Pearl Seas Cruises has recently modified the Pearl Mist's 2014 fall itinerary to include two port visits to Sept-Îles.
The addition of these two visits to the existing eight, confirmed several months ago, will make 2014 a record year for Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu (DSIN), the local cruise organization.
It also means that on October 21, two cruise ships will be docked at our terminals: the Maasdam, at the Cruise Terminal, and the Pearl Mist, at the Pointe-aux-Basques Terminal.
Pearl Seas' decision to add Sept-Îles as a cruising destination was no fluke. A delegation led by the DSIN and the Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association (CSLA) was sent to the Pearl Seas headquarters last October with this objective in mind.
Following this visit, the Pearl Seas' directors decided to modify their cruise itineraries in the Canada-New English circuit.
The delegation was composed of a representative for the Sept-Îles port of call as well as the other members of the CSLA, representing the other eight ports of call. In so doing, the delegation was also able to promote the St. Lawrence as a cruising destination. "These missions, bolstered by actions such as promotional tours and meetings in special cruise industry-specific events, have been instrumental in bringing ships to Sept-Îles. It comes as no surprise that we hit a record year in 2014 with these 10 visits," said Mario Sévigny, Executive Director of Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu.
The other ships scheduled to drop anchor, so to speak, in Sept-Îles are as follows: the Maasdam (two visits), the Astor (July 20), the Silver Whisper (two visits) and the Crystal Serenity, which will stop over in Sept-Îles three times and close the season on October 28. Aside from the Maasdam and the Astor, this will be the first time these ships visit Sept-Îles.