The news was welcomed by CSL (Cruise the Saint Lawrence), a partnership promoting and developing cruising to nine ports on Saint Lawrence River. Tony Boemi, Vice President-Growth and Development at the Port of Montréal and president of CSL, said the announcement represented a crucial step in efforts devoted to secure funding. As their Saint Lawrence ports of call pursued the ambitious goal of providing the best welcome, readers would understand that the cruise experience began and ended at one or other of their primary gateways to Saint Lawrence River, namely the ports of Montréal and Québec.
Plans were revealed for the Port of Québec to spend $35 million on improving ship greeting infrastructure to satisfy the demand of the increasing traffic. The Port of Montréal announced plans to spend $20 million on restoring both the marine passenger terminal and Alexandra Pier.
Destination Saint Lawrence includes 9 ports of call - Montréal, Québec, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Gaspésie, Havre Saint-Pierre and the Magdalen Islands. The mission of CSL is to position the Destination with cruise companies by coordinating development efforts and port of call attributes.
In 2015, Destination Saint Lawrence will welcome over 275,000 cruisers and 100,000 crew, more than double the 2008 number. Success of this order requires an upgrade to better provide for the ever-increasing traffic and enhance the overall cruise experience.