NORTH ATLANTIC ODYSSEY

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North Atlantic Odyssey

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From $ 5,499 pp

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada



3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

sightseeing
St. Johns, Explore The New WorldS First City
St. John's, North America's oldest European-settled city and most easterly city, is the capital of Newfoundland; Canada's youngest province and Britain's oldest overseas colony. For hundreds of years it has played host to explorers, marauding pirates, and merchant adventurers. Your St. John's visit will start in the New World's first downtown, which features numerous historic buildings including Government House, two National Historic churches and the colorful Victorian wooden housing that is characteristic of St. John's.  You will make brief stops to see the birthplace of the British Empire, and Government House, built the same year as the White House but at a higher cost, before travelling to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. Here you will enjoy the dramatic setting of the North American continent's extreme edge while exploring the tunnels and fortifications that protected this gateway to the New World during the wars of the 20th century. Photograph the historic lighthouse in the distance and enjoy the local tales of your host. Next explore more of the town and country including historic Signal Hill where the Italian inventor Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal in 1901. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic view out over the city and rugged coastline while viewing the continent's most easterly point in the distance. Learn about the site's 18th century battles and 20th  century aviation highlights before returning to the pier.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress in warm layers.  

  

price $75
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
St. Johns, Puffin Watching Adventure
Depart St. John's for the 25-minute drive to scenic Bay Bull where you will join the local tour boat and travel out to see North America's largest puffin colony.  Look for other seabirds plus whales, seals, dolphins, and sea turtles along the way.  Musical hosts and a dramatic coastline add to the marine adventure before you return to St. John’s via the scenic fishing community of Petty Harbour.   

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress in warm layers.  

price $135
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
St. Johns, Rum & Rascals
One of the most pleasant and most ancient traditions of travel is the sampling of local alcohols and flavors.  For over 500 years the streets and lookouts of old St. John's, Newfoundland have hosted the world's explorers, pirates, and princes. Today you will join your Newfoundland hosts and the ghosts of history as you raise a glass on the oldest streets in North America.  You will learn about the continent's first taverns, churches, and lookouts. You will sample Cabot Tower rum while viewing historic Cabot Tower high atop the New World's first city.  Next you will go underground and participate in a port wine tasting tradition that goes back to 1679 in old wine vaults that also double as one of Canada’s most haunted places. You will sample local craft ales in historic Quidi Vidi while viewing the rugged Atlantic seascape and listening to local tales of pirates and marauding polar bears.  Learn about screech, iceberg vodka, and wines made from the wild subarctic berries of Newfoundland and Labrador.  This tour will be a fun and lighthearted introduction to centuries of serious mischief and worldwide commerce.  

Please note: Because this tour involves alcohol sampling participants must be 19 years of age and older.


price $89
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L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
LAnse Aux Meadows, Doctor To The North
Embark on a 55-minute journey to St. Anthony, the staging post for many northern expeditions during a time when Artic explorers were racing to the North Pole. This excursion will feature a visit to the Grenfell Interpretation Center, which chronicles the inspiring life of Sir Wilfred Grenfell, the young English doctor who visited St. Anthony in 1892 and founded the Grenfell Mission. Dr. Grenfell was renowned for bringing medicine and education to the Inuit and European settlers along the harsh Labrador Coast. His adventures were required reading in eastern Canada and taught valuable lessons to rural schoolchildren. His tales of courage and charitable efforts made him a friend of American presidents and governors, as well as European royalty. You will also visit his home, where you can view the artifacts gathered from a life of Arctic adventure and global philanthropy.  The name Grenfell is still associated with arctic-inspired fashions in the 21st century.

