Newfoundland Circumnavigation

  1. 2019
    Wednesday, October 2, 2019 to Saturday, October 12, 2019
    Tour Duration: 
    11 days
    Tour Price:
     $3,995 USD
    Guide: 
  2. 2020
    Friday, June 26, 2020 to Monday, July 6, 2020
    Tour Duration: 
    11 days
    Tour Price:
     $4,595 USD
Highlights
  • Revel in Newfoundland’s world-famous culture and hospitality 
  • Experience life in remote outports and fishing villages 
  • Visit the reconstructed Norse settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows 
  • Enjoy a warm Mi’kmaq welcome in Miawpukek First Nation 
  • Hike the spectacular Tablelands at Gros Morne National Park 
  • Get a taste of Europe on the French island of Saint-Pierre
  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Red Bay, L'Anse aux Meadows, and Gros Morne National Park)
Overview

Explore Newfoundland at its most authentic: by sea! Daily excursions explore the island’s hidden treasures. Our engaging local guides will have you wanting to stay. 

Canada’s newest province is unlike anywhere else on Earth. Hiking is excellent. Photography, superb. Wildlife and scenery, striking. And the hospitality, sublime.  

Newfoundland is full of unexpected sights; Gros Morne, where the Earth’s mantle protrudes through the crust; Red Bay, where Basque whalers once plied their trade; L’Anse aux Meadows, where Vikings established a base. Miawpukek First Nation, where a thriving community offers a warm welcome. The French island of Saint-Pierre provides a taste of Europe.  

Join our expedition team of enthusiastic local musicians, artists, naturalists, scientists, and scholars. Every day is an adventure ashore, and every night is a potential kitchen party aboard the Ocean Endeavour

 

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Newfoundland Cruise itinerary

Day 1: St. John’s, NL

Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. Sailing out of the port of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed. Signal Hill keeps watch as we exit the world-famous Narrows.

The charming houses of The Battery are always a hit with shutterbugs. The bustling capital city of Newfoundland & Labrador makes a spectacular backdrop as we head out to sea. Watch for whales and seabirds as we sail!

Day 2–3: Northeast Coast, Newfoundland
The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores, and we’ll find harbour in one of these unique communities today. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them, capturing the special charm of classic island architecture.

Day 4: L’Anse aux Meadows

L’Anse aux Meadows, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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

Red Bay Basque Whaling Station became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbour in the 1500s: North America’s first export industry. 

The interpretation centre at Red Bay is excellent. Here we find tools, personal items, and navigational instruments recovered from the wreck of the whaling ship San Juan. The ship was lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbour.

Day 6: Woody Point / Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne’s Tablelands, a six hundred-metre plateau, form 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. 

We will offer various walking and hiking options here. Views of Bonne Bay will be spectacular. Gros Morne’s interpretation centre is excellent and the town of Woody Point is charming to explore.

Days 7–8: Southern Coast Newfoundland

The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. 

There are many choices of unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions. The geology is outstanding, and plant life is gorgeous here. We’ll be on the watch for wildlife too. We’ll make the most of every chance to explore this beautiful and remote coast.

Day 9: Miawpukek (Conne River)

The First Nations community of Miawpukek 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 had traditionally travelled nomadically throughout the East Coast.

Since its establishment as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek has successfully bridged traditional knowledge and contemporary practice. We will receive a formal welcome from local leaders and have a chance to explore this special community.

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.

French food, wine, cars, clothing, and shops are all in evidence here—and the sweets at the local cafes and bakeries are much in demand! Saint-Pierre offers a taste of European living, just a short sail from the coast of Newfoundland!

Day 11: St. John’s, NL

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

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Vessel
Ship Info

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of our expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft). 

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

 

Deck Plan

Pricing

2020 Fares are per person in US Dollars: Save 15% (book by October 31, 2019)

Category 1: $4,595  Deck 4 

Category 2: $5,595  Deck 4 

Category 3: $6,995 Deck 5 

Category 4: $8,295  Deck 4 

Category 5: $9,595 Deck 5 

Category 6: $10,895  Deck 7 & 8

Category 7: $12,195  Deck 8 

Category 8: $13,495 Decks 5 & 7 

Category 9: $14,795  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 10: $16,095  Deck 7 

If you'd like a single occupancy cabin, there are a limited number of single cabins in categories 3 to 7 available without a single supplement. Single cabins in categories 8 to 10 are available at 1.5x the fare quoted above.