46 • Vacations
Fall 2017 • 47
BEAUTIFUL FALL COLOURS ALONG
THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
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
fall colours while
By Tim Johnson
AUTUMN IN MONTREAL
THE SEABOURN QUEST