Carolyn peeks out and we have some full fledged color in the trees. Things are just beginning to turn. Later we learn they had their first frost the other day. It is still a little grey, but no rain....Yea! We are heading to the dining room for breakfast when the Captain announces the tender service has just begun. Yes, another unscheduled tender port and we see why as we are eating breakfast. The NCL Dawn with her 3,000 passengers pulls in and takes the only dock space. So much for the small luxury lines getting the best berthing spaces! This happened to us a couple of times last year on the Regent Mariner also.
By 9:30AM we have our act together and are on the tender to La Baie’s terminal. The tender dock is very nice with a really nice terminal with craft shops and a nice information center. There is a little skitt taking place on the dock with maybe 25 town’s people dressed in 1800's costumes.
Our first stop is the Cathedrale Saint Francois Xavier It was built in the mid 1800's and has burned twice, but from the pictures it was rebuilt the same way each time. It is a beautiful church on the inside and very well maintained.
We stop at the old pulp mill that closed in 1929 due to the crash.
The crowds are picking up so we figure the NCL ship has let its passengers off. We opt to take the La Baie circuit bus back to the terminal so we will be sure to have a seat from the terminal stop. Good move because when we get to the terminal there is a huge line for the next bus. The bus fills and we are off to the Air Defense Museum, next to the air base. It has a nice outside display along with an indoor museum. It cost $6.50C pp. We pass on this and go on to the next stop for the oldest part of La Baie. This part of town was also heavily damaged during the 1996 floods. There is a nice view out over the fjord at this stop along with the area museum and several craft workshops.
We are really impressed at what the area has done. It has been a great day and the people are super friendly. The HOHO tour is well worth the money and time. There is a guide on the bus telling everyone about the area and another guide gets on and gives an overview of what there is to do and see at each stop.
We get back on board about 2:00PM in time to have lunch at the Grill. The day is cool, but the sun has come out so we enjoy our lunch with a view!
We adjourn to the aft deck on 5 that is empty for some great views and enjoy a beautiful, but rare for this cruise, sunset as we sail into the main part of the fjord.
We go for our last dinner at 7:15PM. The Restaurant is almost empty. Carolyn asks for a table for two and we are taken back to last table in the back corner and she nicely rebels. We want to sit where we can see what is happening. So, they come back and try to seat us at the next table over...still one of us will be looking at the wall, back in the corner! She tells them to try again and to put us with Martin. This time they put us at a two top in the middle of the room...much better. We have the special, beef tenderloin, and a side of soft shell crab then finish off with the chocolate pots! The beef has been excellent! We will miss the pampering service!