Blount Announces New 2014 Itineraries, Launches 'Signature Series' Line

Blount Small Ship Adventures is expanding its presence by offering two new one-of-a-kind itineraries in 2014. Beginning in March of 2014, the Grande Caribe will sail along the Caribbean Sea to the Bahamas, while in May the Grande Mariner will navigate the waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois Rivers for a cruise to New Orleans, by way of Chicago.

The 11-night ‘Bahamian Out Islands’ cruise, departing March 28 and April 11, visits 12 ports including Nassau, Spanish Wells and Governor’s Harbour. The two sailings also include a welcome dinner in Spanish Wells; a Pirate Party on the white sand Bahamian beaches and an optional ride in Blount’s glass bottom boat. Guests who book this newly-launched itinerary will have the opportunity to sail this Caribbean voyage alongside Blount’s president, Nancy Blount, on this year’s 2014 President’s Cruise departing March 28. Rates begin at $3,999.

The 15-night ‘Chicago to the Big Easy’ cruise, departing May 15 and June 2, navigates narrow waterways to bring guests alongside the banks of the Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois Rivers. On this voyage, guests will learn about the heritage and culture of Kuttawa, Ky., during a lecture by a local expert, enjoy a culinary demonstration by the New Orleans School of Cooking and listen to the local music of Columbus, Miss. Rates begin at $4,999.

All Blount cruises include three meals daily, refreshments and snacks 24 hours a day and wine and beer during lunch and dinner. Blount cruises also have a BYOB policy, with mixers and set-ups for cocktails available throughout the day. Guests who book a 2014 cruise by Aug. 30, 2013 will receive a 10 percent discount on all Caribbean itineraries.

Blount vessels offer features that allow the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner ships to sail where others cannot. To celebrate this design, Blount is launching its Signature Series of itineraries.These itineraries include routes which require the ships to pass through narrow waterways with shallow drafts, cruise under low bridges with the retractable pilot house, and make bow landings on virtually any shore. Guests will travel to destinations no other cruise line can duplicate, from traveling down the Erie Canal to a sail through the 1,000 Islands on the way to the Saguenay River in Quebec.

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