The Blount Difference
Luther Blount, the founder of Blount Small Ship Adventures, could have stopped the day he coined the term “small ship cruising.” By then, he was a prolific inventor and shipbuilder. He’d created ships so innovative, his competitors lined up, hoping to buy them. But he always saved the biggest innovations for his own fleet. Ships with bow ramps. Retractable pilot houses. Ships totally unlike anything else in cruising. He’d taken people deep into the nooks and crannies of the world, and along the way, discovered adventure in the places big cruises couldn’t sail.
Today, you’ll still find the Blount’s sailing and building ships. You’ll still find them bringing people filled with curiosity to the world’s unique places. And today, aboard a Blount Small Ship Adventure, you’ll still find the legacy of Luther. A legacy built on taking travelers a little further. Helping them see a little more. And experiencing what getting away can really mean. To learn more about Luther Blount and his story, visit http://www.blountsmallshipadventures.com//only-blount/a-history-of-innovation/ .
When you cruise with Blount, every day is filled with possibilities.
Your journey starts the moment you step aboard. The first thing you notice is the casual atmosphere. You begin to unwind. Relax. And it’s then that you get the itch to explore. So why not take a photography class, and get to know your cameras a little better, and maybe even make your vacation pictures a little more interesting along the way? Or attend a wine tasting, featuring vintages from the city on the banks of the river you’re cruising? Or learn from an onboard destination expert, teaching you about the wildlife at your next stop?
The possibilities keep coming once you land onshore. Our cruises have kayaks, snorkel equipment, and bikes available. So if you’re looking to explore the port, we have just the stuff you need. Over the years, we’ve developed close relationships in many of our ports, so our shore excursions are always personal, unexpected, and rewarding.
Go Places Only Blount Can Take You
Today, Blount still cruises to the places that captured Luther’s heart. Unique destinations you won’t visit on other small ships. Embark from Warren, RI and sail through rugged Narragansett Bay to Cuttyhunk, MA, a serene island off the Coast of Cape Cod, or revisit the golden age of whaling in New Bedford, MA, and discover Block Island, RI, where more than 40% of its land is preserved for nature conservation.
Blount also provides an opportunity to visit two nations in one vacation. Travel from Saint John, New Brunswick enjoying live music and entertainment and exploring other popular destinations along the way. You’ll cross into the US discovering Maine’s most welcoming coastal towns and concluding in Portland, an eclectic, yet modern, American City.
And only Blount helps you explore America’s great waterways, like four of the Great Lakes, Intercostal Waterway, and the Hudson River. Even the Erie Canal, a waterway many thought couldn’t be navigated by a cruise ship. Thanks to a retractable pilot house invented by Luther, Blount ships slip under the famous low bridges of the canal, past small towns and historic port villages, deep into the heart of America’s past. Sail through New York Harbor and admire the Statue of Liberty or embark on a cruise through Lake Michigan at the bustling Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. The opportunities are endless.
Blount’s unique vessels boast a shallow draft, allowing the ships to dock on shallow river banks and secluded coves. The company’s signature “bow ramp” invites travelers to step directly from the ship to the shores of quiet beaches and isolated inlets, without standing in line in the shadow of a huge cruise ship, and begin exploring immediately. Each vessel features a retractable pilot house, an engineering marvel which allows the ships to slip gently beneath the low bridges of places like the Erie Canal, as Blount is the only overnight cruise vessel to transit the Erie Canal and then majestically rise back to full height.
Every Blount cruise itinerary is designed to turn a regular voyage into a true adventure. Sail down centuries-old rivers as carved wooden canoes drift alongside. Watch for whales on Canada’s Saguenay River, and admire majestic castles in New York’s breathtaking Thousand Islands region. At every port of call, meet and mingle with the locals, not at a souvenir shop on a crowded pier, but in their own neighborhoods and the beloved places they call home.
When you sail with Blount, you’ll always experience an ideal mix of adventure and relaxation. Every voyage is enveloped in a welcoming atmosphere similar to sailing on a friend’s yacht. Today, you’ll find Blount Small Ship Adventures operating two 88 passenger vessels: the Grande Caribe and the Grande Mariner, both U.S. Flag ship and with an all American crew. With several different itineraries sailing the US, and Canada. With a casual setting, you’ll enjoy cruising in comfort, without crowds or long lines. The friendly staff considers all guests to be part of the Blount family, treating travelers with warmth and hospitality and working to ensure your enjoyment throughout the entirety of your voyage. Chef-prepared meals are served in the single serve dining room, with complimentary house wine and beer at lunch and dinner. The sunny main deck and the Vista View Lounge offer picturesque seascapes and photo opportunities. Onboard historians, destination experts, and lecturers deliver local expertise, bringing the destinations to life in a unique and personal way, and live music onboard the ship is a festive part of every Blount voyage.
When you see the world on a small ship, you stop being a tourist, and become an explorer. Whatever your sense of adventure, Blount Small Ship Adventure will always help you experience an unforgettable voyage and create memories that will last a lifetime.