Trudeau praised Canadians as “kind and peaceful” and with great “joie de vivre.”
In Montreal, the young, friendly staff at the historic, first-built, luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, gladly shared their favorite restaurants and sights.
On a tour from Quebec City into the countryside to visit Montmorency Falls, and a “sugar shack,” where maple tree sap is made into maple syrup, maple candy and maple butter, tour guide Jules Rivard described his hometown as “safe, clean, French, and beautiful.”
In Saguenay, the incredible La Fabuleuse theatrical production combined 100 volunteer actors of all ages, horses, carriages, pigs, music, dance, classic cars and a high-tech image projection system that turned day to night (to war, floods and fires), to tell the history of the town that sits at the foot of the great Saguenay fjord.
Back on the all-suite Quest, I relaxed in the spa with an Amethyst Crystal Sound Bath, a “healing” treatment in which Manuela Pop “played” crystal bowls for 50 minutes while I rested on a heated bed. It’s one offering on an extensive spa menu and part of the line’s collaboration with famed Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. Hate the sound of nails on a chalkboard? Well, this had the opposite effect!
Seabourn is known for its gourmet dining in all its restaurants. But a highlight of any Seabourn cruise is dinner in The Grill by Thomas Keller, which features recipes from the award-winning American chef and restaurateur. After days of fresh seafood, I opted for the Japanese free-range chicken which, the waiter reported, takes three days to prepare. The result? The juiciest, most flavorful chicken I’ve ever had. (Sorry, Mom!)
Seabourn deserves credit for its special consideration of solo travelers. Each day, we were invited to a dinner table hosted by an officer, staff member or entertainer. Brilliant idea!
After meeting so many fascinating people during the course of the cruise, this quote by L.M. Montgomery, who wrote Anne of Green Gables about her Prince Edward Island community in 1908, seems apt: “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”