Yorktown to Sail Great Lakes / Atlantic Coast for Travel Dynamics

The Yorktown

Travel Dynamics International, a leading operator of high-caliber educational programs aboard small cruise ships, recently announced that they have acquired the Spirit of Yorktown from the now defunct Cruise West cruise line. The ship, renamed “Yorktown,” will sail the Atlantic Coast, Canandian Maritimes and Great Lakes during the summer of 2012.

The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and will be staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 257 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships.

In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and
lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. The ship’s cuisine, served in a dining room large enough to accommodate all guests at once, emphasizes American regional culinary traditions and specialties. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the Yorktown enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality that endears it to repeat and new guests alike.

Starting May 24, 2012, Yorktown will begin sailing the following itineraries:

New England / Canadian Maritime

  • A Springtime Voyage from New England to Montreal – Setting forth from the quintessential Massachusetts fishing town of Gloucester, sail northward to discover the majestic and historical lands of Maine. Discover the deep and layered history of Nova Scotia’s many cultures, and appreciate the unspoiled wilderness of Cape Breton Island. Enjoy the pastoral landscape of Prince Edward Island and pay a visit to the Anne of Green Gables House. Sail up the Saint Lawrence River to reach Quebec. After visiting several important cultural centers, continue your journey to vibrant Montreal.
  • From the St. Lawrence River to Coastal Maine – Setting forth from the idyllic city of Quebec, sail up the Saguenay River to Matane. Continue to the Gaspe Peninsula, then savor the historic and natural attractions of Prince Edward Island, site of the literature-steeped Anne of Green Gables House. Explore the well-preserved towns and pristine countryside of Nova Scotia. This remarkable passage culminates with calls along Maine’s inviting shores whose highlights include Bar Harbor, the natural splendor of Acadia National Park, and inviting Boothbay Harbor.
  • Fall Foliage Voyage to the New England Islands & the Hudson River – As summer wanes and the last of the tourists depart, the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard only become more beautiful, with leaves turning to orange, crimson and yellow. Revel in the delightfully charming New England towns of Old Saybrook and Essex. Round the tip of Manhattan and past the Statue of Liberty, then sail up the Hudson River, ablaze in the vibrant colors of autumn. Visit the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum, and some of the Hudson River Valley’s most prominent art museums. Also visit the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • The Historic Towns & Sites of the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware, James, and Potomac Rivers – Depart Philadelphia, sail the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, arriving at Annapolis with its naval heritage and historic sites. Visit St. Michaels and Tangier Island, then history-steeped Richmond and George Washington’s stately home at Mount Vernon. Pay a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, America’s premier living museum. Conclude your exploration in historic Alexandria.
  • The Colonial South & Its Idyllic Islands – Begin in Charleston, where we will relive the beginning of the Civil War at Fort Sumter and enjoy the antebellum charm. Then tour Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city. Learn about the Gullah people and how they’ve preserved their culture through generations on the island of Sapelo. From the grand architecture in downtown Beaufort to the grand mansions of Palm Beach, the preservation of these areas have allowed us to better understand our nation’s past.

Great Lakes

  • From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago – Discover vibrant towns and vast expanses of natural splendor. Starting from Montreal, sail through the St. Lawrence Seaway, cruising through the scenic Thousand Islands to reach Lake Ontario. Witness the dramatic manmade marvel of the Welland Canal. Nature enthusiasts will not be disappointed with a visit to Point Pelee National Park. Attend a powwow on Manitoulin Island, and explore beautiful Mackinac Island before sailing its shores to magnificent Chicago.
  • Great Lakes Grand Discovery – Lake St. Clair to Lake Superior – Explore the storied Great Lakes. Setting forth from Detroit, venture through Lake Huron to the 60 islands that make up Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Attend a traditional Native American powwow on Manitoulin Island, and visit charming Victorian-era Mackinac Island. Then transit the Soo Locks to stunning Lake Superior. Visit Whitefish Point, then sail along the ever-impressive Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Explore the unique natural environment of the Apostle Islands and the picturesque village of Bayield.
  • Great Lakes Grand Discovery – Lake Superior to Lake St. Clair – Sailing from Duluth, venture through Lake Superior to revel in the pristine beauty of the Apostle Islands and the Keweenaw Peninsula. Sail along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, visit Whitefish Point, then transit the Soo Locks. Explore Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula, as well as Michigan’s charming Victorian-era Mackinac Island. Attend a traditional Native American powwow, then discover the magnificent Bruce Peninsula and Georgian Bay.
  • North America’s Enchanting Seaway – After setting sail from Detroit, visit Cleveland, then pass through the complex Welland Canal. Thrill to the thundering of Niagara Falls, then traverse through the Thousand Islands. Navigate the historic St. Lawrence River en route to Montreal and Quebec City.
  • Voyage of the Great Lakes – On this unique itinerary, which encompasses American and Canadian ports, travelers will enjoy the delightful town of Saugatuck, the splendid landscape of the Door Peninsula; and Mackinac Island’s bygone Victorian charms. Experience the majestic grandeur of the shores of Lake Superior at Whitefish Point and experience Native American culture on Manitoulin Island. A highlight of our voyage will be transiting the Soo Locks that connect Lake Huron and Lake Superior.

For more information on these and other small ship cruise adventures, contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises toll-free at 1-888-815-5428.


4 thoughts on “Yorktown to Sail Great Lakes / Atlantic Coast for Travel Dynamics

  1. So glad to know the ship is in use. I am the artist whose paintings were hanging throughout the ship. Is the art still residing on the walls? I am interested in itineraries of the ship and would like to travel with you. If you need a someone to demonstrate the art of watercolor on any of the tours I am available. My resume and website is marilynnebradley.com
    Marilynne Bradley

    1. Marilynne, how good to hear from you. Your paintings were on the walls of the Yorktown, wow, that is fun to know you. Were you in touch with Leslie West when she did renovation on the ship and “redecorated”? If your paintings were on the wall with Cruise West I suspect they are still there. The ship is being renovated by Travel Dynamics for their sailings starting in 2012. So I do not know what their redorating plans are. If you give me your address I will be happy to send you a brochure of their sailings on the Great Lakes and east coast.

  2. vee-jay

    Wish the article gave more details on the extent of renovation/redecoration. I am interested in a 2012 cruise, but am reluctant to make the commitment for a ship built in 1988.

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