October 14, 2011
An exceptional day at the Port of Québec
Québec City, October 14, 2011 – Today will be an exceptionally busy day at the Port of Québec, with nearly 8,500 visiting international cruise passengers and 3,421 crew members.
A total of five cruise ships are currently docked at the Port of Québec. It is the busiest day of the season, which wraps up on October 18. The five ships Québec City residents can marvel at today are the Crown Princess of the cruise ship line Princess Cruises, the Aidaaura of Aida Cruises, the MSC Poesia of MSC Cruises, the Maasdam of Holland America Line, and the Seven Seas Navigator of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Two of these ships are in Québec City for embarkation/debarkation operations, meaning the city is their point of origin and/or destination. The Crown Princess and the MSC Poesia are respectively docked at Wharf 22 in the Pointe-à-Carcy sector and Wharf 30 in the Estuary sector (near the Bunge of Canada Ltd. silos). With their respective maximum capacities of 3,782 and 3,013 passengers, these two cruise liners alone account for the presence of nearly 13,000 people from now until their departure late Saturday afternoon. A total of nearly 15,000 passengers will be visiting Québec City this weekend.
“I am very pleased to see how popular Québec City is with cruise lines. The City of Québec and the tourism industry have a lot to offer visitors, so I am very optimistic about the years ahead. It’s already clear that next year will be an unprecedented cruise season for the Port of Québec,” said Québec Port Authority president and CEO Mario Girard.
Québec’s international cruise industry generates direct economic spinoffs of nearly $86 million, including $25 million in the Québec City area. Québec City is not only the leading port of call for cruise ships plying the waters of the St. Lawrence, it is also a destination port for a number of very large ships.
Coordinator, Communications and Public Relations
Québec Port Authority