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Snap Update, June 21, 2012: I was just in Montreal, and checked out the eye-popping overhaul of the historic Ritz Carlton there–originally designed by Cesar Ritz himself. If you’re looking for a luxe stay, this nicely situated property will deliver.  It’s worth walking in just to see the Palm Court portion of the lobby–it’s a national historic landmark. Below originally published July, 2009: Montreal may be the most gay-friendly city in North America, and is an increasingly popular start/end point for cruises, with Boston or New York on the other end. “Fall colors” sailings have become especially popular, and seeing the leaves from the St. Lawrence Seaway is spectacular. Montrealers pride themselves on their cosmopolitan style and “who cares” attitudes—sort of like the Amsterdam of [&hellip

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Hello cruisers. I just completed a cruise. It was not a luxury cruise, nor was it a cheap cruise. For the same price, about $1,200/person for an inside cabin, there are much nicer ships…especially in the current economy. But the cruise I took, aboard the MV CTMA Vacancier, is unusual, and I’m curious if any of you have taken a similar “regional speciality” cruise. The 12,000-ton, 500-passenger Vacancier (French for “holiday maker) sails entirely within Quebec, Canada, traveling a weekly route from Montreal (a glorious destination), up the St. Lawrence River, to its home port of Les Iles de le Madeleine. After a 2-night stop on the islands, the ship returns to Montreal, with day stops on the Gaspe Peninsula and in Quebec City. Most [&hellip

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Hello cruisers. I’m going cruising this week, and doing it on a cruise line you’ve likely never heard of: Groupe CTMA. The cruise sails entirely in Canadian waters, departing Montréal and sailing up the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Magdalene Islands (Les Iles de le Madeleine). While most passengers on the ship will sail round-trip back to Montréal with stops in the Magdalenes, Québec City, and Chandler, I’ll be staying in the islands for several nights at a gay-owned B&B, la Butte Ronde. I’ll keep you up to date on the experience, but I suspect it will be fantastic. The eye-candy alone in Québec should make it a delightful journey! I suspect gay cruise passengers do more of these types of trips than anyone knows, [&hellip

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