The Canadian Maritimes - Celebrating 125 years Cruise

Embark on a rare expedition and join an exceptional community aboard National Geographic Explorer on a circumnavigation of the island of Newfoundland that includes an exploration of outlying islands in the Canadian Maritimes. Join a historic celebration of 125 years of National Geographic on this special Canadian small ship cruise.

Day 1

    St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

    Arrive in St. John’s, the picturesque capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, set on a natural harbor at the most easterly point of North America. Visit the colorful waterfront and historic Signal Hill, and see Cape Spear lighthouse. Settle into the National Geographic Explorer, and glide through the natural gateway called The Narrows to the open sea as you begin your Newfoundland and Canada expedition cruise. (D)

    Day 2

      Exploring Eastern Newfoundland

      The eastern coast of Newfoundland is wild and rugged, and often accessible only by sea. Spend the day discovering tiny fishing villages tucked into coves and inlets along these stunning shores. Go hiking or hop into a Zodiac or a kayak to explore the islands that dot the coastline. Back on board this evening, gain insights from your experts into the civilizations and wildlife that have made this island home. (B, L, D)

      Day 3

        L’anse Aux Meadows

        In 1960, the remains of a Viking village established in the 11th century were discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk among the Norse ruins and reconstructed sod huts and learn the saga of the Vikings in North America—nearly 500 years before Columbus arrived. (B, L, D)

        Day 4

          Gros Morne National Park

          Graced by cliffs and fjords, glacial valleys and a sweeping alpine plateau, Gros Morne National Park has been designated a World Heritage site for its unique and spectacular geology. Take a walk with your geologist to learn about the forces that shaped this land and the ancient serpentine rock and other formations that illustrate the phenomenon of plate tectonics. Then continue to Western Brook Pond, a pristine, glacier-carved fjord cut off from the sea. (B, L, D)

          Day 5

            Iles De La Madeleine, Quebec

            A cluster of wispy islands isolated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Îles de la Madeleine are home to dunes that stretch for many miles, grassy hills, and dazzling red sandstone cliffs. The caves, sea arches, and rocky nooks along the coast are perfect for exploring by Zodiac and kayak. Visit La Grave, site of the islands’ first settlement, and stroll the shores where fishermen once laid out their cod to dry—now lined with cafes and boutiques. Learn about Acadian culture, which dates back some 250 years on the archipelago, and still lingers today. Set off into the green hills on a hike, or explore the islands by bicycle. Weather permitting, enjoy a lobster bake on the beach with local musicians this evening. (B, L, D)

            Day 6

              Baddeck, Cape Bretton Island, Nova Scotia

              This morning, set sail aboard the schooner Amoeba on Bras d’Or Lake, and listen to the captain recount lively local lore as you take in the first hint of fall color along the shores. Then continue to Cape Breton Island, located off the northeast coast of Nova Scotia and known for its distinctly Scottish influence and its rugged and beautiful landscapes. Dock in the village of Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell, National Geographic’s second president, built his summer home and conducted much of his research. Visit the Bell Museum. (B, L, D)

              Day 7

                Saint Pierre and Miquelon

                Make your way north through waters scattered with hundreds of shipwrecks, and go ashore at Saint Pierre Island, France’s oldest remaining overseas territory. Enjoy free time to explore the wharf and soak up the French culture. Continue to the island of Miquelon, where you’ll spend the afternoon before gathering for a farewell dinner on your last night of your Canadian cruise. (B, L, D)

                Day 8

                  St Johns / Disembark

                  After breakfast, disembark in St. John’s and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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                  Included in cruise fare:
                  Aboard ship
                  - All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
                  - Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
                  - 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
                  - Hors d’oeuvres & snacks
                  - Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
                  - Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
                  - The guidance and company of expedition staff

                  - Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
                  - Sightseeing & entrance fees
                  - Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
                  - The expertise of expedition staff

                  - All excursions
                  - Zodiac & kayak explorations
                  - Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

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