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May 2, 2018

The Port of Québec’s International Cruise Season Launches May 4 with the Arrival of Holland America’s Veendham

The Port of Québec is proud to announce the launch of its 2018 international cruise season with the arrival of Holland America Line’s Veendam at the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal. 2018 is poised to be another banner year for the port, following a record breaking 2017 season with unprecedented growth.

Maiden Calls to Québec

In 2018, eight ships will make inaugural calls to Québec: Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess and Royal Princess; Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas; Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride; Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic; AIDA Cruises’ AIDAvita; and Silversea’s Silver Spirit and Silver Wind.

For the first time ever, Disney Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises will be calling at the port. The 2,713-pasenger Disney Magic will include two sailings in September with an overnight stay in Québec, offering passengers multiple days to enjoy the city. The seven-day sailings also include the Canadian ports of Saguenay and Baie-Comeau, both new to Disney Cruise Line. Windstar’s Star Pride will feature Québec City as part of its Southeast Canadian Explorations with a full day visit on September 21. The 212-passenger yacht will depart from Montreal and make calls in Saguenay, Gaspe, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Halifax, Portland and Boston.

Record Deployment

The 2018 Canada cruise season will see record deployment from Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, including new overnights, allowing passengers to fully immerse themselves in the city. Holland America Line has the longest and most extensive cruise season in Québec and the city has ranked the most popular destination among the 400 offered by the line. Four Holland America ships will make a total of 42 calls in Québec between May and October.

Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess will make its first summer call to Québec in August 2018 and the line’s Royal Princess will offer three 10- and 11- day sailings with overnights in Québec on every sailing. Norwegian Cruise Line will have three ships calling in Québec in 2018: Norwegian Jade, Gem and Dawn. NCL will offer 7-day sailings between Québec and Boston and 10-day sailings round-trip from New York in September and October, all with overnights in Québec.

“The Port of Québec has consistently exceeded growth expectations and has received high
customer satisfaction scores and ratings among passengers. The awards and accolades
received over the last year are a testament to the investment made to establish Québec City as
a leading year-round international cruise destination,” said Mario Girard, President and CEO of
the Québec Port Authority.

Cruise ships’ schedule

Over the years, more and more people from Québec have flocked to admire the ships moored
at the Port of Québec. To see the cruise ships’ schedule and information on each vessel, visit
the Port of Québec website: Cruise ships schedule – Port of Québec.

Key dates

  •  September 21: Arrival of Windstar’s Star Pride, the line’s inaugural call
  • September 26: Arrival of the Disney Magic, the first time Disney Cruise Line calls to

Québec City

  • September 29 to 30: Queen Mary 2 visits Québec
  • October 5 and 6: Peak Weekend

About the Port of Québec:

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Québec is an award-winning city and one of the highest-rated
destinations in the world. The Port of Québec is a highlight of the Canada New England cruise
itinerary. As one of the largest cruise ports in Canada, it welcomes many of the most renowned
cruise lines in the world. The strategically located terminal in the center of Old-Québec can
accommodate both transit calls and embarkation and disembarkation operations. The Québec
Cruise Committee, comprised of port, government and tourism representatives, coordinates all
cruise tourism promotion with the goal of increasing Québec City’s cruise business.

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Marie-Andrée Blanchet
Advisor, Public Relations and Events
Québec Port Authority
marie-andree.blanchet@port Québec.ca
Maria Andriano
MGA Media Group

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