Port of Québec's passenger count climbs above 200,000

Port of Québec soars to record passenger count, a 30% year-over-year increase Port of Québec soars to record passenger count, a 30% year-over-year increase (Photo: Cruise the Saint Lawrence)

The number of cruise passengers visiting Québec City in 2017 exceeded projections and reached an all-time high of 201,000, a more than 30% increase last year.

The port handled 132 calls including 118 transit visits and 14 turn arounds. Five ships visited for the first time, from Ponant, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silversea and Viking.

'Our strong visitor numbers are a testament to the port’s dedication to making Québec City, and cruising to Canada/New England, an international cruise destination,' said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Québec Port Authority. 'As we continue to develop the port and showcase all that the area has to offer, we are confident that Québec will be recognized as a year-round cruise destination.'

This season saw the inauguration of Place des Canotiers in May, a $39m signature park for cruise passengers at Pier 22, beside the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal. Other developments included additional berthing options with the agreement to operate Quai Paquet, a short ferry ride away on the opposite side of the St. Lawrence River.

The Port of Québec, in collaboration with city government and tourism officials, also hosted its first Cruise Month in association with Cruise Lines International Association. A variety of events and activities showcased local businesses, arts and culture.

2017 has also been a banner year in accolades for the Port of Québec receiving Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award, Cruise Critic’s Top Cruise Destination in the US & Canada and Destination of the Year finalist in the Seatrade Cruise Awards.

Posted 07 November 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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