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Newfoundland Circumnavigation 2016

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Join this 11-day summer sailing, ideally timed for whales, icebergs, and breeding seabirds. The rugged charm and geographic diversity of Newfoundland and Labrador are best appreciated by ship. Starting and ending in historic St. John's, experience Newfoundland's lively culture and dramatic scenery with daily expeditions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in St. John's, Newfoundland
Day 2 : Trinity Bay
Day 3 : Conche
Day 4 : L'Anse aux Meadows
Day 5 : Red Bay
Day 6 : Woody Point / Gros Morne National Park
Days 7-8 : Newfoundland's South Coast
Day 9 : Miawpukek (Conne River)
Day 10 : Saint-Pierre
Day 11 : Disembark in St. John's Newfoundland


  • Explore the phenomenal landscapes of Gros Morne National Park
  • Share the warmth of a classic Newfoundland ‘kitchen party’
  • Hear traditional stories and songs from our talented musicians
  • View icebergs and whales at an optimal time of the year
  • Discover the Viking history of North America
  • Sail Newfoundland’s remote south coast
  • Travel in the company of internationally acclaimed artist J.C. Roy
  • Visit Miawpukek (Conne River), Newfoundland’s only Mi’kmaq community


Ocean Endeavour (AC)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Canada
  • North America
  • Conche
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • L'Anse aux Meadows
  • Labrador
  • Miawpukek
  • Newfoundland
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Red Bay
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • St. John's
  • Terra Nova National Park


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

A local in native dress dances in traditional style. A local village in the arctic. A local man tressed in traditional style North American arctic dress. Witness incredible whales on your journey. A beautiful sunset on the arctic coast.

Day 1 Embark in St. John's, Newfoundland

Arrive in St. John's, the historic and vibrant capital of Newfoundland. Picturesque and welcoming, St. John's is proud of its 500 year history. It has been continually fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America's oldest European settlement. Embark the Ocean Endeavour from St. John's harbor.

Day 2 Trinity Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Newfoundland's history is intricately bound up with the cod fishery. In the heyday of sailing, smaller centers like Trinity could claim to compete with St. John's. Today the preservation of Trinity's cultural heritage has made it perhaps the most notable "heritage community" in the province. Abandoned communities nearby add to the character of this destination, as did the roles it played in the motion picture The Shipping News and the TV series Random Passage.

Day 3 Conche

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the Great Northern Peninsula, the people of Conche welcome you into their charming community. Conche is made up of mostly Irish descent, which you can observe in ties to Irish history and religion. Explore the colorful town on foot, but don't be surprised if you are invited in by local residents for a "mug up"! Conche is home to the legendary French Shore Tapestry, over two hundred feet of linen and wool telling the story of Newfoundland’s French history: its fishery, its conflict, and its people.

Day 4 L'Anse aux Meadows

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Anchor outside of L’anse Aux Meadows and Zodiac transfer directly to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains here 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.

Day 5 Red Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Labrador is home to the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage site. Beginning in the 1500s, Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbor, 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 artifacts found at Red Bay is the whaling ship San Juan, lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbor in only ten meters 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It has been said that "Gros Morne is to geology what the Galapagos are to biology." The Park's mountains are both picturesque and highly unusual: the Tablelands, a 600m (1900 ft) plateau, forms one of the world's best examples of exposed ancient rock from the earth's interior. The Park's fjords are equally stunning, and the town of Woody Point has become widely renowned for its annual Writers' Festival.

Day 7-8 Newfoundland's South Coast

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The wild and windswept coast of Southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outpost 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 excursion.

Day 9 Miawpukek (Conne River)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 10 Saint-Pierre

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore exotic Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The island’s 6,500 residents are of various descents including French, Basque, Breton, and Normand.

St. Pierre’s architecture reflects its history: an eclectic collection of colors and style aligned on picturesque cobblestone streets and alleys. We will have time for a tour of the city and independent exploration in the surrounding area. Take advantage of this day in France to enjoy some wine and cheese, and unwind in a tiny slice of old Europe nestled into the North American coast.

Day 11 Disembark in St. John's Newfoundland

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in St. John's. Stay to independently explore this city cradled in a harbor carved from 500 million year old rock and surrounded by hills. Or transfer to the airport to continue your homeward journey.

Ocean Endeavour (AC)

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Ocean Endeavour - Cat 1 Quad
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Quadruple - Category 1
Deck four: Interior cabin, four lower berths, private bath (separate shower room and powder room) - approx. 240 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour - Cat 2 Triple
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Triple - Category 2
Deck four: Interior cabin, three lower berths, two private baths - approx. 200 sq. ft.
Interior Twin cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Interior Twin - Category 3
Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Exterior Twin - Category 4
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
Exterior Twin Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Main Twin - Category 5
Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
Comfort Twin cabin on board Ocean Endeavour
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Comfort Twin - Category 6
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
Top Deck Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Select Twin - Category 7
Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
Superior Twin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Superior Twin - Category 8
Deck five. Two picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, sitting area- 210 sq.ft. Deck seven: forward-facing windows with unobstructed view, matrimonial, private bath w/full tub- 180 sq.ft. Deck seven midship: picture windows, partially obstructed view, matrimonial, private bath, fridge - 190 sq.ft
Ocean Endeavour Cabin Category 9
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Junior Suite - Category 9
Deck five: Picture windows, unobstructed views, matrimonial bed, sitting area- approx. 270 sq. ft. Deck seven: forward-facing picture windows, views, matrimonial bed, private bath w/full tub, sitting area, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 290 sq. ft.
Ocean Endeavour Cabin Category 10
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Suite - Category 10
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.

Expedition Costs Include:
- Pre-departure materials
- Special access permits, entry and park fees
- Team of expedition staff
- Applicable taxes
- Educational program
- Interactive workshops
- Evening entertainment
- Guided activities
- Sightseeing and community visits
- All shipboard meals
- All Zodiac excursions
- Port fees

Expedition Cost Does Not Include:
- $250 Discovery Fee
- Commercial and charter flights
- Gratuities (suggested $15 USD per passenger per day)
- Personal expenses
- Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
- Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
- Possible fuel surcharge
- Pre & post hotel accommodations
- Optional excursions
- Additional costs associated with payments made by credit card
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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!
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