May 11, 2017
Baie-Comeau to be a Disney Cruise Line destination
Baie-Comeau, May 11, 2017 – Today Disney Cruise Line announced simultaneously in Quebec City, Saguenay and Baie-Comeau that it is to make a stop in Quebec in 2018!
On September 25 and 30, 2018, the Disney Magic cruise ship with its 2,713 passengers and 950-strong crew will drop anchor in the waters of Baie-Comeau harbour. Measuring 294 meters, the Disney Magic specializes in luxury cruises for families. Although it’s too soon to reveal the details of their stopover, there are sure to be some surprises in store from the port of Baie-Comeau.
Baie-Comeau Cruises president Ms. Reina Savoie was all smiles when the legendary company’s announcement was made. “Our team, along with everyone in the extended Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association family, has been working hard over the past several years to bring the cruise lines to Baie-Comeau. Those efforts are now bearing fruit and increasingly earning the recognition of our industry peers,” she said. “Northern destinations are exotic and their appeal to tourists is constantly growing. And with our high quality hospitality, security protocols and tourist attractions, our friendly community and our beautiful wilderness, it’s a perfect package!” The team effort by Saint Lawrence ports of call has sparked real enthusiasm for the river in the eyes of this prestigious family cruise line—confirming that the product offered by our ports of call meets the highest standards for a safe, high quality family experience. Our success at breaking into this new market clearly shows that our development strategy, resilience, determination and optimism have all played a vital part in establishing the Saint Lawrence as a cruise destination of note.
Cruise the Saint Lawrence, the industry association that groups the nine ports of call on the Saint Lawrence, is equally delighted with the news. Its mission is to help grow the cruise market in Quebec and develop Canada New England as a destination by offering marketing and development services to its members.
“The relationship with Disney Cruise Line is a real mark of confidence for our port of call member organizations, who place great importance on providing quality experiences to cruise passengers,” said association president Tony Boemi. “It also shows that our destination appeals to a young and family-oriented clientele.”
Marc Lefebvre, president of the Baie-Comeau Harbour Management Corporation, agrees. He also takes a positive view of Disney’s arrival: “You know, my friend Marcel Furlong and his team at ID Manicouagan are making huge efforts to diversify the regional economy. Today, Baie-Comeau cruises is proving that it can be done, if you have enough conviction and put in the work. Because, make no mistake, tourism is a major economic driver that contributes significantly to Quebec's gross domestic income. We’re happy to confirm that our development plan will include a wharf specifically dedicated to tourism, which is also set to give the residents of our city access to the river again."
About Disney Cruise Line
Since its launch in 1998, Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a leader in the cruise industry, providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and children can experience all Disney has to offer. Today, Disney Cruise Line continues to expand its blueprint for family cruising with a fleet of four ships – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy – sailing from ports around the world on exciting itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, Europe and more. Bookings will be open on May 18th, 2017. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.
Claudy Ann Morency