May 23, 2018
Promising season ahead
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With the 2018 international cruise season having only just begun, all signs once again point to an excellent year. Destination Canada New England, the Québec/Saint Lawrence region in particular, continues to gain in popularity from one year to the next. Indeed, in the period from May to November 2018, ship visits to member ports of call in Québec are expected to total over 475 in number. This figure, which has increased steadily over the past ten years, provides proof positive that our destination has earned a place on cruise line itineraries of choice. Again this year, some ten ships will make inaugural visits to one of our member ports of call, thereby substantiating the potential for ongoing transformation and growth across Destination Saint Lawrence.
Cruise line offerings from one or other of Montréal or Québec, the region's two ports of embarkation, also continue to diversify. In 2018, it is possible to set sail from one of these two home ports for the Iles de la Madeleine, Boston, New York, Florida, Cuba, as well as the Great Lakes and Europe (United Kingdom and Germany).
Also of note is the growing interest in circle tours beginning and ending at either Montréal or Québec. These latter itineraries generally include a greater number of stopovers in Québec-based ports of call, making it possible for travellers to experience more fully the broad selection of excursions on offer. These cruises explore the Saint Lawrence as far east as the French territory of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and as far west as the Great Lakes.
Through programs like these, offered notably by Crystal Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Plantours and Seabourn, travel to and from one’s port of departure is simplified since embarkation and disembarkation take place in the same city. Prospective passengers can therefore opt to travel to their designated port by car, train or air. In the case of both Montréal and Québec, airports and train stations are located less than 30 and 10 minutes respectively from the cruise terminals, with long term vehicle parking available in close proximity to each port.
Special introductory offers
If you have yet to book your Saint Lawrence cruise, you will be interested to learn that there is still time to explore the different programs on offer. Attractively priced special offers range from onboard enhancements to two-for-one cruise offerings certain to appeal to discriminating travellers.
Consider, for example, the inaugural voyage of the Victory II, a Victory Cruise Lines vessel scheduled toset sail from Montréal on July 27th. Throughout the entire 2018 season, cruises aboard this ship are being featured at a special 2-for-1 fare, with the Canadian dollar accepted at par. The 10-day Great Lakes cruise departing Montréal on July 27th is indeed being offered at the exceptionally low fare of $1999 per person based on double occupancy. In addition to cabin accommodations and meals, the fare includes all guided tours and onboard drinks. Not included are port charges ($399) and gratuities ($15/day/ person). Travel agents enjoy a 10% commission on cabin sales. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to discover a cruise itinerary of ever increasing popularity. Details here.
Check out Holland America, Disney Cruise Line and others for equally attractive offers. There is still time to plan your 2018 dream cruise. Take a moment to consider your options!