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From New York to Nova Scotia

A voyage along America’s East Coast to Canada aboard the MS Hebridean Sky

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Join us for what promises to be a fascinating voyage from New York to Nova Scotia including the beautiful and dramatic coast of New England. We explore both charming coastal towns that boast the best preserved colonial architecture in North America and the sprawling metropolises of New York City and Boston, brimming with culture, history and entertainment. There is plenty for nature lovers too from the rich flora and fauna along the Connecticut River Valley to the great natural beauty of the Canadian Maritimes.

We begin our journey in the iconic city of New York from where we have the added advantage of an overnight mooring allowing you to perhaps take in a show on Broadway or dine ashore. Setting sail from New York, to name just a few highlights, we visit Martha’s Vineyard, filled with charming shops, restaurants and glorious beaches upon which to take a gentle stroll and Boston, elegant and sophisticated, with cobbled streets and turn of the century homes. From here we discover Cambridge, with its plethora of arts and culture, a seat of learning like its English namesake before a relaxing journey north takes us to Portland where we explore the fascinating history of this region that played such an influential role in the settlement of the British and eventually their expulsion. We continue along the rugged and beautiful coastline of the sprawling state of Maine where we call into the charming ports of Portland and Rockland.

Upon reaching Maritime Canada we witness a slower pace of life and one that honours land and sea with a cultural mix of early French, Irish, Scottish and English influences. We will visit the expansive coastal wilderness and birdlife of the Fundy Trail, the charming countryside and vineyards of the Annapolis Valley and the picturesque village of Lunenburg, in Nova Scotia, the region’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled on a hilly peninsula, this 19th century village is known for its shipbuilding, seafaring expertise and its natural beauty. We end our cruise in the bustling city of Halifax with its pretty waterfront area and centuries-old maritime heritage.

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Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.

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Day 1 - London to New York, America.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky. We will remain moored overnight and so have the whole evening to enjoy this iconic city.

Day 2 - New York.

This morning enjoy the city highlights of Manhattan as we pass the Empire State building, Central Park and Times Square. The afternoon is free to explore independently. Maybe visit the legendary artists and writers’ quarter of Greenwich Village, enjoy shopping on Fifth Avenue, visit one of the world famous galleries such as the Guggenheim in the Upper East Side or the Museum of Natural History. If you prefer to escape from the hubbub, enjoy a stroll around Central Park or along the Highline. We will set sail this evening after dinner. To stand on deck whilst we sail out of New York City past the Statue of Liberty is a truly breathtaking experience.

Day 3 - New London, Connecticut.

Arrive this morning into the lovely sea port city of New London. It was founded in 1646 by John Winthrop Jr, who led the first English to settle here and is named after our very own capital city of England. On our tour today we will join the Essex steam train followed by a cruise on a river boat and both rides will showcase the blooming flora and fauna along the Connecticut River Valley, enjoy close up views of wildlife in the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek and see historic sites such as the East Haddam Swing Bridge, Goodspeed Opera House, and Gillette Castle.

Day 4 - Newport, Rhode Island.

Through the years Newport has made a name for itself in a variety of manners, first as a colony founded on religious freedom, later as the summer playground for the American socialite families including Kennedy and Eisenhower, also as a key location for the United States Navy, and then as the yachting centre it is today. A principal 18th century port city, Newport now boasts amongst the highest number of surviving colonial builds of any city in the United States. Our morning tour will explore the opulent Oceanside mansions including the Breakers and Marble house designed for the Vanderbilts in the late 19th century. We return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure to explore independently.

Day 5 - Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Over a century ago, Martha’s Vineyard was one of the world’s most important whaling centres. Today, its picturesque landscape of fishing villages and beautiful beaches is home to local, summertime and celebrity residents. On a morning tour we will visit the village of West Tisbury, see the ‘gingerbread cottages’ of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, an architectural gem of 18th and 19th century sea captains’ houses and other historic buildings. Later, you will have the opportunity to stroll along the harbour or discover the town’s fine boutiques and restaurants.

Day 6 - Boston, Massachusetts.

This morning we explore Boston and Cambridge. Founded in 1630 as the first seat of government for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Cambridge has developed into an international community, merging history, education, arts and culture. Stroll the historically elegant Brattle Street with its outstanding collection of Tory mansions including the Longfellow House National Historic Site, a treasure chest of historic artefacts. In Boston, visit the Old North Church, where Paul Revere began his famous ride, and discover the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, with lovely turn-of-thecentury homes and cobblestone streets.

Day 7 - Portland, Maine.

Arrive this morning into Portland’s historic Old Port district brimming with charming boutiques and quaint cafes. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland when he wrote ‘My Lost Youth.’ We will enjoy a tour of the city highlights including a stop at the Portland Head Light, America’s first lighthouse. It was commissioned by George Washington and built in 1787 to guard what was then the state’s busiest harbour. The Old Port Exchange with its cobblestone streets is the core of the cultural revival that extends to the art district with its marvellous museum and art school. Alternatively, we hope to be able to offer a full day tour to the summit of Mount Washington, offering spectacular views, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont and north into Canada.

