Cruising aboard the Small Ships from Boston to New England..there and back again...

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Cruising the New England waterways aboard a Small Ship and a detail on Boston, Jewel of the north east coast of the USA. visiting Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Newport and the beautiful Eastern seaboard of the USA

A welcome from Boston....

I have always wanted to visit New England and the lovely areas around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They hold an infinitesimal charm with names like Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Newport conjuring up visions of sand dunes, colourful lighthouses, white clapboard captains’ homes, clam chowder and Maine lobster!

Not being averse to ‘going down to the sea in ships’ I hooked up with the American Canadian Caribbean Line, to take a 5-night journey aboard the Grande Caribe – a svelte 100 passenger cruise ship. Arriving in Boston, we made our way to Hertz Rentals where Doreen efficiently set us up with a car. I did enjoy listening to her Boston accent as she charted a course for us to Warren where we were to board our vessel. Construction was rampant around Boston but we cleared it in good time and apart from a blinding rainstorm along the freeway, we reached our destination a little bleary eyed from the red-eye but full of good spirits and excitement about our upcoming voyage.

Aboard the Grand Caribe

The Grande Caribe is one of a number of cruise ships which plough the waters south to New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Isles, Panama and South America, and north to Labrador, Nova Scotia, Maine, Chesapeake and the Great Lakes – a long list of adventure cruises in comfortable, relaxed surroundings.
ACCL founder, Captain Luther Blount, started the company in 1966. He realized that many people wanted to enjoy a small ship cruise with its intimate ambiance and relaxed dress code rather than the ‘lost-in-the-crowd’ experience found on larger cruise ships. With his shipbuilding background and love of sailing, he constructed vessels able to navigate shallow coastal waters, cruise under low bridges and allow passage under low-hanging brush found along tropical rivers. Many ports of call that previously had been unavailable opened up for his cruise ships to navigate.

Meals on board were served ‘family style’ so we had fun changing ‘partners’ – a grand way to meet and chat with people from all over the United States. There was a predominance of people from the Mid West and upper New York State and they truly are ‘the salt of the earth’, kindly, friendly and interesting.
The chef aboard, a most able young man, prepared daily large amounts of fresh, creative food for the hungry passengers and crew. Very American describes the cuisine, steaks and local seafood, soups and salads, fresh fruits and vegetables and hearty desserts, wholesome with a dash of bon vivant! The ‘bring your own booze policy’ was definitely a plus.

Islands of interest to visit....

In the evenings, people relaxed in the lounge and watched movies, played cards or sat on the high deck drinking and reminiscing. One man regaled us with stories about his landing on the Normandy beaches on D-Day and another had been stationed not too far from my home-town, Coventry, and he too experienced the Blitz, the night when the Germans decimated that historic medieval city.
During the days, the Grand Caribe would dock and we spent time walking around such island spots as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport and Block Island or being escorted on tour buses to visit places of interest. There was, of course, the sheer joy of standing on deck with the blue sky above as the ship ploughed through the greenish/blue waters surrounding these islands. Such
tranquility broken only by the cawing of gulls and other wild birdlife cruising the skies.
The last day we docked back in Warren and after effusive goodbyes and promises of staying in touch, we drove back to Boston for a three night stay in that fascinating city.

A most enjoyable Boston visit..

BOSTON is filled with history and home to many pleasurable venues. Restaurants, museums, parks and hotels abound – each one offering a different aspect of this diverse city – all combining to create a never ending jeweled landscape. After all Massachusetts is one of the original 13 states of the Union and Boston, founded in 1630, is the largest city in New England.

You can spend hours walking the cobbled streets, shopping the elegant boutiques and stores and, of course walk Boston’s Freedom Trail to many of the city’s historic sights including Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church and Boston Common. Just across the Charles River is Cambridge home to two eminent educational institutions, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nine Zero...a place to stay

Just steps from the State House, financial, theatre and shopping districts in the heart of downtown is Boston’s newest renaissance hotel, NINE ZERO. This architectural edifice blends style and exquisite detail in the furnishings and lighting of the guest rooms and suites. Frette bed linens, goose down pillows and comforters and fully stocked bar set the standard in rooms with sweeping views of Beacon Hill and the State House. The oversize marble bathrooms offer Mario Russo bath products, Frette towels and bath robes. And, for the business man, two-line speaker telephone, complimentary high-speed Internet access and in-room printer are just some of the many services offered by this welcoming hotel.

SPIRE is the eclectic restaurant and bar located on the second floor of NINE ZERO. Designed with dark bamboo hardwood floors, artisan painted walls and richly textured furnishings, a great backdrop for the contemporary French-inspired cuisine. The night we ate in SPIRE, the chef sent out as his offering a small plate of truffle scallops followed by pate en croute with a splash of tangy apricot preserve. Both dishes had strong bright tastes. The wine which the charming Director of Operations, Roland Maldonado, poured was a Comte della Vipare, a delicious white wine typical of the region of Umbria in Italy. To the table came the freshest osetra caviar on a silvered dish and we were informed that the producer had rushed through the crowded streets of Boston to get it to the hotel on time! Service par excellence which I must re-iterate, is reflected throughout the hotel by its staff. Main courses included slices of tender Black Angus sirloin steak sided by peppery truffled cress and herbed frites, and grimaud duck breast with chanterelle mushroom, roasted beets and huckleberry. A finale to this delicious repast were an inspired lemon crème brulee with lemon-lavender biscotti and panna cotta with strawberry compote. The wine menu comprises many fine French and Italian selections and the sit-around bar, an evening meeting place for Bostonians twinkles with turquoise light.

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I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you Peter for the star and again congratulations on becoming a moderator...a well deserved place for such a caring one as your good self...

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author avatar Val Mills
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Sounds wonderful. We love crusising and have donw two, one in the Pacific and one from Singapore up to Phuket in Thailand and back, both amazing experiences. Also a little cruise in the Marlborough Sounds of NZ. Tempting holiday, if only we had the money!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you Val...it was a great trip

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice tour and Feel like I am a part of it. Thanks for sharing. Nice photos too.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Oh my - what a wonderful trip. It sounds like you had a terrific time!

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author avatar Buzz
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Stars have been raining on you, love. Excellent travel page again!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you all for your lovely comments...am surprised this got a star but never complain....

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author avatar Denise Larkin
14th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting travel article.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
14th Apr 2012 (#)

well Denise I love travelling and writing about places and people and things...just like you my dear...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Apr 2012 (#)

You have an eye for detail too, cnw, apart from fertile imagination, not forgetting your inimitable writing style. You can take us beyond space as well as within! Felt like being part of the trip with pictures as embellishments. Thanks - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Apr 2012 (#)

oh oh oh Siva...many thanks for your incredible comments but as I always say, to see/understand another is merely a reflection of yourself..so dear one all that I do, you do too in your own great way...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Stunning articles and pictures...!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you again delicious Delicia....

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author avatar sarosh
19th Apr 2012 (#)

Liked the way you have written here....beautiful

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you sarosh...

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