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after a two-year absence, cruise ships return to Montreal

MONTREAL, May 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Saturday, May 7, 2022 will mark the long-awaited return of international cruises to Montreal. The arrival of the first cruise ship in over two years, theOcean Navigatorkicks off a new season that Tourisme Montréal and the Port of Montreal welcome with great enthusiasm.

45 ship visits planned for the 2022 season

Montreal, an essential destination on the Saint Laurentwill host 45 ship visits during the 2022 season. With 8 calls and 37 embarkation and disembarkation operations from 16 different ships belonging to one or another of the 13 cruise lines, these are between 38000 and 50,000 international passengers expected.

Several ships will return to Montreal in 2022, such as Holland-America Line’s Zaandamthe viking star of Viking Ocean Cruise and theInsignia ofOceania Cruise, just to name a few. Some will be visiting Montreal for the first time, such as Bellot and Dumont d’Urville the company PonantI’Ocean Explorer of Vantage Cruises or even theambience ofAmbassador Cruise Line.

Significant economic benefits for the metropolis

In 2019, the cruise sector generated nearly $30 million in economic spinoffs in Montreal and experienced stable growth over the years. Tourisme Montréal is pleased to be a partner in the return of this decisive sector and wishes to continue to position the city as a destination where it is possible to start and end your cruise thanks to our world-class facilities.

The Port of Montreal, a privileged destination and even more to come

Montreal stands out because it is one of 20 ports around the world to offer ships the possibility of connecting to electricity, in addition to being the only one on the Saint Laurent. The terminal also has a direct connection to the quay for the treatment of waste water, an important advantage for international ships. Started 5 years ago, the renovation of the Grand Quai is already bearing fruit, as the final phase begins with the construction of a 65-meter high observation tower which will be open to the public in 2023.

“We’ve been waiting for the return of cruises to Montreal for a long time! This is excellent news for Montreal, which will benefit from exceptional economic spinoffs, but also for tourists who will have the chance to visit our wonderful city. Thank you to all the partners for the cruise slot who have been able to make this season possible again. »

Yves Lalumière, President and CEO, Tourism Montreal

“After a two-year hiatus from the cruise industry in Montreal, we are particularly excited to welcome the first cruise passengers for the 2022 season. With its cultural and gastronomic effervescence, its many tourist attractions and its exceptional geographical location, Montreal is a extraordinary cruise destination! The Port of Montreal is delighted to be the welcome point for the many cruise passengers who will be returning to our beautiful city,”

Martin Imbleau, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

In regards to
from Montreal Cruises

Montreal Cruises brings together five other local associations and organizations around the Montreal Port Authority and Tourisme Montreal: Aéroports de Montréal, the Old Port of Montreal Corporation, the Old Montreal Business Development Corporation, the Association of of Greater Montreal and the City of Montreal. For more information on cruises in Montreal, visit the site croisieresmontreal.com.

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transhipment center that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized, liquid bulk and solid bulk. The only container port in Quebec, it is a destination port served by the largest shipping lines in the world. It is also an intermodal hub, whose service offer is unique in North America, which has its own rail network directly on the quays, connected to the two pan-Canadian rail networks. The MPA also operates a cruise terminal and a port interpretation centre.

The APM integrates the economic, social and environmental aspects into its business approaches. This commitment is framed in a sustainable development policy, whose guiding principles aim at involvement, cooperation and transparency. Port activity supports 19,000 jobs and generates economic spinoffs in the order of $2.6 billion per year.

About Tourism Montreal

Tourisme Montréal is a private, non-profit organization that has worked for 100 years to promote the city among world-class destinations in the various leisure and business tourism markets. As such, the organization oversees the deployment of innovative reception strategies geared towards a dual objective: ensuring a quality experience for visitors and maximizing the economic spinoffs of tourism in a harmonious manner and mindful of the long-term impacts for the city. Bringing together nearly 1,000 companies working directly or indirectly in the tourism industry, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal’s tourist offer, which leads it to speak out on economic development issues. , urban and cultural aspects of the metropolis. For more information, visit www.mtl.org.

SOURCE Tourism Montreal

For further information: Vincent Despins, 418 655-2424, [email protected]; Sources: Montreal Port Authority, Renée Larouche, Director of Communications, 514 531-2410, [email protected]; Tourisme Montréal, Manuela Goya, Vice-President, Destination Development and Public Affairs, [email protected]

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