Fall Colours Cruise to USA and Canada

19
Nights
2018
SEP 30
From
$9475
MS
Zuiderdam
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals
Definite
Departure

The Senior newspaper and Travelrite International invites you to join us on board MS Zuiderdam for the Fully Escorted Fall Colours Cruise to USA and Canada

Visiting New York, Boston, Bar Harbor; USA. Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Cruising Gulf of St Lawrence, Saguenay, Quebec, Montreal; Canada

Tour highlights

  • Welcome dinner
  • Sightseeing tours in New York, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Prince Edward Island, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal
  • Travel to historic Ellis Island where half the population of the US entered the United States for the first time
  • Follow some of the Freedom Trail that covers sites associated with the American War of Independence
  • Drive through Acadia National Park, designated one of America’s most scenic byways
  • The quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, home to one of the most spectacular lighthouses in Canada
  • Visit Anne of Green Gables Museum
  • The charming village of Saguenay
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebec
  • The scenic train of Train de Charlevoix, from Quebec City through spectacular landscapes, seaside towns and villages
  • Chateau de Ramezay, built in 1705 as the residence of Montreal Governor Claude de Ramezay
  • A farewell dinner to celebrate our journey
  • Luxury Cruising onboard MS Zuiderdam
Fall Colours Cruise to USA and Canada Map

Includes

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to New York and return from Montreal
  • 11 days/10 nights on the luxurious MS Zuiderdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Zuiderdam
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in New York Including breakfasts
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Quebec City including breakfasts
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Montreal including breakfasts
  • 2 dinners as listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours in New York, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Prince Edward Island, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal
  • Train de Charlevoix journey from Quebec City
  • Port and handling charges and cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities
MS Volendam Deck plans

MS Zuiderdam

The MS Zuiderdam was launched in 2002. Built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, the MS Zuiderdam blends the very latest in shipbuilding technology with the artistry, personalised touches and superior service that has made Holland America Line one of the highest-rated cruise lines in the world. At the heart of the MS Zuiderdam is the Vista Dining room spanning two floors. For casual eating there is an extensive Lido Café and an alternative dining option with the Pinnacle Grill. Dutch heritage and tradition is clearly displayed throughout the ship with a wonderful art collection.

Clothing on board

You will need the following types of clothing on board: casual shipboard attire or day wear, and evening wear. Casual nights on board may be sports shirt and slacks and equivalent for ladies. During the evening on formal nights a dinner suit or dark suit for gentlemen and eveningwear for ladies is recommended. There is usually two formal nights on the cruise. The self-service restaurants are casual.

Don’t worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise are travelling alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you and there will be group activities almost every day.

Day 1 Sunday 30 September 2018 Depart Australia to New York
Today we board our overnight flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to New York. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. We will be met at the airport by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2 Monday 1 October 2018 New York, USA
Today we have a sightseeing tour of the city. We will see the major sites of the city including the Empire State Building, Wall Street, the Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Times Square and much more. We will also visit Ground Zero, once the site of the World Trade Centre. The rest of the afternoon is free for sightseeing and shopping. A walk up 5th Avenue is an unforgettable experience as is walking around Soho, Tribeca or Brooklyn or Central Park. We will enjoy an included welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3 Tuesday 2 October 2018 New York
This morning we travel by boat to the famous Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French to American people in 1886 and engineered by Gustave Eiffel, it has been the symbol of the freedom of the USA to immigrants for over 100 years. We then travel to historic Ellis Island where half the population of the US entered the United States for the first time. We will see the route that new immigrants took through the processing room, medical appraisal room and entry room.

Day 4 Wednesday 3 October 2018 New York / Embarkation
This morning will be free for shopping and sightseeing. Early afternoon the group will be transferred to MS Zuiderdam. Enjoy the spectacular view of the New York skyline as we depart this wonderful city.

Day 5 Thursday 4 October 2018 At sea
The morning will be free to explore the wonderful facilities of the ship. This afternoon join the group for a fun game of bingo, with prizes for the winners. This evening we have a welcome drinks party to celebrate the start of our cruise.

