Ireland to Canada in the Fall

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Board in Donegal and Cruise to Canada as it bursts to life in the fall and experience the outstanding natural beauty of Lonely Planet’s ‘top country to visit in 2017’ in all its vibrant autumnal splendour. Disembarking in Belfast this is a wonderful No Fly holiday!

Canada comes to life in the fall, so join Black Watch to immerse yourself in astonishing autumnal beauty and get under the skin of Lonely Planet’s ‘top country to visit in 2017’, with chances to explore colourful landscapes and discover photo opportunities galore.

After whetting your appetite for what’s to come on your Canadian exploration in rugged Killybegs – situated on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – you’ll cross the Atlantic to St John’s. The countryside views on offer from Signal Hill in St John’s are not to be missed, especially at this time of the year; and from Newfoundland’s capital it’s also possible to journey to Canada’s easternmost point, Cape Spear. A call into Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, is followed by a stop in historic Charlottetown. You’ll be perfectly placed to explore the rich forests of Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail, bursting with autumn splendour. You will then have the chance to bask in the small-town charm and ambience of Baie-Comeau, before Port Saguenay serves as your gateway to the beautiful Saguenay Fjord National Park. Sailing of the Saguenay River comes next as Black Watch heads for classical Quebec City, where the icons of the UNESCO-listed Old City, such as the grand Château Frontenac and Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec await. For another display of spectacular fall foliage, take a tour to the Laurentian Mountains – one of the best places to observe Canada’s natural beauty.

Be sure to have your camera to hand as you call into Trois-Rivières, starting point for taking in the pristine lakes and vibrantly coloured woodlands of La Mauricie National Park – popular with hikers and explorers from around the world. A day in stylish Montreal follows, affording time to marvel at the city’s mix of traditional and contemporary architectural highlights, including the Olympic Tower and Basilique Notre-Dame. The oasis-like Botanical Garden is well worth seeking out too. A stop at Havre St Pierre to experience the rural lifestyle and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Mingan Archipelago is followed by a day in Corner Brook – your final Canadian call. Here you could follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps and explore the stunning coastline; or opt to tour to the UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park for your last chance to ‘leaf peep’ Canada’s vibrant autumn colours. The cruise ends after you’ve crossed the Atlantic and call into Northern Ireland’s attraction-packed capital, Belfast.

Itinerary

Day 1 Killybegs, Donegal

Black Watch awaits your arrival in Killybegs, where you will be welcomed on board by the excellent crew. You will have plenty of time to settle in and explore the ship, as she leaves port late in the evening.

Day 2-5 At Sea

These full days are spent cruising toward your first port of call, St. Johns, Newfoundland. Until then, settle back, relax and watch the world go by or enjoy the fantastic facilities and entertainment on board.

Day 6 St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich and colourful history. St. John’s offers a blend of old world charm, interesting architecture, historic landmarks, beautiful countryside and fishing villages in the local area.

Since 1947, explorers, adventurers, pirates and all manner of seafarers have found their way into St. John’s spectacular harbour, although the first permanent settlers were the British in the mid 18th century.

To this day, St. John’s is still loved by locals and visitors alike, and for wildlife and nature lovers in particular, it is the perfect holiday destination. There are several tours that take place on a daily basis, designed to provide visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see indigenous wildlife such as puffins and whales and the other natural wonders of St John’s. There are plenty of trails to walk at your leisure and a unique city centre to explore, complete with museums, art collections, murals and more.

Elsewhere there is plenty to seek out and enjoy too, including the Downtown district – which is where the best food, entertainment and shopping is found – and Signal Hill – one of Canada’s National Historic Sites – which offers incredible views of St. John’s and the surrounding areas.

Day 7 At Sea

Cruising

Day 8 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

In Halifax – the capital of Nova Scotia – see the old fort, the Maritime Museum, and the art gallery, or relax in one of the pretty parks. Alternatively, take a stroll through the tiny Peggy’s Cove, with its bustling fishing harbour and lobster fishery.

Halifax – a vital part of Canada’s infrastructure – is home to a major economic centre and many government and public sector companies are based in here, including the Department of National Defence. Praised for its quality of life, Halifax is seen as city for the future, a vibrant city that represents modern Canada.

