September 20, 2018
Québec City Announces its Second Annual Cruise Month
Based on the tremendous success of its first Cruise Month in 2017, Québec City is pleased to announce it will again host a month-long series of special events at the port through October 14, 2018. Each fall, Cruise Lines International Assocation (CLIA), the cruise industry’s trade association, and the cruising community come together to celebrate cruise vacations with Cruise Month events held around the globe.
Québec’s Cruise Month will celebrate continued growth of the region’s cruise industry. The Port of Québec, which was named one of the top three cruise ports in the world by Seatrade Cruise Global, had a record-breaking year in 2017 with a substantial increase in passengers, and numbers are expected to exceed those highs in 2018.
Cruise Month is the collaboration of the city government, tourism and port officials. A variety of events and activities are planned to showcase local businesses, arts, and culture of the historic, yet vibrant and dynamic, city of Québec. During this time, Disney Cruises and Windstar Cruises will make inaugural calls to the city. On September 21, Windstar’s 212-passenger yacht, Star Pride, will arrive, followed by the 2,713-passenger Disney Magic, which will make its first Canada-New England sailing on September 26, heralded by city-wide special festivities. Disney Magic will overnight in Québec and the Star Pride will spend a full day in port, affording passengers ample time to experience the city and Cruise Month activities.
This month-long celebration will afford cruise passengers the opportunity to discover new and exciting experiences in the city of Québec. The city districts will offer promotional opportunities for cruise visitors with an array of exciting cultural activities. including:
• Passages Insolites (June 28 to October 14) – Pop-up public art installations are displayed throughout the Old Port district, Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale.
• Journées de la Culture (September 28 – 30) - Complimentary access to top museums and activities. All over the province, nearly 10,000 artists, craftspeople and organizations will offer free activities for guests to discover the arts and culture
• Flavors Market in the Gardens of Quebec City's Hotel de Ville (September 27 - 30) Enjoy the flavors of fall at the Marché des Saveurs, in the beautiful setting of Old Québec and the gardens of the Town Hall. Visitors can meet local producers and try some Québec delicacies while taking a gourmet break. Fun festivities include lunching on German hotdogs and La Barberie microbrewery beer well as pretzels, cake and hot beverages at the German community booth, partaking in a workshop of DIY pumpkin carving or attending the theater of the Guignols.
Other recent special events for cruise passengers include the Night of the Galleries, where attendees strolled the beautiful streets of Quartier Petit Champlain and 35 art galleries and artisan’s shop stayed open late and 29 top restaurants provided elevated fare, and Cuisinez St-Roch, an outdoor food festival that showcased the diversity and originality of local and imported shops.
About the Port of Québec:
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Québec is an award-winning city and one of the highest-rated destinations in the world. The Port of Québec is a highlight of the Canada New England cruise itinerary. As one of the largest cruise ports in Canada, it welcomes many of the most renowned cruise lines in the world. The strategically located terminal in the center of Old-Québec can accommodate both transit calls and embarkation and disembarkation operations. The Québec Cruise Committee, comprised of port, government and tourism representatives, coordinates all cruise tourism promotion with the goal of increasing Québec City’s cruise business.
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Marie-Andrée Blanchet Québec Port Authority
Marie-Andree.Blanchet@portquebec.ca T 418.905.0808
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