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All ashore who’s going ashore for glorious Crystal Cruises excursions

Sometimes when sailing on the Crystal Symphony or Serenity we like to stay on board the ship on port days. It’s nice because you feel as though you are on a private luxury liner and have the place to yourself (almost), you can more easily score a spa treatment; enjoy a less crowded pool and fitness center and more. However, and this is a big but, when learning some of the shore excursions scheduled for Crystal’s fall Canada/New England cruises we would probably get off the ship. We’re talking checking out centuries-old shipwrecks, the 9/11 Memorial, carriage roads built by Rockefeller and the trendy streets of today’s Brooklyn. Not to mention eating a classic steak at nineteenth-century Michelin-starred Peter Luger Steak House and modern gastronomy at three Michelin-starred DANIEL

But if you stay on board...
Richard Pietschmann
See the Brooklyn Bridge in style aboard a Crystal Cruise
Courtesy Crystal Cruises

Starting September 2014 passengers can step back in time to some of the region’s earliest important historical sites or focus on cool new ways to see old places, including more active options for athletically-minded travelers.

Reasons to go ashore:

  • · Limited-availability Boutique Adventures provide a birds-eye view of the kitchen action at Chef Daniel Boulud’s New York City three Michelin-Starred DANIEL. While suspended in the glass-enclosed Skybox above the main dining room, savor an eight-course tasting menu of contemporary French cuisine;
  • · A reflective tour of New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be personally guided by a survivor, rescue worker, volunteer, or other veteran of the 2001 attacks, with remembrances like the survival tree that was pulled from the rubble and cascading 30-foot waterfalls where the Twin Towers stood; and
  • · A nighttime adventure highlights New York’s iconic sights, such as the illuminated skyline from beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and the heart of Times Square.
  • · Dine at Brooklyn’s Michelin-starred Peter Luger Steak House, consistently rated one of the nation’s top steakhouses and renowned for its prime cuts for discerning diners since 1887; and
  • · Visit the personal Québec City workshop of renowned 19th-Century copper artist Albert Gilles to learn how subjects were brought to life by his technique of copper repoussé, or embossment.
  • · Take a 5k run along the carriage roads of the 35,000-acre Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, built by John D. Rockefeller and closed to all motorized traffic;
  • · Take an urban hike through the quintessentially “Brooklyn” brownstones, trendy boutiques and orthodox Jewish community within the borough, followed by exploration of the revitalized industrial cityscape-turned thriving arts district of Williamsburg;
  • · Zip-line over Saint John’s Reversing Falls, for adrenalin-filled views of the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy;
  • · Bicycle a 10k bike ride from Old Québec to Québec Harbor, along the Saint Charles River, and to the bustling Old Port Market; and
  • · Hike the forest-shrouded Beddeck’s Uisage Ban Falls, located outside of Sydney, Nova Scotia, passing views of the Great Bras d’Or Channel, Kelly’s Mountain and St. Anne’s Bay along the way.

“The experiences we’ve crafted for the 2014 New England/Canada season are designed to highlight the region’s historic traditions and modern culture, both of which are extremely compelling,” says John Stoll, vice president of land programs. “Guests can glean a real sense of life more than 200 years ago in the exact spot where they stand, then venture right into the active, modern lifestyles that exist there today.”

The seven- and 10-day cruises sail from Boston, New York City and Québec September 19 and 29; October 6, 16 and 26, stop at Baie-Comeau, and Havre-Saint-Pierre, P.Q., Canada; Magdalen Islands, Canada; Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Sept-Ĩles, Canada; Saint-Pierre & Miquelon, France; Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and a maiden call in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Until June 30, all-inclusive “Book Now” cruise fares for the 2014 season start at just $2,830 per person, with shorter, five- and six-day “Getaway” segment cruises also available.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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