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Emerging Canada

Saga Sapphire departing Dover

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Discover the raw beauty of a Canadian spring

Nothing can prepare you for the thrill of sailing right down the St Lawrence to berth overnight in the heart of Montreal.

Spring comes late to Canada’s East Coast but as the snow and sea ice retreat, the first visitors of the season are treated to a glorious display of fecundity. Arrive in Newfoundland at the same time the whales and seabirds arrive on their northbound migration and take a trip out to Cape Spear, Newfoundland’s oldest lighthouse, to look for passing wildlife. On Bonaventure Island, a bird sanctuary, you can see the world’s largest colony of northern gannets happily huddled together for breeding.

Migrating in the opposite direction are glistening icebergs – great white ice sculptures that are a wonder to see! In Gros Morne National Park you can look for caribou, black bears and beavers and enjoy the wild flowers. Or why not take a cable car in the glorious Laurentian mountains for phenomenal views over an area dubbed Canada’s Little Switzerland, where by late spring the forests are shrouded in green. An overnight stay in Montreal reveals the city’s fascinating Old Quarter and includes a Flavours of Montreal food tour, plus a magnificent fireworks display. To catch a dramatic landscape where the mountains plunge to the sea, herons fly and seals bask on the rocks, take a photogenic journey on the Train de Charlevoix that runs along a former loggers railway line beside the St Lawrence River – don’t forget your camera!

Canada comes on board

  • Art classes
  • Photography classes
  • Speakers reveal the splendours of Canadian flora and fauna
  • Learn the Canadian Stomp!
  • Talks and Q&A session from Tom Rowland, professional wildlife photographer and award-winning filmmaker
  • Entertainment from the Fitzgeralds, Canadian Grandmaster fiddle and step dance champions
  • Ukulele lessons with experts Dinah and Chris Hanlon

Overnight stays

  • Montreal, Canada
  • Quebec, Canada

Saga price includes...

Looking out for whales with ORCA
You'll be joined by wildlife experts from ORCA, the foremost European whale and dolphin conservation charity, who are devoted to studying marine wildlife and protecting it for future generations. Look forward to the chance to spot whales, dolphins and seabirds and an array of other wildlife out on deck throughout your voyage, the perfect vantage point to view and learn more about wildlife in their natural habitat.


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Dover, England

Dover, England

Embark Saga Sapphire.

Depart 1800.

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St Johns, Newfoundland

St Johns, Newfoundland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Make landfall in the most easterly point of the Americas, St Johns, Newfoundland. Settled by the British in the 1600s it has a rich history waiting to be investigated. Visit the most easterly promontory of North America, Cape Spear and Signal Hill, where in 1901 Marconi received the first, single-letter radio transmission. Or discover the village of Quidi Vidi with its arts centre, working boats and rows of colourful clapboard houses that tumble down to the water’s edge.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Sydney, Canada

Sydney, Canada

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Visit Sydney, Canada, one-time steel producing hub of Cape Breton and staging post for Atlantic convoys in World War II. Perhaps visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck and see where he and his associates created the world’s fastest boat, the Silver Dart, Canada’s first powered aircraft, and the telephone.

Gaspe, Canada

Gaspe ⚓, Canada

Arrive 1300. Depart 1900.

Cruise to the tip of the Gaspe peninsula and Percé Rock, the world’s largest sea arch and icon of Quebec. Then discover Bonaventure Island on a walking tour to observe the world’s largest colony of northern gannets and some 293 other species of bird that visit the island.

Sept Îles, Canada

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Visit Sept Îles and enjoy an exclusive RIB excursion to the Ferme Maricole Purmer sea farm, to taste their delicious scallops.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Montreal, Canada

Montreal, Canada

Arrive 0800 on May 26. Depart 1700 on May 27.

Drop anchor in Montreal, a UNESCO city of design, for an overnight stay. You have the time to discover the city by night and watch the world go by in the Old Quarter, with its cobbled streets and historic buildings. Also join us on a tour of the city's oldest church Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours or discover Place Jacques Cartier, Chinatown and Maison Calvet, a beautifully preserved ancestral home. We have also arranged a Flavours of Montreal food tour, on which you can savour the city’s gastronomic delights. If you’ve a head for heights you could treat yourself to a special meal in Montreal’s revolving restaurant Portus 360 for a bird’s eye view of the city.

Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City, Canada

Arrive 0800 on May 28. Depart 0800 on May 29.

Moor in Quebec City for an overnight stay that includes exclusive sightseeing tours, beer and wine-tasting excursions and the opportunity to discover this incredible city by night and at your own pace. Take the trip of a lifetime on the Train de Charlevoix, which skirts the north shore of the St Lawrence and offers breathtaking views of the wilds of Charlevoix.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Step ashore in Corner Brook, on the west coast of Newfoundland, to explore Gros Morne National Park. Named a world heritage site for its exceptional scenery and geographic importance, it forms part of an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains and is a supreme example of the process and product of plate tectonics.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Halifax, Canada

Halifax, Canada

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Visit the city of Halifax, sailing past the fortified Island of McNab, where on Hangman’s Beach the Royal Navy hanged the bodies of mutineers during the Napoleonic War. Halifax was the port of departure for recovery missions after the sinking of the Titanic and as such is the final resting place for many of the disaster’s victims. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic museum discover story of those who set out from Halifax to help and view their large collection of artefacts from the disaster.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

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Spend the day at sea.

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Spend the day at sea.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Ponta Delgada, The Azores

Arrive 1300. Depart 2000.

Make landfall at Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores archipelago. Formed by volcanic activity Sao Miguel is a lusciously green island, where emerald lakes occupy once active volcanos. Enjoy a leisurely walk around Lake Furnas, then sip cocktails at the Tea House by the lake. Interestingly, São Miguel is home to the only tea plantations in Europe.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

Dover, England

Dover, England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Saga Sapphire after breakfast.

Explore Ashore

Plan your excursions and time ashore with our expert concierge team on board. Here's some inspiration for this cruise...

Halifax – the start of a new life

Explore Canada's National Museum of Immigration, which reveals the struggles of the people who shaped this country. It’s housed in a former immigration shed on Pier 21, and over a million immigrants landed here between 1928 and 1971. This port, so many peoples first view of Canada, jostles for position as one of the world's largest harbours along with Sydney, San Francisco, Cork and Falmouth.

Unforgettable Montreal

Sail down the St Lawrence River to Montreal, a beautiful port that big cruise ships simply cannot access. The glittering skyscrapers of the Downtown area throw sparkling reflections into the river day and night, but plenty of historic buildings have been retained making the city a charmingly eclectic blend of the old and the new. There’s plenty to see below the pavements too; Underground City is a labyrinth of pedestrian walkways underneath the Downtown district that is home to museums and simply masses of shops.

Pedal power in Montreal

Take to two wheels and enjoy a gentle bicycle ride on designated cycle paths beside a stretch of the St Lawrence river. Cross a bridge to the Parc Jean-Drapeau, an island in the St Lawrence and the site of the Expo ‘67 World Fair where the massive glass and steel Biosphere that was once the United States’ Pavilion still stands.

Please note

Land by launch or tender.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.


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