Marco Polo Commemorative Anniversary Voyage to Canada & Greenland
Join in the celebrations for Marco Polo’s 50th year at sea, as she recreates an epic voyage retracing her transatlantic route to Eastern Canada. Spend a leisurely day at sea as you glide north to your first port of call, Lerwick in the Shetland Isles for a day of traditional charm. A call at Tórshavn offers the chance to discover the remote Faroese islands with their dramatic sea cliffs and coastal villages, before sailing onto Reykjavik for the start of the optional ‘Golden Circle’ tour featuring the raging Gullfoss waterfall, geothermal field of Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
Marvel at Greenland as you navigate around part of the largest island in the world. Visit Tasiilaq, on the island of Ammassalik, situated in a fjord surrounded by mountains before passing Cape Farewell and calling at Qaqortoq where you may get the chance to admire the huge drifting icebergs. Explore Narsarsuaq which is located just 9 km away from the ice sheet and Flower Valley with its unique flora before cruising the steep sided Tunugdliarfik Fjord.
Marco Polo continues on to Newfoundland arriving at St John’s, North America’s oldest European-settled city, that’s played host to many adventurers, pirates and explorers. Perhaps take an optional tour to Witless Bay Reserve, North America’s largest puffin colony. Sydney is a settlement with a diverse history and stunning coastline. Wander around the old town or opt to uncover magical Cape Breton Island, renowned for its beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. On Prince Edward Island, explore delightful and charming Charlottetown, Canada’s birthplace, before you arrive at Gaspé, one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations. Take an optional boat trip and you may catch sight of whales that live in the ocean surrounding the peninsula.
Relax on board as you gently cruise the St. Lawrence River calling at Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for culture galore and the chance to view this picturesque city from a horse drawn carriage. The following day is spent in Montréal, a delightfully diverse city with its French influenced St. Denis Street, extravagant Plateau Mont-Royal, China Town and Olympic Park. You will be struck by the natural beauty surrounding Saguenay where you may opt to see the unique ‘Story of the Kingdom of the Saguenay’ featuring over 80 actors, animals and special effects before continuing to Sept-Îles, where the Innu people occupied the region long before the first European settlers.
At Havre-Saint-Pierre a choice of excursions showcase the natural beauty of the region including the islands of the Mingan Archipelago noted for their unique flora and fauna. Cap-aux-Meules, the second largest island of the Îles
de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is surrounded by white-sand beaches and red cliffs. Get a taste of Madelinot life as you sample regional delicacies and meet the people. Return to Newfoundland calling at Corner Brook, for time spent amid the panoramic landscape, and L'Anse aux Meadows allowing you the opportunity to see one of the most famous Norse settlements in North America.
Bidding a fond farewell to Canada, you begin the return leg of your voyage with time to enjoy the on board facilities or simply relax and unwind. Your final call is Cobh in Ireland, for the chance to visit historic Cork, before concluding this monumental commemorative voyage that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Canada & Greenland Cruise Highlights
This epic voyage to Greenland and Canada is a discovery of stunning landscapes, remarkable wildlife, history and culture. Here are just some of the highlights
In Iceland, the Geysir geothermal field sits on top of a vast boiling cauldron. Discover its erupting geyser, sulfurous mud pots, steam vents, hot springs and primitive plants.
A natural masterpiece, Greenland is home to majestic fjords, dramatic mountains and colossal icebergs. Discover the exceptional interaction between man and nature.
From St. Johns, photograph thousands of colourful puffins, other seabirds and possibly even humpback whales on a voyage to the Witless Bay Reserve, one of nature’s greatest wonders.
Prince Edward Island, of Anne of Green Gables fame, boasts stunning scenery rightfully earning it the title of the ‘Garden Province’ of Canada.
From Gaspé, take a boat trip to Percé Rock, one of the world’s largest and most spectacular natural arches and a nesting place for thousands of cormorants, kittiwakes and seagulls.
Visit the iconic Château Frontenac, the most well known landmark in Québec and considered the most photographed hotel in the world.
Admire Montreal’s impressive neo-Gothic Notre-Dame Basilica, North America’s second-largest church and one of the most elaborate, where Pavarotti recorded his famous Christmas concert.
Saguenay National Park encompasses the spectacular Saguenay Fjord, one of the world’s largest fjords where marine life thrives including Beluga and Minke whales.
The nomadic Innu people were hunters living in tents made of animal skins. At Sept-Îles, learn many fascinating aspects of traditional and contemporary Innu culture, history, beliefs and traditions.
From Corner Brook, a picturesque logging town, follow in the foot-steps of Captain Cook and view Newfoundland’s scenic, rugged coastline which was first explored by Cook 250 years ago.