Hey, Tauck enthusiasts! Here’s a great new small-ship cruising option close-to-home for fall 2023. It’s a further expansion of Tauck’s North American offerings and an expansion of its Silversea Cruises‘ partnership.
Tauck will offer six departures of a new 13-day “Shores of Eastern Canada and New England” itinerary in September and October 2023. Guests will sail in the lap of luxury on Silversea’s 392-passenger Silver Shadow. They’ll also enjoy the lovely “fall foliage” landscapes along the route.
Travelers can choose from three northbound journeys, sailing from New York to Quebec City. Or, they can opt for one of three southbound trips from Quebec City to New York.
Luxury Cruises: Expanding Close to Home
The new cruise options follow Tauck’s introduction of its “Cruising the Great Lakes: Chicago to Toronto” itinerary. Elsewhere in the U.S., Tauck has offered an Alaska Inside Passage voyage as well as a 15-day “Grand Alaska” combination land tour/seven-night cruise for many years.
“We’ve seen tremendous interest in our Alaska and Great Lakes programs – we essentially sold out across the board this year – and we’re excited to expand our domestic cruise offerings for next year with this wonderful new journey,” said Dan Mahar, Tauck’s CEO.
The new “Shores of Eastern Canada and New England” Tauck itinerary begins with an included overnight hotel stay. Guests will check into the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. That’s followed by a day of guided sightseeing in Manhattan.
Then guests will embark Silver Shadow that afternoon for a 10-night cruise to Quebec City. Ports of call along the route will include Newport, RI; Boston, MA; Bar Harbor, ME; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada; and Saguenay, Quebec, Canada.
At Quebec City, guests will explore the city on a sightseeing excursion. Then, they’ll tour the pastoral island, Ile d’Orleans, and view gorgeous Montmorency Falls.
The vacation will conclude with a farewell reception, dinner and overnight accommodations at Quebec City’s iconic Chateau Frontenac (see photo below).
Dates of departure in 2023 are: September 2, September 24 and October 14 from Quebec City to New York City and September 14, October 4 and October 24 from New York City to Quebec City.
Cruise within a Cruise
Although Tauck’s guests will be sharing time aboard Silver Shadow with Silversea’s other (non-Tauck) passengers, Tauck’s guests will enjoy a different experience, according to CEO Mahar.
“Silversea does an incredible job, and we’re thrilled to partner with them on this journey,” says Mahar, “yet we like to think we’re bringing something extra to the table for our Tauck guests.”
For example, Tauck includes New York and Quebec City hotel stays and sightseeing in its prices as part of its standard itinerary. In addition, Tauck offers 100 percent of its shore excursions at no additional charge.
Tauck Operated Shore Trips and Pricing
And Tauck’s shore excursions, adds Mahar, are designed and operated exclusively by the company, all leveraging Tauck’s 97-year history of guiding award-winning land tours.
He emphasizes: “We take great pride in our ability to reveal the culture and history of a destination, and each of our shore excursions are Tauck-exclusive experiences typically led by our local guides in tandem with our own Tauck Director guides.”
Those Tauck Director guides also handle onboard and onshore needs and requests of Tauck guests throughout the trip.
So, here’s the scoop on pricing and the specific Tauck inclusions. For U.S. travelers, Tauck’s “Shores of Eastern Canada and New England” itinerary is priced from $8,990 per person, double occupancy, plus airfare.
For those from Canada, the United Kingdom or Australia, pricing is from $11,680 CAD, £6,760 or $12,660 AUD.
What’s included in the cruise fare? Guests receive all shore excursions, the Manhattan and Quebec City hotel stays, all gratuities, airport transfers, luggage handling, port charges, taxes and more.
Did you know that in 2023 Tauck will celebrate its 30th anniversary of offering small-ship ocean cruises? Yep, that’s true.
In fact, in 2023, Tauck will operate more than 100 sailings of 18 small ship cruising itineraries. Those journeys will explore North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica and the Arabian Peninsula. Tauck’s guests also will sail on 16 different ships.
Luxury Cruises: Two Partners
Tauck already operates other cruises aboard select Silversea vessels including Silver Origin, dedicated to Galapagos Islands sailings, as well as Silver Muse.
That said, Tauck’s primary maritime partner remains Ponant. In total, Tauck features nine different Ponant ships (including five of its six new Explorer-class vessels) on itineraries across the globe.
Here’s a link to more details about Tauck’s new “Shores of Eastern Canada and New England itinerary.” Talk to your travel advisor about pricing, accommodations, accessibility needs, air ticketing and more.
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