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  1. Yes. It was a beautiful place to grow up. Here are a few pictures taken from people who still live in the area.
  2. Looking up from street level I never did notice the small floor level windows! If you had a clear day you would have seen the mountain in the distance where I grew up as your windows were facing southeast. The hotel has a lot of firsts, opened for Expo 67 the big fair to celebrate Canada’s centenary, it was the tallest building in the country. Most people in Montréal still refer to it as the cheese grater! It was also built in boxes, like a cruise ship with each bowed window being one prefabricated box. That was another first. I understand completely how you felt in The Queen E. It is completely unacceptable. The front desk harshly requested the name of my two children in 2014 so they would have been just shy of 10 and 13 and know how to behave themselves. I naively thought they would send up cookies like they did at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa...Ha...little did I know the bathroom door couldn’t even open completely as it hit the toilet! One and done. We’ll try the Chateau Champlain next time!
  3. As a little girl I always looked up at those half circle windows and wondered what it looked like inside as one of my parents hurried me along. Thanks for the pictures! Much nicer, in my op, than the Queen Elizabeth which shoved the 4 of us in a room hardly large enough for a couple! Then treated my two kids as if they were dirty.
  4. It is a disconnected radio that used to play music and you could hear the announcements in your cabin. Some have found it provides white noise if they are bothered by a noise outside their stateroom.
  5. I have been known to kick kids back when they kick me and parents do nothing. I parent my kids so do not take kindly to parents that don’t. Bon Voyage!
  6. It has been a very cold and wet spring along the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes basin. Flooding has slowed but not stopped. It was 1 C this morning when I dropped my kids at the lake for rowing at 6:30. But the sun was out which makes a huge difference. Here’s the long range forecasts in a number or the ports to help in packing. Enjoy your cruise!
  7. Lake Ontario is half a meter higher than usual (1 meter =39”) and still rising. Lake Erie is still rising too and overflowing into Lake Ontario. It rained all day Monday and most of this morning. Our ground is absolutely saturated.
  8. Sail, the graphic is put together by the International Lake Ontario- St Lawrence River Board who communicate with the public on both sides of the border regarding water levels and flow from Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. The graphs, if they can be enlarged, show if the water levels are below normal, normal or above normal and different monitoring stations. Since all the water from the Great Lakes flows into Lake Ontario then up the St. Lawrence past Montréal I thought it may be helpful for those looking for the current state of flooding.
  9. Yes, I stand corrected. I got the information today but it was Wednesday’s data updated charts on Thursday. They did mention the situation on the Ottawa being in flux and changeable due to weather systems moving in. If you got the rain we did Thursday night then if certainly didn’t help anything!
  10. Update on water levels as of Friday May 10
  11. Welcome back to (nearly) home. It was much warmer yesterday but at least it’s not snowing! We have the frost advisory up here but the airport is clear tonight so you shouldn’t have any issues getting out tonight.
  12. We did this exact cruise the 3rd week in August 2011 on the Volendam. I know it can be different but the only time we felt any motion was on the way back for a few hours after leaving Ketchikan and before ducking into the safety of the inside passage. We loved it. Our cabin was just one door down from the aft elevators on the deck below the promenade deck.
  13. Oh my goodness time flies! I’ve been sick since 2015 so I knew it was after that. Thanks for the correction!
  14. Last year the Vieux Montréal port was under renovation and no ships could use it for the season.
  15. It only happens in spring and has been a relatively recent occurrence. The 100 year flood was in 2017....
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