A growing international industry
Current COVID-19 circumstances excepted, average year-on-year growth of 6.6% since the 1990s resulted in the industry transporting 30 million passengers in 2019, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
The industry’s fleet comprises close to 300 ships owned and operated by some sixty cruise lines.
Ships calling into ports across Québec navigate the waters of the broader Canada New England region. Internationally, our destination is known as Cruise Canada New England owing to marine navigation laws that require international vessels to call into port in at least two different countries. Our destination encompasses a vast coastal expanse stretching from New York to Montréal by way of Boston, Maine, Canada’s Atlantic provinces and the French overseas territory of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
The Saint Lawrence
Down through time, untold numbers of travellers have sailed the waters of the Saint Lawrence, landed on our shores, explored our wealth of cultural attributes and revelled in the splendour of our countryscapes. Tourism in Québec began with the famed white ships that enabled urban dwellers to escape to outlying regions for the summer and enjoy the great outdoors.
From the 1990s onwards, increasing numbers of international ships regularly navigated the Saint Lawrence, but it was only in 2006 that our destination began to gain in recognition as a result of the development of seven new ports of call.
Québec today enjoys a reputation as a cruise destination of interest owing to the region’s beguiling French flair.