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Blount markets trio of new US East Coast/Canada routes

Grande Mariner - sails new 'DC to Boston' cruise
Blount Small Ship Adventures will introduce three routes in spring 2015: ‘The Big Apple to the US Capital: New York to DC,’ ‘DC to Boston’ and ‘Two Nation Vacation: Maine & New Brunswick.' The fare is reduced 15% for all 2015 bookings made by Oct. 31, 2014.

‘The Big Apple to the US Capital' carries passengers between New York City and the Washington, DC, area, with stops at historic and scenic cities. The eight-night cruise departs May 22, June 1, 11 and 21, with alternating departures and arrivals between New York City and Alexandria, Va.

History- and culture-oriented excursions include a walking tour of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, a visit to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and a stop at a Baltimore waterfront restaurant to sample Chesapeake blue crabs. Rates start at $2,999 per person.

The ‘DC to Boston’ cruise travels from the Washington area (Alexandria) to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I., and Boston aboard Grande Mariner.

The ship embarks in Alexandria June 11 and spends 11 nights sailing 15 picturesque East Coast waterways. Highlights include a captain’s cocktail party with live musical entertainment in Alexandria, a day at sea in New York Harbor and a trip to the world’s largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport, in Connecticut. Rates for the cruise start at $3,999 per person.

The ‘Two Nation Vacation: Maine & New Brunswick’ itinerary includes coastal towns of Maine and Canada. The Canadian ports are Digby, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, Grand Manan and St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, while the Maine ports are Eastport, Bar Harbor, Rockland, Bath and Portland.

A festive welcome dinner and celebration with local entertainment marks the start of the voyage. Highlights of the trip incorporate local cultural offerings such as live Acadian music in Digby, a bagpiper and Canadian Mountie at arrival in St. Andrews and an 'An Evening of the Arts' at galleries in Eastport. Grande Caribe sails July 22, Aug. 2, 14 and 25, with departures from Saint John and Portland. Rates for the nine-night program begin at $3,749 per person.

The Aug. 2 sailing is the annual President’s Cruise, hosted by Nancy Blount, president of Blount Small Ship Adventures.