Regal Princess—New York City round trip to St. John and Halifax, Canada
October 12-19, 2019
Come join our intimate and super-friendly group of Daddies, admirers and friends aboard the Regal Princess on our voyage to New England and Canada during the peak of fall foliage. Nothing compares to a sailing in and out of New York Harbor, with its gorgeous skyline and the Statue of Liberty right there, welcoming all to this great country. Hold your breath as we sail under the Verrazano Bridge (but don't worry, we'll clear it by several yards!). Explore quaint New England and charming Atlantic Canada when Mother Nature puts on her spectacular show of vibrant fall colors!
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Your adventure starts on October 12, 2019, when we sail out of New York Harbor on the Regal Princess. Only 4 years old, she features the SeaWalk, a dramatic glass-bottom walkway 128 feet above the sea, which USAToday calls one of the "Top Gee-Whiz Features at Sea." Cruiseline, CruiseCritic, and Avid Cruiser all rate Regal Princess 4 out of 5 stars. They say she is "unmistakably elegant, accomplishing something mainstream ships struggle with: finding a balance between fun and refinement."
Regal Princess features two huge pools and six hot tubs, including a few in the Sanctuary–an extra cost (by the half-day, and well worth it!) adults-only retreat with upscale lounging areas and attendants there to bring a chilled towel or light bite to eat. At night we can snuggle on deck to watch Movies Under the Stars on a huge 300-square-foot screen—complete with free popcorn! Inside, Berlitz says she is "…warm and attractive, with an abundance of earth tones that suit American tastes…". Regal has an extra large casino, an internet café, a library, a spa, gym, and much more. Oh, and there's a self-serve launderette on every floor (you can save on those valet charges, if you like!).
All cabins feature the exclusive Princess Luxury Bed. Designed by sleep expert Dr. Michael Brues and HGTV's Candice Olsen (who doesn't love HER talent?!), these beds are the ultimate in stye, comfort and scientific research on a good night's sleep. (Click here for more info on these beds.) Regal Princess also includes several upgraded bathroom features not available on older ships: larger showers, hand-held, flexi-hose shower heads, and more counter space by the sinks. Comfort, style and convenience in every cabin on board!
Day 1—Brooklyn, New York
Our itinerary is a perfect blend of relaxing, fun, and awe. As we sail out of New York City, we'll pass by The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (perhaps your ancestors knew that island when they first arrived in America?). The Manhattan skyline (Empire State Building, World Trade Center, Chrysler Building and hundreds more) will be even more stunning from the sea than it was by land or air. We pass under the Verrazano Bridge—it's amazing this huge ship can even make it with only a few yards to spare!—and out to the Atlantic Ocean. Then we'll gather for a hosted Meet-n- Greet Party where you'll meet your fellow cruisers and start making new friends right away.
Day 2—Newport, Rhode Island
In the 19th century, Newport was America's Versailles. It was here that the great merchant princes and robber barons of the Gilded Age erected the elaborate summerhouses they so ingenuously dubbed "cottages." At the height of its splendor, a Newport season was a giddy whirl of grand galas, yacht races and elaborate beach picnics for assorted Vanderbilts, Astors and Morgans. Today, we can marvel at the splendor of great mansions like The Breakers, The Elms, or Rosecliff.
Day 3—Boston, Massachusetts
Hailed as the "Cradle of American Independence" and the "Athens of America," Boston is filled with historic sites. It is a city every American should visit at least once. Follow the Freedom Trail along three of the most historic miles in the country (there are a few shortcuts I will share with you to save time and steps!). See the site of the Boston Tea Party, trace the route of Paul Revere's famous ride, and stand on the bridge where Minutemen fired "the shot heard 'round the world." In the old Charlestown Navy Yard you can see the USS Constitution, the nation's oldest commissioned warship. We'll be in port late enough for an early dinner in North Boston for some of the best Italian food this side of the Atlantic. And don't forget to stop at Mike's for the best cannoli anywhere!
