Jun 9, 2011

Cruising down Montreal's St-Lawrence in style... on the Belvü Catamaran!

By Andrea Doucet Donida

What is sleek, fast and powerful in Montreal this weekend? F1 cars racing on the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit? Ferraris and Bugattis down Crescent Street? No, I’m talking about the chic and graceful Belvü catamaran cruising down the St-Lawrence river.

I had the chance of being invited with other bloggers for this year’s launch of the Catamaran cruise, their first full season in business. If you’re looking for a fun, different way of visiting the Old Port of Montreal, with breathtaking view of the city and the Sainte-Hélène Island, this is the place to be.

Lounging on the roof-top terrace is quite spectacular. I even suggest taking off your summer sandals and unwind your feet in the grass-type carpet, at least for a moment.

They have several packages, from happy hours to full course meal served in the restaurant inside, comfortably seated while you watch the scenery go by.

No sea-sickness here, the boat is very stable, unless you abuse of the all-included deal…but that is up to you!

I only got to taste some of the cocktail food, but if the meal is anything like those appetizers, you will not be disappointed.

The Lobster appetizer with orange sauce was really delicious and very generous; with the lovely Matane Shrimp mousse, it was the perfect combination to feel almost at sea...

The happy hour rates are very reasonable, however it could get a little pricey for dinner, especially during the Firework festival, but I bet you can’t find a better view then right there, in the middle of the majestic St-Lawrence.

Rates range from 21.94$ to 225$/person depending on the chosen package (happy hour, full dinner, fireworks…).

For detailed information on activities, hours and rates : www.belvu.ca

PS: Upon boarding, I was welcomed by the co-owner, Martin Roy, who is a good friend of a friend of mine, who I have previously met. I wasn’t aware that he was involved in this enterprise, and this did not affect my opinion of the cruise, but I thought for transparency purposes, important to let you know.

Co-owner and Marketing VP, Martin Roy.

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