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Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

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Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

Hi all, My wife and I are planning a cross country trip next summer by motorbike. Ending in St John's. I would like to visit part of the US eastern seaboard as well for a few days. I was thinking what would be ideal would be to hop on a ferry or cruise liner in St.John's to NYC, spend a few days there, then fly my wife home to Calgary, and I would marathon back on the bike.

So my question is, are there ships we could take from St.John's to one of the US cities, Boston or NY for example. I know there are cruise lines that stop in St John's as part of their itinerary but I don't think it's possible to join a cruise of one segment of it's journey, but if you know different please let me know. :)


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1. Re: Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

Hi Kevinl33;

I would suggest posting your question on the "Cruises" forum as well, which is here on TA;


You might also consider posting your question on TripAdvisor's sister site, CruiseCritic.com

Best Regards

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2. Re: Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

Those are good suggestions, I did that. Also posted on the NYC forum.

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A couple years ago I met a guy in Rose Blanche who worked part of the year on a ship that delivered ore to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Don't remember any details but you might also try looking at freighter travel sites. There use to be a cargo ship that ran back and forth from Montreal to Corner Brook. I know that's not what you're looking for but perhaps there are similar possibilities between St. John's and the east coast of the US.

My first visit to NL was on a motorcycle and the roads were wonderful to ride on. And let me be the first of many to tell you to watch out for moose.

Have a great trip.


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Hi Kevinl33,


Indeed as BNIMO has said you may have to think outside the box on this one (doubtful that a Cruise Ship out of the USA would pick you up and take you onto an New England Port / Debarkation point... just TOO MANY issues these days with US Customs & Homeland Security)

BUT the idea of Freighter Traffic might prove out to be a good one...

Here then a link to TA's Sister Website CRUISE CRITIC and their *Freighter and Other Non-Traditional Cruise Travel* Board = boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php…



PS... If any of this does pan out for you... PLEASE do come back to this FORUM and give us an UPDATE (or even a Trip Report) would LOVE to hear all about your various Maritime Adventures.

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5. Re: Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

Your ferry option in NL is Port au Basques to North Sydney, NS.

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6. Re: Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

... or Argentia to North Sydney:


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You're planning for the summer months so you do have a choice of leaving from either Port-aux-Basques or Argentia, but before mid-June and after late-September the ferry to/from Argentia doe not run. It also only runs three days per week, each direction, when it is running.

From Marine Atlantic's website:

"Annual Ferry Schedule

Marine Atlantic offers a daily ferry service between Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador and North Sydney, Nova Scotia. From mid-June to late September, Marine Atlantic also offers a tri-weekly ferry service between Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador and North Sydney, Nova Scotia."

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8. Re: Leaving NL by sea?? Possible??

The only ferries that you got a choice of only goes to sidney ns via pab or arg.Or as we says "no kit n ta boudel atall"

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