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Wildland Tours is Newfoundland and Labrador’s Leading Host for Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
Our Ports are World-famous for the Warm Welcome Passengers Receive
From the Labrador coast to Corner Brook to Gros Morne to the Great Northern Peninsula to olde St. John’s to St. Pierre (France), Wildland Tours has hosted more ships in more Newfoundland and Labrador ports than anybody else. We host passengers from major lines like Cunard, Princess, and Royal Caribbean together with smaller deluxe lines like SilverSea and expedition style cruise companies like Zegrahm and Lindblad.
Our shore excursions feature Viking ruins, early settlements, dramatic lookouts, fall colours, picturesque communities, city highlights, towering fjords, and some of the planet’s most significant wildlife gatherings. Our local tour leaders and drivers are the most experienced in the business and all have received training from our qualified industry trainers.
The larger cruise ships visit our major centres such as St. John’s and Corner Brook. Here passengers participate in delightful shore excursions that feature the history, stories, and dramatic scenery of England’s oldest colony and Canada’s newest province. In St. John’s the highlights include the most easterly point in North America, the birthplace of the British Empire, and the birthplace of the information age. We also show off North America’s largest puffin colony (in season).
In 2002, as part of the Cruise East group, Wildland Tours received three separate cruise industry awards for the quality of our shore excursions. This was at the annual Canada-New England Cruise Symposium which brought the North American cruise industry to St. John’s, Newfoundland. During and after the symposium, Wildland Tours had the pleasure of showcasing many of our ports to the planet’s leading port planners and shore excursion planners. Other cruise awards followed in 2007 (St. John’s Signal Award) and 2008 (Newfoundland and Labrador Cruise Vision Award) while National Geographic recognized our service quality in 2008 and 2009.
Cruise industry planners are invited to contact our office about how we can turn your Newfoundland and Labrador port calls into unforgettable holiday highlights for your passengers. Our years of experience has also allowed us to help vessels in other ports including Iqaluit (Nunavut), the Magdelene Islands (Quebec), and St. Pierre (France). Your passengers are in great hands with our award-winning Newfoundland and Labrador crew of shore excursion providers.
St. John’s, NL, Canada, March 27, 2006 The London publication Dream World Cruise Destinations has listed the Port of Corner Brook as a “Destination where the quality and professionalism of guides is considered outstanding.”
Tim Moore, Tours Manager of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines was one of the senior cruise industry people nominating the port. “We were thrilled with the Black Watch’s 2005 port call in Corner Brook. Cheers and a well deserved congratulations to the port and the crew at Wildland Tours.”
Wildland Tours has been hosting cruise ship visits to Corner Brook since the mid 1990s. The company designed and hosted guide training workshops which introduced Corner Brook tour guides to the service expectations of the cruise industry.
Company President David Snow and Corner Brook Tour Manager Mark Tsang are both thrilled with the international recognition. Says Snow, “In 2004, we hosted the world’s most famous cruise ship — the Queen Mary II — and a second huge cruise ship — the Aurora — on the same day. In 2005, Wildland Tours hosted the Black Watch, the Silver Whisper, the Queen Mary, the Sea Princess, and the Enchantment of the Sea among others. It appears that the cruise industry has been paying close attention, and that our tour guides, who are all from the Corner Brook area, have come through with flying colors. I am sure that the efforts of the volunteers who put together this port’s impressive welcome also contributed to this prestigious recognition for Corner Brook.”
Corner Brook joins Barcelona (Spain), Sydney (Australia) and eleven other ports around the world in receiving this recognition. No other Canadian port received this honor. Says Snow, “I would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all the Corner Brook guides and volunteers for their efforts over the past year… and the past decade. This is a well deserved honor recognizing your enthusiasm and commitment to showing the City’s and the province’s best face to the world.”
“Dave, congratulations to you and your guides on the recognition bestowed upon you for such professionalism. Developing a competent staff takes considerable energy and commitment and I commend you on your accomplishment. This type of service will certainly provide value province-wide to the cruise industry. Well done!” Ken Kennedy, Parks Canada
“Congratulations on a job well done and on all of the hard work that your company staff and tour guides put into making cruise visits a success.” Deborah Cook, City of St. John’s
“Congratulations to the Wildland Tours team and all of your partners at the Port/City of Corner Brook for this wonderful achievement. It’s great to see that you’re receiving some very well deserved recognition for your outstanding contribution to the provincial tourism industry.” Bob McCarthy, St. John’s Port Authority
“Congratulations on the award and on a job well done… as usual! Your award is well deserved and due in part to the attention to detail your company applies to tour guide training and emphasis on customer service. Keep up the good work!” Laura Walbourne, Vice-Chair, Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador
“Congratulations Dave, Heather and all your staff for this well deserved recognition. It was only a matter of time until the cruise industry recognized what a fine product and experienced personnel are in our great province. Well done again!” Paul Aitken, Avalon Customs Brokers