Host: Jonathan Edwards
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This new 13-part series uses water travel to reach and enjoy interesting places, people and activities. This travel series features a crew of three key cast members, including the series host, legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards of “Sunshine” (Go Away Today) fame. The series has already earned national CINE, Communicator, Telly and Videographer awards. Cruising America's Waterways airs on PBS beginning in May, 2001.
Big Ships: Cruising on a Grand Scale (Part 1) Luxury liner cruising is the focus of this adventure, which begins in Montreal, Canada. Ports explored include Quebec City and its historic district; Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island; and Halifax, with its strong Titanic connection and the most beautiful public gardens in North America. There's also whale-watching along the picturesque Saguenay Fjord.
In this series the cast really does travel. They cruise the waterways aboard a variety of watercraft, from a 30-foot powerboat to a luxury liner. The programs cover a range of waterways including canals, lakes, rivers, the Atlantic Ocean, and even a fjord. The series reintroduces viewers to waterfront America, including Canada, and shows that it is a treasure to be enjoyed today; rich in history and alive as a growing recreational resource.
The episodes are:
The Keys: Miami to Key West (Part 1) The crew begins a trip from cosmopolitan Miami to laid-back Key West, Florida. There's an Everglades airboat ride, spectacular tycoon and South Beach art deco architecture, snorkeling and a ride on the African Queen in Key Largo and charter fishing in Islamorada.
The Keys: Miami to Key West (Part 2) The cruise through the Florida Keys continues with a swim with dolphins in Islamorada and a visit to a turtle hospital in Marathon. In Key West there are stops at the Key Lime Pie Factory, Shipwreck Historeum and Hemmingway's home before enjoying the famous Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square. The journey concludes with a catamaran ride to the Dry Tortugas.
The Champlain Canal/Lake Champlain (Part 1) Travelling north on the Hudson River and through the Champlain Canal of New York State, the crew discovers this area's military and industrial past amidst the beauty of the Adirondack and Green Mountains.
The Champlain Canal/Lake Champlain (Part 2) Cruising on Lake Champlain (the Sixth Great Lake) the crew keeps an eye out for Champ, the legendary sea monster. Along the way there are tours of Vermont's Shelburne and Lake Champlain Maritime museums; charter fishing; and a talk with the Captain of a Champlain ferry boat.
Big Ships: Cruising on a Grand Scale (Part 2) This episode features a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the ship's bridge, engine room and kitchen. Ports visited include Bar Harbor, Maine to tour Acadia National Park and also do a little lobstering; Boston for a unique “Duck” tour on the Charles River and a visit to the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world - the USS Constitution; and Newport with its famed yachting history and Gilded Age “cottages." The ship passes the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before docking in New York City's harbor.
The 1000 Islands: U.S. and Canadian Ports (Part 2) The international cruise through the scenic 1000 Islands region continues with visits to the renown Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, the Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, and the magnificent Boldt Castle. Along the way the crew enjoys a traditional shore dinner, complete with Thousand Islands dressing, of course!
|The 1000 Islands: U.S. and Canadian Ports (Part 1) The crew travels along New York's Oswego Canal to the Port of Oswego, gateway to the 1000 Islands region. While in Oswego the crew watches tall ships do battle and tours a D-Day tug and a haunted lighthouse before journeying to Sackets Harbor, an important naval center during the War of 1812. In Kingston, Ontario the Wolfe Island Bakery, Fort Henry, and the first lock on the Rideau Canal are visited.
Jonathan with crew member Nancy Roberts
New York State's Finger Lakes (Part 1) Featuring a landscape carved by ice age glaciers that left behind deep lakes, waterfalls and gorges, the Finger Lakes region is one of America's top vacation destinations. The crew visits the craft studio of the trend-setting MacKenzie-Childs on Cayuga Lake; stops in Ithaca for tips on boating with pets, crewing and tart-making at Cornell University; visits some of the region's picturesque parks and docks at a vineyard in this world-class wine-producing region.
New York State's Finger Lakes (Part 2) The trip continues to the birthplace of women's rights, Seneca Falls; Watkins Glen for racing and a tour of a salt plant; and Canadaigua for a visit to Sonnenberg Gardens. Along the way there are flying boats, grape pies to sample, and a tour boat cruise on Skaneateles Lake.
Small Ship Cruising: New England Islands (Part 1) Exploring New England Islands aboard a small cruise ship carrying only 84 passengers, the trip features the untouched natural beauty of Cuttyhunk and the popular Martha's Vineyard including the Black Dog Tavern, that doesn't serve liquor, the oldest carousel in America, and a shipyard building a classic wooden boat for our own Jonathan Edwards.
Small Ship Cruising: New England Islands (Part 2) The cruise continues with stops in Nantucket to learn how Nantucket Baskets are made; Block Island with its Victorian hotels, lighthouses and Great Salt Pond; and Newport for spectacular fireworks and tours of Marble House and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Concert at Sackets Harbor: This episode is special -- it's all music and fun as Cruising America's Waterways' host Jonathan Edwards performs in an outdoor concert on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario in the 1000 Islands region of New York State. Click here to purchase online.
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