The urban city centre is home to a number of landmark buildings, from tall apartment blocks and office towers to iconic & historic town clocks, Halifax’s architecture will suit all tastes. Halifax is also host to a number of parks, museums, galleries, sporting venues and performance venues to visit and explore. Point Pleasant Park is particularly popular due to its seaside location, while the new central library is well worth a visit.

Day 9 At Sea

Cruising

Day 10 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The historic district of Charlottetown is charming; a home to many pretty 19th century buildings. The 1864 Conference which led to the formation of the Canadian Confederation was held in Charlottetown’s Province House. If you take a wander, you’ll find on most street corners there are storyboards to tell you the story of the town and its role in Canada’s history.

Home to the Province House that hosted the Canadian Confederation Conference in 1864, Charlottetown is the birthplace of Canada. A charming, historic city, Charlottetown serves as a shrine to the nation, representing the best that Canada has to offer.

Combining historic buildings and monuments with various elements of modern life, Charlottetown is a haven for all. Cafes, restaurants, shops, golf courses and more sit amongst some incredible 19th century architecture to create a unique blend of past and present culture. Visit The Guild and watch a musical, take a boat tour to the historic waterfront or relax at the spa. Whatever your mood, Charlottetown always has something to offer.

Day 11 At Sea

Cruising

Day 12 Baie-Comeau, Canada

Baie-Comeau is one of Canada’s hidden gems, a small, yet attraction packed city with plenty to see and an interesting history and heritage to explore.

Located on the banks of the beautiful Saint-Lawrence River and smothered with forests, this busy industrial city supplies Quebec with large quantities of hydroelectricity from the impressive Manicouagan Reservoir dam and produces large quantities of paper and aluminium that’s exported worldwide.

As you journey further into the city centre, away from the busy industrialised areas near the port you discover a calm, peaceful city where quaint cafes and pretty theatres await you. Arguably the city’s greatest attraction is the delightful old-town district, known as Vieux-Poste. Established in 1889, the old-town was formerly the village of Saint-Eugène-de-Manicouagan and is home to a couple of interesting churches: the Anglican church of St Andrew is built of oak and boasts a couple of superb stained-glass windows, as does the pink granite Sainte-Amélie Church.

Day 13 Saguenay, Canada

Whilst in Saguenay – a popular place for Quebecois to visit for outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking – be sure to explore the Saguenay Fjord National Park, with a cruise along this stunning waterway or a visit to the Fjord Museum. The mouth of the fjord is home to billions of krill – attracting various whale species.

Known mostly for its electricity generation and its timber and bauxite exportation, Saguenay is fast becoming one of Canada’s most interesting and exciting tourist destinations. A popular getaway for Quebecois, Saguenay is boasts impressive hiking trails and beautiful waters that lend themselves to activities such as kayaking and ice fishing.

The city’s shallow, Krill filled river is irresistible to the native Beluga whales, so visitors are presented with one of the best whale watching opportunities in the area. There are beautiful fjords to explore, beaches, marinas, ski resorts and a whole lot more.

Saguenay and all its natural beauty is one of Canada’s true wonders.

Accommodation

Fred. Olsen – 4* MS Black Watch

The Black Watch cruise ship is a hark back to the days of style and charm with sleek and intimate with cabins and suites for up to 804 guests. Black Watch has a warm welcome waiting for you.

Black Watch was voted ‘Best for Entertainment’ in the 2012 Cruise Critic ‘Cruisers’ Choice UK Awards’. So, be captivated by the entertaining cabaret at the Neptune Lounge, and fire up your taste buds for a treat at the Glentanar Restaurant. Or, share a relaxing drink over panoramic views across the ocean in the Observatory Lounge.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicate
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of 15% per person
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Gratuities €5 per person per night
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

  Cost per person: €4,599pp
  Number of nights: 25

22 September 2018 Oceanview (E) €4,599 
22 September 2018 Oceanview (D) €4,899 
22 September 2018 Superior Oceanview (C) €5,359 
22 September 2018 Superior Oceanview (B) €5,489

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