- Colonial America to HavanaA spectacular tour of America's Atlantic Coast
- Atlantic Coastal Cruise
- Starts in Portland, end in Havana
- Newport, "America's Versailles"
- Yorktown - America's Independence
- 11 days
- Victory 1
Colonial America to Havana
Enjoy cruising along North America’s stunning East Coast as the Victory I traces the nation’s history from the grand plantations of the South to the Tea Party-era buildings of Boston. Along the way, you’ll revel in the old-world elegance of Newport’s summer homes, the colonial history of Williamsburg and Jamestown, the scintillating streets of Miami, and more.
Discover unique coastal cities and magnificent landscapes as you travel along the Eastern Seaboard. You’ll experience some of the most historic and postcard-pretty sites in the United States as well as Havana, Cuba. You'll cruise to charming towns, towering landmarks, and bustling cities, experiencing distinctive cultures from Maine - Florida – not to mention the layered, 400-plus-year piece of history that began with the arrival of settlers in the “New World.” You’ll explore the northeastern part of the United States during peak foliage time, ensuring some fall fireworks to go along with the historic and cultural treasures you’ll uncover.
- Cat E$6890Outside Cabin, Deck 1
- Cat D$7660Outside Cabin, Deck 1
- Cat C$8330Outside Cabin, Deck 2
- Cat B$8760Outside Cabin, Deck 3
- Cat A$9000Outside Cabin, Deck 3
- Cat AA$9440$9912
- Owner's Suite$10100Outside Cabin, Deck 3
Arrive in Portland, Often call the San Francisco of the east, this bustling waterfront city, founded in 1632, is characterised by the old Ports District's red-brick warehouses; Casco Bay, the city's natural deep water harbor, the waterfront green space known as the Eastern promenade, and the vibrant downtown Arts Disctrict.
From the port in Salem we will visit the fabled “House of Seven Gables made famous by American author Nathanial Hawthorne and his book, from which this mansion took its name. The mansion was built in 1688 by Captain John Turner who founded a successful fishing and mercantile enterprise, in this corner of puritan New England. Our visit will include the “Witches Museum”, which interprets the infamous “Witches Trials” of 1692 when a group of young girls, claimed that several local women were practicing witchcraft. 18 women were accused and tried in the infamous “Salem Witches Trials” and subsequently hanged at the Salem Gallows hill, while a further 150 men, women and children were also accused. Later the court of Massachusetts overturned the verdicts granting indemnity to the falsely accused. Lunch will be served onboard Victory 1.
We leave for Gloucester Mass founded in 1606 and recently made famous for its role in a recent movie “The Perfect Storm”. It is a pretty Massachusetts seaport, reminiscent of picturesque seaside towns in the UK. We will make a scenic drive along the Gold Coast through quaint towns rich in history and past large estates belonging to the famous and wealthy, including the summer White House of William H. Taft. In Rockport you will have time to stroll through the art colony of Bearskin Neck and it is easy to understand why Walt Disney dubbed Rockport ‘one of the loveliest towns in America’.
Return to Victory 1 in the early evening to freshen up and an hour later, depart Victory 1 for an exciting evening at a traditional Clam and Lobster bake.
The Victory I arrives in Newport RI.
Mansions and grand homes are synonymous with Newport RI, where in the so called “Gilded Age” (this term was named after Mark Twain’s 1873 novel of the same name), America’s richest and famous families flocked to this elegant seaside resort and turned it into their summer playground. Newport has also been called “America’s Versailles” because of the elaborate architecture in America’s National Registered Landmark District.
This morning we will visit “The Breakers” - grandest of all Newport’s summer cottages and symbolic of the Vanderbilt family wealth where they showcased their social and mercantile power.
Another mansion we will visit is “The Elms”, built by Mr. Mrs. Edward Burwind from Philadelphia and New York in 1898 and designed with the French Chateau d’Asnieres in mind. Newport living is dominated by its closeness the sea and Ten Mile Drive showcases the relationship between its residents and the magnificent seascape. Ten Mile Drive has four legs that make up this famous path…Brenton Cove Shore and Brenton Shore State Park (now famous for Kite flying), Narragansett Bay, Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue.
Tenders return guests to Victory 1 for lunch on board.
