10 DAYS – SEPTEMBER 18 to 27, 2018
VISTA SUITE OUTSIDE $6,900
VERANDA SUITE $8,700
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE $9,000
Airfare & Transfers Costs Are Upon Request.
ALL CRUISE FARES ARE IN US FUNDS per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy fares are upon request. Initial deposit of 25% of the total cruise fare is required to secure your reservation. Final payment to Silversea Cruises is required by MAY 10, 2018
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CRUISE ITINERARY – An expedition with Silversea is unlike any other form of travel – thrilling, awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time. Below please find itinerary information about this adventurous expedition.
JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 EMBARK
Old meets new in the province’s capital (metro-area population a little more than 200,000), with modern office buildings surrounded by heritage shops and colorful row houses. St. John’s mixes English and Irish influences, Victorian architecture and modern convenience, and traditional music and rock and roll into a heady brew. The arts scene is lively, but overall the city moves at a relaxed pace. For centuries, Newfoundland was the largest supplier of salt cod in the world, and St. John’s Harbour was the center of the trade. As early as 1627, the merchants of Water Street—then known as the Lower Path—were doing a thriving business buying fish, selling goods, and supplying alcohol to soldiers and sailors.
L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS, NEWFOUNDLAND – SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Around the year 1000, Vikings from Greenland and Iceland founded the first European settlement in North America, near the northern tip of Newfoundland. They arrived in the New World 500 years before Columbus but stayed only a few years and were forgotten for centuries. Since the settlement’s rediscovery in the last century, the archaeological site has brought tourism to the area. Viking themes abound but so do views, whales, icebergs, fun dining experiences, and outdoor activities. L’Anse Aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland is a remote community of just 40 people, with St Anthony, 40 minutes away, having a population of only 3,500.
WOODY POINT, NEWFOUNDLAND – SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 8 AM – 4 PM
Acclaimed for its unearthly landscape, Woody Point is probably as close to Mars as you will ever get in this lifetime. Situated on the west coast of the island, the Tablelands behind Woody Point in the Gros Morne National Park are composed of peridotite — like much of the surface of Mars — and NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, plus others are studying this unique land form searching for insights into possible bacterial life on the red planet. The story of the Tablelands earned Gros Morne its World Heritage Site status from UNESCO in 2010, and the area remains a geological wonder, showcasing a time when the continents of Africa and North America collided.
HAVRE ST. PIERRE, QUEBEC – SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 9 AM – 6 PM
Havre St. Pierre is a tiny seaside port on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. It was settled in 1857 by Acadians from the Magdalen Island, and still today locals speak a dialect more similar to Acadian French than to Quebec French. It was originally called Saint-Pierre-de-la-Pointe-aux-Esquimaux until 1927, when it was officially shortened to Havre St Pierre. Until recently the local economy relied mainly on fishing and lumbering, today it is mainly a titanium ore-transhipment port. Nearby is one of the world’s most amazing natural phenomena – the Mingan Archipelago. They are the largest group of erosional monoliths in Canada, and were declared a National Park in 1984.
BONAVENTURE ISLAND, QUEBEC – SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Bonaventure Island, on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula, is an uninhabited island that is home to the largest gannet colony in North America, and the second largest in the world. It was first protected as a bird sanctuary in 1919 by the federal government. Later, in 1973, it became a national park, administered by Canada’s National Park Service. Explorer Jacques Cartier noted seeing gannets as he sailed past in 1534. One report in 1887 estimated 3,000 birds. Today, there are more than eighty thousand gannets, along with many other seabird species that nest on the island. Gannets are long-lived birds (more than 20 years), that return to the same nest year after year.
ÎLES-DE-LA-MADELEINE, QUEBEC – SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 7:30 AM – 5 PM
The Îles-de-la-Madeleine, or ‘Magdalen Islands’, form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with a land area of 79.36 square miles (205.53 square kilometres). Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands form part of the Canadian province of Quebec. Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine encompass eight major islands: Havre-Aubert, Grande Entrée, Cap aux Meules, Grosse-Île, Havre aux Maisons, Pointe-Aux-Loups, Île d’Entrée and Brion. All except Brion are inhabited. Several other tiny islands are also considered part of the archipelago: Rocher aux Oiseaux; Île aux Loups-marins; Île Paquet; and Rocher du Corps Mort.
LOUISBOURG, NOVA SCOTIA – SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 8 AM – 5 PM
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, is a thriving seaport located on the eastern tip of Cape Breton Island. French settlers first arrived in Louisbourg in 1713, using the island as a base for their lucrative cod fishery. Soon, the town became one of the busiest harbours in North America and an important trading outpost and military hub. They named it Louisbourg, in honour of King Louis XIV. The fortress was built to defend against the threat of a British invasion. After two major attacks, the fortress was destroyed in the 1760’s. In 1961 the Canadian Government commenced a $25 million reconstruction project to restore portions of the fortress to its pre-siege glory of the 1740’s.
SABLE ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA – SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 6 PM – 5 PM
This crescent-shaped island is little more than a sandbar emerging from the shallows of the continental shelf. The island is 26 miles long, but only 0.93 miles across at the widest point. The name comes from the French word for “sand”. There are no natural trees on the island, although the Canadian government planted over 80,000 trees in 1901 in an attempt to stabilize the soil – all but one has since died. The island’s human history spans more than four centuries. There was a failed attempt in the 16th century by the French to colonise the island using convicts.
PIERRE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 11 AM – 5 PM
By heading almost due east from Cap-aux-Meules in Canada, it is possible to reach France in about one day’s worth of steaming! With barely 6,000 inhabitants living on tiny St. Pierre, it is the smallest French Overseas Collective. The residents of St. Pierre are predominantly descendants of Normans, Basque and Bretons and the French spoken is closer to Metropolitan French than to Canadian French. Although Basque is not spoken any longer, the influence is still felt through sport and a Basque Festival. Interestingly, this small island has two museums in part dedicated to the Prohibition. The Musée Heritage is St. Pierre’s newest museum with a focus on medical artefacts from the 19th and 20th century.
JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 DISEMBARK
After breakfast aboard the luxury Silver Cloud Expedition disembark and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.