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Newfoundland Circumnavigation
St John's (
Newfoundland) - St. John's (Newfoundland)

June 5 - 15, 2017
11 days /10 nights on board

  • Starting and ending in historic St. John’s, we experience Newfoundland’s lively culture and dramatic scenery in daily expedition stops. A visit to the French island of Saint-Pierre completes the adventure. The welcome we receive in Newfoundland’s outport communities is warm and genuine; the music and stories unforgettable.

    Though Newfoundland is Canada’s newest province, joining in 1949, it has a human history stretching back almost 6,000 years. At Gros Morne National Park, the planet’s mantle frames fjords that would be at home in Norway; on the Avalon Peninsula, a chunk of what was once Africa meets remnants of the Appalachian Mountains. We will visit Red Bay's Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Centre), learn about the Viking history in North America at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, and enjoy a taste of the Mi’kmaq culture in Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River).

  • Starting and ending in historic St. John’s, we experience Newfoundland’s lively culture and dramatic scenery in daily expedition stops. A visit to the French island of Saint-Pierre completes the adventure. The welcome we receive in Newfoundland’s outport communities is warm and genuine; the music and stories unforgettable. Experience the province’s legendary music, food, and hospitality the way it was meant to be experienced—by sea.

Cruise Highlights:

  • Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador in spring bloom
  • Visit the reconstructed Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Travel with widely respected naturalists and culturalists
  • Hear traditional stories and songs in classic kitchen party style
  • Explore the phenomenal landscapes of Gros Morne National Park
  • Share the warmth of a classic Newfoundland kitchen party
  • Visit Miawpukek, Newfoundland's Mi'kmaq First Nation community
  • View icebergs and whales at an optimal time of the year

PROPOSED ITINERARY
Day 1: St. John’s, NL
Day 2-3: North East Coast, Newfoundland
Day 4: L’Anse aux Meadows
Day 5: Red Bay
Day 6: Woody Point and Gros Morne National Park
Days 7-8: South Coast, NL
Day 9: Miawpukek (Conne River)
Day 10: Saint-Pierre, FR
Day 11: St. John’s, NL


DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: St. John’s, NL
Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a world-famous harbour, St. John’s has been continually fished by Europeans since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America’s oldest European settlement.
To begin our voyage we will meet mid-afternoon for a briefing at the Delta Hotel.  Here you will meet your Resource Staff and fellow travellers and make your way via coach to board our ship, Ocean Endeavour. Sailing out of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed: Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous Narrows as we head for open water.

Day 2-3: North East Coast, Newfoundland
The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of quaint villages that dot its rocky shores, and it is to one of these small settlements that we will be paying a visit today. We may look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. The area itself is home to a plethora of islands and, seasonally, icebergs that drift in from the Atlantic. The Ocean Endeavour will chart a scenic course past these beautiful obstacles as we head north.

Day 4: L’Anse aux Meadows
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated former Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas.
Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L’Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.

Day 5: Red Bay
Labrador is home to the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beginning in the 1500s, Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbour, making it at one time the largest whaling station in the world. The site includes six hundred acres of terrestrial and aquatic protected area. Among the important artefacts found at Red Bay is the whaling ship San Juan, lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbour in only ten metres of water. A large number of tools, personal items, and navigational instruments have been recovered from the wreck.

Day 6: Woody Point / Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne is internationally famed for its geographic diversity and majesty. The park’s mountains are both picturesque and highly unusual: the Tablelands, a 600-metre plateau, forms one of the world’s best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth’s mantle. The park’s fjords are equally stunning, and the town of Woody Point has become widely renowned for its annual Writers’ Festival.
There will be a choice of walks—catering to all levels of skill and interest—as we explore the surrounding area. The beauty of Bonne Bay will surely be a highlight, as will the subtle charms of Woody Point.

Days 7 – 8: South Coast Newfoundland
The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities, still largely cut off from mainstream travel. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. There are many unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions.

Day 9: Miawpukek (Conne River)
The First Nations community of Miawpukek (Conne River) has an economically self-sufficient mandate, guided by traditional values. It became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by the Mi’kmaw people—who were, at the time, nomads travelling throughout the east coast. Since its establishment as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek’s employment rate has increased from 10% to nearly 100% and Indian and Northern Affairs often reference the community as a model for other First Nations. We will receive a formal welcome into the community and meet the locals, with the help of community leaders.

Day 10: Saint-Pierre, FR
Explore Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The colourful and charming shops and residences of the town of Saint-Pierre reveal its unique historical character.

Day 11: St. John’s, NL
On the final day of our expedition, we sail though the historic Narrows and into St. John’s harbour. We will say our farewells and begin the process of departure. Staff will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.


 

Cruise Fares
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Cabin Category
Cruise Fares Per Person
Category 1 - Deck Four - Interior Cabin - four lower berths - private bath

USD $ 3,995

Category 2 - Deck Four - Interior cabin - three lower berths - private bath

USD $ 4,995

Category 3 - Deck Five - Interior cabin - two lower berths - private bath

USD $ 6,395

Category 4 - Deck Four - porthole window - two lower berths - private bath

USD $ 7,695

Category 5 - Deck Five - picture window - two lower berths - private bath

USD $ 8,895

Category 6 - Decks Four, Seven and Eight - picture windows (obstructed view) - two lower berths -or- 1 double bed - private bath - refrigerator

USD $ 10,095

Category 7 - Decks Five and Eight - large picture window (partial obstruction) - two lower beds -or- 1 double bed - private bath -refrigerator

USD $ 11,295

Category 8 - Decks Five and Seven - picture window - two lower berths - private bath - refrigerator

USD $ 12,595

Category 9 - Decks Five and Seven - picture window - two lower berths - private bath

USD $ 13,895

Category 10 - Deck Seven - picture window - two lower berths - private bath - refrigerator

USD $ 15,195

Discovery Fund Fee *

$250

 

 

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Fares include:

ABOARD

  • Onboard educational presentations
  • Interactive workshops, evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals, including on deck barbeques & afternoon tea, 24-hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • Hors d’ouevres & snacks during evening recaps
  • 24-hour documentary and film programming
  • Fully stocked library

ASHORE

  • Introductions to local people and customs
  • Sightseeing
  • Museum entries, park accesses, port taxes
  • Access to pristine wilderness areas
  • Zodiac tours and cruises
  • On-site archaeology workshops
  • Community programming: local performances, presentations, and demonstrations

Fares do not include:

  • Commercial flights
  • Mandatory medical/evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Discretionary gratuities to ship's crew (approximately $15 per passenger per day)
  • Visas (if required)
  • Physician's fees confirming you are fit to travel
  • Any medical charges incurred while aboard
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • $250 USD Discovery Fund Fee