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Yesterday marked the first time that Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 visited Saguenay, Quebec, Canada. The vessel’s arrival attracted almost 40,000 spectators to the port, and a fun-filled atmosphere awaited guests who arrived there.
A special program was created to mark the special day. Over 160 volunteers dressed in La Fabuleuse costumes were there, ready to offer cruise passengers a memorable reception with traditional dances and samples of local products. Saguenay’s mayor, along with dignitaries, welcomed Captain Kevin Oprey of Queen Mary 2 as well; notably one of the day’s highlights. The occasion also marked the ten year anniversary since the first major wharf facilities were built there to one day accommodate the large transatlantic liner – a dream that is now reality for the young port of call.
Saguenay’s harbor village was filled with music throughout the day for the guests and public, and Québec Issime provided a musical crescendo that coincided with the departure of the ship. Visitors and passengers wished goodbye by waving thousands of red festival flags, and the crowd gathered around the bay for a last glimpse of the ship for the day.
The activities came to a close with a dazzling fireworks display organized by the Saguenay Fjord’s villages as Queen Mary 2 left for the Saint Lawrence River.