Festivities welcome Disney Cruise Line to Québec City

Captain Mickey flanked by, from left, Sébastien Proulx, minister for the Capitale-Nationale region; Québec City Mayor Régis Labeaume and Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority Captain Mickey flanked by, from left, Sébastien Proulx, minister for the Capitale-Nationale region; Québec City Mayor Régis Labeaume and Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority

The first Disney Cruise Line ship to sail the St. Lawrence, Disney Magic, arrived in Québec City Wednesday to a welcome by more than 5,000 residents and officials.

Captain Mickey waved to the fans as the ship pulled into port. Evening fireworks celebrated the event as passengers and residents were treated to a display fitting for a Disney celebration.

Two-night stay

The 2,713-passenger Disney Magic is in port from Sept. 26-28, as part of its new itinerary, sailing between New York and Québec City. The cruise offers passengers two full days in Québec's capital, giving visitors multiple days to experience the city and its many family-friendly offerings. As part of the new sailings, Disney Magic will also stop at other Canadian ports new to Disney Cruise Line: Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

'We are thrilled to welcome Disney Cruise Line to our city,' said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority. 'Seeing Captain Mickey is a highlight for many of our local families. The city planned a number of celebratory festivities to provide passengers and crew a magical welcome throughout the city.'

2018 continues record pace

Following a record-breaking 2017 cruise season, the 2018 season has seen continued record deployment with eight ships making inaugural calls. Québec is regularly touted as a top cruise destination by passengers and the Port of Québec was recently named one of the world's top three cruise ports by Seatrade Cruise.

The port recently announced plans to build a second cruise terminal.

Posted 28 September 2018

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review