Hurtigruten’s Fram Now Offers Atlantic Canada and New England Cruises, With Calls In Newfoundland And The Gulf of St Lawrence

FramHurtigruten, which has been running the legendary Norwegian coastal voyage since 1893, will add Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, the Gulf of St Lawrence and New England to its itineraries starting in April 2018.

Following the 2017-18 winter season in Antarctica, the 318-berth Fram will depart Miami in early April and sail up the East Coast to offer April and May sailings between New York and Halifax. Key ports include New York, Boston, Newport, St John’s NF and Halifax.

One of the more interesting itineraries will be round trip from New York on April 15, a 15-night voyage calling at Newport, Boston, three ports in Maine, Halifax, St John’s NF, St Pierre, Louisbourg, Portland and New York. This voyage can also be booked as a 7-night voyage from New York to Halifax or as an 8-night voyage from Halifax to New York on April 22.

On April 30, the Fram will depart New York on a 10-night cruise to Yarmouth, Charlottetown PEI, Bonaventure Island, Percé and Havre St Pierre in Quebec, Bonne Bay NF, the Magdalen Islands and Halifax.

The Fram, which was built in 2007 at Fincantieri, will offer six Atlantic Canada and New England cruises before returning to her usual Iceland, Greenland and Northern Europe itineraries for the summer.

She will return to Halifax in October after her usual expedition voyages to northern waters. On October 8, she will offer a 12-night cruise from Halifax to Miami with calls in five New England ports including Boston, an overnight in New York City and a call in Charleston before arriving at Miami.

Red Cross Line

A century ago the Red Cross Line offered similar cruises between New York, Halifax and St John’s NF.

For more details of Hurtigruten’s Atlantic Canada and New England cruises please apply to The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or email PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

One Ocean Offer 20% Off July 7-16 Atlantic & Gulf of St Lawrence Cruise, 9 Nights Round Trip From Louisburg NS Now From $4,955

One Ocean GulfEnjoy the prolific wildlife around the remote and otherwise inaccessible islands of Nova Scotia (including Sable Island), Quebec, Newfoundland and the French territory of St Pierre et Miquelon on this quintessentialy Canadian voyage.

The islands of Atlantic Canada offer an abundance of birdlife and marine mammals, in addition to unique fishing and celtic cultures. Beaches and lagoons provide ample viewing opportunities for numerous shorebirds and as we cruise towards the mouth of the St Lawrence we hope to see whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale as well as grey and harp seals. We will also look for eagles along the beach and gannets fishing the waters. Our onboard naturalists will be spotting and identifying the various creatures that surround us.

Starting and ending in historical Louisbourg on beautiful Cape Breton Island, this voyage offers a rare opportunity to explore this historic and beautiful region and take every opportunity to discover the Maritimes in all their glory. As we sail the Gulf of St Lawrence, we will be accompanied by a Cape Breton fiddler and an East Coast musician with a focus on the music of the small fishing villages.

DAILY ITINERARY 

 Day 1 – Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Our adventure begins in the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, where we board our expedition vessel, the 96-passenger Akademik Ioffe. First visited by the English in 1597, the town was fortified by the French in 1713 in recognition of its strategic location.  In the 18th century, Louisbourg was the third busiest seaport in North America. We will board in the late afternoon in time for a dinner of fresh, local lobster as we sail out past the lighthouse and onto the Grand Banks.

Day 2 – Sable Island

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable Island has a storied history as a graveyard of ships, with more than 350 wrecks. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to half a dozen year-round inhabitants and a herd of Sable Island ponies, and is now one of Canada’s national parks.

Day 3 – Bird Island

Off the north central coast of Cape Breton, the Bird Islands are home to a number of important species including the Great Cormorant, Atlantic Puffin, Atlantic Razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and an important feeding station for Cape Breton’s bald eagles.

Day 4- The Magdalen Islands (Les Iles-de-la-Madeleine)

These remote islands of the Gulf of St Lawrence, part of the province of Quebec,  are home to unique fishing communities with beautifully maintained waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sculpted sandstone shorelines. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture, we will see a wide diversity of bird life.

Day 5 – Bonaventure Island and the Gaspé Peninsula

At Bonaventure Island we drop anchor near the town of Percé and visit the island by zodiac. One of the largest northern gannet colonies in the world, Bonaventure Island is protected as a provincial park of Quebec. We visit the colony, indulging in close up views of these majestic seabirds.

Day 6 – Anticosti Island

At the mouth of the St Lawrence where the river water mixes with Arctic water from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, Anticosti Island is rich in marine wildlife. We plan to wander the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point.  We will be keeping eyes open for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals as we enjoy Anticosti.

Bonne Bay

Bonne Bay in Gros Morne National Park

Day 7 – Gros Morne National Park

Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, the cliffs soar up out of the water and are covered in a green blanket of tuckamore – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point we are welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before visiting the loval interpretation centre. From there, guided walks take us into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park – a spectacular experience!

Day 8 – Francois

Francois (pronounced Frans-way) is a small, isolated community steeped in the traditions of the sea, perched on the edge of a beautiful fjord on the south coast of Newfoundland. We are welcomed ashore by members of the community and, if we hit it off, we may be invited to a dance at the community hall.

Day 9 – St Pierre et Miquelon

The island of St Pierre, is a European enclave still under French control. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. There’s an excellent puffin colony here and if weather permits we cruise in the zodiacs to see these colourful birds. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner, attended by the Captain, to mark the end of our Maritime adventure.

Day 10 – Louisbourg

We sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisbourg.  We will disembark in the morning and while some of us hustle to the airport, many will add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada’s East Coast.

