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Sept-Iles, Quebec Welcomes Maasdam

Hans Becker, beverage manager on board ms Maasdam, sent in this post about Maasdam’s first call at Sept-Iles, Quebec, Canada.

On May 19 the town of Sept-Iles, Quebec, received Maasdam for the first time. The town’s enthusiasm was evident with schools, businesses and churches closing their doors for a brief moment to welcome the ship.

Radio, television and press also were present and a press conference was held announcing plans to build a $30 million mega-pier to receive cruise ships. In attendance were The Honorable Mr. Lebel, Minister of Economic Development Canada; The Honorable Madame Menard, Minister of Tourism Quebec; M. Levesque, Mayor of Sept-Iles; Pierre Gagnon, director and waterfront president; C. Soucy, Council Port of Sept-Iles, and Chief McKenzie, Innus First Nation Chief.

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As a local tradition, every year the port of Sept-Iles gives to the first ship to arrive a “Town Crier’s Baton” in view of this historic arrival. The port and city of Sept-Iles waited five months to present to Captain Draper and Maasdam the traditional baton. In return, Captain Draper presented the Canadian dignitaries with a mini-replica of Maasdam.

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Captain Draper receiving the Town Crier’s Baton.

1 Comment
  • colakid

    It was certainly wonderful to be part of history along the MS Maasdam and her crew. The local citizens could not have been more outgoing to welcome all of the passengers and crew once landed in this estern Quebec city. It will be a day my wife and I will remember for the rest of our lives. We have travelled with HAL on 9 cruises but nothing like this has ever happened to us and may never happen again. We could feel the excitement and yelled out “HollyWood”. Colakid.

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