December 2, 2016
Excellent results for the 2016 season
The 2016 season at Baie-Comeau’s port came to a close with the visit of the biggest ship of the year, the Crystal Serenity. In total, Baie-Comeau Cruises welcomed 10 ships over nine days of operations. The cruise season ran from May 25 to October 19, 2016. A total of 7,070 cruise ship passengers and crew members stopped at Baie-Comeau during this period. And four different ships—the Pearl Mist, the Seabourn Quest, the Crystal Serenity, and the Amadea—made 10 port visits.
A season of firsts!
September 15 was a long-awaited day because it was the first time that Baie-Comeau Cruises handled two port visits at the same time. On that day, two separate operations had to be organized at the same time, and the challenge was handled marvelously.
Phoenix Reisen’s Amadea, with 432 cruise ship passengers and 312 crew members made its first visit to Baie-Comeau in 2016. It was our second time hosting German cruise ship passengers since the Albatros, owned by the same company, dropped by last year.
It was also the first time cruise ship passengers visited the Pointe-aux-Outardes nature park where they were able to walk the trails, visit the bird garden, meet Wabush, and taste bannock, a typical Aboriginal dish.
In 2016, cruise ship passengers who visited Baie Comeau came mainly from the United States (73%), Germany (10%), Canada (4%), and the United Kingdom (3%).Once again this year, tourist attractions and good weather played a part in the high disembarkation rate. Visitor feedback was extremely positive. A number of tourist attractions in the region attracted visitors, including the Franquelin Lumberjack Village, the Garden of the Glaciers, the Sea Shell Valley, the Sainte-Amélie and St-Andrews and St-Georges churches, Claude Bonneau Art Gallery, Le Manoir hotel, the Borale Soap Factory and the Jean-Lesage Manic 2 generating station.
Yet again this year, cruise ship passengers had a chance to appreciate local culture through musical performances by La Troupe Chaud Bizzz on the wharf and at Cruise Terminal. And on fall landing days, a sculpture and art exhibitions were hosted for cruise ship passengers to enjoy. Baie-Comeau Cruises repeated the employee familiarization tour of the city centre, in collaboration with various businesses. The goal is to inform cruise ship passengers and crew members of the products and services on offer to improve the experience in Baie-Comeau.
Baie Comeau Cruises is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and develop the tourist attractions and businesses of Baie-Comeau and the Manicouagan region and to operate an international cruise port to help raise Baie-Comeau’s profile in international markets.
Source: Karine Blais, Interim General Manager
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