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America's Historic Atlantic Shores:
A Luxury Cruise

September 28 - October 9, 2009
Faculty: Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History

Price: All Suite Cabins starting at $6,995 per person, double occupancy.
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Overview

Atlantic ShoresAmerica was born along its Atlantic coast. The first towns and cities of the 13 original colonies were all seaports—commercial centers as well as points of entry that welcomed new colonists from the Old World. From these legendary shores, American merchants sent ships full of fur and timber to Europe. In time, America would export its ideas about independence and democracy.

This autumn, join U.Va. Professor of History Peter Onuf and rediscover, up close and personal, the people, places and events that shaped the American Character—from Maine to Florida. Unpack once and relax for your journey of discovery aboard the luxury mega yacht Clelia II.

Our voyage along America's Atlantic shore is a journey through time, to places that shaped the course of the country's history and to centers of culture that laid the foundation for the American society.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

The ship for this historic voyage is the all-suite, 100-guest Clelia II, a luxurious small cruise ship known for its fine accommodations, superb cuisine, impeccable service and intimate ambiance akin to a private club.

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Meals

Includes all meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise.

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Faculty

Peter OnufPeter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at U.Va.

A very popular professor and faculty director of the U.Va. Jefferson Symposium, Peter is author of Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (2001) and The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007), editor of Jeffersonian Legacies (1993), and co-editor of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (1999) and The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (2002). Peter is also, with his brother international relations theorist Nicholas G. Onuf, the coauthor of Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War (2006).  All of these titles are published by University of Virginia Press.  Peter was a faculty leader on Cavalier Travels’ Mediterranean World and the Classical Tradition cruise in 2006.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday, September 28 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Arrive at Halifax’s airport and transfer to the port to embark Clelia II. Set sail. (D)

Day 2 - Tuesday, September 29 - At Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 3 - Wednesday, September 30 - Portland, Maine

Arrive in Portland, Maine’s largest city, and explore the charming Old Port district, with boutiques and quaint restaurants lining cobblestoned streets. In the heart of this picturesque quarter is The Portland Museum of Art, home to more than 18,000 works that date back to the American Colonial era. Also see the landmark Portland Observatory as well as one of America’s best preserved Victorian residential neighborhoods, situated on a cliff above the western promenade. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Thursday, October 1 - Newport, Rhode Island

Clelia II sails into the yacht-filled harbor of Newport, the one-time summer playground of New York’s wealthiest families. Many of the grand “cottages” they built are now cared for by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. See The Breakers, the 70-room Italian Renaissance mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, and Marble House, designed by architect Stanford White, the same architect who designed the rebuilding of the U.Va. Rotunda after the 1895 fire and Old Cabell, Cocke and Rouss Halls. Alternatively, visit the National Museum of American Illustration, housed in Vernon Court Mansion and exhibiting works by Noman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Friday, October 2 - At Sea

(B, L, D)

Day 6 - Saturday, October 3 - Annapolis, Maryland

Our tour will include the Maryland State House, the oldest U.S. capitol in continuous legislative use, where the Treaty of Paris was ratified; the William Paca House and Garden, the expansive estate of a former governor of Maryland; and the historic U.S. Naval Academy. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or take an excursion along Maryland’s eastern shore with visits to the historic towns of Easton and St. Michael’s. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Sunday, October 4 - Yorktown / Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

From the port of Yorktown, our excursion leads to historic Colonial Williamsburg. The capital of the Virginia colony from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg is the nation’s premier living museum, offering visitors a glimpse of life as it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. A guided tour leads along the Duke of Gloucester Street, past the Capitol, the courthouse, the Governor’s Palace and the historic Bruton Parish Church. Enjoy lunch at the historic King’s Arms Tavern before time at leisure. Later in the afternoon visit your choice of the Yorktown Battlefield, site of the decisive 1781 battle, or the award-winning Williamsburg Winery. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Monday, October 5 - At Sea

Faculty talks and relaxation at sea. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Tuesday, October 6 - Charleston, South Carolina

Arrive today in Charleston, one of the East Coast’s loveliest cities. A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport as far back as colonial times, it was here in Charleston’s harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumter, starting the Civil War. Tour Charleston’s extensive historic district, including the Heyward-Washington House. In the afternoon, drive to historic Middleton Place Plantation, a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that is a National Historic Landmark or take the ferry to Fort Sumter. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Wednesday, October 7 - Savannah, Georgia

