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One Ocean Expeditions Canada's East Coast Golfing Expedition

7 nights

Enjoy the opportunity to play some of the finest golf courses in Canada, several of which feature in the Top 100 courses in the world! Every day you cruise to a new location, transfer on shore and head for the first tee. With confirmed courses including the classic Highland Links, originally built in the 1930's, the magnificent Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs - ranked number 1 in Canada by Golf Digest, the championship standard Links at Crowbush, and L'Etang-du-Nord, a unique 9-hole course on Le Iles de la Madeleine situated in the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence.

There's plenty for non-golfers to sample on this cruise as well, with outstanding seafood, local cuisine and magnificent scenery abound in the whole region. A range of water sports, such as sea kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, are also available to try, as well as many biking or hiking opportunities to explore the local communities, historic locations and picturesque landscapes. Also look out for the amazing wildlife, including likely encounters with whales while on board, a wide array of birdlife as you cruise around this major migratory bird corridor, and the largest grey seal colony in the world on Sable Island.

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Day 1

Board the One Ocean Navigator / Akademik Ioffe at the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scot...

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Day 2-3

On these days you are anchored off the broad sand beach at Inverness, a small hamlet on the West...

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Day 4

After taking on the challenging courses, today you will take on a simple 9-hole course at L'Etang...

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Day 5

Located on the north coast of Prince Edward Island, the small fishing and agricultural centre of...

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Day 6

Arrive into Ingonish, a cluster of five small communities on the famous Cabot Trail, in the morni...

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Day 7

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks and hundreds of kilometres from the Nova Scotia coast, Sab...

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Day 8

Return back to Cape Breton and the historic port of Louisbourg to disembark and make your way to...

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Day 1

Board the One Ocean Navigator / Akademik Ioffe at the historic port town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. First visited in 1597 by the English, and fortified by the French in 1713, Louisbourg was the 3rd busiest seaport in North America during the 18th Century.

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Day 2-3

On these days you are anchored off the broad sand beach at Inverness, a small hamlet on the West Coast of Nova Scotia and host to two of the finest golf courses in North America - Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs. Exposed to the winds of the Gulf of St Lawrence, the expansive layout of Cabot Links presents a superb challenge for all abilities. The newer Cabot Cliffs, completed in 2016, runs adjacent to the Cabot Links, and the combined layout has been rated in the top 20 golf course destinations in the world.

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Day 4

After taking on the challenging courses, today you will take on a simple 9-hole course at L'Etang-du-Nord, situated on these picturesque sandstone islands in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Home to unique fishing communities, the gentle terrain of grassy plains and sandstone shorelines provide a cyclist's paradise for those wanting a change from the fairways, or the more adventurous can enjoy sea kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding through sea arches and into sandstone sea caves. Whale watching expeditions in zodiac boats are also available, or just enjoy a relaxing time at the beach!

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Day 5

Located on the north coast of Prince Edward Island, the small fishing and agricultural centre of Morell will be your gateway to the Links at Crowbush - a gorgeous championship layout with a 5-star rating by Golf Digest. This is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Prince Edward Island's renowned golf scene. After completing your round, enjoy a dinner of fresh Atlantic seafood - a specialty of Prince Edward Island - back on board ship as you cruise round towards Cape Breton once more.

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Day 6

Arrive into Ingonish, a cluster of five small communities on the famous Cabot Trail, in the morning and make your way to the Highland Links, one of the original golf courses in Cape Breton. Designed by renowned architect Stanley Thompson, the course was built in the 1930s as a journey of sorts, traversing through woods and on coastal land overlooking the ocean. The undulating terrain offers wonderful ocean glimpses from the dense forest the course is cut from, and it is no surprise this course consistently ranks in Canada's Top 10.

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Day 7

Located on the edge of the Grand Banks and hundreds of kilometres from the Nova Scotia coast, Sable Island, your destination for today, has a storied history as a graveyard for more than 350 ships that fell victim to the treacherous currents and sandbars. Sporadically inhabited by sealers, shipwreck survivors and salvagers, the island is now home to fewer than six year-round inhabitants, a herd of wild horses and the largest grey seal colony in the world, as well as an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they travel to and from the High Arctic regions.

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Day 8

Return back to Cape Breton and the historic port of Louisbourg to disembark and make your way to the airport, or extend your stay to explore more of the gems of Canada's East Coast.

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Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland in 1989, the One Ocean Navigator (Akademik Ioffe) is very stable, quiet and comfortable. Refitting and refurbishment over the last five years oriented towards her role as an expedition cruise vessel has greatly improved the comfort and calibre of the facilities aboard the ship. Designed for polar research, the One Ocean Navigator is modern, safe and ice-strengthened. The public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all 96 clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool. The voyage provides plenty of opportunities to try sea kayaking, or paddling a stand up board. On several occasions, there will also be the opportunity to explore the locations by bike. These activities, as well as numerous hiking opportunities onshore and exploration by zodiac boat are all included in the price of your voyage. The activity program will be discussed during a briefing once aboard the ship. 
The One Ocean Navigator has two main engines and twin propellers to propel the vessel through the polar waters at up to 14.5 knots. Coupled with a bow-thruster and a stern multi-directional propulsion unit, the One Ocean Navigator is extremely manoeuvrable and has a built-in propulsion back up.

There is one sailing planned for 2018 aboard the Akademik Ioffe from June 27 - July 04.

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