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Fifty Years Since Marco Polo's First Transatlanic Crossing

Fifty Years Since Marco Polo's First Transatlanic Crossing

Fifty years ago, on April 13, 1966, the Russian liner Aleksandr Pushkin sailed from Leningrad, modern day St. Petersburg, for Quebec and Montreal via Helsinki, Copenhagen and Tilbury. Not only was this the first regular Russian transatlantic service since 1909 but also it was the first to Canada.

Aleksandr Pushkin arrived at Quebec on April 26, 1966. This was a monthly service which ran from April to September. It was also such a momentous event that the Russian post office issued a special commemorative stamp to celebrate the occasion. Aleksandr Pushkin was transformed into the popular cruise ship Marco Polo in 1993. A regular caller at Russia’s most popular port and now operating for CMV she returns to St. Peterburg on May 8 for the first time after this momentous anniversary.

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