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Summer and Fall in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence

Fall-foliage season on the coast
The Bella Desgagnés offers transportation and cruise for local residents and visitors, but primary purpose is to bring mail and supplies to many of Québec’s picturesque villages located along the 900-km-long coast from Rimouski to Blanc-Sablon.

Quebec's Lower North Shore mail and supply ship

Sailings are weekly from Rimouski on Monday at 10 PM, arriving back the following Monday morning. The best way to get there from a far away place is by air to Quebec City a day earlier, then by bus to Rimouski on Monday. Port calls vary from a couple of hours to half a day. Sightseeing tours are available in some places. The fare varies from CAD 1,799 per person in a standard twin-bedded cabin in low season to CAD 2,693 per person for a Panoramic twin-bedded cabin in high season, plus 20% for tax and fees. Seniors above 65, get approx 13% discount.

Please see the 2023 Tariff and Itinerary

We offered this cruise back in the 1990s, when Bella's forerunner Nordik Express was providing an attractive service, and we'd book several of our customers per month.

This new, 1,000-ton, vessel was built in Croatia in 2013. She has an Ice Class, flies Canadian flag, and extends the good tradition - early reservations are recommended.
Deck Scene

One minute video preview of the adventure

standard twin-bedded cabin The image on the left is of a standard twin-bedded cabin with a porthole. Superior twin-bedded cabins have larger beds and square picture windows. Top deck Select- and Select-Plus-cabin occupants get a free pass to the Fitness Room and exclusive rights to a VIP Lounge. All 63 cabins have a bathroom with private facilities. Accommodations also include a Dining Room, Cafeteria, Bistro, Wi-Fi connection.

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