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Cruising with cargo from Canada

For those wishing to cruise with cargo the combination ship Bella Desgagnés, operated by Québec’s Desgagnés Group, offers a regular series of voyages from Rimouski, on Canada’s Gaspé peninsula, to a number of villages on the Québec coastline and Anticosti Island.

Built by Croatia’s Palumbo Shipyard in 2013, the 6,655gt vessel is equipped with sixty-three 2- and 4-berth cabins, all with facilities, while having a cafeteria, dining room, bistro and lounge available for passengers.

The ship is Class 1 AFS ice rated and has an operational speed of 12.5 knots provided by four Wärtsilä diesels driving generators to produce a nominal power of 1530 kW.

Up to 125 containers can be carried on the aft deck and are handled on and off by a 40-tonne capacity deck crane. Round trip fares for the 7-day round-trip range from C$1,884 to C$3,033 depending upon the grade of accommodation and season of travel chosen, with reductions available for passengers under the age of 15 and over the age of 64.

Report by Jim Shaw

Photo: Canada’s Desgagnés Group offers 7-day cruises along the Québec coast with its 2013-built combination passenger/cargo vessel Bella Desgagnés. RELAIS NORDIK

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