Travelers looking to explore the scenic coastline and charming ports of Canada and New England in 2015 can choose from 39 itineraries that visit some of the region’s most iconic destinations.
Ranging from seven to 15 days, these voyages carry guests in elegant comfort aboard ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam and ms Veendam. Whether you’re looking to explore the area during the summer when the skies shine blue, making for an ideal family holiday, or in the fall when the leaves put on an incredible display as they turn from emerald green to jewel-toned hues of red and gold, Canada and New England is perfect for cruising in both the summer and fall.
Scheduled May through October, the different itineraries on ms Eurodam, ms Maasdam and ms Veendam depart from Boston, Mass.; Montréal and Québec City, Canada; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and New York City.
Maasdam begins the season with a 15-day northbound cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Montréal departing May 1. During the voyage, guests will visit Charleston, S.C.; Newport, R.I.; Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Cap-aux-Meules, Gaspé, Saguenay and Québec City, Québec, and Trios-Rivieres, Canada, before arriving at Montréal. Highlights include an overnight at Québec City and scenic cruising in the Saguenay Fjord.
Boats moored at the harbor in Newport, Rhode Island.
From May 16 through the Oct. 10 departure, Maasdam offers seven-day sailings between Montréal and Boston, with calls at Québec City, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbor. The itineraries feature scenic cruising on the St. Lawrence River and make an ideal option for families looking to take a summer cruise without traveling abroad.
Maasdam concludes the season with a 13-day sailing departing Oct. 17 from Montréal to Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call include Québec City, Saguenay, Sept-Îles, Gaspé, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor and New York City. Guests can take in the beautiful landscape at peak fall foliage time on scenic cruising along the Saint Lawrence River, Saguenay Fjord and Gaspé Bay. Guests may also choose a 10-day option to sail from Montréal and disembark in New York.
Veendam kicks off its Canada and New England season with a 14-day Bermuda and Canada & New England Collectors’ Cruise departing Boston, Mass., May 1, 2015. The ship spends three full nights at Hamilton, Bermuda, before returning to Boston to begin the Canada and New England part of the cruise. The ship will make its way up the coast with calls Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and an overnight at Quebec City before disembarkation the next day. This itinerary also will be offered in June and July.
From May 16 through the October 10 departure, Veendam will sail seven-day itineraries between Québec City and Boston. Ports of call include Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax and Bar Harbor, with scenic cruising on the St. Lawrence River. These sailings also include an overnight at Québec City, Holland America Line’s number-one rated port of call.
Quebec City is one of Holland America Line highest rated ports of call.
Departing Aug. 29, Veendam adds a single cruise roundtrip from Boston that highlights the historic coastline. During the seven-day itinerary the ship calls at Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax and Sydney. While ashore, guests will be able to sample the famous Maine lobster, admire the photogenic lighthouses and learn about the area’s interesting maritime history.
For seven-day Maasdam and Veendam itineraries, two back-to-back sailings can be combined for an extended 14-day roundtrip journey, allowing extra time ashore to get to know each port better with repeating calls. Guests can hunt for antiques, explore the charming fishing towns, learn about local history and sample more of the region’s fresh seafood.
Fall Foliage Cruises Bring Region to Life with Nature’s Colors
In September and October, during the height of the 2015 fall foliage season, Eurodam will sail one 10-day cruise between New York and Québec City, and one 14-day cruise from Québec City to Fort Lauderdale. On the 10-day itinerary departing Sept. 24 the ship calls at Boston; Rockland, Maine; Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Saguenay, with an overnight at Québec City, with scenic cruising along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay Fjord.
Cruising along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Saguenay Fjord bring the fall colors to life.
Eurodam concludes its New England season on a 14-day cruise from Québec City to Fort Lauderdale departing Oct. 4. The itinerary begins with an overnight at Québec City and then sails for Saguenay, Gaspe, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Saint John, Portland, Boston, and Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
On Location Provides Engagement with the Cruise Destination as Guests Sail
On each Canada and New England cruise, Holland America Line’s “On Location” enrichment program brings local traditions, culinary tastes and cultural experiences to life both onboard and ashore to deepen guests’ appreciation of the region. Guests might enjoy a New England clam bake or a Fiddlin’ Flapjack breakfast, complete with authentic Canadian maple syrup and featuring local Cape Breton Celtic fiddlers. Other activities to enjoy include regional beer and wine tastings, a Canadian Bar mixology class, cultural cooking demonstrations, and a special Quebecois L’auberge de Lido or New England sailaway party.
Montréal’s 100,000th Passenger Disembarks; Lucky Guest is From Maasdam
In exciting news for the 2014 season, on May 31 the 100,000th passenger to disembark in Montréal was from Holland America Line’s Maasdam. Marianne Visser from California arrived with her family, and then in the same afternoon the 100,000th passenger to take a cruise from Montréal boarded Maasdam. The special day also marked the 10th consecutive season of Maasdam calling at Montréal.
Marianne Visser, the 100,000 passenger to disembark in Montréal, surrounded by her family, Captain Smit and Port of Montréal representatives. (Photo courtesy CNW Group/Tourisme Montréal)
To celebrate this special occasion, the Montréal Cruise Committee presented a commemorative plaque to Captain SMit, and gave gift baskets to Visser and the 100,000th passenger to board the ship.
Will you be taking a Holland America Line cruise to Canada and New England in 2015?