Sample Chesapeake Itinerary
1 Guests can board
ARABELLA along the vibrant Annapolis waterfront in the early afternoon.
Famous for its stunning period architecture and lively seaport
culture, Annapolis is a mecca for history bluffs and adventure seekers.
Check out the scene at the US Naval Academy just steps from the
dock, then discover the sights, epicurean adventures and charming stops
that this city has to offer. After
a “welcome aboard” cocktail hour on Arabella’s aft deck, don’t
forget to sample the wealth of dining opportunities Annapolis is so famous
2 This morning we set sail into
the upper Chesapeake, whose sheltered waters and bountiful fisheries of
America’s greatest estuary have attracted people for centuries.
As we cruise past wooded shores, you’ll see crab fisherman
hauling their catch, sailing oyster dredges dragging the shallows for
these succulent shellfish, while sealife of all types teem about.
lunchtime we’re dropping anchor off the eastern shore seaport of St.
Michaels, where we’ll spend the day ashore exploring this historic
seaport. The Chesapeake Bay
Meritime Museum is a must-see, with a collection of 85 vessels and the
restored Hooper Strait Lighthouse on display.
Cap off the day by sampling the authentic cuisine of this hidden
side of Maryland.
3 Our sail today brings us to
the mouth of the Choptank River, off which branches the Tred Avon River -
on which we find the port of Oxford.
This tidy village is full of history and charm, surrounded by
sparkling inhabited islands and creeks.
We’ll launch our fleet of sea kayaks for exploring the marshes
upstream, or you can rent a bike, take a short trip across the river to
Bellevue on the oldest privately operated ferry service in the United
States (since 1683!), and ride along the quiet wooded lanes.
Be sure to work up an appetite, because tonight we’ll be treated
to a Chesapeake tradition – the crab boil- where we’ll get to enjoy
the local harvest of the sea as it’s been prepared for generations.
4 Back out into the bay today
for a brisk sail down to Solomons, at the mouth of the Patuxet River on
the west shore of the bay. This
delightful port offers many attractions, including a restored 1934 seafood
packing house, but a short cruise upriver shows a very different culture
than seen so far. Nestled
amongst the heavily treed bluffs along the river are plantations and manor
houses that are survivors of the Antebellum South. Many of these are now restored and open to the public.
Our visit to this unique area would not be complete however without
a visit to the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, where we can learn more
about the ecology and natural resources of the Bay.
5 Today we’ll cross the bay
and venture further up the Choptank River, to the bustling town of
Cambridge. One of the oldest
towns in Maryland, Cambridge offers museums and historic homes, as well as
the Brookes Barrel Company. Here
we get a chance to cruise on a traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack, the Nathan,
which serves as a sailing ambassador for the town. Plan a walking tour, or set off on your own expedition by
kayak along the peaceful riverfront.
Tonight join your shipmates at one of Cambridge’s great dining
spots to recap the highlights of your cruise.
6 Our final sail up the broad
waters of the Chesapeake, a cloud of canvas overhead- seabirds skimming
low over the blue water, finds us sailing back into the bustling harbor of
Annapolis. After a farewell
brunch you’ll still have time to stroll the waterfront for one last look
at the tranquil waters of Chesapeake Bay.
This is a sample itinerary. All stops are subject to the captain’s discretion and may vary due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
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