On the eve of America and Canada’s birthdays, Crystal is skyrocketing toward a bright and colorful fall with a burst of Crystal Adventures featuring the neighboring countries’ early histories and architecture.  Patriotic shore excursions span four 10- or 11-day Crystal Symphony sailings between NYC and Montréal in September/October, and include a dozen new historical sparklers.

“These areas—Manhattan, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, St. John, Halifax, Québec City, and Montréal—are where modern-day North America was founded,” says John Stoll, vice president land and port operations.  “Our luxury access offers travelers a comprehensive, comfortable, and easy insider’s look at the intimate places these nations were built upon.”

Adventures, which can be enjoyed as group or “Private Adventure Options,” include:


Plymouth Rock—1627 pilgrim village life, plus the Mayflower.
American Revolution Revisited—Boston, Lexington, and Concord, where America’s independence began (and authors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau lived).
Marblehead and Salem—Federal architecture, Yankee Doodle painting, and the Salem witch trials.

New York

Brooklyn Bridge—Construction tales of this 19th-century engineering marvel animate a 1.5 mile bridge walk.

Bar Harbor

Victorian Era Stroll—Costumed guides, period “cottages,” and accounts of extravagant parties from yesteryear.


Colonial Historic District—This formerly rundown neighborhood of 18th-century/Georgian houses became a model of historic preservation.
Gilded Era Mansions—Homes of 19th-century’s wealthiest Americans, including the Astors’ Beechwood and Vanderbilts’ Marble House and Breakers, with period family and staff lookalikes.

St. John

Geopark by Foot--Some of Canada’s most architecturally important streetscapes, much built from ancient stone.


Afternoon Tea at the Citadel—Victorian tea at the former seat of British control over North America.
Lighthouse and Lobsters—Lobster lunch and drive through the “Lighthouse Route” (150 lighthouses).

Montréal and Québec

Foot, Coach, or Horse-drawn Carriage Tours—Highlights include neo-Gothic structures and historically-preserved neighborhoods.

Two-for-One fares begin at US$3,940/person, including US$500 “As You Wish” shipboard credit, free air from 24 North American cities (or air credit), and possible additional savings for family/friends.