The agreement with the Ville de Lévis for use of the Quai Paquet provides space for more vessels, giving cruise lines a variety of berthing options.
The Quai Paquet, located within port territory and run by Québec Port Authority, is a short ferry ride away on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. It offers spectacular views of the iconic Chateau Frontenac. The first ship set to call at the wharf is Saga Sapphire on Oct. 1.
'We are thrilled to announce this agreement with the Ville de Lévis as we continue to develop the Port of Québec to make cruising Canada/New England a leading international attraction,' said Mario Girard, president and ceo of the Québec Port Authority. 'With the start of our cruise season in early May and the recent announcement of Disney calling at Québec, we are confident we will continue to reach record-breaking visitor numbers.'
The 2017 season promises to be the busiest in the Port of Québec’s history, with a peak 131 calls by 34 cruise ships from 25 lines—five more ships than in 2015, the best year on record.
Five ships will be making maiden calls: Ponant's Le Soléal, Viking Cruises' Viking Sky and Viking Sea, Silversea Cruises' Silver Muse and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade.
A record 200,000 passengers are expected, too, a nearly 30% increase over 2016.
Business development efforts and the festivities planned for Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation have proven to be an appealing combination for cruise lines.