August 21, 2015
Saguenay celebrates the Marco Polo’s 50th anniversary in style: 50 blueberry pies for 50 years gone by!
Saguenay, August 20, 2015 - Marco Polo, the ship formerly named Aleksandr Pushkin, owned by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, docked in Saguenay on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The Saguenay port of call offered an extra special reception to celebrate the ship's 50th anniversary. Local residents and visitors alike showed their support with a warm welcome for the captain and dignitaries. Fifty blueberry pies were offered and beautifully presented by fifty individuals proudly dressed inSaguenay's colors. Attendees had the opportunity to have their picture taken in front ofSaguenay's sculpted letters by a professional photographer. The Marco Polo, carrying 848 passengers, mostly fromBritain, and the 356 crew members, will dock once again inSaguenay on September 26, 2015.
Still going strong even after 50 years!
The Marco Polo is no stranger to the fjord's waters; during the 70’s while flying the Soviet flag, the Aleksandr Pushkin graced the Baie des Ha! Ha! with its presence. Over the past 50 years, it’s sailed the seven seas and every ocean worldwide, visiting every continent from the Arctic toAntarctica. This vessel is truly embedded within the maritime history of the St.LawrenceandSaguenay.
Port visits to reach record numbers in 2015
TheSaguenayport of call accommodates 38 port visits over a 33-day period for the 2015 season. Over 50,000 passengers and crew members will be welcomed inSaguenay. Saguenay is proud to be among the must-see port destinations along theSt. Lawrence River.
Source: Ruth Vandal (418) 698-3157 Ext. 6006 / (418) 812-8419