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Review of Croisieres AML

Croisieres AML
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Owner description: Croisieres AML is a family owned enterprise established in the province of Quebec. It is the most important cruise/excursion company in Canada with 18 boats operating on the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord. Croisieres AML offers historical guided cruises, brunch and lunch cruises, dinner cruises, special events as well as made to measure packages. These products are available on the AML Cavalier Maxim in Montreal and on the AML Louis Jolliet in Quebec City.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 20, 2012

The 90 minute boat tour of the St Lawrence River is a great way to view the city and learn a lot. We had taken a guided bus tour of the old city when we arrived but decided that we also needed to see and learn about the area from a river perspective. It was worth the money and time.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I took AML tour in late October and I was really looking forward to do whales-watching. For nature-lovers it was indeed spectacular. I could see belugas, whales and seals in the beautiful fjord landscape and the trip worthed it.
When I called to book there I was given 2 options, the open boat and the cover boat. The open boat due to the season was not recommended by the person on the phone therefore I went for the cover boat. The difference between the 2 boats is that with the open one it's possible to go much closer to the animals while the cover boat was a very big one, full of tourists and very noisy. I thought that it was a much smaller boat. Unfortunately since I was traveling I could not check the tour in advance. The animal can be seen but from far away.
The guide asked English speakers to show up in order to translate, but most of the tour was in French anyway and only small part of the information was in English.
I was overall disappointed by the tour, but this was compensated by experiencing such an amazing wild life and landscape.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We booked a whale watching tour through Croisieres AML to depart out of Baie St. Catherine near the mouth of the Saguenay River. When we arrived at Baie St. Catherine, we were a few hours early for our departure, so it was recommended to take the ferry crossing to Tadoussac and take the tour from Tadoussac. Make sure you do not pay for your parking first at Baie St. Catherine as this is not transferrable to the parking lot near the departure point in Tadoussac. It was a better choice departing from Tadoussac as you get to cross the Saguenay river and have a nice view of the start of the fjord, and the village of Tadoussac is very picturesque. There are many shops and little cafes to eat at...as well as seeing the historic Tadoussac Hotel with its red roof. The whale watching tour was OK - we were fitted up with wet weather clothes (a necessity even on a warm day in August as the temperature on the water drops about 10-15 degrees). We did see some whales, but our guide could've provided us with laminated description sheets of the different types of whales that we saw, as the whales surface very briefly, and differentiating them is difficult. Also, due to the sound of the engine/motor, you couldn't always hear the guide very well. If you want a bilingual tour - I would make sure you specify this at the time of booking, and when you arrive for your trip. The water was relatively calm on our trip and we only had a bit of fog on our return back to shore. There is a washroom available where you "suit up" but no facilities on the zodiac. If this is a concern, recommend you take the bigger tour boat for your whale watching cruise. We had the 4:30/5:00 departure which was quite nice...gives you lots of time to explore the surrounding area with a 1 1/2-2 hour trip back to La Malbaie.

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We went on a Zodiac 3 hr tour. We did see some whales during the first hour. We then spent the next 2 hours rescuing one of their disabled Zodiacs. It was dangerous for the captain and the passengers. We had very rough seas, causing us to get soaked we had an extra 5 people on our boat, which was already at capacity. When we got to shore people wanted money back because the tour was wasted helping the other boats. They first offered a free trip the next day. This would not work for us and unless you are a local, it would not work for most. They should have just returned the cost. I do not fault them for the weather or the need to rescue their oter boat, with 5 ft waves, it needed to be done. However they argued with the frozen, wet, tired customers when we returned. The service desk person , brigette, was stone-faced and did not say sorry to anyone. The captain was very nice and did her best. There are other vendors to chose from. I would not chose AML!

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We went on a larger boat which allowed us to see better and move around the boat. We saw minks, porpoises, belugas and a fin whale, as well as seals and seabirds. It was a privilege to be in the company of these amazing creatures, and an experience we will never forget. The boats are very mindful of where they are, and stay clear of the whales so remember to take binoculars and a long range camera if you have one. On occasion, the whales do go under the boat, and the boat will remain stationery so as to cause as little disturbance as possible. The commentary was clear from all parts of the boat. Parking is available for $5 CAD, there is a shop and burger restaurant at Baie Ste Catherine where we departed from. If you book by Internet, don't forget to pick up your tickets at the ticket office. Wear warm clothing - it may be warm and sunny on shore, but it gets very cold out at sea! A fleece and windbreaker are recommended. It is a nice drive from Quebec, though I think if we were to do this again, we would stay overnight in Tadoussac. A seven hour round trip from Quebec makes it a long day for the driver. Plan to arrive an hour early to get a good park and to allow time to sort things out so your visit is relaxed. The bus doesn't sound much fun from other comments. Overall, well worth it!

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