The Maritimes by ship? Of course!
Canada’s Atlantic Provinces are one of the most fascinating places in North America and the One Ocean Expedition starts and finishes its exploration of the Maritimes in the town of Louisburg, on Cape Breton Island. You will see a staggering abundance of wildlife, including prolific birdlife, numerous seal and whale species and even have an opportunity to encounter the fabled wild horses of Sable Island. As the cruise moves towards the mouth of the St Lawrence River, you should see whales such as the humpback, minke and blue whale – as well as grey and harp seals. Daily shore excursions with expert guides, a range of wonderful activities and a inspired dining menu make this an ideal way to experience this enchanting region of Canada.
Weather and sea conditions may require an itinerary change or different shore excursions but that is half the fun of small ship expedition cruising. Ask us for details of other One Ocean Expedition cruises too.
Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, there are public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading.
The sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team are enjoyed in either of the two dining rooms, one of which features their popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views.
Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness centre, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.
All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6 offering expansive panoramic windows. Cabins all have lower berths that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on your needs. Extensive renovations have provided new carpets, high quality cabinetry with soft close drawers, contemporary and spacious bathroom design, all paired with soft accent lighting offering options dependant on our guests daily activities and mood. All cabins offer modern sectional lounge quarters, providing a quiet nook to read or catch up on journalling. Space is exceptional as each cabin offers 22M squared living space, whilst the One Ocean Suites are absolutely palatial offering 44M squared with enough room to entertain or do back – flips (your choice)!
There is an open-bridge policy and guests are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of day; there’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds. The bridge is closed during times of tricky navigation, pilotage, or weather.
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Itinerary (11 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Fly from the the UK to Halifax for an overnight prior to the ship departure...
Fly from the the UK to Halifax for an overnight prior to the ship departure the next day, where a transfer will be provided to Louisbourg.
Other nights can, of course, be added on here as well.
1 night Halifax.
The journey begins in the historic port town of Louisburg, Nova Scotia, where you will...
The journey begins in the historic port town of Louisburg, Nova Scotia, where you will board the expedition vessel, the Akademik Ioffe. First visited in 1597 by the English, the town was fortified in 1713 by the French in recognition of its strategic maritime location. During the 18th century, Louisburg was the third busiest seaport in North America. You will board the ship in the late afternoon and that evening you will enjoy a dinner of fresh, local lobster as the ship sets sail out past the lighthouse, into the North Atlantic – and onto the Grand Banks.
Located on the edge of the Grand Banks, hundreds of kilometers from the coast, Sable...
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 ships falling 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 Sable Island wild horses and one of the largest gray seal colonies in the world. It is an important stopover for numerous migratory bird species as they make their way to and from the High Arctic region. Sable Island is one of Canada’s newest national parks and the long sand beaches are best explored on foot.
Today, the ship will continue along the north-central coast of Cape Breton, and stopping in...
Today, the ship will continue along the north-central coast of Cape Breton, and stopping in Englishtown, where there is an opportunity to explore the Bird Islands, home to a number of important species including the great cormorant, Atlantic puffin, Atlantic razorbill, black-legged kittiwake and are known as an important feeding area for Cape Breton’s population of bald eagles. You will get to cruise in the zodiacs and hike onshore during the daily shore excursions with one of the expert guides.
This morning, the vessel will be anchored off Georgetown on Prince Edward Island, with lots...
This morning, the vessel will be anchored off Georgetown on Prince Edward Island, with lots of options for exploring. For the history buffs a visit to Charlottetown is a must. For the activity seekers there is a great bike ride along the Confederation Trail to the town of Montague. Dunarave is one of the jewels of the golfing scene on Prince Edward Island, so a round of golf here is another great option. A paddle on the Montague River in the sea kayaks provides even more choice.
The remote islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities...
The remote islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence are home to unique fishing communities with lovely waterfront houses and boats, flowing grassy plains and sandstone shorelines sculpted by the elements. In addition to the traditional fishing and sealing culture found in the islands, you will see a wide diversity of bird life along the beaches and lagoons. Europeans first discovered the islands in the mid 15th century, though it’s thought indigenous Mi’kmaqs have been visiting for centuries to hunt walrus. Quebecois and Acadian culture runs strongly through the towns and villages of the islands, through local cuisine, craft and language.
On arrival at Bonaventure Island, the ship will drop anchor near the town of Perce...
On arrival at Bonaventure Island, the ship will drop anchor near the town of Perce and visit the island by zodiac. This location has a rich natural, historic, and geological heritage. Sculpted by time and the sea, the island is situated at the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula. Its outstanding flora and fauna, including its famous colony of Northern Gannets make it a must-see location. Almost 300 different species of birds have been recorded as visiting, migrating to, or living on Bonaventure Island.
At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where the river water mixes with Arctic...
At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where the river water mixes with Arctic waters from the Strait of Belle Isle and the more temperate Atlantic waters, Anticosti Island is rich in marine wildlife. You will hike along the beaches near the eastern end of the island followed by a zodiac cruise along the cliffs at East Point, searching for shorebirds and seabirds as well as whales and seals which are frequent visitors to the island’s waters.
Sailing into majestic Bonne Bay, in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, the cliffs...
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 forest – windswept spruce sculpted by the ocean breeze. At Woody Point you will be welcomed ashore by a delegation from the community before hiking up to the excellent interpretation centre. From there, various guided walks will lead into the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and to the lookout for a view over much of the park – a spectacular experience!
The community of Francois (pron. Frans-way) in the south coast of Newfoundland – was settled...
The community of Francois (pron. Frans-way) in the south coast of Newfoundland – was settled in the late 1700s. Small boat fishers harvested a variety of species during the summer fishing season. Francois’s rich fishing heritage also included operation of a whale factory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known as an ‘out-port’, and accessible only by boat or from the air by helicopter, Francois has a deep harbor which is navigable year-round. When entering Francois harbour, the first sight will be one of the few remaining manned light stations anywhere on the coast of Newfoundland, leading to the narrow opening into the steep-walled rocky fjord. This is a spectacular location.
St Pierre ey Miquelon
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are a small group of islands situated off the south coast of...
St Pierre ey Miquelon
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are a small group of islands situated off the south coast of Newfoundland. They were first settled by the French in the early 17th century and today, the islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France’s once vast North American empire. Walking down the streets feels like taking a stroll through a provincial French town. As a part of France, the area has much in common with Europe, but also with its Canadian and American neighbours. There’s an excellent puffin colony here and, if weather permits, there will be a cruise in the zodiacs to see these colourful birds. Tonight there will be a special dinner attended by the Captain to mark the end of the voyage.
Today you will sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of...
Today you will sail back to Cape Breton across the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heading again for the historic port of Louisburg. After disembarkment in the morning you can either head to the airport to return to the UK or add a few extra days in Cape Breton to enjoy one of the gems of Canada’s East Coast.