Cruising in Montreal made a return this 12 months on Could 7 with the arrival of the primary cruise ship in two years. What adopted has been a really profitable cruise season for the port, with greater than 50,000 cruise passengers and crew visiting town.
Montreal Cruise Port Ends Season on a Excessive Notice
The return of cruises to Montreal this 12 months has confirmed profitable for the cruise port. Town welcomed greater than 50,000 guests throughout the cruise season. The primary ship, American Queen Voyages’ Ocean Navigator, arrived on Could 7, and the season concluded with the departure of Oceania Cruises’ Insignia on October 31.
In whole, 16 ships from 13 completely different firms made 45 visits throughout the 2022 season. These figures embody 9 port calls and 36 embarkation and disembarkation operations.
Regardless of the pandemic-related well being restrictions that marked the start of the season, the terminals welcomed 38,000 passengers and 13,000 crew members.
“After two years of absence, the cruise trade has made an encouraging return to Montréal. I want to thank the cruise strains for his or her loyalty to the Port and to Montréal as a vacation spot.“
“Our groups have labored tirelessly to supply passengers and crew with a top quality expertise on this difficult time of restoration. With amenities providing accountable cruise trade options, the Port of Montréal is nicely positioned for the long run,” stated Martin Imbeau, President and CEO of the Montréal Port Authority.
4 ships visited Montréal for the primary time: Ponant’s Le Bellot and Le Dumont d’Urville, Vantage Cruise Line’s Ocean Explorer, and Ambassador Cruise Line’s Atmosphere. These final two cruise strains have already introduced their return subsequent 12 months.
The port has been focussed on a sustainable operation, providing ships the chance to hook up with shore energy when in port. This provides ships the possibility to avoid wasting on gas prices and has the additional advantage of considerably decreasing the variety of emissions within the metropolis from cruise ships.
The sustainable operations within the cruise port go hand in hand with different initiatives from Tourisme Montréal, which endeavors to supply guests an eco-responsible tourism expertise, and has led to Montréal receiving first place in North America within the International Vacation spot Sustainability Index 2022, a world reference in sustainable tourism.
“It’s with nice satisfaction that we glance again on this primary post-pandemic cruise season. Montréal is a key vacation spot on the St. Lawrence River.”
“Tourisme Montréal is happy to be a associate on this vital sector which contributes considerably to our metropolis’s economic system. We wish to proceed to place Montréal as a alternative vacation spot and hope that subsequent 12 months, much more vacationers can have the possibility to go to our great metropolis,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
Cruises on the St. Larence River and the Nice Lakes are experiencing a substantial improve in curiosity. Subsequent 12 months, cruise ships from Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Viking, Regent Seven Seas, Windstar, Oceania Cruises, and extra will go to Montreal from Could by means of October.