The Canadian port of Trois-Rivières welcomed its first-ever cruise ship on 20th September 2012, when Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1,350-guest Balmoral made its maiden call, as part of its 28-night ‘Canada Eastern Seaboard’ L1216 cruise.
To commemorate Trois-Rivières’ first-ever visit by a cruise ship, the Master of Balmoral, Captain Victor Stoica, welcomed local dignitaries aboard, including Mayor Yves Lévesque, General Manager of Innovation et Développement économique Trois-Rivières, Yves Marchand, and CEO of the Port, Gaétan Boivin, for an official ceremony. Mayor Lévesque presented Captain Stoica with a work of art by artist Sylvie Leblanc, a book about Trois-Rivières and a basket of local produce. In exchange, Captain Stoica presented his hosts with a souvenir plaque from Balmoral.
Guy Sharp, Balmoral’s Hotel Manager, said:
“Trois-Rivières was a really fantastic port of call and we received a great welcome from the local people. The Mayor met a lot of our guests personally, and he and his team were clapped into the Ballindalloch Restaurant by all our guests and crew.
“This town, the Ship’s Agent Audrey and the local dignitaries all made quite an impression upon us.”
Mayor Lévesque said:
“I have met many of Balmoral’s passengers and I have heard only positive comments. They find Trois-Rivières clean and welcoming, and I feel that this day is a great success.”
Source: Fred Olsen Cruises