March 9, 2010
Boarding now… for Destination Québec!
With the dream of a Québec cruise about to become a reality, now is the perfect time to think about adding a day or three before or after your cruise for a more in-depth understanding of destination Québec. Several cruise operators offer you the choice of embarking or disembarking at one or other of Montréal or Québec, and deciding in which direction you would like to experience your cruise.
Port of Québec
Embarking and disembarking at Québec is simple and straightforward. The port is conveniently situated in Old Québec and affords rapid access to city centre attractions. Indeed, everything needed to ensure an optimal stay is located in close proximity to the point of embarkation/ disembarkation. Whatever your travel budget, you will find a comprehensive offering of vehicle rental agencies, hotels large and small, bus tours, guided tours and excursions. You can sign up for group tours and excursions on site, or book a personalized itinerary through your travel agent.
Québec is easily reached by air. Jean Lesage International Airport offers regularly scheduled flights to New York, Washington, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago, in addition to service to an ever growing number of domestic and international destinations. The airport is located about 20 minutes from the port and city centre; taxi fare is listed at $32.50. Via Rail and Amtrak offer a variety of rail connections for individuals who prefer the train. Gare du Palais rail station is located in the heart of the city and within easy walking of many central hotels. Indulge yourself, book a pre- or post-cruise stay today!
Port of Montréal
Located a stone’s throw from the heart of Old Montréal, the Port of Montréal provides ready access to all manner of visitor amenities: vehicle rental agencies, rail station, intercity bus terminal, and so on. In need of hotel accommodations? Choose from the city’s extensive lineup of major chain properties such as Sheraton, InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Westin, Delta and others. You will also find an enticing selection of independent boutique hotels where comfort, charm and personalized service combine to provide a unique, superior quality guest experience.
Montréal-Trudeau International Airport serves over 25 US airports and fifty or so international destinations with over a hundred direct weekly flights. Connector flights through other Canadian airports provide seamless access to destinations elsewhere on the continent or in the world. The airport is located less than 20 kilometres from the city centre and is readily accessible by taxi for a fare of $38; a shuttle bus also operates to and from the city centre for $16 per adult passenger. All major vehicle rental agencies can be found on the arrivals concourse should you prefer to get about on your own. Upon arrival at destination, you will revel in the thousand and one exciting possibilities for transforming your stay in Québec into a truly unique experience.
Montréal is fast-paced and boasts a wealth of activities and entertainment options which include theatre, the performing arts, music concerts, festivals, gourmet dining, and so on. Excursions into the neighbouring countryside or to resort locations outside the city are easy to organize. Less than an hour from the city centre, you will find an abundance of outdoor recreational facilities, lakes and rivers, Nordic spas, and countryscapes certain to guarantee a complete break from routine.
With your cruise along the shores of the mighty Saint Lawrence fast approaching, take a moment to plan a pre- or post-cruise stopover. It will almost certainly make your Québec travel experience all the more enjoyable, and all the more memorable!
To learn more about destination Québec, check out the various Saint Lawrence ports of call on our website.