Day 6 Friday 5 October 2018 Boston, Massachusetts
This morning we arrive in Boston, known as the cradle of American Independence, and is now New England’s centre for finance and technology. The home of Harvard University, the area is among the most varied and interesting in America. We will have a city tour with a local guide. During the tour we follow some of the Freedom Trail that covers sites associated with the American War of Independence. We will see Bunker Hill, site of the first battle of the war, Paul Revere’s House, Kings Chapel, Boston Harbour, site of the famous Boston tea party and more.

Day 7 Saturday 6 October 2018 Bar Harbor, Maine
This morning we arrive into Bar Harbor, Maine. A beautiful natural area where many celebrities have holiday houses. We will explore some of the beautiful natural scenery in the area. We will drive through Acadia National Park, designated one of America’s most scenic byways and admire the spectacular coastal scenery, with stops for photographs. There will also be some short walks to highlights of the rocky coastline – the very essence of Maine. We will pass a number of Victorian mansions that survived the Great Fire of 1947 as we drive along a portion of the Park Loop Road. A very enjoyable and relaxing day

Day 8 Sunday 7 October 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
This morning our guided sightseeing tour takes us to Halifax’s historic waterfront, where we will hear tales of the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and enjoy the scenic Old Town area. We see the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where over 100 victims of the Titanic are buried. We will also visit the quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, home to one of the most spectacular lighthouses in Canada. Peggy’s Cove is famed for its picturesque and typically East-Coast profile, with houses perched along a narrow inlet and on wave-washed boulders facing the Atlantic. Although this unique environment has been designated a preservation area, it is still an active fishing community.

Day 9 Monday 8 October 2018 Sydney, Nova Scotia
Today we have an overview tour of the city of Sydney, founded by loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. We then travel on the Cabot Trail through and around the Cabot Highlands National Park. There will be stops for short walks and to take photographs of the spectacular scenery of Cape Breton Island. A great day.

Day 10 Tuesday 9 October 2018 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, with street’s lined with colourful planters. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels Anne of Green Gables and the home of the author Lucy Maud Montgomery. We visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silverbush. This is the spacious house, where the author was married in 1911. We then tour some of the island and see some of the spectacular scenery and a lighthouse before we return to Charlottetown and the ship.

Day 11 Wednesday 10 October 2018 Cruising Gulf of St. Lawrence
A lighthouse on little St. Paul’s Island is a stark reminder of days gone by as you sail past this infamous old shipwreck site, known as the graveyard of the gulf, on our way through the Cabot Strait and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. So huge is the gulf that half of Canada’s 10 provinces have a coastal connection to it. Perhaps that’s not surprising, considering that it’s the world’s largest estuary and fed all the way from the Great Lakes 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) away.

Day 12 Thursday 11 October 2018 Saguenay, Quebec
We arrive in the charming village of Saguenay, where we visit the district of Chicoutimi – known for its decidedly French atmosphere and a touch of the Old World, and learn about the area’s culture and history. On your sightseeing tour, we will discover the importance of Saguenay Fjord, deeply chiselled into the Laurentian Mountains and once a natural trading route for the First Nations people. We continue with a drive along the main street, Rue Racine, and past the Old Port, where we will have an opportunity to stop at the Cultural Quarter and the Little White House. Founded in 1898, the Pulp Mill of Chicoutimi played an important role in the development of the area, producing high-quality pulp that was exported throughout the world. Before returning to the ship, we will see the area of Jonquiere, also built as a company town.

Day 13 Friday 12 October 2018 Quebec City, Quebec
We arrive in the historic city of Quebec today. Founded in 1608 the Old Town of Quebec is the only walled city in North America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At over 400 years old the city is known for its cobblestone streets and squares and historic buildings. We will walk tour through the charming streets of Québec’s Old Town, best explored on foot, to discover nearly four centuries of history in what is essentially a living museum. See Place-Royale where typical stone buildings surrounding the historic square that constitutes the heart of the Lower Town. It is home to North America’s oldest Catholic Church – Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Petit-Champlain Street, around the corner from Place-Royale, is a charming pedestrianonly area. The lower town has streets lined with shops and art galleries, which reflect the streets 18th-century heritage. We see the Royal Battery, which has been reconstructed and replicas of 18th-century canons are on display. We travel to Place Royal Square in the upper town, which was the hub of the city’s economic activity until the mid-19th century. We see the Citadel and Quebec’s fortifications.

