Saguenay cruises

As it flows into the St Lawrence River, the Saguenay River winds through a majestic fjord to reveal a host of picturesque villages nestled along its shores. As you cruise to Saguenay Harbour, prepare yourself for a rich and rewarding experience. This is a place where natural beauty wraps itself around a vibrant, urban conurbation in the French-speaking region of Quebec to the east of Canada.

History and myths

For those who like to increase their knowledge of local culture and heritage, there are many museums to discover. ‘La Pulperie de Chicoutimi’ presents many diverse exhibits including the entire house of famed painter Arthur Villeneuve. The Bagotville Air Defence Museum presents an altogether more military experience with bilingual interpretation panels narrating the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Here you can view the only MIG-23 military aircraft in Canada. You might even see the current F-18 fighters in flight.

If natural history is more to your taste, then a visit to the ‘Centre de Découverte le Fjord du Saguenay’ will inform and entertain. The presentations and exhibits explain how the fjord was formed in this glacial valley and the myths and legends of the kingdom. According to folklore, the kingdom of Saguenay came into existence in the 16th and 17th centuries. French explorers colonised the area when the Algonquin Indians told them of a kingdom to the north where blond men lived, rich with furs and gold. The French explorers searched in vain for the riches but to no avail. However, the natural beauty of the region is a treasure in itself.

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is one of the world’s best locations for whale watching, and the whales often converge in the bay. You may see several species including minke, fin whales, belugas and even blue whales. The anticipation is almost overwhelming when you hear their surfacing blows, and you will feel privileged to watch the spectacle in this glorious natural setting.

Local cuisine

When it comes to food, the imagination of the Québécois knows no bounds. There is a proud tradition of culinary crafts producing artisan beer, wine and ice cider as well as delicious hand-crafted cheese and jam. Seafood is very important and locally sourced sea produce is identified in shops and restaurants by the blue fork symbol.

The traditional cuisine of Quebec fits the winter climate, consisting of French influenced hearty and warming dishes: Tourtière and cipaille are special deep-filled meat pies, and make for delicious comfort food. Fèves au lard – baked beans with fat bacon – was a welcome feast for those on a meagre budget. ‘Sugar pie’ is not a term of endearment but a very delicious dessert, with a sauce made almost purely from sugar. While these calorific dishes may not be part of the daily menu today, they are still served to perpetuate the memory of the country’s culinary past.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • The Craftsman’s Road

    A wonderful opportunity to experience the local craftsmanship and produce of the Saguenay and Chicoutimi districts.

    The Craftsman’s Road

    A visit to the Touverre Glass Blowing Workshop offers an insight in this age old craft, which is also one of the most difficult to master. Watch the fine technique of glass blowing and admire the many pieces of glass art work in the workshop.

    The Fromagerie Boivin interpretation centre is a family enterprise and produces 2.3 million kilograms of cheese annually. Whilst tasting some sample cheeses, you’ll discover the family history and how the business has become what it is today.

    Alpaca’s are small endearing animals of the Camelid family and are known for their soft delicate wool. During a visit to Bersi Farm, you’ll learn about the characteristics of the Alpaca from the collection of its fibre to the final finished product. Known as the ‘Gold of the Andes’ the luxurious fibre combined with the expertise of a craftsman produces excellent wool wear.



    This tour will operate by city or school bus and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over varying terrain including some uneven ground and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SAG_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Saguenay Fjord Kayaking

    Kayak along the Saguenay Fjord and absorb the magnificent landscape.

    Saguenay Fjord Kayaking

    Enjoy a drive from the pier to the Saguenay National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It lies alongside its namesake the Saguenay Fjord, where you’ll be boarding your two-person rudder controlled kayak. Upon arrival, a safety briefing will be provided before setting off along Cape Trinity. Admire the breathtaking scenery of the cliffs and the coastline as you make you way along the Fjord. On the surface Saguenay Fjord is striking and below is an abundance of marine life, which you may be lucky enough to encounter.