Please note: Folks with a medical background will enjoy looking at medical instruments from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  This is a beautiful scenic drive taking in many of the region's colorful fishing villages.  Moose are frequently sighted along the way.

price $125
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing

boating
LAnse Aux Meadows, Explore The North Coast
Join a local family on their fishing boat for a scenic sail among sea life and coastal cliffs. You will meet your guide for a picturesque 55-minute drive to St. Anthony, on the northern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. Then meet your hosts, the Alcock family, aboard their 47-passenger Cape Islander, and set off along the coast near Fishing Point. During your excursion, you might see humpback whales, which typically stay along the coast in September. Keep your eyes open, too, for dolphins, seals, sea turtles and minke, fin and orca whales. As you explore the coast and keep watch for spouts, the Alcocks will regale you with tales both real and rumored in this land of Vikings, moose, salmon and caribou. After a 2-hour cruise and an enriching up-close view of this remote and tranquil coastline, you will bid your new friends farewell and return to your ship.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress in warm layers.  

price $169
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking
LAnse Aux Meadows, Viking Experience
Visit the remarkable ancient settlement site of the Norse founded more than 1,000 years ago. Here, at L'Anse aux Meadows, Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red, was the first European to set foot on American soil. The Viking originally called his discovery "Vinland." You will tour this finely restored UNESCO outpost guided by local hosts, gaining immeasurable insight into what life was like for the continent's first Norse explorers. See the sod houses, constructed of soil packed over wooden frames, and see evidence of carpentry and ironsmith workshops. You will also learn about the 1960 discovery of the site by the adventurer Helge Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad.  On your way back to your ship, stop to visit the recreated Viking village of Norstead to learn more about life in these northern reaches 1,000 years ago.

Please note:   It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. 

price $75
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Red Bay, Labrador, Canada



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Red Bay, Point Amour Lighhouse
Enjoy the dramatic coast, colorful fishing communities, and majestic rivers of southern Labrador.  The adventure begins in Red Bay near the town’s dock and continues along the coastal highway through scenic Labrador villages. On your 45-minute drive you will pass by Pinware River to take in the spectacular view and carry on to view the Burial Mound at L’Anse Amour. About 9,500 years ago a Maritime Archaic adolescent died and was buried with reverence and ceremony near the present-day community of L'Anse Amour.  Then you will head to the focal point of the tour, the Point Amour Lighthouse. At 109 feet from the ground to the light itself, Point Amour Lighthouse is the tallest in Atlantic Canada and the second tallest lighthouse ever built in Canada. It is still a working lighthouse, now automated. The lighthouse tower and surrounding buildings have been designated a Provincial Historic Site. The residential part of the lighthouse, now renovated and partially restored to the 1850s period, houses an extensive series of exhibits portraying the evolution of lighthouse technology and the maritime history of the Labrador Straits. A panoramic view of the surrounding land and sea, and a glimpse of its historical attributes can be witnessed during the 128-step adventure to the top. Look for whales and learn the ancient story of the coastal reefs below the lighthouse.  Enjoy a local refreshment prior to returning to the ship. You will be given time to explore the highlights of Red Bay upon your return.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.





price $129
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking

boating
Red Bay, Walk The Whaling Capital
Almost 500 years ago whalers from the Basque provinces of France and Spain braved the North Atlantic in their quest to obtain the valuable whale oil that kept the lamps of Europe alight! Today, Red Bay is a National Historic Site and recent UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to the memory of the whaling activities that constituted the first industry of any kind in the new world.  Tenders will  take you ashore to dock near the Parks Canada Museum where you will learn how about the discovery in the late 1970’s of three well-preserved Basque whaling galleons from the 1500’s that were found on the sea bed in the ice cold waters off Red Bay. A 5-minute uphill walk will take you to the second Parks Canada Museum where the story of the whales, the whalers and their early whaling vessels will be continued. Your walking tour will then go to the Red Bay Community Museum, which showcases the way of life of the people who have called Red Bay their home and tells the poignant tale of the hardships that existed on the early Labrador coast.  Learn about the bowhead and right whales that once called this coast home and visit a community museum dedicated to the story of these whales.  Returning on foot to the community dock you will be ferried by local speed boat (or a ship’s zodiac) to Saddle Island where you can observe first hand the archaeological site where excavations during the 1970’s led to the discovery of various buildings, numerous well-preserved cultural resources and the cemetery where 140 Basque whalers were laid to rest. Parks Canada interpreters will be on site to explain about the fabulous riches and tragedy from over 450 years ago when the oil from the great whales of Labrador lit the lamps of Europe’s Renaissance. At the end of the visit boats will be available for the short return crossing to the Parks Canada Dock.
 
