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Adventure Canada Cruise Highlights

Why Go?

Offers close encounters with Arctic wildlife.

Unique exposure to Inuit culture and Canada's maritime communities.

Itineraries to remote destinations not frequented by other cruise lines.

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Adventure Canada Overview

Owned and operated by the Swan family since its founding in 1987, Adventure Canada offers cruise itineraries that focus on remote regions of Canada's east coast, including Labrador and the High Arctic. The voyages run from June to mid-October and typically include the Saint Lawrence River, Greenland and the Northwest Passage, plus an annual circumnavigation of Newfoundland. The line also offers circumnavigations of Ireland, Scotland and Iceland.

Who goes on Adventure Canada cruise ships?

About 70 percent of passengers come from Canada, with the rest split between the U.S., Australia and Britain. The average age onboard is mid-60s, and on most sailings you'll find many repeaters and a surprising number of people cruising solo. (The line prices a limited number of cabins without a single supplement.)

There are generally some family groups onboard as well, including small children or teens. Passengers are fit, well-traveled and keen to learn about the region they are visiting.

Also, due to the nature of the expedition cruises offered, Adventure Canada cannot always accommodate disabilities; interested cruisers with special needs should check with the cruise line before booking.

Do I have to dress up on an Adventure Canada cruise?

There's absolutely no formality onboard. As long as you're comfortable, you're good to go. The usual attire is jeans and sweatshirts or sweaters. You will, however, need to bring waterproof pants for outdoor adventures.

What are Adventure Canada's most popular activities?

Sailings to the Canadian Arctic, in particular, are very much focused on wildlife, nature and local lore. Expect one or two shore trips by Zodiac each day, and accept that itineraries will be altered based on wildlife sightings (whales, polar bears), the changing weather and ice conditions.

There's also a strong emphasis on learning about local culture, history, nature, wildlife and music -- much of it thanks to the multitalented naturalists, geologists and historians onboard.

Is everything free on Adventure Canada?

While daily shore adventures, some by Zodiac, are included, there are occasional extra-charge activities such as kayaking, biking, snorkeling or snowmobiling on a glacier. You'll also have to pay for drinks, including soft drinks, wine and beer; Wi-Fi; laundry services; spa treatments and gift shop purchases; and gratuities. Medical evacuation insurance is required and is at your own expense.