The Port of Quebec concluded another successful cruise season with 236,715 cruise passengers visiting from 148 ships calling worldwide. The top-rated destination is a growing embark/debark port with 22 turnarounds in 2019. In addition to its strong passenger growth and more lines calling, nine ships made inaugural visits to the Port with first time visits from five cruise lines including Hurtigruten, MSC, TUI, Scenic, and Peace Boat.
New Terminal Underway for Fall 2020
The Port of Quebec is proud to announce that construction of a second terminal is underway and set to launch in fall 2020. The new 100,000 sq. ft. facility will accommodate vessels up to 4,000 passengers, and enhancements to the berth that will elevate the guest experience. The new facility will provide significantly more space both inside the terminal for passenger flow and outside for ground transportation. Located at Berth 30, the new terminal is in close proximity to the existing Ross Gaudreault Terminal, and close to public transportation including Via Rail, spearheading renewed development of a former industrial area creating an expanded Port District. The $30 million dollar project is funded by the Port of Quebec along with the Provincial Government of Quebec and Quebec City.
“The new terminal is a testament of the community’s commitment to the future success of the cruise destination and a high quality quest experience,” says Mario Girard, president and CEO of Port of Quebec in press materials. “The new development sets up Quebec City for future growth which will provide economic benefits for the region while being conscious of its environmental responsibility and commitment to sustainable growth.”
Industry’s Commitment to Sustainable Growth
Following Quebec City’s International Cruise Forum in February 2014, government leaders, the tourism community, and other city stakeholders came together to support the continued, sustainable growth of the cruise industry with a goal of welcoming 400,000 passengers by 2025. Committed to responsible growth, the group reconvened in 2019 to measure progress and establish initiatives to reach future goals.
Quebec City’s port has the infrastructure and port development projects needed to accommodate future industry growth. With a new terminal launching in 2020, Quebec is poised to be a year-round cruise destination for the world’s top cruise brands.
For more information visit, portquebec.ca/en/cruises/vessel-schedules/cruise-ships-schedule.