Please note: The walking on this excursion totals approximately 1.5 miles. In Red Bay the walking is on paved streets, however the terrain at Saddle Island is uneven. Approximately 50 steps will be encountered throughout the excursion. Toilet facilities are available at the museums.  

price $35
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Bonne Bay / Woody Point, Newfoundland, Canada



3 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Bonne Bay, Exploring Gros Morne
Explore the north side of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your stops will include the Lobster Cove Lighthouse which will introduces you to the first peoples of North America and the history of the local communities including some famous local shipwrecks. Newfoundland's geological history will come alive at Western Brook Pond where you will look inland at the raised fjord that was carved by the sea and filled by the ocean a mere 15,000 years ago.  You will have many opportunities to enjoy the scenery - including Gros Morne Mountain - and to learn about the history and geology of our planet together with the fishing culture of Newfoundland and Labrador which you will explore during a stop at Broom Point.  If time allows, you will also visit the Bonne Bay Marine Science Centre for some wonderful up-close looks at life in the ocean off Gros Morne.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $75
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Bonne Bay, Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Woody Point on the south side of Gros Morne National Park provides easy access (10-minute drive) to the Gros Morne’s Discovery Centre (primary interpretation centre).  An additional 15-minute drive will take you to the Tablelands which is the land form that gave the park its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.  You will walk on the Tablelands trail looking at its unique physical nature and also looking at the distinctive plants that make this land form home.  The Discovery Centre features exhibits that tell the story of the region’s many geological highlights. You will also get a great view of Gros Morne, the mountain the park was named after. A new 2016 regulation requires that a Parks Canada Interpreter join you at the Tablelands to ensure that you get to hear about this region’s unique geology. 

Please note: Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.  This port call will require a tender/Zodiac landing at the community dock. 

price $99
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada



3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

refreshments

culture

walking
Halifax, Craft Beer Experience
Stretching back to its naval beginnings, Halifax has long been known for its lively pub scene. It is said that Halifax has the greatest number of bars, per capita, in North America!   In a city filled with amazing pubs, Halifax is currently experiencing a craft beer renaissance with new craft and micro-breweries sprouting up around many corners. Your Craft Beer Experience will be led by a kilted guide who will enlighten your sightseeing with story-telling while visiting two popular pubs in the downtown area. Your first thirst quenching stop will be at a local brewpub where you are treated to samples of six locally produced craft beers.  See the on-site brewery, where staff will enlighten you on how the beverages are hand-crafted.  You will wind your way through the city streets arriving to the second venue, famous for its variety of beers on tap, you will sample four beers brewed by local micro-breweries.  Enjoy libations and stories all while relaxing in a traditional Irish pub atmosphere. With a variety of toe-tapping tunes, animated commentary and sample tastings of local craft beers at both locations, this afternoon will be a lively and memorable time for all.
 
Please note:  Guests must be minimum 19 years of age to participate in this excursion. Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress in warm layers.  Photo ID should be on hand.


price $69
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Halifax, Scenic Peggys Cove
Beautifully situated, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse has long been an inspiration to artists and photographers.
You will embark on a scenic 60-minute drive along the winding coastal highway of the lighthouse route, passing picturesque fishing villages to Peggy’s Cove. Upon arrival  you may choose to join your kilted guide on a 20-minute optional walking tour of the Lower Cove, or simply enjoy approximately 1 hour of free time to explore this lovely village independently.  Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the stunning scenery of the world famous Peggy's Cove Lighthouse perched on the granite shores of the cove.  Another "must see" on site is the deGarthe Monument, found among a mass of boulders, this life-size granite carving depicts the life and the people of the area, created by local artist William E. deGarthe through the late 70s and early 80s.  Enjoy free time to peruse the quaint shops, stroll the picturesque harbor and photograph colorful clapboard cottages and fishing shacks. Returning to Halifax, you will take a short drive around the city to familiarize yourself with its many highlights.

