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Fall 2017

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Fall 2017 • 47

BEAUTIFUL FALL COLOURS ALONG

THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER

A Most

Colourful

Cruise

Having docked next to a giant violin, I am truly in a lyrical place. I sign up for an on-

shore excursion and, climbing into a car, I am soon winding out of town, the roads

quickly growing narrow and curving; their surroundings, beautiful. It is the height of

the autumn colours, and I’m cruising down the East Coast, seeking to see – or “peep”

as the pros say – the best reds, browns and golds that the season has to offer.

I am aboard the Seabourn Quest, a 229-suite utra-luxury ship built for all sorts of

environments. Among other places, this vessel cruises the Amazon River, Northern

Europe, and the legendary Drake Passage, en route to Antarctica. Life is luxurious

aboard Seabourn Quest – guests indulge in gourmet dining, marble bathrooms

with deep soaker tubs, roomy balconies, caviar service and 24-hour in-suite dining.

And every fall, Seabourn Quest plies the waters of Maritime Canada, New England

and America’s Eastern Seaboard, in search of the most vibrant and stunning sugar

maples, beeches, birches and oaks, all bursting with colour as chlorophyll gives way

to carotenoid, creating an unmatched natural tapestry.

We set sail from Montreal, a cool October wind cutting across the top deck as

the ship rolled down the St. Lawrence River, the band playing lively beats and

Champagne being served all around. One intrepid couple took a dip in the outdoor

pool, but most of us were content to relax and take in the sight of the city’s high

rises slowly giving way to colourful hinterland.

A glimpse of

Canada’s

spectacular

fall colours while

cruising the

waters of

Maritime Canada.

By Tim Johnson

Canada 150

AUTUMN IN MONTREAL

THE SEABOURN QUEST