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This was a trip circumnavigating Iceland (the system won't permit writing Iceland as the destination -- Iceland is below the arctic circle except for a tiny area on one offshore island, so Arctic is not the correct destination, but ... Read More
This was a trip circumnavigating Iceland (the system won't permit writing Iceland as the destination -- Iceland is below the arctic circle except for a tiny area on one offshore island, so Arctic is not the correct destination, but it's the only reasonable one to choose from the available choices). Adventure Canada tours (this was our second trip with them) involve intensive experiences with the local sights, people, culture. The level of professional personnel on board is exceptional. On this trip were 5 experienced Icelandic guides, a vulcanologist/geologist, an ornithologist, several naturalists, an Icelandic story-teller and cultural interpreter, and many others, experts all. If you want to learn something about where you are, Adventure Canada trips are best bar none. Included were at least one excellent excursion per day, often two. For example, a two-hour whale sighting expedition, top notch. On this trip, there were a few excursions that cost extra (such as snowmobiling on a glacier), but if you took only the excursions included in the price of your ticket you had a wonderful time on excellent daily excursions, saw things you'd never see at home, got excellent value for money. Given the prices in Iceland, I understand why they had to charge extra for some excursions, but the included ones (such as the whale watching) were of first quality, not done on the cheap. Ship went to 9 towns, circumnavigating the island. Tiny fishing villages, a town two-fifths of which was buried by volcanic ash and lava etc etc. Iceland is cool in the summer, so follow the advice in the copious Adventure Canada briefing material before you leave. This type of cruise is very different from big ship cruising. It is called adventure cruising, like Celebrity X in the Galapagos. About 140 passengers, very friendly atmosphere among passengers. Seating is free in the restaurant, but people sit with others just to get to know them. Staff often sits with passengers, enhancing the experience. At many destinations, the ship anchors and you get to shore in 10-passenger Zodiac inflatables. Specifically in Iceland, the ship physically docked more often than in Newfoundland (also a fabulous trip) the previous year, meaning fewer Zodiac rides to shore. In more than one port, Zodiac cruises along shorelines with very interesting volcanic geology and wonderful seabirds, with highly knowledgeable guides were offered among other excursions. There are briefings the day before all outings, a daily summary, informative short talks, entertaining evenings. This is an outing for folks who want to get up early, and get going on exciting days. While there were also small children, many of the passengers were over 60 years, and the excursions were entirely appropriate and doable for them (well, for us!). In a number of places, excursions for very fit people were available such as long hikes in mountainous terrain. Bicycles were available for rent. Most tourists to Iceland see famous sights in the southwest of the island (Geyser, Gullfoss, etc). These sites are not included on the cruise, so you might wish to do as we did and take a few days to drive around the southwest, or take an organized tour of that inland region. The Ocean Endeavour is an excellent ship, well-maintained, comfortable, clean, with excellent facilities for a ship this size (sorry, no casino). The ship-based staff and crew are excellent, service is topnotch, the staff is friendly and accommodating. The Adventure Canada staff is super helpful, and deal graciously with special requests. Excellent value. We are planning additional trips with Adventure Canada. The two we've been on have been fabulous. As you can tell from the above, we have no gripes at all about this trip; it was terrific and excellent value. Adventure Canada is a family owned business that has been around since 1987. On this trip, a total of 5 members of the two families that own the company were aboard, interacting with passengers all the time. You can chat directly with the owner over dinner! Adventure Canada leases the Ocean Endeavour for half the year each year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise was fantastic. Better than I ever imagined. The food was incredible and endless. The cabin and dining staff are just awesome, very friendly and personable. The Adventure Canada staff were amazing. The experience and level ... Read More
