for an old-fashioned trolley to ride around the town. You’ll see the impressive Town Library, which is housed in an old, Italianate-style church built in 1860 and which also includes the Heritage Museum. At the Pilgrim Monument, you can admire the country’s tallest granite building, a 252-foot-high tower that offers commanding sea views. The museum at its base commemorates the pilgrims’ five-week sojourn here, during which time they drew up the Mayflower Compact that codified the first laws of the new colony.

After lunch, you will have free time to explore on your own. Poke around the eclectic shops and art galleries, or perhaps enjoy the bustling harbor scene at MacMillan Pier.

Included Feature:

  • Trolley tour of Provincetown

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

See the legendary summer resort of Martha’s Vineyard

Beautiful Martha’s Vineyard is famous as an affluent summer resort, and you can certainly do some celebrity-watching here. But your eyes will also be drawn to the sweeping natural beauty, historic towns and charming architecture. If some of it looks familiar, perhaps that’s because the movie Jaws was filmed here.

You’ll arrive ashore via tender for today’s tour, which starts with historic Oak Bluffs, once a religious revival summer camp. Then, head along the coast to Edgartown, a quaint, white-clapboard village that was originally an important whaling center. Ride though the farmlands of West Tisbury, and the hills of Chilmark, where celebrities such as Ted Danson, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and Bill Murray have homes. Back in Oak Bluffs, you’ll have lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

Please note: Transportation on the island is limited and today's tour will most likely operate using school buses. This is also a highly seasonal destination and some places may be closed during the time of our visit.

Perhaps you will explore Oak Bluffs on your own to get a feel for the laid-back charm that is synonymous with Martha’s Vineyard. You can see the colorful Flying Horses, the country’s oldest, continuously-operating platform carousel that was brought here from Coney Island in 1874. Nearby is Wesleyan Grove, better known as the Campground. Back in the mid-1800s, Methodist families would set up tents in this 34-acre site to enjoy revival meetings and summer Bible study groups. The tents eventually gave way to cottages that are painted lovely pastel hues and adorned with elaborate millwork. Today, these lovely gingerbread cottages are part of the National Historic Register. You can also learn about Oak Bluffs' history as one of the country’s first resorts for affluent African Americans.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Martha’s Vineyard

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Delve into history in Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is famous as the summer “watering hole” for America’s wealthiest families during the Gilded Age. It is also a yachting center that hosted the America’s Cup races 1930-83, and the first U.S. Open sites for tennis and golf. Less well-known is the town's colonial heritage, when it was an important whaling and trading port, notably as a center of the slave trade. Your tour points out the historic wharves, Touro Synagogue (the country’s oldest synagogue), the sweeping vistas of Ocean Drive, Hammersmith Farm (Jacqueline Bouvier’s childhood home, where she later held the reception for her wedding to John F. Kennedy), and more.

After breakfast onboard, you’ll be transferred to the port by tender for day of discovery. A highlight of the day will be your visit to the Breakers, the opulent Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was built as a summer residence by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Set on elegant Bellevue Avenue, it has a vast back lawn overlooking the Cliff Walk and the sea, and is filled with lavish period furnishings and art. Your tour provides a fascinating, intimate glimpse into the lives of America’s wealthiest and most powerful families during the late 1800s through the turn of the century.

Included Feature:

  • Newport city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Discover the best of the Big Apple, New York City

Arrive in New York City today, then set out to explore. Your tour showcases some of the city’s most famous attractions and landmarks. See where world economies rise and fall on Wall Street, including the New York Stock Exchange building in the heart of the financial district. Nearby, you’ll pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, where the victims of the World Trade Center bombing are honored. Also nearby is St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest surviving church in New York City, built in 1766. At Battery Park, you’ll catch glimpses of the Statue of Liberty.

Your tour continues as you make your way towards Midtown, passing through Chinatown, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and more. Ride past the elegant New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, and then see Rockefeller Center, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park and Grand Central Station. You’ll be back on board in time for lunch and a free afternoon, with a scintillating port talk and dinner back on board.

Included Feature:

  • New York City tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Explore New York as you like it

The morning is yours to delve deeper into the best of New York. There is so much to choose from, you’ll be grateful for the guiding hand of your Destination Manager, who can help you plan your time. We'll sail on to our next destination in the early afternoon.