Please note: Dress in warm layers, including a jacket to protect you from Atlantic mists.


price $79
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Bar Harbor, Maine



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

culture

boating
Bar Harbor, Cranberry Islands
You will begin with a 30-minute scenic drive along a portion of Acadia National Park’s Park Loop Road designated one of America’s Most Scenic Byways before stopping at a scenic stop along Maine’s rocky coast. Continue to Northeast Harbor and embark the Sea Princess for a 2 ½-hour cruise fully-narrated by your local professional naturalist. A cruise to the Cranberry Islands is the ideal way to experience the beauty of Maine’s rugged coastline featuring lighthouses, seals and seabirds. Your cruise will include a 45-minute stop at the picturesque harbor town of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island to visit the Islesford Historical Museum and/or explore the island on your own. Operated by the National Park Service, the museum features ship models, tools, and photographs that reveal island life during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and will provide a glimpse of the hearty inhabitants that carved out a unique lifestyle on the island.  After visiting Little Cranberry Island, continue your cruise into the fjord of Somes Sound. Throughout your cruise, your naturalist will discuss the relationship between people and the sea, and search for wildlife. 

Please note:     This tour operates rain or shine. Dress in layers and bring a hat and raincoat or umbrella.


price $135
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2.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Bar Harbor, Discover Acadia National Park With A Ranger
Entering the National Park, your journey along 27-mile Park Loop Road will take you along the ocean’s edge passing Sand Beach, Schooner Head Overlook, and the High Seas Estate, a beautiful mansion built by a wealthy gentleman whose wife perished on the Titanic before ever stepping foot in her dream home.  Continuing past Otter Cliffs and the Gulf of Maine with beautiful views of the off shore islands, you will travel through pine wood forests and past the Jordon Pond House where you will have a beautiful view of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubbles Hill. With much of the land donated by John D. Rockefeller, you will see the romantic stone-cut bridges and evidence of the elaborate carriage trails built by this family at the turn of the century. Home to over 50 species of mammals keep your eyes peeled for white tail deer as you make your way around the Park Loop Road.  Your tour will culminate (weather permitting) with a photo stop from atop the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on North America’s Eastern seaboard.  With a 360-degree panoramic view, you will see how glaciers carved through the granite cliffs to form a beautiful landscape of lush forest, lakes and valleys.

Please note: This tour operates rain or shine. Dress in layers and bring a hat and raincoat or umbrella.



price $129
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6 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

dining

sightseeing
Bar Harbor, Grand Tour Of Acadia National Park & Lobsterbake
The undeniable beauty and majesty of Acadia National Park is just a short hop from Bar Harbor but it probably feels like another world. After boarding your air-conditioned transportation at the pier, you'll travel along the Park's scenic Loop Road that encircles Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. Stop at the Hull's Cove Visitor Center and explore the extensive diorama of the park, collect maps, and trace the route you are about to take before setting off into the reserve. Sit back and relax as you pass by the many beautiful carriage roads and hand-cut stone bridges. You'll continue past famous sights including Jordan Pond House, and Otter Cliffs, before arriving at Cadillac Mountain, named for French explorer Sieur de la Mothe Cadillac, who migrated from France and settled in Maine during the 17th century, (and later moved west and established a little town called Detroit).  Cadillac Mountain rises 1,532 feet above Mount Desert Island. It's not only the tallest mountain in Acadia but is the highest point along North America's eastern seaboard and from October to March it's the first spot in the U.S. to see the morning sun. It may be windy up at the top but a walk up to the summit rewards you with dramatic 360-degree views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Cranberry Islands. Then it's on to another natural wonder: Thunder Hole. This small inlet is famous for the thunderous clap that occurs when seawater crashes into the tiny inlet and water is forced out. If you decide to take a photo, be prepared to get soaked, the waterspout can explode as high as 40 feet! On your way to the restaurant you'll travel through picturesque Seal Beach. Once at the restaurant you'll enjoy a buffet lunch that includes lobster (steak is available for those who do not prefer lobster), clam chowder, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, and your choice of blueberry dessert or cake. After lunch, another must see photo stop is on the itinerary before you return to your ship. In the heart of the Park is the Jordan Pond House with a beautiful view of the Penobscot Mountains and Bubbles Hill as you explore the grounds. 

Please note: Dress in layers and bring a hat and raincoat or umbrella.


price $169
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