Hidden Harbours Along North America’s Coast

New York to New York

This round trip expedition along North America’s Eastern seaboard offers dramatic nature, rich culture, and fascinating historic sites. Heading north, we visit Newport and charming Boston, and enjoy the verdant coast of Maine. Then it is on to the vibrant city of Halifax before reaching the beautiful shores of Newfoundland and the settlements of St. Johns and St. Pierre. As our adventure turns south, we visit historic Louisbourg, get to know Portland, Maine, and enjoy a day at sea as we return to the Big Apple to cap off an amazing voyage.

  • The raw beauty of Newfoundland
  • Experience the small-town charm of Maine
  • Visit the historic site of Louisbourg
  • Enjoy culture, history and natural beauty every day of the voyage


This voyage departs from the excitement of New York and sails into the peace and quiet of Newport, where you can walk along the beautiful cliffs and enjoy the lovely architecture. Boston is the next stop, and you will have time to discover some of the must-see historic sites and charming cobbled streets. Skyscrapers nestle next to centuries-old houses in this renowned city, as Boston manages to blend past and present in an artful and welcoming way.

The Maine voyage of discovery

Maine is New England at its most iconic. The sea looms large here, with mile upon mile of jagged sea cliffs, peaceful harbours and pebbled beaches. But Maine is much more than just lobsters, lighthouses and picturesque ports. To get a deeper insight into the coast, we visit Rockland, Bucksport and Bar Harbor to enjoy their small-town charm and experience a national park with mountains, lakes, forests, and gorgeous coastal landscapes.

Vibrant Halifax

Modern Halifax was founded in 1749, and today serves as Atlantic Canada's entertainment and cultural capital. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers. Life here revolves around the sea and the surrounding areas offer plenty of outdoor activities. Spend some time to explore this vibrant urban centre resting on the edge of nature.

Beautiful Newfoundland and Novia Scotia

We call on St. John's, the oldest city in North America, to enjoy its narrow streets and hidden alleyways. Join an optional excursion to explore this beautiful region. As we cruise along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we visit the historic city of Louisbourg, and its famed French Fortress.

We head back to the US and make a call on Portland Maine, a fascinating town that blends the best of historic New England and modern cultural life, before sailing past Lady Liberty one more time as we return to New York.

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Price includes:

  • Hurtigruten Expedition in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

The itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

15 April 2018

Departs from New York
Day 1

The Big Apple never sleeps

Location: New York

Our expedition starts in New York, the city that never sleeps. Spends some time to enjoy all that New York has to offer before embarking on MS Fram. Make sure to be out on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out to sea.

Day 2

The Ocean state

Location: Newport

Founded in 1639, Newport, Rhode Island is considered to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. It is home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown and welcoming hospitality. Tour the famed Gilded Age mansions that once were the summer playground for socialite families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt or enjoy wine tasting at Newport's three scenic vineyards. Hop on a ride through Newport’s downtown and along iconic Ocean Drive, discover Colonial architecture or explore the tunnels at Fort Adams – America’s largest coastal fortification. Experience the world-renowned Cliff Walk, a path tracing the edge of the Atlantic Ocean offering views of opulent Newport mansions, or stroll the city’s historic Old Quarter. Join fascinating walking tours or experience natural wonders like Hanging Rock, where American author, poet, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau found inspiration. The Norman Bird Sanctuary boasts 325 acres and seven miles of trails that wind through diverse habitats. Newport has earned an enviable reputation as a culinary hot spot as well. Newport chefs create local delicacies by working with area farmers, foragers and fishermen, making amazing dishes highlighting seasonal ingredients, so eat your heart out!

Day 3

The Cradle of Liberty and Beantown

Location: Boston

Boston can be described as one large outdoor museum. As we arrive, Boston Harbor provides a spectacular scenic backdrop to the city, and its 34 islands provide an exciting urban-adventure destination. Walk the Freedom Trail and you'll quickly get a sense of the city's revolutionary spirit and history. As you follow the redbrick road, from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument you pass 16 sites where dramatic history was played out. Be sure to explore some of Boston's fine museums and old neighbourhoods. The city´s most magnificent architecture is clustered around Back Bay plaza, symbolic of the culture and learning that gave Boston its nickname; the “Athens of America”. Harvard Square is a rich source of colonial and revolutionary history. Lined with mansions that were once home to royal sympathizers, it earned the nickname Tory Row. This is where you find Harvard, founded in 1636, the oldest university in the U.S. Throughout Harvard Square, street musicians perform on the sidewalks and in the parks, and there are live performances in many of the clubs. Follow the brick sidewalks to an eclectic mix of book and music stores, performing arts theatres and museums. Exploring on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Luckily, Boston is America’s seafood capital, famed for clam chowder and lobster with a rich mix of ethnic flavours from all corners of the world.