Perhaps you’ll visit legendary art museums such as the Met, Guggenheim, Frick, Whitney, or the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Check out the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History, or revisit New York’s fascinating immigrant past at the Tenement Museum. Ride to the top of the Empire State Building, or check out the subterranean wonder of Grand Central Station, with its Beaux Arts architecture and food halls (such as the iconic Oyster Bar.) Maybe you’ll go for a stroll in Central Park, or along the High Line, a onetime elevated train track that is now an elevated park. Shopping opportunities abound on nearly every street, whether you frequent famous bookstores like the Strand; iconic department stores like Macy’s, Saks, or Bergdorf Goodman; the boutiques of SoHo; or the bargain outlets in the Garment District.

Scenic Sailing:

  • Be sure to have your cameras ready as there may be no more iconic skyline in the world than New York City’s. Soak up its million dollar views as you head towards your next thrilling destination

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Choose from two tours: Colonial Williamsburg or Highlights of Norfolk

Strategically set at the core of the historic Hampton Roads region, Norfolk is surrounded on three sides by water and is home to the world’s largest naval base, as well as one of NATO’s two Strategic Command headquarters. After an early lunch onboard, then head out to explore the region’s historic colonial roots.

Today, you'll have your pick of two tours, each of which will inform you of the rich history of this region. You may embark on a Colonial Williamsburg tour and discover what was the capital of the first colony, Virginia. Today, the city is a living history museum, with 80% of its original layout! Or, opt for a Highlights of Norfolk tour, where you'll visit the largest Naval installation in the world with a member of the Navy as your guide. PLEASE NOTE: In case Norfolk Naval Base is not accessible for a tour due to external reasons, we will visit the famous Chrysler Museum of Art instead. Whichever way you roam, enjoy the remainder of your afternoon and evening at leisure.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day tour of Colonial Williamsburg OR Norfolk Highlights

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Demonstration of colonial cooking and crafts

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Cruise Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast

A full day to relax and enjoy the 5-star amenities of your Deluxe ship. Perhaps you’ll take a soak in the hot tubs, join a yoga class, or enjoy a soothing massage. During an onboard lecture, you can learn about the rise and fall of plantation life — a wonderful preparation for your upcoming discoveries in Wilmington and Charleston.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Uncover antebellum life in Wilmington, North Carolina

If you’re up on deck this morning, take in the beautiful coastal scenery as your ship makes its way up the wide Cape Fear River to Wilmington. This historic port city boasts a beautifully restored waterfront, and exquisite architecture which you’ll see on today’s tour.

This morning’s tour spotlights Wilmington’s National Register Historic district, some 230 blocks worth of beautifully preserved architecture from many different eras. You’ll also learn about the many movies and television shows filmed around here. In fact, Wilmington has the country’s largest full-service filming studio outside of Hollywood. A highlight will be your visit to Historic homes in Wilmington. You'll visit either of these three: Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright House or the Latimer House. Afterwards, you’ll revisit a different era when you step aboard the Word War II battleship USS North Carolina, which is permanently docked in Wilmington.

If time allows following your tour, you may want to enjoy more of this lovely city on your own. Perhaps you can take a stroll along the Riverwalk, pop into one of the many well-regarded microbreweries, or visit the Railroad Museum.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the houses in historic Wilmington may not be available to tour as they are frequently used for filming, and have closed sets.

Included Features:

  • Guided tour of the Historic mansion houses of Wilmington
  • Guided tour of the USS North Carolina

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Soak up the color and culture in Charleston, South Carolina

For the past six years in a row, Charleston was voted the “#1, best city in the world” by readers of Travel + Leisure. Once you experience its stunning waterfront setting, exquisite Georgian architecture in every color of the rainbow, historic attractions, fine beaches and of course, some of the best cuisine in North America, you will agree that the title is well-deserved. A moderately-timed tender ride (approximately 15 minutes) will deliver you ashore to begin your day of exploration with a panoramic city tour of some of Charleston’s most important attractions. You’ll see the Battery, the Citadel, Old City Market, and Hampton Park, and enjoy spectacular views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse.

From downtown Charleston you’ll proceed to Boone Hall Plantation, famed for its “Avenue of Oaks” and one of America's oldest plantations still in operation. You’ll explore the modern mansion, built in 1936 in Colonial Revival style, admire the garden filled with antique roses and other seasonal blooms, and ride a tractor around the 738-acre plantation to learn about its modern-day farm operations. A highlight will be the Gullah luncheon, in which you’ll savor a delicious Southern-style meal on Boone Hall’s back lawn, along with a private performance of Gullah culture, which developed among the enslaved workers of the region.

