For Sue and I, the unexpected highlight of our recent Maritimes Canada cruise was the excursion to the small seaside village of Rose Blanche, Newfoundland. The concept of discovery expeditions is relatively new for most luxury travellers and this off ship experience sets the standard for us in this regard.
This was the first time that a cruise ship had visited here as part of a scheduled voyage, due to the remoteness and practical difficulties of accessing the village from the sea. Scenic Eclipse
positioned itself a short distance offshore from Rose Blanche and with its dynamic positioning system was able to maintain its location and stability while Zodiacs were launched to take us to the small fishing harbour.
It was a stunning sight as we entered the protected waterway with the varied colour of the houses contrasted beautifully against the cold grey rocky cliffs of Newfoundland. This is where Scenic Eclipse really comes into its own, being able to get close enough to the remote shoreline to allow access by the nimble Zodiacs – a fantastic way to begin our discovery expedition.
What happened next will always remind us of our amazing time on this wonderful cruise. As the zodiacs arrived at the wharf, a group of enthusiastic smiling locals greeted us and walked with us to their community hall, on the way pointing out some of the local features and helping us understand some of the local customs. On arrival at the community centre we were offered hot and cold drinks, locally made foods and entertained by a local band. The hospitality and excitement of the joyous community of Rose Blanche was certainly a memorable and humbling experience and provided us all with an intimate and very different discovery adventure.