June 6, 2016
A season of change for Montréal in 2016
This year’s cruise season in Montréal is shaping up to be decidedly special for a number of reasons. In April, authorities unveiled plans detailing the long awaited construction of a new passenger cruise terminal. It is now official. Alexandra Pier, the location of Montréal’s current passenger cruise terminal, is to be rebuilt. Regularly maintained but over a century old, the pier requires a complete retrofit to meet cruise line needs of the present-day.
Spurred by the steep rise in the volume of international cruise passengers, the new terminal, which represents an investment of some $78 million, will provide ships with facilities tailored to modern-day needs, while tourists and locals will appreciate enhanced access to the river and commendable integration into Montréal’s urban backdrop.
Accordingly, a temporary cruise terminal has been erected on Piers 34 to 37, just east of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. To guarantee passengers and cruise lines a convenient and pleasurable experience, Port of Montréal has pulled out all the stops. An immense tent has been installed for the period from May to October, with a second smaller tent to be added in August to accommodate days when more than one ship is in port at the same time. Configuration of the new temporary facility is intended to provide for equivalent passenger comfort and enhanced logistical organization of embarkation and disembarkation operations.
To minimize the impact of the move on passengers and crew, a free shuttle service will operate to and from the Old Port of Montréal, in addition to taxi services and coach transfers available onsite. New this year: passengers wishing to spend a few hours onshore in Montréal prior to departure may avail themselves of the luggage consignment service available to cruise passengers in the Old Port. They will then be able to make better use of their free time in Old Montréal to discover attractions, museums, shops and restaurants, many of which feature specials for cruise ship passengers.
For passengers wishing to extend their stay in Montréal, by several nights or several hours, greeting staff at the terminal and in Old Montréal will be pleased to provide them with the information they require, the aim being to render their visit all the more memorable.
Despite the temporary relocation of terminal facilities, cruise ship passengers will be able to take full advantage of their stopover in Montréal. From the 2017 season onward, cruise ships will once again be welcomed at Alexandra Pier in an all new cruise terminal. We shall be certain to keep you abreast of developments as they occur!
To learn more about how to access to the 2016 temporary terminal, click here.