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

Akademik IoffeEast Coast and Gulf of St Lawrence Wildlife Safari including Sable Island

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.


 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 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 In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

New Polsteam Cargo-Passenger Service – Occasional Sailings From Teesport, England, To Great Lakes Ports Starting In 2015

Wicko by Vedran MilacicThe Polish Steamship Company (Polsteam) is about to introduce a new occasional cargo-passenger service with sailings from the UK port ot Teesport, to ports in the Great Lakes. The first sailing will take place in mid April and passenger bookings are being taken on a standby basis.

Fares will be US $1,640 per passenger in single or double cabins from Newport to ports between Montreal and Detroit, and $1,880 to ports above Detroit. Port charges are $132 per person extra. The first sailing will be by the Wicko, pictured above by Vedran Mlacic in the Welland Canal bound for Cleveland.

Intending passengers who are not US or Canadian citizens require a full US B1/B2 Visa to enter the United States by cargo ship.  If there are direct sailings to Canadian ports, US visas may not be required. Space may also be available from the Great Lakes once destinations are known.

Regular sailings are still being offered twice a month from the port of IJmuiden, on the North Sea Canal near Amsterdam, to both Cleveland and Burns Harbor. For further details of regular service please click here.

For further information, please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail

Three Great Opportunities To Cruise The Great Lakes This Summer

Space is limited but there is still time to secure your place on a 10-night Great Lakes cruise on board the charming 4,954-ton 218-berth Saint Laurent this summer (double click below to expand):StLaurentSummaryFor a full copy of the flyer please click here: Cruise the Great Lakes

And for further details or bookings please call The Cruise People Ltd in London, England, on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail In North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

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

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 Manhattan piers on May 7, 2015, and make calls at Newport, Boston, Portland, Saint John NB, Halifax, Sydney NS, Saguenay and Quebec City (below) 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


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 For dollar prices in North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

New Great Lakes Chicago To Montreal Cruise By The M.V. “Saint Laurent” in August 2015

Saint Laurent for'dThe newly-launched Haimark Line will introduce the 210-berth Saint Laurent into service in Eastern Canada, New England and the Great Lakes in May 2015. The Cruise People is pleased to be able to offer a unique Great Lakes cruise leaving Chicago on August 28, 2015, and taking in Mackinac Island, an excursion into Lake Superior, Georgian Bay and the Ojibwé, the Henry Ford Museum, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and the St Lawrence Seaway, finishing in Montreal nine nights later. The Saint Laurent cruised the Great Lakes in 2001 as Cape May Light.

Haimark Great LakesHaimark will use the same ship to offer half a dozen cruises between Montreal and Portland, Maine. Ten more cruises will be offered on the French market, from Montreal to Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and Quebec by Rivages du Monde, with flights from Paris.

Haimark Line was formed in 2012 by former executives of Pandaw River Cruises and is in the course of launching upmarket river cruises in Southest Asia on the Irrawaddy, Mekong and Ganges Rivers, where a number of newbuildings are to be introduced over the next few months.

Haimark Deck Plan

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Haimark 10-day Tariff










For further details of Great Lakes and Gulf of St Lawrence cruising please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail In North America call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

Free Upgrade On Ponant’s Le Boréal In The Gulf of St Lawrence This September

          Quebec – Gulf of St Lawrence – Nova Scotia – Boston

  • Le Boréal at Percé
  • Le Boréal invites you to discover a truly Canadian experience: an unforgettable cruise among the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence. Quebec – Saguenay – Tadoussac – Havre St Pierre – Percé (above) – Iles de la Madeleine – Louisburg – Lunenberg – Portland – Boston.
    Compagnie du Ponant gives you access to the most beautiful staterooms and suites during your cruise. For all new booking of a Deluxe Stateroom, enjoy a stateroom upgrade in Prestige stateroom on Deck 4 or 5.
    * Offer is valid for new bookings only. Subject to change or withdrawal at any time without notice and is not retroactive nor combinable unless otherwise stated. Non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

* Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy. See Compagnie du Ponant terms and conditions for further particulars.