Back in Charleston, spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring at your leisure. You might visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, a moving museum depicting the city’s notorious role in African-American history. Or, browse the shops along King Street to find Charleston souvenirs like a Brackish bowtie made entirely of feathers or a handcrafted Gullah sweetgrass basket. Along the way, get a taste of Charleston's famed shrimp and grits or Low Country bouillabaisse!

Vantage Exclusive:

  • Visit Boone Hall Plantation

Included Feature:

  • Historical tour of Charleston

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Tour Amelia Island on a river cruise

This morning your ship drops anchor in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida’s northernmost barrier island. After breakfast, we set off on an inspiring boat ride that takes you along salt marshes, wilderness beaches, and historic river banks; and learn about the fascinating history of Amelia Island and Cumberland Island. You'll also learn about the Port of Fernandina, why Amelia Island is called the Isle of Eight Flags, and the history of Fort Clinch before heading north into Georgia waters. You'll cruise the shores of Cumberland Island, hearing stories about the Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Kennedy families, as well as how the wild horses of Cumberland Island came to be. Your cruise back to Fernandina Beach will help you gain some working knowledge of the Kings Bay Nuclear Submarine Base and the local coast guard.

Included Feature:

  • Amelia Island river cruise

Scenic Sailing:

  • Fernandina Beach’s stunning coastline comes into sight as you arrive on Amelia Island

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Cruise to the Caribbean

Relax with a day at sea: refresh, renew, and relish in your ship’s Deluxe amenities. Perhaps you’ll join a morning workout class. You could enjoy a facial at the spa, meet friends in the lounge for a game of bridge, attend a lecture on the history of the Bahamas, or simply soak in the hot tub with the cocktail of the day — the choice is yours!

Scenic Sailing:

  • It will be a beautiful day at sea so take the time to be outside and breathe in the fresh air and delightful breezes

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 15:

Disembark the Ocean Explorer and get into island time in Nassau, the Bahamas

You’ll know you’re in the Bahamas as the water gets bluer and brighter. In fact, the Bahamas lays claim to the clearest water on Earth. Enjoy the views as you approach Nassau, the capital of this beautiful archipelago. After breakfast you’ll disembark ship and then enjoy a sightseeing tour that acquaints you with the history and laid-back culture of the island, which is called New Providence.

In downtown Nassau, you’ll see Rawson and then Parliament Square, with its pink stucco Georgian neo-classical buildings that house the Supreme Court, Senate Chambers, and House of Assembly. You’ll also see the Government House and Graycliff, a stunning mansion built in 1740 that is now a famous hotel. You’ll pass other landmarks such as the College of the Bahamas, Sir Harry Oakes Monument and Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, and others. You’ll also pass colorful Arawak Cay, a jumble of multicolored shacks and cafés that are collectively known as “Fish Fry.” You'll have some time at your leisure before heading to your hotel, with lunch on your own — perhaps you'll come back to enjoy the famous conch fritters, fried chicken, and tropical conch salad, and to hear a local storyteller share some Bahamian lore.

During your tour you’ll stop at the historic 1789 Buena Vista Estate, home of the John Watlings Distillery where you will enjoy a self-guided tour and rum tasting. Upon departing the distillery you’ll visit Aradastra Gardens, a lush tropical setting where you’ll be introduced to some local denizens such as monkeys, flamingos, snakes, lorikeets, flamingoes, and other native species. The rest of your day is free. Unwind and sample the little luxuries of your Deluxe hotel, the only one in Nassau to boast its own private sandy beach.

Included Feature:

  • Nassau city tour

Cultural Discoveries: 

  • Tour with rum tasting at John Watlings Distillery
  • Exotic animal encounters at Aradastra Gardens

Included meals:


DAY 16:

Explore more of Nassau on your own

A full day of leisure to explore and relax as you like. Your hotel is within walking distance of downtown Nassau, so everything is within easy reach. Perhaps you’ll visit the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, or shop for handicrafts at the Straw Market. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are spectacular dive sites, and plenty of opportunities to swim with dolphins, feed sharks, or enjoy water sports, from kayaking to jet skiing and more. At the Pirates of Nassau museum, you can learn about infamous privateers like the notorious Blackbeard through fun, interactive exhibits and performances.

Be back in time for this evening’s Farewell Dinner at your hotel, where you will join your travel mates to toast your discoveries.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 17:

Return home

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:


Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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