Crystal Offers New Shore Experiences in New England and Canada

Crystal Cruises has announced new shore experiences for its upcoming fall Canada and New England cruises.

Beginning in September, Crystal is offering limited-availability Boutique Adventures providing a birds-eye view of the kitchen action at Chef Daniel Boulud’s New York City’s three Michelin-Starred DANIEL. While suspended in the glass-enclosed Skybox above the main dining room, passengers are served an eight-course tasting menu of contemporary French cuisine.

Gusts can also dine at Brooklyn’s Michelin-starred Per Luger Steak House, rated one of the country’s top steak houses since the 1870s.

Also offered is a tour of the city’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum with a guide who is a survivor and rescue worker and was pulled from the rubble, according to Crystal.

A nighttime tour highlights 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.

Other tours include a hands-on textile-working experience with singing of Gaelic songs, drinking and eating oatcakes – said to be a happy tradition of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia’s early Scottish settlers.

In Quebec City, guests can visit the personal 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.

More active tours include a 5k run along the carriage roads of the 35,000-acre Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor; zip lining over Saint John’s Reversing Falls; bicycling in Old Quebec;  a forest hike to Beddeck’s Uisage Ban Falls, located outside of Sydney, Nova Scotia; and urban hike through old neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

“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,” said 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, calling in 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.

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