Day 14 Saturday 13 October 2018 Quebec
We disembark the ship this morning and further tour Quebec. We are then transferred to our hotel, our home for the next 2 nights. The rest of the afternoon will be free.

Day 15 Sunday 14 October 2018 Quebec
This morning we travel on the scenic train of Train de Charlevoix, from Quebec City through spectacular landscapes, seaside towns and villages. Founded by the owner of the Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Gauthier, the train travels through an amazing mountain and sea landscape and offers a unique 125 km rail journey across a legendary region of natural beauty. We will have time to explore historic towns before returning to Quebec and our hotel.

Day 16 Monday 15 October 2018 Montreal
Today we travel to city of Montreal. Founded in 1642 by French colonists, by the 1860s it was the economic heart of Canada. Today it is the second biggest city in Canada, only to Toronto, and the largest French-speaking city in Canada. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of Old Montreal. We see bustling Place Jacques Cartier and the Basilique Notre Dame, situated in Place D’Armes. We see the Old Seminary built by Sulpician missionaries in 1685, the oldest building in Montreal. The downtown area of Montreal has a North American look, with wide thoroughfares winding through a forest of skyscrapers. We check-in to our hotel in the afternoon.

Day 17 Tuesday 16 October 2018 Montreal
This morning we visit Chateau de Ramezay, built in 1705 as the residence of Montreal Governor Claude de Ramezay. It is now a museum of early Quebec history and the enclosed garden next door has been re-created to resemble one like those cultivated by Montreal’s nobility in the 18th century. It was the first building in Québec to be classified an historic monument. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey.

Day 18 Wednesday 17 October 2018 Departure
This morning we say farewell to Montreal and transfer to the airport for our return flight to Australia.

Day 19 Thursday 18 October 2018 Inflight

Day 20 Friday 19 October 2018 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
L Interior 4,5,6,7 $9,475 $11,620
K Interior 1,4,5,6,10 $9,540 $11,740
J Interior 1 $9,560 $11,775
I Interior 6,7,8 $9,595 $11,830
G Ocean View* 4 $9,960 $12,395
F Ocean View 1,6 $9,995 $12,450
E Ocean View 1 $10,015 $12,480
DD Ocean View 1 $10,050 $12,550
D Ocean View 1,4 $10,080 $12,600
C Ocean View 1 $10,100 $12,640
VD Balcony 6,7 $11,165 $15,475
VC Balcony 4,5,6,8 $11,190 $15,520
VB Balcony 4,5,6,7,10 $11,235 $15,600
VA Balcony 4,5,6,8 $11,280 $15,695
SY Suite 5,8 $12,595 $18,330
SS Suite 6 $12,850 $18,840
SC Suite 6, 7 $15,120 $23,350
SB Suite 4,5,6,7,8 $15,515 $24,100
SA Suite 7 $15,890 $24,850
Included port and handling charges $761 $1,151
Included air taxes as of 1/7/2017 $250 $250
Included cruise gratuities $180 $180

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to New York and return from Montreal
  • 11 days/10 nights on the luxurious MS Zuiderdam in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on MS Zuiderdam
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in New York Including breakfasts
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Quebec City including breakfasts
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Montreal including breakfasts
  • 2 dinners as listed in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours in New York, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Prince Edward Island, Saguenay, Quebec and Montreal
  • Train de Charlevoix journey from Quebec City
  • Port and handling charges and cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches and dinners when not on the ship unless listed in the itinerary

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser MS Zuiderdam is operated by Holland America Line Cruises and the MS Zuiderdam fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the Holland America Line 2018 brochure and website. All passengers must complete the Holland America Line on line check in and complete a Travelrite International booking form.

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $900 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. The confirmation advice will contain all details. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the MS Zuiderdam fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

Cancellation Charges

Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 120 days Loss of deposit
120 - 91 days 25% of full fare
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

Refunds

The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. If you are not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements. A US ESTA and Canadian eTA are required.

Travel Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Baggage

Passengers qualify for two pieces pf free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ATAS No A1038) is the tour organiser. Travelrite International Pty Ltd, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/ cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/ or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/ cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/ cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of Holland America Line detailed on their website. If you do not have these details please contact Travelrite International and we will send them to you

How to Book

Bookings can be made online or by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
Fax (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years and operating in Victoria for more than 35 years. It has two offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA and ATAS (No.A10538). As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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