This season’s highlight was the city’s first double-ship day – having received Crystal Serenity and Silver Whisper simultaneously this past September 26, marking a milestone in Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu’s history. For the first time, the port was tasked with the challenge of operating two sites at once and providing for some 2,500 passengers and crew members who were able to see all that Sept-Îles has to offer.
The logistical challenge was met successfully, drawing positive feedback from both tour operators and members of the industry, paving the way for new business opportunities in the future.
In total, four cruiseships carrying a total of 4,319 passengers and crew members were welcomed throughout the season. First to moor was the now familiar Marco Polo, whose 2015 festive overnight stay still fills the city’s residents’ imagination to this day. Silver Whisper returned to Sept-Îles following a previous stop during September’s double-ship day and thereby rounded off the season.
2017 looks just as promising for Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu, which in addition to welcoming passengers and crew members during the year, will also celebrate its 10th year of operation. Both Oceania Insignia and Seven Seas Navigator will call Sept-Îles for the first time, whereas Marco Polo and Saga Sapphire will pay return visits. The 2017 season also represents an important year for the organization as it is preparing to receive none other than the prestigious Queen Mary II the following year. By calling Sept-Îles during its 2018 itinerary on the St. Lawrence, Cunard pledges its trust in the destination and confirms the city’s place among the river’s cruise destinations.