A Journey Down the Mighty Saint Lawrence River
It’s rare that I get the opportunity to take a domestic flight to a cruise. That’s the position I find myself in next week, as I travel to Quebec City to embark Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavour for a 10-day voyage along the Saint Lawrence River.
For 29 years now, Adventure Canada has been providing overland and cruise expeditions to some of the most remote parts of this great country – Canada – and this Mighty Saint Lawrence expedition is the first of the company’s nine cruise-based itineraries this summer. Between June and September, Adventure Canada will explore the farthest reaches of Quebec, Newfoundland, Sable Island, the Canadian High Arctic, and Greenland.
Beginning on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, I’ll embark the 450-foot long Ocean Endeavour in Quebec City. The port is conveniently located in Lower Quebec (Vieux Quebec), in the oldest part of this historic city. It’s also within sight of one of Quebec’s most famous landmarks, the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac hotel.
The 198-guest Ocean Endeavour is a rugged ship with many past lives. Originally built for Russian shipping company FESCO, the ship has been handed down through several owners, the most recent of which was Finland-based Kristina Cruises, which operated the ship between 2010 and 2014 as Kristina Katarina. Heavily refitted during her time with Kristina Cruises and again in 2014 by Quark Expeditions, which charters the ship out to Adventure Canada each summer, she’s rugged and tough-looking on the outside, but appears to be comfortably appointed on the inside.
Still, the ship is just the means of transportation on this journey of discovery. Her fleet of inflatable zodiac rafts will take us to places that would remain inaccessible by other ships, allowing us to experience a side of the Canadian Maritimes that is rarely seen. Guests aboard large mainstream ships sailing Canada & New Englan
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