Port Of Québec Ends 2019 With Strong Visitor Numbers, New Terminal Underway
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
The Port of Québec concluded the 2019 cruise season with 236,715 cruise passengers visiting from 148 ships. The destination is a growing embark/debark port with 22 turnarounds in 2019.
Nine ships made inaugural visits, with first time calls from five cruise lines including Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, TUI, Scenic and Peace Boat.
New Terminal For Fall 2020
Looking to next year, the Port of Québec has begun construction of a second $30 million terminal set to launch in fall 2020.
The 100,000 square-foot facility will accommodate vessels up to 4,000 passengers and feature enhancements aimed at elevating the guest experience. The new facility will provide more space both inside the terminal for passenger flow and outside for ground transportation.
Located at Berth 30, the new terminal is close to the existing Ross Gaudreault Terminal, as well as to public transportation including Via Rail, spearheading the redevelopment of a former industrial area and creating an expanded Port District.
“The new terminal is a testament of the community’s commitment to the future success of the cruise destination and a high quality quest experience,” said Mario Girard, President and CEO of Port of Québec.
“The new development sets up Québec City for future growth which will provide economic benefits for the region while being conscious of its environmental responsibility and commitment to sustainable growth.”
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.