After lunch Victory will provide tender service from the anchorage into the downtown Newport marina so guests can experience this lovely maritime town.
We leave the port in Norfolk for an all day visit to Historic Williamsburg and Yorktown. Colonial Williamsburg is called both “The Colonial City” and “The Revolutionary City” which describes its powerful role in the struggle and founding of modern day America. This is one of the world’s finest living museums where you will meet in-period shop-keepers going about their business, those who were enslaved at the time, political figures of the era and militia men and women who guard the settlement. It is quite easy to forget the modern world and become caught up in the atmosphere of this living “time machine” as re-enactments and proclamations take place before your eyes. Lunch will be served in a local tavern.
After lunch, we will visit Yorktown, which played a pivotal role in the revolutionary war. It was at the Yorktown battlefield site that George Washington secured American Independence in 1781. The American revolutionary museum interprets the story of the nation’s founding years, through the colonial era to the dawn of the constitution. The 180 degree surround-screen, dramatically recreates the siege of Yorktown, while the nearby recreated battlefield encampment and revolution-era farm lend a reality to this living history.
Tenders will start bringing guests ashore to Mount Pleasant, which is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is the fourth-largest municipality in South Carolina, and for several years it was one of the state's fastest-growing areas, doubling in population between 1990 and 2000. The population was 67,843 at the 2010 census, and the estimated population in 2014 was 77,796. It is the third-largest municipality in the Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville metropolitan area, behind Charleston and North Charleston.
We will enjoy a morning visit to the Yorktown aircraft carrier. Named after the original Yorktown which was sunk at the Battle of Midway and the fourth US naval vessel to bear the name, this magnificent ship was commissioned in April 1943 and saw active duty in the Pacific theater where she was awarded 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Lunch will be served on the carrier
Leaving the Yorktown we will visit Boone Hall Plantation founded in 1681 by Englishman Major John Boone. This is a rare example of a working plantation, which regularly produces crops of Strawberries, Tomatoes and Pumpkins.
We dock in the port of Jacksonville. From here we will take coaches and enjoy an all day visit to St Augustine, Florida’s most historic (some say romantic) coastal city which was founded by Ponce de Leon in 1565. Our visit to this preserved city includes the Castillo San Marco, a national monument built in 1695 as a state of the art colonial fortification. After visiting Castillo San Marco we board our private trolley for a historical tour of this most atmospheric city. Drive past “The Oldest House”, Florida’s original dwelling place, “The Old Jail” - possibly the world’s most unusual penal institute and the 1513 Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth”, a monument to art, passion and indulgence.We will have lunch in one of St. Augustine's quaint restaurants and afterwards there will be plenty of free time for strolling the lovingly preserved, brick paved street of the historic district, lined with lovingly preserved colonial structures built during Flagler’s railroad era.
Miami is an extraordinary city that definitely marches to its own beat, displaying a vibrant culture that is heavily influenced by is proximity to Latin America. Our visit ashore will give you a first-hand view of how fast this southern modern metropolis is growing, while preserving its more traditional neighborhoods and ethnic cultural enclaves. We will be visiting Spanish Town, Coral Gables and fabled Coconut Grove to experience the historic architecture - and the secluded residential tree-lined streets, with their own community stores….virtually hidden from the hustle and bustle of nearby Miami. We will then drive along Brickell Avenue (formerly US 1 South) into the banking and commercial center of Miami with its fashionable hotels, corporate buildings and the enviable towers of Condominiums.
One of the fascinating developments in Miami is how the famous Art Deco hotels and commercial buildings have been lovingly restored and brought back to life, as you will see along Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive on fashionable South Beach, including the former mansion of world famous designer Gianni Versace, which has been turned into a private club. Our final stop is at “Wynwood” the recently developed art and design district where up and coming artists and designers are showing off their talents in over 70 art galleries, boutiques and pop-up stores
Cuba’s colorful capital is probably best known for the Spanish-influenced architecture of Old Havana. But its historic castles, fortresses, cathedrals, mansions and public buildings vie for attention with the city’s lively music and entertainment scene, an eclectic and sophisticated mix of museums, art galleries, music, dance, and open-air festivals that take full advantage of the island’s sunny Caribbean climate.