Islands of New England “Like Cruising On Your Friend’s Yacht”

December 16, 2016

Uncommon.  Unhurried.  Unspoiled.
Go swimming on island beaches, visit homes of the “rich and famous,” smell the salt air, fish the waters, prowl the cobblestone streets, and browse shops displaying creative cottage crafts on this New England cruise, all while avoiding the hassel and high costs of transportation and ferries. Enjoy the comforts our ship – with delicious meals that reflect the local flavor and comfortable, climate controlled cabins. Our experienced crew looks forward to showing you the New England islands, out of our home port of over 50 years, in Warren, Rhode Island.

Begin your cruise at the port of
WARREN, home to Blount Small Ship Adventures.  The first stop will be CUTTYHUNK. Cuttyhunk is a small island off the coast of New Bedford, MA, the last in the chain of the Elizabeth Islands that stretch westward from the elbow of Cape Cod.
At Cuttyhunk, you will dock overnight before heading to NANTUCKET. This little island was once the foremost whaling port in the world. Ship owners and sea captains built elegant mansions that today remain remarkably unchanged. Much of this island’s charm is associated with its cobblestone main street, small lanes, plain Quaker-style homes and handsome houses that date from the whaling days of the early 19th century.
Next is MARTHA’S VINEYARD, with its quaint atmosphere, small villages and beaches – the island’s most obvious recreational asset. Historic remnants of the island’s fishing and whaling heritage remain in the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and The Vineyard Museum featuring early Indian settlement and farming collections. The main towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are host to many fine shops and restaurants. Enjoy an optional bus tour of the island with Blount.

NEW BEDFORD, MA, is known as “the Whaling City,” featured in the novel Moby Dick. Connect with the people of the waterfront with an optional walking tour to learn about the city’s rich history and visit the famous Whaling Museum. This afternoon enjoy time to stroll the cobblestone streets and view the many shops. Tonight, local fishermen introduces you to “A Fisherman’s Life.”
You will spend time in NEWPORT, located on Aquidneck Island. Chart your course carefully. You won’t want to miss the shops and world-class restaurants along the warf. In the late 1800s, this town became the place to be for the ultra-rich members of high society who built ornate mansions as party palaces. Giant estates called “cottages” by their aristocratic owners line the famous Cliff Walk along the rocky bluffs of R.I. Sound. After, tour Newport from the water on a 2-hour sail aboard America’s Cup Charters and relax aboard a classic 68′ 12 Meter yacht.
BLOCK ISLAND is an 11-square mile island summer retreat with main pastime of relaxation. Barefoot beach strolling and window shopping beckon. You can head to lush Mohegan Bluffs, a mile from downtown. From the top of these 200-foot cliffs, you will have an up-close view of the brick Victorian-style Southeast Light built in 1874. Participate in an optional nature kayak tour of the island with a local guide. The island features many nature, bicycling and hiking trails as well as wildlife sanctuaries.