October 22, 2014
Rivages du Monde chooses the Port of Montréal as home port for the 2015 season
MONTRÉAL, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Rivages du Monde company, which specializes in unique cruises on one-of-a-kind vessels along the world's most beautiful seaways, has chosen Montréal as its home port for its cruise ship, the M/V Saint-Laurent Prestige for the entire 2015 season.
The company will offer future passengers a brand-new cruise on the St. Lawrence River that will allow them to discover the beauty of Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls, then go downriver past Trois-Rivières up to Québec. With this new offer, nearly 7,000 more passengers will leave from the Port of Montréal during the 2015 season.
"I am thrilled that the cruise offer on the St. Lawrence has become increasingly sophisticated and varied," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. "We are proud that Rivages du Monde has chosen Montréal as its home port, not only because it generates economic spin-offs and increases the city's visibility in France, but also because it offers a product that appeals to Québec clients."
The entirely revamped 4-star M/V Saint Laurent Prestige can accommodate 220 passengers. A 90-member crew is on hand to ensure that passengers enjoy an intimate cruise and attentive services.
"The itineraries offered by Rivages du Monde will attract a new market niche for clients seeking river cruises. This will allow us to diversify the demand for stopovers upstream of the St. Lawrence," said René Trépanier, Executive Director of the Cruise the Saint Lawrence Association.
Supported by Tourisme Québec, the Montréal Cruises Committee comprises the Montréal Port Authority and Tourisme Montréal, as well as six other associations and local organizations: Aéroports de Montréal, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation, the Casino de Montréal, the Société de développement commercial du Vieux-Montréal (Old Montréal business development corporation), the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal and the Ville de Montréal.
For more information on Montréal cruises, consult the Web site croisieresalamontreal.com.
The 2015 Rivages du Monde fleet: one-of-a-kind cruise ships
Since 2001, Rivages du Monde has been specializing in cruises on the world's most beautiful rivers and offers a series of unforgettable voyages aboard one-of-a-kind vessels. Comfortable and of human scale, their unique aesthetic is specially designed for the rivers they navigate, and provide passengers with a cozy haven while discovering remarkable destinations. Its originality lies in offering balanced cruises that allow passengers to discover other cultures through visits that are tailor-made to its program. Passengers can also benefit from other excursions and extensions to explore even more and open their cultural horizons.
About the Port of Montréal
Operated by the Montréal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montréal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, as well as liquid bulk and dry bulk goods. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world. The Port of Montréal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The Port operates a passenger terminal that welcomed 69,966 passengers and crew members in 2013. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms. For more information, go to www.port-montreal.com.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the "Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.
Comité croisières Montréal
For further information:
Pascale Gagnon, Tourisme Montréal, 514 346-3376, ;
Marie-Carole Ancelin-de La Chapelle, Arnaud Durand, MCA Communication, ,