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28th September, 2017

Havre St Pierre

Yesterday evening we had a special party for our Newcomers who have never cruised with Saga before. It was a sociable gathering, with some wonderful canapes and drinks. We then escorted them to the Pole To Pole restaurant. With Cruise Director Jemma and Social Hostess Lizzi as co-hosts it was a terrific evening and the three of us seat hopped after each course so we could chat to everyone.

The 1.5 hours back on the clock was very welcome and meant that the 0600 call this morning felt more like 0730!!!

With the pilot embarked at 0845 we headed up to our berth in Havre St Pierre, a town situated on Pointe-aux-Esquimaux, which is on the north shore (Cote-Nord) of the Saint Lawrence River. Located on the Minganie, a coastline that stretches for some 225 miles, the town was founded in 1857 by six fishing families from the I'les de la Madeleine. After depending on fishing for many decades, industry came to the village in 1948 with the exploitation of the world’s largest solid ilmenite deposits.

There was once again a great selection of tours with discovering the Innu Culture, a trip to Petite Ile au Marteau or a boat trip to Ile Niapiskau and the Bonnes Femmes Trail. A swift 45 minutes on my bike along the foreshore was my exercise today, and on my return to the ship I passed some beautiful homes.

With everyone on board by 1900 we set sail 20 minutes later. It was quite some send off with what appeared to be the whole town on the quayside waving, with the vehicles tooting their horns and flashing their lights. It was a fantastic sailaway and many guests were on deck to return the farewell.

Captain Julian Burgess

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