Day 8 - Rockland, Maine.

Called Catawanteak, meaning “great landing place” by the Abenaki Indians, Rockland harbour is one of the finest shipping and recreational boating harbours on the East Coast. Rockland combines historic preservation with chic stores and is a great place to spend a day. On a morning tour our local Rockland guide will inform us of the history of this harbour town as we visit the highlights including the famous Farnsworth Art Museum including the permanent collection called “Maine in America,” which focuses on Maine artists and The Wyeth Centre. After the tour you may wish to return to the ship or alternatively continue to Sharp’s Point South Marina, situated on the grounds of the historic Snow Shipyard, where before the turn of the last century, more schooners were built than anywhere in New England. Upon arrival watch the unveiling of a traditional, old-fashioned lobster bake luncheon and enjoy music performed by a local band while you dine before returning to the MS Hebridean Sky and setting sail for Canada.

Day 9 - St John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Arrive this morning into St John, the only city on the shore of the Bay of Fundy and home to the world’s highest tides. Saint John is Canada’s first incorporated city, a celebrated wooden shipbuilding centre with a colourful history. Today, the quaint “Uptown” area is laden with Victorianinfluenced architecture, brick walkways, historic churches, town squares and flowers blooming around old-fashioned lamp posts. On our morning tour we will have the opportunity to see the Reversing Rapids, a unique phenomenon created by the collision of the Bay of Fundy’s monstrous tides and the mighty St John River. After lunch choose to discover St John at leisure or join a scenic drive to the picturesque hamlet of St Martins, an area of great natural beauty and the gateway to the Fundy Trail, the last undeveloped stretch of wilderness coast in North America. Famous for its red cliffs, echo caves and birdwatching there will be time to explore the area before we return to the ship.

Day 10 - Digby, Nova Scotia.

Arrive this morning into Digby, a small town nestled in a protected inlet off the Bay of Fundy. Digby will be our base for today and from where we will visit the Annapolis Valley, an area of great natural beauty and rich history, including the expulsion in 1755 of the Acadians, descendants of French colonists. The main breadbasket for colonial Canada, it still produces much of Nova Scotia’s fresh produce and with a climate and soil that favours unique and distinctive grape varietals, Annapolis Valley is now producing several of Canada’s award winning wines. We will visit one of the wineries and enjoy a tasting before returning to the MS Hebridean Sky.

Day 11 - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

After a relaxing morning at sea we will arrive into Lunenburg during lunch. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour through the UNESCO World Heritage awarded town of Lunenburg. Established in 1753, the Old Town is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Named in honour of King George II who was also the Duke of Braunschweig-Lunenburg, the architecture of this seaside town reflects a strong European influence due to the settlement of ‘Foreign Protestants’ from Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. We visit stunning historical buildings and stately heritage homes as we explore the Old Town and visit the aquarium at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

Day 12 - Halifax.

The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain’s major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax’s Historic Properties recall the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage. Our morning tour will include the Halifax citadel which lies on a natural drumlin overlooking the entire city with superb views of the harbour. Explore the restored barrack, magazine and corridors before continuing to the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried and finally see the Victorian Public Gardens, an oasis in the centre of the bustling city. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and this afternoon is free to relax on board or return to further explore Halifax.

Day 13 - Halifax to London.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for our return scheduled flight to London.

Day 14 - London.

Arrive this morning.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
19 May 2018 to 1 June 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Amundsen Deck Standard Suite £7795 £7395
Byrd Deck Superior Suite £7995 £7595
Mawson Deck Premium Suite £8295 £7895
Mawson Deck Corner Suite £8595 £8195
Scott Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite £9895 £9495
Shackleton Deck Owner's Balcony Suite £10295 £9895
Shackleton Deck Hebridean Suite £11295 £10895
Amundsen Deck Standard for sole use £9795 £9395
Byrd Deck Superior for sole use £9995 £9595

Tour Reference Code: SCHSK190518

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 12 nights aboard the MS Hebridean Sky on a full board basis, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions, onboard team including Guest Speaker, gratuities, transfers, port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, visas.

Ship to Shore: Please note that we will be at anchor at the following ports and will use local boats to tender ashore: Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Rockland, Digby and Lunenburg. 

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Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.

  • MS Hebridean Sky
    MS Hebridean Sky
  • Library
  • Reception
  • The Lounge
    The Lounge
  • The Club
    The Club
  • Hair & Beauty Salon
    Hair & Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant
  • At sea
    At sea
  • Sun loungers on Observation Deck
    Sun loungers on Observation Deck
  • Owners Balcony Suite - Cabin 601
    Owners Balcony Suite - cabin 601
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Corner Suite
    Corner Suite
  • Premium Suite
    Premium Suite
  • Hebridean Suite
    Hebridean Suite
  • Superior Suite
    Superior Suite
  • Premium Suite
    Premium Suite
  • Staff On Board
    Staff On Board
  • Staff On Board
    Staff On Board
  • Food & Drink On Board
    Food & Drink On Board
  • Artwork On Board
    Artwork On Board
  • Lido Deck
    Lido Deck
  • MS Hebridean Sky
    MS Hebridean Sky
  • Owner's Balcony Suite
    Owner's Balcony Suite
  • Owner's Balcony Suite
    Owner's Balcony Suite
  • Your Suite

    On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

    Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds.

