A Trans-Atlantic Cruise: From New York to Southampton
When: May 04, 2013 - May 16, 2013 (iCal)
“It was very educational and fun… Being with a Tufts group made it even more special.”
Join Tufts travelers on this transatlantic voyage aboard the Six-Star, all-suite M.V. SILVER WHISPER. This is a splendid opportunity on a ship that comes with high praise from our previous travelers. We will cruise from New York to London across the Atlantic Ocean, with port calls in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Plus, take in the ruggedly beautiful Ireland coast, with an opportunity to tour Limerick, located on the picturesque River Shannon; and the quaint Cornish port of Fowey. Onboard guest speakers will provide intellectual stimulation with educational discussions on local history, culture, and nature. Optional New York Pre-Cruise and London Post-Cruise extensions are also available.
Activity Level: Moderate
Includes cruise and air; per person, based on double occupancy.
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Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-627-5323.
Day 1 - New York City, New York, U.S.
Arrive in New York and embark the M.V. SILVER WHISPER amid the energy and excitement of New York, one of the most culturally rich cities. We will experience the exciting tradition of boarding a vessel from the docks of lower Manhattan, where illustrious steamships and floating palaces began classic journeys across the Atlantic in the 19th and 20th centuries. As we sail away from the city’s magnificent skyline, we will cruise past the iconic Statue of Liberty for a memorable start to our journey.
Day 2 - Day At Sea
A day at leisure aboard the ship.
Day 3 - Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada
Today we will visit Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. Boasting the second largest natural harbor in the world, this city’s native Mi’kmaq people have been fishing for cod off the spectacular coast for millennia, and these once teeming waters led to an infusion of European fishing settlements. Remnants of this rich maritime history, plus its past as a British military outpost and the entry point for European immigration to Canada, combine to give this charming city a diverse and fascinating cultural heritage.
Day 4 - Day At Sea
A day at leisure aboard the ship.
Day 5 - St. John's, Newfoundland
We will uncover the history of the oldest English-founded city in North America today. St. John’s served as a British base for operations during the Seven Years’ War in North America, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. More recently, it served Allied needs in World War II as a harbor for anti-submarine warfare ships, and it was also the center of Newfoundland’s lucrative fishing industry. Spanish, French, and Portuguese fishermen have trolled these waters for centuries and have left an indelible mark on the culture of this remarkable coastal city, whose history and sights we will spend the day exploring. We will also witness English and Irish influences along the harbor, where old Victorian merchant shops and colorful row houses line the wharf.
Days 6-9: Transatlantic Crossing
During our voyage across the Atlantic, we will rediscover the luxury of the Golden Age of Travel. The ship will offer us the opportunity to do as much or as little as we want, including fitness classes, lectures, onboard spa treatments, fine cuisine, stargazing, live entertainment, and bridge tournaments. Or, we can simply relax on deck while watching the Atlantic horizon.
Day 10 - Foynes, Ireland
Today we will explore Foynes, where Charles Lindbergh landed in 1933 on a flight surveying stopovers for planes crossing the Atlantic. Subsequently, through the early 1940s, this charming “one street” Irish village became a booming hub for planes capable of water landings, growing to one of the largest civilian airports in Europe during World War II. We will have the opportunity to visit Foynes’ Flying Boat Museum, which commemorates the town’s heyday. We will also discover the nearby town of Limerick, situated on the picturesque River Shannon, wandering its ancient streets that lead to the well-preserved medieval precinct and King John’s Castle.
Day 11 - Cobh For Cork
This morning we will visit Cobh, a beautiful fishing port and seaside resort, and formerly the departure point for many people leaving Ireland for North America. Inland, we will have the opportunity to see some of Ireland’s most spectacular cultural and natural highlights. Cork’s massive, fifth-century Blarney Castle is famous for its legendary Blarney Stone, said to bestow the gift of eloquence on anyone who kisses it. And Killarney will offer us the best of the Irish countryside, as it is a region of lush landscapes of lakes, wooded vales, rolling sandstone hills, and rich green pastures.
Day 12 - Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Today we will discover Fowey, a working china-clay port with a long maritime history, dating back to before the Domesday Book (1066). We will explore this Cornish village’s many connections to famous authors, writers, and poets, and its lasting connection to British history and traditions, including traditional Cornish cream tea, which is an institution in the British Isles. We will take a step back in time in this is storied land of history and myth – inland near Bodmin Moor, Arthurian legend states that King Arthur’s legendary magic sword, Excalibur, was returned to the Lady of the Lake after his final battle.
Day 13 - Southampton/ Return To The U.S.
This morning we will arrive in Southampton, England’s leading passenger port and the former home port of countless great 19th- and 20th-century ocean liners. We will disembark the ship and transfer to London for a return flight to the U.S.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change