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2023 is coming in hot for Smithsonian Journeys and Ponantwhich have gotten together to create a series of co-branded sailings. There are 21 itineraries, and they will be helmed by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts—depending on the topic—who will be on hand to answer questions and share their expertise with your clients.

One of the new sailings is the Symphony on the St. Lawrence, which will take them on a 15-day trip from Quebec to the Canadian Maritimes aboard Le Bellot. This unique sailing will be accompanied by Keith Lockhart, the conductor of the Bostom Pops, along with several renowned musicians.   History buffs will love that maritime historian Eric Roorda will also be on board to lead discussions about the St. Lawrence waterway and UNESCO-recognized landmarks like Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.

Stops on this two-week voyage include the cosmopolitan city of Montreal, historic Quebec City, Tadoussac, and Perce, a gateway to the UNESCO Global Geopark of Bonaventure Island.

The trip ends in Gloucester, Mass., after a visit to Eastport, Main, and a visit to the historic seaside towns of the Eastern seaboard.

Le Bellot has 92 staterooms and suites, all with private balconies or terraces. It can welcome up to 184 guests and has 118 crew members to ensure excellent service, plus it has a spa and two restaurants. The fifth ship in the Ponant Explorer Series, it offers five-star travel to exceptional destinations, including many areas and private ports not available to large cruise ships. Ponant sails to the Arctic and the Antarctic, as well as the Atlantic, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific, the Caribbean and North, Central and South America.

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