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Newfoundland Circumnavigation Cruise

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Sail around the hidden treasures of newfoundland

Overview

Immerse yourself in Newfoundlands' famous culture and hospitality as you circumnavigate Canada's easternmost province.

Highlights

  • North America's only authenticated Norse site at L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Mi’kmaq welcome by the Miawpukek First Nation
  • Hiking at Gros Morne National Park
  • Visit the French island of Saint-Pierre
  • Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Red Bay, L'Anse aux Meadows, and Gros Morne National Park)

Connect with one of the world’s largest islands in the most authentic way. Sail among stunning seascapes, meet local communities, marvel at quaint fishing villages, and spot whales, birds, and seals. We’ll stop at the 500-year-old village of St John’s, a historic Viking settlement, and a former whaling station. Along the way, touch the Earth’s mantle in Gros Morne National Park, get a taste of Europe in Saint-Pierre, and revel in a warm welcome in Miawpukek First Nation.

This circumnavigation cruise is a sure way to officially fall in love with Newfoundland!

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Personal Experience
  • No single supplement in select cabin categories
  • Expert guides
Availability June
Duration 12 days
Departs From St. Johns, NL
Minimum age No limit
Difficulty Easy / Moderate Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Group maximum 198
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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  • International number: +1 778 348 1676
  • Please note that you will be charged in USD for this tour

Availability (2024):
June 16-27

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What's Included

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Included

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and credit card fees
  • Complimentary expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry and park fees
  • Expert expedition team
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Photo Equipment Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Warm coat
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Long pants
  • Windproof jacket
  • Windproof pants
  • Waterproof gear
  • Rubber boots
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Not Included

  • Commercial flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
  • Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation

Contact us for more Information about this tour

INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 778 348 1676

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Itinerary

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photographer at sea in a zodiac boat

Newfoundland is the perfect destination for photography, hiking and wildlife watching. We’ll have a chance to get a closer look en route, investigating the coast by Zodiac boats, visiting local communities, and tracking wildlife.

We drift off in St John’s historic harbor, sail through the quaint hamlets of the northeast coast, the Vikings settlement and whaling station in Red Bay. Then we’ll sail down the Southern coast to Saint-Pierre and wrap up the cruise where we started.

Each stop isn’t simply a waypoint, but an authentic adventure that makes for warm memories and unforgettable experiences!

aerial view above st john city

Our cruise begins in the peaceful isolation of Newfoundland & Labrador’s charming capital, St. John’s. Canada’s easternmost city, St John’s is widely known for its jelly-bean rows of houses and unique location.

Don’t miss your chance to explore colorful Victorian houses nestled on the hills around the harbor, and peek at the historic Signal Hill from the deck. Be sure to catch more fantastic views of this place, as we return here for the final stop of the tour. Savor the moment looking over a tantalizing panorama of ‘mini San Francisco’ and watch out for seabirds and whales, as we set sail from the port, navigating through the world-famous Narrows!

Red Bay in Newfoundland at summer

For the next two days, we navigate the rugged shores of Newfoundland’s northeast coast, where you’ll feast your eyes on wild landscapes and quaint centuries-old fishing villages. Some of these hamlets are idyllic, quiet communities, dotted with candy-colored family houses, while others are ghost villages, abandoned due to some unlucky hand of fate.

We’ll also stop along the way to meet local communities, and enjoy a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome. Stay on the lookout for peculiar seabirds such as murre, eider, and tern, which take refuge in this region, and take in the spirit of the faraway island life as we head up north!

old house in rural area in canada

Today we drift ashore at the northernmost tip of the Great Northern Peninsula and step off to visit a place straight out of the Viking sagas. L’Anse aux Meadows is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an 11th-century Viking settlement. Discovered in the 1960s, this site is the only verified evidence of the first European presence in North America.

Explore this historical landmark as you walk the trails around excavated authentic ruins that date as far back as 1000 c.e.! Visit the interpretation center with reconstructions of Norse-style buildings and travel back in time to where the Vikings once stood.

small boat near sea shore in newfoundland

Next up is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this time on the coast of Labrador, in northeastern Canada. Today we’ll explore the longstanding Red Bay Basque Whaling Station. The town of Red Bay is nestled on the Strait of Belle Isle, on Labrador's south coast.

Named for its peculiar red cliffs, it was one of two major Basque whaling stations constructed in the 1540s. Here Basques lived and worked in the treasured “cod waters,” putting up with danger, hardship, and isolation.

