Whale-Watching and Cultural Adventures aboard the Pearl Mist

Overview

This eight-day roundtrip cruise begins in Portland, Maine, and sails up the coast to the Bay of Fundy, a stunning natural wonder with the highest tides on Earth and the rarest whales in the world. Explore Campobello Island, where President Roosevelt and his family spent their summers for 50 years, stroll along the streets of charming Rockland with local guides, and enjoy some of the world’s best whale-watching on Grand Manan Island. Visit Saint John, “The Greatest Little City in the East,” where you’ll shop the Old City Market and peruse exhibits in the New Brunswick Museum, and explore enchanting Bar Harbor and surrounding Acadia National Park. The 210-passenger Pearl Mist features spacious lounges and six decks where you can relax while keeping an eye out for minke, humpback, and finback whales, as well as seals, dolphins, and sea birds.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Portland, Maine

Begin your adventure with a calm afternoon on the sun deck looking for whales and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Maine’s rugged coast. Overlooking Casco Bay, Portland is home to a wealth of historic and architectural treasures with a rich nautical heritage which has been preserved for centuries. Big city excitement blends delightfully with small-town charm, as fishing vessels bustle in the harbor and Victorian-era buildings still line cobblestone streets.

Day 2
Rockland, Maine

Famous for its mountainous and rugged shore, Rockland is one of Maine's unique treasures. A lively town, Rockland has a vibrant art culture and thriving lobster industry. Spend your time touring one of Rockland's unique museums, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Explore downtown Rockland which features an eclectic collection of art galleries, or relax on a park bench and watch classic schooners sail through the harbor.

Day 3
Eastport, Maine / Campobello Island, New Brunswick

An island located between Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay, Eastport is a scenic and largely undiscovered treasure with a population of less than 2,000. Though small in size, Eastport has the deepest port on the East Coast and was once the center of the Atlantic Seaboard sardine-canning industry. Today, Eastport is home to an eclectic creative community of artists, writers, and filmmakers who live and work there. Continue on to Campobello Island, a scenic island off the Coast of Maine, located in New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family spent more than fifty years vacationing at this enchanting island retreat, known for its breathtaking views and unspoiled natural beauty.

Day 4
St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Also known as “St. Andrews by-the-Sea,” Saint Andrews is one of the oldest towns in the Canadian Maritimes and is recognized as a National Historic District. Stroll along the streets of this charming seaside town, steeped in turn-of-the-century charm. Admire the beautiful period homes and historic sites such as the Algonquin Hotel, a War of 1812 Blockhouse, and the Charlotte County Courthouse. Visit the picturesque downtown area and peruse the unique art galleries and boutiques which offer locally handcrafted products.

Day 5
St. John, New Brunswick

St. John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada and the only city on the Bay of Fundy. Here, the urban beauty of this historic city complements the natural splendor of the world famous bay. Spend time at the Saint John City Market, the oldest continuing farmers’ market in North America with rafters that resemble the inverted hull of a ship. Market Square on the waterfront features fine restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. View the famous Reversing Rapids as the tides of the Bay of Fundy force the waters to reverse their flow at the mouth of the St. John River.

Travel to the shores of the Bay of Fundy and explore the picturesque fishing village of St. Martins. Visit a working harbor and stroll on a Bay of Fundy beach. Enjoy scenic countryside and coastal views, as you pass through the city of Saint John on your way to St. Martins. Learn about the village’s unique history, including the thriving shipbuilding era of bygone days. If the tide is low, visit the St. Martins’ sea caves and beach to view the caves under the cliffs carved out by the pounding tides. Explore the charming harbor area, a favorite location for photographers and painters, with its historic lighthouse, lobster traps and fishing boats, as well as picturesque covered bridges. Enjoy time shopping for locally handmade country crafts at Market Square on the waterfront.

Day 6
Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan Island is a Canadian island and the largest in the Bay of Fundy. Rich in maritime history, the island features vintage lighthouses, working fishing villages, and herring weirs. Enjoy time whale-watching, as the waters around the Grand Manan Island are feeding grounds and nurseries for a number of whale species, including finback, humpback whales, minke, and the rare North Atlantic right whale. Also a haven for bird watchers, the island features over 240 species of birds that make the island their home.

Day 7
Bar Harbor, Maine

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor has enchanted visitors throughout history with its incredible natural beauty as well as its vibrant downtown village. Its majestic mountains and stunning seascapes have long inspired artists and writers and beckoned many others who come for reflection, relaxation, or outdoor exploration. In the early 20th century, wealthy visionaries donated the area now known as Acadia National Park, recognized for its breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife.

Optional Tour of Acadia National Park: This captivating tour includes stops at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the first land in the United States touched by the morning sun. Witness Thunder Hole, an inlet naturally carved out of rocks where the waves spout water as high as 40 feet. Along the way, witness the unspoiled beauty of nature and the wildlife.

Day 8
Portland, Maine

After an amazing week of cruising Maine’s coast and Bay of Fundy, explore the lively city of Portland. This charming area is located in the heart of Casco Bay and offers something for everyone. Visit one of Portland’s many museums and art galleries or peruse the specialty boutiques in the city’s celebrated Old Port.

Highlights

Highlights

Begin and end in Portland, Maine, a seaport town with rich maritime history and a picturesque waterfront
Visit the scenic streets and shores of Rockland with local guides
Stroll along the charming, turn-of-the-century streets of St. Andrews
Watch for whales and marine life in Grand Manan Island and the Bay of Fundy
Explore the natural beauty of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4075  
Arrive: Portland, Maine
Depart: Portland, Maine
Lodging: 7 nights aboard a 210-passenger expedition vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

8-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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