This cruise was fantastic. Better than I ever imagined. The food was incredible and endless. The cabin and dining staff are just awesome, very friendly and personable. The Adventure Canada staff were amazing. The experience and level of education that they brought to the passengers was truly a treat. Very relaxed atmosphere on board, casual and lots of fun. Highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants something out of the ordinary. The expeditions in the zodiacs were a blast. We cruised through icebergs, past bird sanctuaries, and of course thats how we got to landing sites. We went to several archeological sites and our on board archeologist was very informative. We had a marine biologist on board who was always on the lookout for marine mammal. When something was sighted it would immediately be announce over the PA system so all who were interested could go see. When a polar bear was sighted on sea ice, the ship stopped for over an hour so we could all watch the bear and have lots of time to get pictures. There were great cultural experiences as well. We had several culturalists on board to enriched our experiences. We even got to eat Narwhal. The Polar Plunge took place under the midnight sun....10:30 at night at Resolute Bay. Not dark at all, although a little chilly, as was expected Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have traveled with other adventure cruise companies but have yet to find one that compares with Adventure Canada. My entire family booked passage with them from Arctic Canada to Greenland - it was the trip of a lifetime. As an artist, ... Read More
We have traveled with other adventure cruise companies but have yet to find one that compares with Adventure Canada. My entire family booked passage with them from Arctic Canada to Greenland - it was the trip of a lifetime. As an artist, the voyage provided an incredible amount of inspirational reference material for future artwork. Beyond this though, we were treated to comfortable cabins, great food, and Adventure Canada’s wonderful staff - it was almost as if we were royalty. It is Adventure Canada’s people and the connections between them and their guests, that truly sets them apart from other similar adventure tour companies. Their leadership team is where AC stands out - all are so knowledgeable and passionate with respect to their field of expertise and it shows. On other adventure cruises (with other companies), after the lectures and presentations were over, some presenters became somewhat ‘invisible’ or unapproachable - their attitudes came across as indifferent and ‘just doing their job’. Adventure Canada is so different - the leaders go out of their way to associate with the ship’s passengers, even sitting down with them at mealtimes. The meals were very good - so much food - I have never eaten so well. For activities, lectures and presentations were interesting and informative and the shore excursions were thrilling. Entertainment, in the evenings, was handled by a very talented musician, who put on quite the show. The onboard staff, from the Dining Room to Housekeeping, were fabulous - they were professional yet friendly. This hospitality doesn’t just stay onboard the ship though - it also extends to the amazing communities that are visited along the way. The camaraderie lead to the major takeaway for me from the trip. I fully expected to be moved by the spectacular scenery of the Arctic - what I didn’t expect though, was how much meeting the people of the north would affect me. Having the chance to interact with communities in Greenland and especially the Canadian Arctic (as facilitated by the Adventure Canada leaders) has changed my life forever …it touched my soul. I highly recommend Adventure Canada. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My wife and I love wild places and this cruise certainly satisfied that. We flew by charter aircraft arranged by Adventure Canada from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, along with all 140 passengers and boarded the Ocean Endeavour. The ... Read More
My wife and I love wild places and this cruise certainly satisfied that. We flew by charter aircraft arranged by Adventure Canada from Toronto to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, along with all 140 passengers and boarded the Ocean Endeavour. The next 12 days were one awesome experience after another. We explored small towns on the west coast of Greenland such as Sisimuit and Ilulissat. We hiked to viewpoints overlooking Ilulissat Icefield (50 km long and 6 km across) and the Karrat Fjord. We did birdwatching on the cliffs of another fjord. We took daily zodiac rides to the towering face of glaciers. After 5 days in the fjords of Greenland, we crossed Baffin Bay to Baffin Island, then followed its coast north and west into Lancaster Sound. A historical highlight was the graves of 3 members of the 1845 Franklin expedition at Beechey Island. We finished at Resolute and another charter aircraft flew us to Ottawa. The food on board was exceptional, all served buffet style in the one dining room at a set hour. There was great variety. About 15 experts in many different fields such as geology, archeology, Arctic history, glaciology, First Nations, and ornithology gave fascinating lectures in the two lounges on board. Sometimes there were 3 or 4 talks per day and they ran simultaneously so we had to choose which one to attend. The recreational facilities were limited. A fitness room had a few machines. The pool was only filled once, but the hot tub was available daily. Fares are in US dollars even though Adventure Canada is a Canadian company. Since the US dollar is strong now against the Canadian dollar, fares are expensive for Canadians. Our cruise was called Arctic Safari but the company offers several routes. We found this cruise to be one of the most memorable we have ever taken and have already booked the Greenland and Labrador cruise for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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