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Montréal expects 46 calls as cruising restarts after two years

Ocean Explorer is among the maiden calls scheduled at the Port of Montréal
This spring, after two seasons canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, cruises are set to make a comeback at the Port of Montréal with 46 calls scheduled.

Depending on each ship’s occupancy rate, this will bring between 40,000 and 50,000 passengers.

Pre-pandemic, in 2019, the cruise industry generated close to $30m in economic benefits for the city of Montréal.

Smaller ships

For this season, the port reported a general trend toward smaller ships that offer more luxury and local excursion experiences. Great Lakes itineraries are especially popular, including Montréal because of its strategic location on the St. Lawrence leading into the Great Lakes.

Maiden calls

Six cruise ships are booked to call Montréal for the first time: Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambience (2,000 passengers); Peace Boat's Zenith (1,800 passengers); Phoenix Reisen's Amera (900 passengers); Ponant's Le Bellot and Le Dumont d'Urville (180 passengers) and Vantage Cruises' Ocean Explorer (160 passengers).