Fares were from US $6,195 per person in a triple cabin or $7,195 in a double cabin with sem-private facilities or $8,295 per person en suite.

Prices for the 10-day East Coast Wildlife Safari now start at US $4,955 per person including the 20% price reduction and all activities and excursions. Also included is a transfer from the meeting point in Louisbourg to the ship, and transfer from the ship to the departure point in Louisbourg.

Family packages are also available for this voyage: children 16 and under can join an adult for just US $1,500, while young people aged 17-20 can take advantage of a 25% discount.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7273 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.ca.

Oceania’s Cruise of the Week: The Gulf of St Lawrence by Spring on board m.v. Marina, 11 Nights New York to Montreal, May 7-17, 2015

oceania_marinaOceania Cruises’ best-selling cruise last week was on board Marina, May 7-17, 11 nights in spring from New York to Montreal, with stateroom gratuities included. The Four-Stars-Plus 66,084-ton 1,250-berth Marina will depart from the Ma\nhattan piers on May 7, 2015, and make calls at Newport, Boston, Portland, Saint John NB, Halifax, Sydney NS, Saguenay and Quebec before arriving at Montreal on May 17, a perfect time of year for the French-speaking capital of the New World.

Cruise map for Oceania Cruises 11 Day Coasts & Culture (21328)Cruise Only Fares per person in double occupancy are:

Penthouse: £2,379
Concierge: £2,109
Veranda: £1,979
Deluxe Oceanview: £1,719
Inside Stateroom: £1,549

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Historic Quebec City

Fly/cruise fares from London with one night pre-cruise hotel and transfers included:

Penthouse: £3,246 – terrific price for a penthouse!
Concierge: £2,976
Veranda: £2,846
Deluxe Oceanview: £2,586
Inside Stateroom: £2,416

Also, Oceania have now introduced 2 for 1 deposits on 2015 departures good to the end of the year.

For more information on Oceania Cruises please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. For dollar prices in North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Pearl Mist Departs Portland, Maine, Today On Her Way To Quebec And Her 2014 Great Lakes Season

https://i2.wp.com/www.pearlseascruises.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pearl-Mist-09-RGB-cc-700x350.jpgThe 210-berth Pearl Mist, first ship in the fleet of Pearl Seas Cruises, leaves Portland today on a 10-night cruise to ports  in New England, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Quebec (see itinerary below). Among her calls are the Magdalen Islands, Sept Iles and Baie Comeau, all relatively new cruise ports.

Completed earlier this year at Chesapeake Shipbuilding near Baltimore, the Pearl Mist will be proceeding beyond Quebec to offer a number of Great Lakes cruises to Toronto and to Chicago in her first season this summer. Further details of her Great Lakes season are available here.

To obtain more informstion or make a booking please contact The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. Or in Toronto on 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Passenger-Cargo Ship Bella Desgagnés Arrives In Gulf of St Lawrence

Quebec-based Groupe Desgagnés and its subsidiary Relais Nordik have announced the arrival of the new coastal passenger and cargo ship Bella Desgagnés in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Built in Croatia and completed in Italy, the Bella Desgagés made her Canadian landfall at Halifax on April 9, and arrived at Blanc-Sablon, at the Quebec/Labrador border on the Strait of Belle Isle, on April 11. The ship was about  four days late because of Atlantic storms.

The Bella Desgagnés was built to serve the route from Rimouski, on the south shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence, via Sept Iles and Anticosti, to a range of ports on the Lower North Shore as far downstream as Blanc Sablon. From Blanc Sablon, there is regular ferry service across the Strait of Belle Isle to St Barbe, Newfoundland.

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Desgagnés’ brand-new Bella Desgagnés has been built for Gulf of St Lawrence service from Rimouski to Blanc Sablon

At 312 feet in length, 63½ feet beam and only 14½ feet draft, the Bella Desgagnés can accommodate 381 guests, including deck passengers. The new ship has 63 cabins (some de luxe) accommodating 160 passengers in berths, dining room, cafeteria, lecture room and other passenger facilities. Measuring 6,588 gross tons, she will replace the much smaller 1,749-ton Nordik Express, which has been on the route since 1987.

The Bella Desgagnés can also carry 125 TEU of containers and her own 30 ton long-reach crane to handle them. She is built to Ice Class IA and can reach a speed of 15 knots. Her propulsion system consists of four diesel engines driving two electric motors and two azimuthing stern drives. She also has two bow thrusters and has manoeuverability similar to a large harbour tug.

Relais Nordik  is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Groupe Desgagnés Inc. It transports passengers, general cargo and vehicles from the main terminals of Rimouski, Sept-Îles, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Natashquan, and to the eight ports of the communities it serves at Port-Menier, Kegaska, La Romaine, Harrington Harbour, Tête-à-la-Baleine, La Tabatière, Saint Augustin and Blanc Sablon. Round voyages are also offered from Rimouski.

Cruises of 7 nights duration will be offered from Rimouski. Present fares for the Nordik Express start at $1,258.40 per person in a superior cabin, or $1,494.86 in a de luxe cabin. Fares for the Bella Desgagnés will be announced shortly. Summer cruises leave Rimouski every Tuesday at 12:30 pm and return from Blanc Sablon on Fridays.

For details of how to book the Bella Desgagnés‘ weekly round voyage as a cruise please e-mail The Cruise People Ltd in London at cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk or in North America e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Photo of Bella Desgagnés courtesy Groupe Desgagnés. Image of Sable I by Quebec artist Jean-Pierre Charest.