November 7, 2016
Montréal : urban delights
The cruise terminal at Montréal, like in many Saint Lawrence ports of call, is exceptionally well located in the heart of the Old Port, a stone’s throw from historic Old Montréal. Arrival into Montréal is spectacular and comes replete with phenomenal vistas of Old Montréal, the city centre and Mount Royal. Alexandra Quay, where the terminal is located, can accommodate two large ships and one smaller one on the same day. From the terminal, it is a short stroll — between 5 and 8 minutes — along cobblestone streets to the romantic heart of Old Montréal.
Beginning in May 2017, passengers and crew will be welcomed into an all new terminal featuring all requisite services to guarantee a memorable stay in port.
These services will include as follows:
- Travel information desk
- Lounge with free WiFi
- Baggage storage facilities
- Taxi stand
- Long term carpark (limited space, upon reservation only)
Nearby the terminal, passengers will enjoy access to all major car rental agencies, as well as stops for guided bus tours and the ground shuttle to Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.
The city is brimming with all manner of activities for all tastes. Aficionados of design, fine food, shopping and cultural festivals will delight in the breadth of choices on offer in Montréal.
Following is a shortlist of must see items for the upcoming season:
Exploring the Old Port
The Old Port of Montréal is much more than the city’s historic port area. It is, in fact, a vast playground for the entire family. The area, sandwiched between the riverfront and Old Montréal, extends more than 2 kilometres along the shores of the Saint Lawrence. Facilities include as follows:
- Clock Tower Beach, a popular location to relax and take in the surrounding urbanscape
- Montréal Science Centre featuring exhibitions for visitors of all ages
- Imax theatre
- Zipline for a bird’s eye view of the port and city
- Nordic spa
- Equipment rentals: electric-powered bicycles, Segways and more.
In anticipation of the 375th anniversary of Montréal in 2017, organizers are putting together an impressive program of festivities. Of the many special events planned for the occasion, we would be remiss were we not to mention Montréal AVUDO, a multimedia spectacular scheduled to run from May to early September in the Old Port nearby the cruise terminal. A poetic tribute to the Saint Lawrence throughout the years and the seasons, Montréal AVUDO will be staged free of charge some 100 times or so. Seats may also be booked at no charge.
Experiencing Old Montréal
A stroll through this historic quarter is a must if you are to experience the distinctive blend of European and North American influence. A number of alternatives are available to you depending on personal areas of interest: culinary, architectural, religious heritage or other. Guided tours are also available and can be tailored to your preferred means of transport: bicycle, walking, horse drawn carriage, etc.
No discovery tour of Old Montréal would be complete without a nighttime promenade through the streets and laneways of the old city. Cité Mémoire will transport visitors back to some twenty historic moments in time projected in various locations across the old city. Visitors will be invited to download a free application onto their mobile telephone or tablet to explore the different tableaux. The soundtrack and accompanying commentary will be available in a choice of four languages.
A number of other activities also on offer will enable visitors to discover the many varied attributes of Montréal. Consult the list of packages offered by your favourite cruise line or check out the offerings onsite.
Enjoy your visit!