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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Le fjord du Saguenay au Québec est spectaculaire: Holland America cruise

    Out to Sea for May 25/19

   By Jim and Barb Fox

   At the first glance of a map, you wonder how a huge cruise ship can navigate the many twists and turns on this small rivulet of water.
   The journey along what is Canada’s only navigable fjord in Quebec rewards passengers with breath-taking scenery that includes craggy mountains and peaks with high plateaus carved centuries ago by glaciers.
The sun goes down on the Saguenay Fjord, called one of the prettiest places in the world. (Jim Fox photo)
    On select St. Lawrence voyages, ships go slowly on the Saguenay Fjord, creating mere wavelets en route to some of the most picturesque villages in “La belle province.”
   When we sailed on Holland America’s Eurodam, a crowd was waiting on the wharf at Saguenay on the Baie des Ha! Ha!
   They greeted us – mostly American tourists with a good sprinkling of Canadians – in their best English and us with our worst French.
   It turned out Eurodam was making the 200th visit by a cruise ship to the port and we learned the city, 190 kilometres north of Quebec City is known for its warm welcome.
  Holland America’s Eurodam pays a visit to Saguenay, Quebec with writer Jim Fox. (Barbara Fox photo)