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Eurodam Review: Canada/New England cruise, Saguenay & Tamarind

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To be completely honest, before this sailing I’ve never heard of Saguenay. Turns out its a small cruise port located just east of Quebec. A long time ago it was set up for fur trading. While there isn’t a lot to do there, there’s a lot of cool scenery. There are fjords everywhere and the leaves were really changing. I found myself on a hike around the fjords and took some cool pics.

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We were the 100th cruise ship call there so there was a big plaque and key ceremony on the pier with the captain and local dignitaries. Then the captain and the hotel director went up in a helicopter ride high above the port. It was cool watching them take off because it’s literally right next to the cruise ship.

I’ve never been to a port more welcoming than Saguenay! They were giving us hot chocolate and cake, just being friendly. I wish more cruise ports were like that.

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The sail away was nothing short of amazing with the sunset.

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When I got back on the ship I did a few interviews with some staff members for the show and then we had dinner in the Asian-fusion venue onboard called Tamarind.

But before that we had cocktails in the Silk Den, directly across from Tamarind. It follows the Asian theme.

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Think asian steakhouse meets the sea. There were all kind of soups, sushi, hot pots, snapper baked in rice paper. Actually, here’s the menu. It’s $15 per person.

Soups

  • Scallop soup
  • Shrimp soup
  • Chicken soup

Appetizer 

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  • Satay sampler (pictured)
  • Shrimp tempura
  • Shanhai ribs
  • Pot stickers
  • Spring rolls
  • Thai beef salad
  • Green papaya salad

Sashimi 

  • Sashimi: tuna, salmon, snapper and octopus
  • Nigiri sushi: tuna, salmon, snapper, octopus
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Sushi Rolls

  • Rainbow
  • California (pictured)
  • Salmon tsutsumi
  • Yozo
  • Wraps

Entrees

  • Hoisin-lime glazes sea bass
  • Asia-pacific hot pot
  • Snapped baked in rice paper
  • Wasabi and soy crusted beef tenderloin
  • Scallop and prawns
  • Cantonese duck
  • Szechuan shrimp
  • Penang red curry coconut chicken
  • Vietamese-style lamb
  • Five spice seitan and tempeh
  • Sesame udon noodles
  • Sweet and sour vegetable tempura
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Dessert 

  • Tamarind chocolate
  • Mango cloud
  • Tempura ice cream
  • Chocolate almond fortune cookie (pictured)
  • Ginger banana bread pudding
  • Trio of sorbets

Dinner was amazing, simply fabulous. We arrive in Quebec City tomorrow around 8am and are overnighting until Saturday morning. This is my second time overnighting in a port and I really dig it.

Til then..

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