    The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additonal benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary internet usage, complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry.


  • Your Space

    The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and Expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens.

    In addition to the main Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the on board pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature on board. A selection of games and two computers complete with complimentary internet access can also be found in The Library.

    The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board.

    Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Further to this on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. There is also a small hairdressers on board with appointments made on request.

    Throughout the vessel you will notice a wide selection of artwork. With the assistance of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, we were able to secure some wonderful prints from the expeditions of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

  • Your Dining

    It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

    With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board all three vessels is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

    In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

    The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

  • For your Comfort

    The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.

  • Life Onboard

    If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels.

    When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship.

    The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

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  • Cabin Plans



    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Suite 601 is located on the Shackleton Deck and measures approximately 22 square metres with a large private balcony of 8 square metres with table and chairs. The configuration of the suite varies to the other suites on the Shackleton Deck and is as shown in the cabin plan above.

  • Review

    Click below for a review on Silver Travel Advisor of our La Dolce Vita cruise aboard MS Hebridean Sky.

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Onboard Team

  • Jeremy Black

    Jeremy Black

    Jeremy Black is a prolific historian with specialties in world military history, the history of tourism, and both the 18th and 20th Century. Educated at Cambridge and Oxford, he is Professor at Exeter having previously been Professor at Durham.  He received his MBE for services to stamp design.

    Jeremy Black will be on the following tour dates: 19 May 2018 to 1 June 2018
  • Martin Sixsmith

    Martin Sixsmith was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw in the 1980s and 90s and worked as Director of Communications for the British Government from 1997 to 2002.  He is now an author, presenter and journalist. His non-fiction books include Moscow Coup, The Litvinenko File, Putin’s Oil and Russia: A Thousand Year Chronicle of the Wild East. He worked as a consultant on the BBC2 political sitcom The Thick of It and the 2010 movie In the Loop. In 2011 he presented the BBC’s 50-episode history of Russia on Radio Four. In 2013 his book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee was adapted into the film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It was nominated for four Oscars. In 2014 he presented Radio 4’s 25-part history of psychology and psychiatry. His new book Ayesha’s Gift is the story of a young woman’s search to discover the truth after her father is murdered in Pakistan.

    Martin Sixsmith will be on the following tour dates: 19 May 2018 to 1 June 2018

Tour Extensions

    • 16th to 19th May 2018

      If you would like to spend some time in New York before embarking the MS Hebridean Sky we are offering a three night extension staying at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Located in the Midtown district near Grand Central Station, the hotel is in the perfect location for individual exploration. A transfer will be provided from the airport to the hotel for your three night stay when the time is yours to explore independently until the group transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      Twin £785
      Single £1295

      Price includes: Three nights accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on breakfast only basis, transfers, porterage.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, visa.

    • 31st May to 4th June 2018

      After disembarking, if you would like to explore the magnificent scenery of Prince Edward Island, the land of Anne of Green Gables, we are offering a three night hotel extension during which we will see the island’s lush landscapes, historic lighthouses and visit a local winery.

      Day 1 Halifax & Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Disembark the MS Hebridean Sky and travel to Peggy’s Cove for a guided tour. We will return to the city of Halifax for lunch at a local restaurant before departing to the province of Prince Edward Island. Enjoy a brief tour of the city of Charlottetown before checking in to your hotel (The Holman Grand or similar). The remainder of the day will be at leisure with dinner under your own arrangements.

      Day 2 Prince Edward Island. After breakfast depart on a full day guided excursion of Prince Edward Island which will include time to explore Cavendish Beach, Anne of Green Gables Museum and Green Gables Heritage Place before stopping at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company for a lobster lunch and some free time. Enjoy a scenic drive back to the hotel with a photo stop in North Rustico. Later this evening there will be the opportunity to attend a performance of Anne & Gilbert: The Musical.

      Day 3 Prince Edward Island. After breakfast enjoy a half day tour visiting two of the provinces many lighthouses, Point Prim Lighthouse and Wood Island Lighthouse. We will continue to a local winery and after a wine and cheese tasting will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure with lunch and dinner under your own arrangements.

      Day 4 Halifax to London. Check out after breakfast and depart for the province of New Brunswick. We will travel over the Confederation Bridge to Hopewell Rocks, these bizarre sandstone erosion formations rise magnificently from the ocean floor resembling mushrooms and ice cream cones. From here head back to Nova Scotia for a visit to Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will enjoy both lunch and dinner during our tour at local restaurants and later this evening transfer to the airport for our return scheduled flight to London.

      Day 5 London. Arrive today.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      Twin £1095
      Single £1395

      Price includes: Three nights hotel accommodation including breakfast, guided excursions as described, lunch on days 1, 2 and 4, dinner on day 4, gratuities.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, visa, meals other than those stated.

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