Experience the lively culture and dramatic scenery of Newfoundland on this 11-day cruise starting and ending in historic St. John´s. Enjoy daily expedition stops and community visits, stop at Red Bay's Basque Whaling Station, learn about the Viking history, and enjoy a taste of the Mi’kmaq culture in Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River). The rugged charm and geographic diversity of Newfoundland and Labrador are best appreciated by ship.
Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador in autumn
Hike the phenomenal landscapes of Gros Morne National Park
Travel with widely respected naturalists, musicians, and culturalists
Visit the reconstructed Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows
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 you 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 you head out to sea. Watch for whales and seabirds as you sail!
The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores, and you can find harbour in one of these unique communities. Look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon your arrival. Photographers have their work cut out for them capturing the special charm of classic island architecture.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse Aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 A.D. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas. Today a superb interpretive center and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L'Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbor in the 1500s: North America’s first export industry.
The interpretation center 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 harbor.
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-meter 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 is a choice of walks—catering to all levels of skill and interest—as you explore the surrounding area. The beauty of Bonne Bay is surely a highlight, as are the subtle charms of Woody Point.
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. Be on the watch for wildlife too. Make the most of every chance to explore this beautiful and remote coast.
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. Receive a formal welcome into the community and meet the locals, with the help of community leaders.
Explore Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The colorful 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!
Deck seven. Forward-facing picture windows, unobstructed view, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub, refrigerator - approx. 310 sq. ft.
- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate.
Initial deposit is $2000, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 130 days prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. Accepts client cards for deposit only. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!