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October 11, 2016

Queen Mary 2's first visit to Saguenay: A Royal Success!

A beautiful sunny day, smiles by the thousands and many delighted visitors: Queen Mary 2's first visit to Saguenay was a complete success. The famous vessel's arrival attracted nearly 40,000 spectators to the Saguenay port of call. A fun-filled atmosphere permeated the site at dawn as people impatiently awaited the ship's arrival.

A wave of fantastic celebrations

A special program was created to mark the equally special day. With the long-awaited arrival of this prestigious ship, over 160 volunteers dressed in La Fabuleuse costumes were present to offer passengers a memorable reception with traditional dances and samples of local products. One of the day's highlights was when the mayor of Saguenay, Mr. Jean Tremblay, accompanied by dignitaries, welcomed Captain Kevin Oprey of the RMS Queen Mary 2. The occasion also marked the 10 year anniversary since the first major wharf facilities in Saguenay were specifically built to one day accommodate this majestic transatlantic ship. A dream that is now reality for this young port of call renowned for its legendary welcome and reception.

Saguenay's harbour village was filled with music throughout the day to the delight of the passengers and public. The excitement escalated when Québec Issime presented a musical crescendo that coincided with the ship's departure. The visitors and passengers wished a monumental goodbye by waving the thousands of red festival flags that were distributed during the day's events. The crowd gathered on the wharf and the boardwalk surrounding the bay made for breathtaking sights and scenery!

The day's activities came to a close with spectacular fireworks organized by the Saguenay Fjord's villages as the majestic ship departed toward the horizon and Saint Lawrence River.

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Source: Ruth Vandal, Director of communications and marketing
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