All day long the skies were heavy and the clouds were threatening rain.
Even as we arrived at the Muskoka Warf late in the afternoon for our Sunset Dinner Cruise, the prospects of being able to enjoy watching the sunset over Lake Muskoka was still rather bleak.
However, as we boarded the R.M.S. Segwun, any concerns about the weather melted away.
We were immediately directed to the dinning room at the stern of the ship. It is a cosy little room, with windows all around. All of the tables were covered in white tablecloths, and set with a lit candle and a bouquet of fresh flowers. The waiters were cheerful and courteous. It was a cheery, vibrant atmosphere.
The stage was set for a fine dining experience. Our table was next to the window and we could watch as the Segwun was untied from the warf and we set sail. As we enjoyed our 3 course meal, which was treat to the senses, we watched as the skies cleared and the sun started to shine through!
After dinner, we made our way to the main deck and the bow of the ship to take in the rest of our 3½ hour cruise into history on an historic vessel. This year, 2012, marks the 125th anniversary of the R.M.S. Segwun. Built in 1887, she is recognized as North America’s oldest operating steamship and continues to hold status with Canada Post as an official “Royal Mail Ship”.
As for the sunset, it was beautiful! The skies were clear and the lake was calm. The sun was a brilliant red as it sank below the treeline on the horizon.
This was truly a remarkable experience!