Thursday, October 15, 2015
I’m writing this from the cozy confines of the 1608 Bar inside the iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. I’m here in Quebec City, Canada to tour, photograph and write about Silversea Cruises’ ultra-luxurious Silver Whisper, which will be pulling alongside at her berth on the St. Lawrence River just down the hill from the hotel tomorrow morning.
I came for the ship. I had no idea I’d discover one of the loveliest places I’d been in Canada – and one of the most staggeringly romantic hotel properties.
My journey here from Calgary, Alberta took me over seven hours through three airports and two airplanes. I awoke before four a.m. this morning in order to make a seven a.m. flight to Toronto, where I connected on to Quebec City.
While the flight to Toronto was uneventful, a Jerry Springer-esque fight nearly broke out at Pearson’s Gate D7 this afternoon. Turns out all the Quebec City flights are overbooked for the rest of the day after an early morning Air Canada Express flight was cancelled. Our gate agent was looking for volunteers to be bumped to a flight to Quebec departing tomorrow. There were no takers. This didn’t please the throngs of would-be guests who were waiting for standby seating on a small 74-passenger Bombardier Q400 Turboprop.