    At the end of your kayak, you’ll have some free time at the Interpretation Centre before the return drive to the pier.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate by city or school bus and kayak. The transport for this tour will be shared with the hiking tour. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. There is a weight restriction of 17 stone. Children under ten may not participate. The kayaking will take approximately 1¼ hours. Please wear swimwear under clothes and take a hat, sunglasses, a towel and sunscreen. Water shoes are recommended, however you may be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket.

    Tour code

    SAG_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Saguenay Fjord National Park Discovery

    Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Saguenay Fjord National Park from both sea and land.

    Saguenay Fjord National Park Discovery

    Step aboard your boat at the pier and set off on a leisurely boat ride along the wide expanse of the Saguenay Fjord. The fjord cliffs rise more than 1,150 feet above sea level and plunge 900 feet below the waterline.

    You’ll pass by Cape Trinity, the most impressive cliff in the fjord, and along the shores of Ste Rose du Nord, a charming hamlet surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Your boat ride will end at the quaint fjord town of L’Anse St-Jean, where you can enjoy some free time and admire the spectacular surrounding views.

    Your tour will then continue by bus, as you set off on a panoramic drive through the Saguenay National Park. A photograph stop will be made at a covered bridge, a timber truss bridge made with the purpose of protecting the wooden structure from the elements of the weather. Many of the bridges are most notable for their brightly painted colours. During your drive a photograph stop will be made to capture the panoramic views, before arriving back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by city or school bus, boat and on foot. This tour involves steps and a slightly inclined gangway to embark and disembark the boat. Please remember local currency if wishing to purchase refreshments on the boat.

    Tour code

    SAG_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • ‘La Fabuleuse’ Theatre Show

    A wonderful opportunity to experience ‘La Fabuleuse’ at the Palais Municipal Theatre.

    ‘La Fabuleuse’ Theatre Show

    ‘La Fabuleuse’ is an exhilarating live stage show that marks the important historical events that have marked the history of the Saguenay region. From the beginning, when it was discovered by Jacques Cartier, to the Great Fire of 1870 and the Flood of 1996, as well as other history-making events.

    This fantastic odyssey features the history of the Saguenay and Lac-St-Jean's Kingdom from 1603 to the present. Larger than life, the show brings to the stage 200 local actors, a host of animals and grand audio-visual techniques.

    More than one million visitors have enjoyed ‘La Fabuleuse’ in its original French format. An English version has been produced exclusively for cruise line guests and, to make the experience even more memorable, after the show you will have the opportunity to view the backstage area.

    You’ll be transferred by bus to and from the theatre and accompanied by a local escort.

    This tour will operate by city bus or school bus. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. There are also five steps to enter the theatre and around five steps inside. The show lasts around 1¼ hours.

    Tour code

    SAG_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Saguenay & Val-Jalbert

    Discover the charm of Saguenay and the Chicoutimi region and take a step back in time at the historical village of Val-Jabert.

    Saguenay & Val-Jalbert

    A drive through Saguenay and the Chicoutimi region will take in the main highlights with several photo stops, including the Little White House that miraculously survived floods of 1996, and the Pulp Mill that played an important part in the regions industry.

    Afterwards, your drive will take you into the beautiful countryside and through the Lac St Jean region to the Val-Jalbert Historical Village. Dominated by the majestic beauty of the 220 foot high Ouiatchouan Falls, Val-Jalbert was man-made in 1901 to accommodate the pulp mill workers. The village gradually became a ghost town following the closure of the mill and today has been restored for visitors to experience life as it was in the village in the 1920s.

    Upon arrival, you’ll take a guided trolley tour through the village and you’ll meet costumed characters along the way which will bring the history of Val-Jalbert to life. Afterwards, you’ll have around 2½ hours to explore Val Jabert at your own leisure and purchase luncheon from the on-site café. One of the highlights of the Val-Jabert is the sight of the impressive Ouiatchouan Falls, which can be seen from several viewpoints surrounding the village.

