A leisurely cruise is more enjoyable than a hasty cruise, which offers the captain only limited time to read directions or teach the boat how to sail. Savour a nautical stroll with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a round-trip day cruise on Placentia Bay with an all-you-can-eat lunch with complimentary wine and use of the resort’s facilities at Woody Island Resort on September 12 (a $90 value).
Woody Island Resort's seaworthy ship buoys passengers across Placentia Bay's calm waters in a custom day cruise that includes a lunch intermission at its island lodge, built in an original fishing village. Guests depart from Garden Cove at 9:30 a.m. for a 40-minute trip, drifting by waterfall, wildlife in the passage's secluded coves, and Bloody Point's grassy knoll, where it's believed two pirates, in a dispute over who the ship's parrot loved most, fought to the death. Boats cruise between the undulating hills of Sound Island and the shores of Burin Peninsula. Seek sanctuary from bay winds inside heated cabins or search for clouds resembling Mackenzie King on the fly bridge. Upon docking at Woody Island, guests take in the resort’s lodges as well as the wharves, cabins, and secret laboratories of local fishermen or stroll along Old Cove's isolated, sand-blanketed beaches.
Guests gather in the dining room at around noon for an all-you-can-eat lunch of traditional Newfoundland fare, such as bowls of thick pea soup with oven-trained militias of homemade bread paired with complimentary wine. After lunch, guests can enjoy some of the resort’s activities, such as drifting by the shores of coves and secluded inlets in the prow of a rented paddleboat or rowboat. Visitors may also find land-based relaxation on the lodge's wide patios or in the fireplace-equipped common room. The return voyage pushes off from the dock at 4.15 p.m., searching for whales, dolphins, and humans in dolphin suits on its way home.