In the 1500s, Red Bay Harbor and its Basque whalers made for North America’s first export industry. Researchers have identified some of the on-site parts of whale oil manufacturing process. Among the artifacts are harpoons, clay tiles, and personal items preserved today in the on-water interpretation center.

Hike through Incredible Geology

Stretch your legs with a walk or hike at Gros Morne National Park.

Soak in the extraordinary views of beautiful Bonne Bay and be sure to take time to explore the park’s excellent interpretation centre and the town of Woody Point.

Witness for yourself the spectacular Tablelands, a six-hundred-metre plateau that forms one of the world’s best examples of exposed mantle.

Normally found below the Earth’s crust, the mineral-rich rocks support very little life, making the Tablelands an eerie landscape.

Explore Scenic Coastlines & Remote Outports

Journey through the beautiful and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland, dotted with bays, coves, and a few remaining remote outport communities.

Admire outstanding geology and gorgeous botanical life.

Spot plentiful birds, whales, and other wildlife as we make the most of every opportunity for Zodiac and land excursions.

A visit here will be a highlight of your trip!

Experience Mi'kmaw Culture

Receive a formal welcome from local leaders of the First Nations community of Miawpukek.

Learn more about the history of the community, formerly called Conne River, which became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by Mi'kmaw people, who traditionally travelled nomadically throughout the east coast of Canada.

Have a chance to explore this special community, which was established as a reserve in 1987 and has successfully bridged traditional knowledge and contemporary practice.

Savour European Shops & Cafés

Indulge in the colourful town of Saint-Pierre, a charming finale to your trip. Just off the shores of Newfoundland lie the islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon—an official territory of France.

Wind through charming streets lined with shops, houses, and cafés that bring a taste of Europe to the east coast of North America.

Wave a Fond Farewell

Complete your journey by sailing back through the picturesque Narrows and into St. John’s harbour.

Say your farewells in this cultural hotspot and what is sometimes called North America's oldest city.

Our vessel for this voyage is the Ocean Endeavour. A 1B ice-class sailing boat that holds a maximum of 198-passengers and is outfitted with 20 Zodiac boats, our ship is perfect for expedition cruises. Facilities include a top deck observation room, swimming pool, outdoor dining, sauna spa, library, and top-class navigation equipment.

Our three onboard lounges are excellent public spaces for our educational seminars, workshops, and entertainment. Launched in 1982, the Ocean Endeavour has been upgraded many times, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137-m (450-ft) length and 21-m (69-ft) breadth, it’s the pride of our cruises in Canada and beyond.

Learn more about the Ocean Endeavour.

No Single Supplement! Solo Adventurers are welcome. Most cabin categories on the ship are available as a private cabin to single travelers at no additional cost.

This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing, and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. The majority of shore landings are undertaken using Zodiacs. Zodiac embarkations involve descending gangway stairs with double handrails and stepping into the Zodiac from a small platform at the water level (assistance is provided).

Prices and Availability

Availability (2024):

  • June 16-27

Category 1. Quad occupancy. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath.
Price: $6695 per person / USD.

Category 2. Triple occupancy. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.
Price: $7695 per person / USD.

Category 3. Double occupancy. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $8995 per person / USD.

Category 4. Double occupancy. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $10,295 per person / USD.

Category 5. Double occupancy. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.
Price: $10,995 per person / USD.

Category 6. Double occupancy. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, a private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $11,695 per person / USD.

Category 7. Double occupancy. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $12,495 per person / USD.

Category 8. Double occupancy. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.
Price: $12,995 per person / USD.

Category 9. Double occupancy. Junior suite. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, and private bath.
Price: $13,995 per person / USD.

Category 10. Double occupancy. Suite. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, and private bath with full tub.
Price: $14,995 per person / USD.

Payment Details

Deposit, Taxes and Discounts

  • A $2000.00 USD deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
  • Travellers under 30 receive a 30% discount.
  • No single supplement charge on most of the cabin categories.

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellation from date of booking to 121 days before Departure Date
    Penalty: $1,000 USD per person per Cruise held as a Future Travel Credit
    Refund: Balance paid less penalty

 

  • Cancellation from 91 to 120 days before Departure Date
    Penalty: 65%  
    Refund: 35%   

 

  • Cancellation 90 days or less before Departure Date 
    Penalty: 100%   
    Refund: 0%