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Port of Québec's longest cruise season has record 32 turnarounds

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Queen Mary 2 at the Port of Québec in October
The Port of Québec welcomed more than 154,000 passengers on 131 calls during the longest cruise season in its history, April 25 to Nov. 5.

Forty-one ships from 28 cruise lines visited. Eleven were maiden calls.

This compares to the more than 92,000 passengers on 96 calls from 28 ships and 23 lines in 2022, the first cruise season after a two-year pandemic pause.

32 turnarounds

The just-ended season notched a record 32 turnaround operations. Thanks to its new Cruise Terminal 30, inaugurated in summer 2022, the port raised the bar in this area.

'We are ecstatic with this 2023 international cruise season. Demand has exceeded our expectations since the post-pandemic resumption. This latest season’s growing numbers and the popularity of our destination confirm that the efforts devoted to developing the cruise industry responsibly and sustainably are paying off,' Port of Québec CEO Mario Girard said.

'We are proud of this season's results, which reflect our continued commitment to providing exceptional experiences for our visitors and to positioning ourselves as a destination of choice on the global stage,' said Robert Mercure, GM of Destination Québec cité. 'It is an additional motivation to continue our efforts to develop the cruise industry responsibly, for tourism focused on the future.'

Controlled numbers

The Port of Québec has been limiting the daily numbers of passengers and cruise ships since 2014. No more than 15,000 passengers may call on any given day, and turnaround operations are limited to two ships.

Winter cruises starting in 2025

As announced last June at the Canada/New England Cruise Symposium, winter cruises will become a reality in January 2025, with Ponant's Le Commandant Charcot set to inaugurate the first Saint Lawrence River winter season.