Every Grand World Voyage lives up to its name, but this year’s journey was made especially memorable by the presence of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who boarded ms Amsterdam at Durban, South Africa, March 28 and disembarked at Cape Town April 1.
Here are some photographs of our welcome to Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, yesterday as the 100 call to the port. It was a very special event in picture-perfect conditions.
Our guests were overwhelmed by the welcome we received. A folklore show was awaiting our arrival and Hotel Director Ron Bontenbal and I were welcomed by the local dignitaries including the mayor of Saguenay.
The vessel received a beautiful painting and we returned the gesture with an inaugural Delft plate.
The last of our itinerary that has us calling at Juneau first (for as I write we have just completed a call in Glacier Bay and dashed from Vancouver in order to make it, too). Not a great week for weather initially, Juneau was socked in with rain, however Skagway was a little brighter. An unusual sight here, an ‘old’ steam train, from the White Pass railway in Skagway, (although I suspect that she is no longer a coal burner). Nevertheless it made a wonderful sight as it ‘chugged’ over the crossing and wound its way around the town.
When the Pacific High pressure system is sitting over Vancouver/Seattle, the system keeps all the low pressure areas to the north, that’s us, in Alaska, so while I receive emails from a ‘glorious Seattle’, little do the senders know that they are hogging all the sun and we aren’t getting much