    On the return drive, sit back and enjoy the scenery once more, before arriving back at the ship.

    This tour will operate by city or school bus, trolley and on foot. To allow maximum flexibility to visit Val Jabert, luncheon is not included. The trolley ride is included, however all other on site activities are subject to additional costs and are payable directly on the day. The journey to Val-Jalbert is around one hour each way. There is varying terrain including some uneven ground and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    SAG_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Saguenay National Park Hike

    Set off on one of the hiking trails in Saguenay National Park and absorb the magnificent landscape.

    Saguenay National Park Hike

    Departing from the pier, you’ll drive to the Saguenay National Park for a 1½ mile hike. Starting at the interpretation centre, you’ll head along the Point de Vue du Soupir hiking trail.

    The Saguenay National Park lies along its namesake the Saguenay Fjord and offers nature at its best. The spectacular views and awe inspiring scenery makes it an area of outstanding natural beauty. During your hike, admire all that there is around you and breathe in the fresh countryside and mountain air.

    Your hike will end with a lovely view of the fjord, mountains and valleys. Enjoy some free time at the interpretation centre, before the return drive to the pier.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by city or school bus and on foot. This tour will operate by school bus and on foot. The transport for this tour will be shared with the kayaking tour. This is a challenging hike and only suitable for those in good physical condition. The hike will take around two hours round trip and involves an elevation gain of 450 feet, including approximately 500 steps to climb up and down. Please take a bottle of water, and a light jacket. A back pack is advised. Children may not participate. It is essential to wear footwear suitable for hiking over rough, uneven and sometimes wet ground.

    Tour code

    SAG_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Saguenay Highlights

    Discover Saguenay’s Fjord history, the work of artist Arthur Villeneuve’s, and the region’s glass blowing and mohair craftsmanship.

    Saguenay Highlights

    An opportunity to discover the heart of Saguenay and the Chicoutimi districts.

    A visit to the Fjord Museum provides a fascinating insight into the Saguenay waterway that is deeply chiselled through the Laurentian Mountains, and showcases the creation of the fjord.

    Located just adjacent to the Fjord Museum is the Touverre Glass Blowing Workshop. Here, you can view the fine technique of glass blowing and admire the many pieces of glass artwork in the workshop.

    On the outskirts of Saguenay within the Pulp Museum building is Arthur Villeneuve’s Place. This quirky attraction displays the work of Arthur Villeneuve’s and you can admire the replica of his home that he adorned with impressive frescoes.

    Experience an insight into local life with a visit to Le Chevrier du Nord, a small family-run business that raises Angora goats and produces mohair wool products.

    This tour will operate by city or school bus and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of leisurely walking and standing. The terrain is relatively flat with some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    SAG_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Snapshot of Saguenay

    A leisurely option that offers an overview of Saguenay and the Chicoutimi district.

    Snapshot of Saguenay

    Setting off from the pier, your drive will take you through Saguenay and on to the Little White House for a photo stop. The tiny house stood strong and miraculously survived, as the flood waters of 1996 rumbled past during the largest overland flood in Canadian history.

    Your drive will then continue to the site of the Pulp Mill for a photograph stop and to view the ruins. By 1910, the Pulp Mill was once the largest producer of mechanical pulp in Canada.

    Afterwards, you’ll continue through the charming La Baie district, passing by the ‘Ha Ha Pyramid’ which was erected in memory of the floods of 1996. The name ‘Ha Ha’ is derived from the French word ‘haha’ meaning an unexpected obstacle of the path.

    Your snapshot of Saguenay will draw to an end as you return to the ship.

    This tour will operate by city or school bus and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the bus. There is a slight incline to the Little White House and five steps and some uneven ground at the Pulp Mill ruins, however these are optional.

    Tour code

    SAG_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2¼ hours