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Cruise season is in full swing in Montreal

MONTREAL – Between September 1 and November 2, the Port of Montreal will welcome 42 international cruise ship visits to the city’s main facility, the Grand Quay, as well as the docks located east of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, for a total of 75 docked days.

Two days will be particularly busy during the high season:

  • September 19: The ships present will include the Viking Sea (930 PAX) and the Marco Polo (848 PAX) at the Grand Quay, the Seabourn Quest (450 PAX) at Terminal 3, and the Hamburg (408 PAX) at Terminal 4.
  • October 6: The ships present will include the Veendam (1,348 PAX) and Viking Star (930 PAX) at the Grand Quay, the Silver Spirit (540 PAX) at Terminal 3 and the Hamburg (408 PAX) at Terminal 4.

By the end of the season, which concludes on November 2, nearly 128,000 passengers and crew members will have visited Montreal, representing an anticipated 12% increase over 2017.

“Looking at how busy 2018 has been, we anticipate that cruise passengers will spend more than $28 million during their stays in Montreal, which is more than $300 per passenger. The cruise industry provides a significant boost to the local economy, and Montreal is a premier destination that serves as a wonderful start or end port for cruises,” said Yves Lalumiere, President and CEO of Tourisme Montreal.

“The 2018 cruise season is enjoying excellent success. In particular, it stands out for its diversification. Between international and domestic cruises and its place in the Great Lakes offering, Montreal is now a must-visit stop on the cruise-tour circuit, whether as a destination, a stopover or a starting point for round-trip travel,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

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