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December 11, 2015
From one adventure to another…
Destination Saint Lawrence each year welcomes more and more ships owned and operated by major cruise lines such as Holland America, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises and others. However, owing to the diversity of countryscapes and breadth of the tourism supply, we sometimes forget that the Saint Lawrence also attracts smaller adventure cruise lines. Québec indeed lends itself particularly well to adventure travel given the province’s larger-than-life natural backdrop, numerous parks and unique access to local fauna and flora.
Companies such as Adventure Canada, Compagnie du Ponant, Lindblad Expeditions and One Ocean Expeditions offer Québec-based excursions each year. Passenger programs provide for multi-faceted contact with nature, while smaller ship size allows for added flexibility and docking in locations inaccessible to larger vessels.
In 2016, four such ships will be visiting several of our Saint Lawrence ports of call. They include as follows:
- Adventure Canada: The Ocean Endeavour, which accommodates some 200 passengers and 40 crew, will drop anchor at Québec, Saguenay, Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands next June as part of a voyage dubbed The Mighty Saint-Lawrence.
- Compagnie du Ponant: The Boréal (225 passengers and 140 crew) will be returning to our shores in September 2016 after an absence of one year, stopping in at Gaspé (Percé), Saguenay and Québec as part of a From Greenland to the Saint Lawrence adventure.
- Lindblad Expeditions: Discreetly but regularly, the National Geographic Explorer visits our destination with a stopover at the Magdalen Islands on voyages originating in Newfoundland. Transporting 150 passengers and 70 crew, this ship will visit unique, picturesque locations as part of a September voyage dubbed The Canadian Maritimes and Newfoundland.
- One Ocean Expeditions: The smallest of all, the One Ocean Navigator, carries 92 passengers and 63 crew, and will be dropping anchor at Gaspé, the Magdalen Islands and Havre Saint-Pierre (Anticosti Island) in July 2016. The voyage, dubbed Canadian Maritimes – Fins and Fiddles, includes a special stop stopover on Anticosti Island not too far from our port of call at Havre Saint-Pierre. The island, the largest in Québec, is unique in that it is home to only several hundred human inhabitants who are far outnumbered by a population of some 200 000 white tailed deer. Anticosti’s natural surroundings are without compare and certain to fascinate cruise passengers one and all.
As you can see, Québec’s cruise offering is highly diverse and capable of meeting the needs of more active visitors in search of outdoor and adventure activities. It is therefore up to you as travel professionals to suggest the cruise options best suited to your clients.