Call at Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. The fine avenues and open spaces form the cornerstone of the three-square-mile historic district which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares brimming with azaleas, gardenias, cabbage palmettos, English yews, giant oaks and other lush vegetation. A tour includes a visit to a private 1867 home, its garden and carriage home as well as the Telfair Art Museum. In the afternoon enjoy time at leisure to stroll among the lovely streets and squares. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Thursday, October 8 - At Sea

Faculty talks and relaxation at sea. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - Friday, October 9 - West Palm Beach, Florida

Disembark in West Palm Beach and transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

 

OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE EXTENSION
Halifax, Nova Scotia
September 26-28

Discover the charms of historic, harborside Halifax and Lunenburg, a 19th-century village nestled on a hilly peninsula and known for its shipbuilding and natural beauty.

Includes: Two nights at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, with breakfast; sightseeing tour of Halifax; full-day excursion with lunch to Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site; lobster dinner; and transfers between the airport and hotel and to the pier on the program dates.


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Program Fees

All accommodations aboard Clelia II are suites.  They are outside facing, afford sea views, and include a bedroom with two twin-size beds or one queen-size bed, sitting area, mini bar, TV, DVD/CD player, and marble appointed bathroom with spacious shower and other amenities.

Cruise/Land pricing is as follows.  Our operator can arrange air travel for you at an additional cost.

Click here to view the deck plan & pricing. (pdf)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT WAIVED:  No Single Supplement on base program for solo travelers booked by June 29, 2009.

OPTIONAL PRE-CRUISE EXTENSION TO HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
$895 per person, double occupancy
$325 single supplement

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SAVINGS
Our operator for this trip, Travel Dynamics International, is celebrating its 40th anniversary operating small ship cruises and is offering special birthday savings on this sailing. If your birthday or that of your traveling companion falls within the dates of this trip, they will extend 50% off one person’s listed cruise and land rate. Single travelers whose birthday occurs during the voyage will receive a $500 discount and will have the single supplement waived. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

Price includes:
11-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Clelia II
Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
Complete program of tours and excursions
Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
Port and embarkation taxes
Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers

Price does not include: Airfare; visa and passport fees; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel.

 

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646 or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Balance due must be paid by check.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. For your convenience, you may charge your tour deposit to a major credit card. We also accept personal checks. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Credit cards are not accepted for final payment.

Cancellations & Refunds: All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. Cancellations received 61-90 days prior to departure will be assessed a penalty equal to 50% of the total program cost per person. Cancellations received within 60 days of departure are subject to 100% cancellation penalties. Requests for cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be made for any part of this program in which you choose not to participate. Additionally, passengers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services, including airlines or hotels used in the itinerary. Service fees may apply to deviations and are non-refundable.

Itinerary Changes: The itinerary, accommodations, and arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of Travel Dynamics International.

Insurance: We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. You may enroll with Travel Dynamics International's insurance carrier, Travelex, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice.

Responsibility: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the passenger and Travel Dynamics International and the tour's sponsoring organization. The passenger is also advised to review his/her separate ticket passage contract with the vessel's owner/operator, which will constitute the sole, legally enforceable terms of carriage for this tour and is available on request from Travel Dynamics International. Travel Dynamics International and the tour's sponsoring organization act solely as agents for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotel and other tour arrangements. In that capacity, we exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the passenger's safety and satisfaction, but, we neither assume nor bear any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third-party, involved in carrying the passenger or in effecting these tours. We are not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the passenger, and tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original tour such rescheduled tour or other substituted tour(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance tour expenditures as we are able to recover on the passenger's behalf from carriers, third-party tour vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the passenger beyond the foregoing. We reserve the right to make alterations to the tour's itinerary and to substitute hotels, ships, or study leaders/lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any tour prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the passenger shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any tour. By forwarding their deposit(s), the passenger certifies that he/she and/or their dependents, minors or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other passengers. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any tour should such person's health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other passengers or impede the tour. Baggage or valuables brought on the tour shall be transported, handled or stored at the passenger's risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be effected exclusively in the state or federal courts presiding in the City of New York, pursuant to applicable New York law.

Rates: Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, and currency values. While we do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.

Ship's Registry: Malta CST #204 3599-40 TDI

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