March 13, 2017
Québec... unequivocally romantic
For the majority of cruise ship passengers, arrival into port at Québec represents the highlight of their trip. Indeed, all world ports of call combined, Québec consistently tops the list as the most popular, a distinction that deserves to be underscored and applauded.
A number of reasons substantiate visitor infatuation with Québec. First and foremost, arriving passengers are treated to exceptional views of the city and magnificent Fairmont Château Frontenac Hotel perched atop a cliff overlooking Dufferin Terrace. Did you know that the Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world? Another good reason to be excited about stopping in at Québec.
Given the city’s legendary popularity, several different piers are used to welcome cruise ships. To find out ahead of time at which pier your ship is scheduled to dock, simply click on this cruise ship timetable published by Port of Québec authorities. No matter which pier is used, passengers will find themselves only minutes from the old city.
Upon disembarkation at Québec, passengers will indeed find themselves in the heart of Old Québec, a celebrated historic quarter and UNESCO world heritage site. Ships docking at Pier 21 or 22 enjoy ready access to cruise ship terminal facilities. Readers will note that during embarkation or disembarkation operations, the terminal is reserved exclusively for the passengers of the ship in question. During busier periods, Pier 30 is also used to welcome cruise ship passengers. Located next to this pier is an immense pavilion which provides a full range of passenger amenities. Wherever passengers accost, they enjoy access to lounge facilities, free WiFi and the services of a dedicated team of greeting personnel poised to provide advice on the wealth of attractions and activities in Old Québec and the surrounding area.
Individuals having booked excursions and stays through their cruise line operator will find requisite transport services (coaches, private vehicles, etc.) awaiting them just outside the terminal. Travellers preferring a greater measure of adventure will delight in the ready access to Old Québec’s Lower Town. Visitors interested in making their way to Upper Town have a number of different options available to them. On foot, there are several staircases as well as a funicular which will take them from Lower Town up opposite the famed Château Frontenac with decidedly little less physical effort. Others yet may simply prefer to hire a taxi to get around.
Those with limited time on their hands and eager to take in as much they can might wish to hire a chauffeur guide for a classic or custom tour of the city and environs. Chauffeur guides are generally easy to find just outside the cruise terminal.
Regardless of the means of transport used, visitors are certain to succumb to Québec’s singular blend of romanticism and European-style charm. Enjoy your visit!