Days 4-5

Small town life in Maine

Location: Rockland/Bucksport

As we continue sailing north, we reach Rockland, a beautiful coastal town in Maine situated alongside Penobscot Bay. Rockland is known for its lobster fishing industry and deep harbor, dotted with hundreds of inlets and coves. Downtown Rockland has great architecture among its historic homes and shops. There are plenty of tasty cafes and restaurants here serving local seafood, of course. Rockland is also home to The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, with an impressive collection of Maine art. With beautiful mountains, scenic waterways, charming wineries and pristine Atlantic beaches, Rockland offers so many options for outdoor activities. Sailing further up the coast, we come to Bucksport, located on the Penobscot River, home to approximately 5,000 people. Across the bay is Fort Knox, one of the largest fortifications on the New England coast. A major feature of Bucksport is the Downtown Waterfront Walkway and an old railroad station that now houses the local Historical Society. Here you can learn about the town’s eventful past through photos, exhibits and lore, including the legend of a witch’s curse placed upon the town’s founder, Jonathan Buck. To this very Day, evidence of the curse can be seen on the Buck Monument located on Route 1. Stroll in this typical American small town and enjoy the charming atmosphere.

Day 6

When in Maine…

Location: Bar Harbor

Adventure, romance, rocky coast and soaring granite cliffs; there is a special mystique to Bar Harbor. Surrounded by Acadia National Park and perched on the edge of the sea, this little community offers tons of charm. Bar Harbor is the artistic, culinary, and social center of Mount Desert Island. Around the turn of the last century, the island was known as a summer haven for the very rich because of its cool breezes. ToDay, Bar Harbor´s shops are clustered along Main, Mount Desert, and Cottage streets; take a stroll down West Street, a National Historic District, where you can see some fine old houses. One of Bar Harbor’s many attractions is its close proximity to Acadia National Park with over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, hiking and biking trails, amazing views and dramatic coastline. We aim to catch the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the east coast of the U.S., offering magnificent views of the glaciated coastal and island landscape.

Day 7

Exploration Day

Location: At sea

Through the onsite coordination and guidance of our experienced captains, expedition leaders and local experts, guests will enjoy unique stops in destinations which normal cruise ships are not able to deliver. This might be a special landing site to go for walks and launch our kayaks, a community visit or a stop to watch wildlife. This area we are in, often called Downeast Maine, is an amazing coastal landscape, carved by glaciers. Wildlife is abundant, so keep your eyes open for the variety of marine and avian life we may encounter.

Day 8

An urban centre, a magnificent seacoast, and rich history

Location: Halifax

While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi'kmaq peoples for millennia, modern Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. ToDay it is Atlantic Canada’s entertainment and cultural capital, melding the old and new worlds. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers. Located on the second largest natural harbour in the world, life here revolves around the sea and the surrounding areas offer plenty of fun activities on land, water and in the air. Spend some time to explore this vibrant urban centre resting on the edge of nature or join one of the optional excursions.

Day 9

Lectures, photo courses and relaxing

Location: At sea

As we start sail north, the expedition staff continue the lecture programme, covering topics related to the areas we sail in, but a central point for these lectures are the environmental challenges of the world’s oceans and climate change. If you are interested in photography, the expedition photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography and there might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our guest expedition staff programme. You will, of course, have plenty of time to just enjoy being on board the ship.

Day 10

Full of character

Location: St. John's, Newfoundland

St. John’s is the oldest and most easterly city in North America, and it is said that this is where heritage lives. With its narrow streets and hidden alleyways it is a city full of character and experiences. We recommend you explore the history of this place with the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. You can also join optional excursions to explore this beautiful region.

Day 11

The French way of life

Location: St Pierre and Miquelon

Even though Paris is thousands of kilometres away, the people living in St Pierre and Miquelon are very proud of being French. This is France’s oldest overseas territory and a part of the French Republic. So toDay you can enjoy a visit to a place where you find the typical French way of life with nice bistros, cafés, wine, cheese, baguettes, chocolates and pastries. You might even see people wearing berets. Join our optional excursions to Île aux Marins or experience the local life with a walking tour of St. Pierre.

Day 12

Where the past is present

Location: Louisbourg

Sailing along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we head for the large island of Cape Breton. Then we reach Louisbourg, home to the historic jewel, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Here, you can experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town of Louisbourg in 1744. As you might expect, the rugged coastal setting offers up plenty of outdoor adventure, with brilliant hiking and biking trails. As one of the busiest crab and lobster fishing villages in the Maritimes, Louisbourg Wharf is the perfect place to watch the Day’s catch coming in, and maybe sample some fresh seafood.

Day 13
Catch beautiful sunsets with our professional expedition photographers.
Catch beautiful sunsets with our professional expedition photographers. Photo: Nick Cobbing Photo

Unwind with a view

Location: At sea

A Day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition team, and spend time on deck or in the Panorama lounge with fellow travellers as we sail south. Enjoy a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room with a panoramic ocean view or let your muscles relax in one of the outdoor whirlpools.

Day 14

The best of New England

Location: Portland

Portland has so much to offer: take a historic tour, enjoy hiking along the coastlines or in the woodlands, take advantage of the biking trails, or explore the iconic New England lighthouses in the area.

Day 15
Enjoy the comfort in your cabin and relax with a good book. MS Fram.
Enjoy the comfort in your cabin and relax with a good book. MS Fram. Photo: Tobias Fisher Photo

Summing up an amazing voyage

Location: At Sea

On this final Day at sea, our Expedition team will review the highlights of the voyage, and we will all raise a glass at the Farewell dinner to this memorable journey.

Day 16

Return to the City

Location: New York

Early in the morning, we return to the great metropolis of New York, and it´s time to say farewell.

30 April 2018

Location New York
Your Ship Excursions

Excursions on your voyage

Challenge your inner explorer and experience everything North America has to offer with our diverse range of optional excursions. They can be pre-booked or bought on board if there is capacity left.

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