Day 4—Bar Harbor, Maine
Established by individual donations, Acadia National Park is a stunning intersection of sea-scoured shores, towering cliffs, and forested mountains. This is the Maine you see featured on calendars in malls everywhere. Mount Desert Island was a resort destination well before the establishment of Acadia National Park in 1919—the first one established east of the Mississippi. It is now one of the most visited national parks in America. Acadia's 35,000 acres are studded with natural wonders. In addition to the stunning landscape, some 50 species of mammals are often spotted including moose, black bear and white tail deer. Bar Harbor itself has the best boutique shopping you'll see on this cruise. Lobster ice cream, anyone? No, I'm not kidding—they actually sell that here! But I highly recommend the blueberry ice cream…or blueberry pie…or blueberry bread…or blueberry beer. They put those delicious little guys in everything, and it's all good!
Day 5—Saint John, New Brunswick
Welcome to quaint Saint John, Canada's oldest settlement and gateway to scenic New Brunswick. This is where my Irish ancestors first arrived the New World (I'll bet you didn't know I was ¼ Canadian, eh?). This is also where many American Loyalists fled after the American Revolution, and they did leave their mark: historical sites abound. There are also some great shopping areas. But Saint John's best-known attraction is the Reversing Falls. Twice daily, the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy (the highest tides in the world) rise faster than the river can empty. So the tide pushes the river backwards, upstream. An underwater ledge 36 feet below the surface causes the river to tumble backwards, thus creating the reverse rapids. The effect is spectacular!
Day 6—Halifax, Nova Scotia
Our second Canadian port is delightful Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. We dock right next to the Historic Properties Development. These charming early 19th-century wood and stone buildings along the waterfront have all been fully restored. The cobblestone streets and long boardwalk are now lined with an array of lovely boutique shops, pubs and cafés. Elsewhere, heavy iron gates mark the entrance to historic Halifax Public Gardens or climb the hill a bit to explore the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. While it never saw battle, it's an excellent example of a 19th-century British fort. Also in town is an informative maritime museum and one of Canada's premier art museums. For the quintessential Atlantic Provinces scene, head to Peggy's Cove, an enchanting little bay on the rugged Atlantic coastline. Colorful houses, rolling granite bluffs, and an old lighthouse give the area real Canadian charm.
Day 7—At Sea
Our last day is at sea. Relax, unwind and enjoy your final vacation day. Lounge on your private balcony or near one of the pools, or maybe even find a quiet nook to settle in with a book. Want to be more active on your last day? Play bingo, work out at the gym, dance all night, watch a movie, attend a cooking seminar, soak in a hot tub, watch a sunset (or a sunrise), play trivia games, sing along at the piano bar, do some wine tasting, check your email or surf the internet, grab a snack, watch live entertainment, get lucky in the casino, indulge in a spa treatment, catch the game in the sports bar, and on and on.
Day 8—Brooklyn, New York
We sail back into New York Harbor at dawn. This is one of those rare times you'll want to set your alarm and get up early, even though you're on vacation. The view of New York City at dawn—with Lady Liberty welcoming you home: to the land of the free, and the home of the brave—is an emotional experience you'll never forget. Disembark today with great memories, great pictures, and your new friends from your all-too-short vacation. See you again soon, I hope!
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Inside cabins are not just economical; they are richly appointed and roomy (160+ square feet). They include one king or 2 twin beds, a flat screen TV, desk, ample closet and drawer space, and a private bath w/shower. Since there's no window, you won't have that pesky sunlight to hinder your sleep at any hour!
Balcony cabins provide a truly better cruise experience. A room of over 200 square feet is coupled with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to your own private verandah! THIS is the way to see the foliage—sipping coffee or a glass of wine on your balcony as we sail along! Order room service meals so you don't miss a second of the passing scenery.
Want the ultimate? Let's talk suites! Over 320 square feet, including a separate inside sitting area, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, and a large verandah where you can sit an admire the scenery as it passes in front of you.
Oh, and the government adds $210 tax per person to any of these rates. (dammit!)!
Remember, prices include almost everything: your berth and transportation from port to port, onboard entertainment, onboard activities, most beverages (pay extra for alcohol and carbonated drinks), all your meals (including free room service!), all the Daddy Cruise extras, and much more.
SAILING SOLO? We can help you find a roommate based on smoking and/or snoring preferences. A non-refundable RoomMatch fee of $50 guarantees you a roommate, or a solo cabin for the same price as a shared cabin would be. Call for details.
In years past, we've had guys from Seattle, Nashville, Baltimore, Miami, Providence, Toronto, Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Portland, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco on our group cruises.
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Brian Cole Miller