To meet the growing demand for Quebec City as a cruise destination, the Port of Quebec (Canada) now has a modern cruise ship terminal.
The official inauguration of Terminal 30 by President and CEO of the Quebec Port Authority, Mario Girard, was attended by Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport, Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and Montreal Region and MNA for Pointe-aux-Trembles; David Weiser, city councillor responsible for economic development and member of Quebec City’s executive committee; and other dignitaries.
The cruise ship terminal was built after consultation with the local cruise industry, which identified the need for a new terminal in order to improve the reception of cruisers in Quebec and ensure a high satisfaction rate. With the commissioning of the world-class facilities, the Port and Quebec City and Levis region solidified their position as a favorite destination among cruisers.
Designed to meet the needs of the community and cruise passengers, Terminal 30 can serve a number of purposes at once. During the off-season, it offers storage services for pleasure crafts and also hosts large-scale events like the Imagine Monet exhibition, which runs through September 5. It also served as a vaccination center for CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale.
Terminal 30 cost $31.9M to build, divided between the Government of Quebec ($15M), the City of Quebec ($5M), and the Port of Quebec ($11.9M).
As the number 1 destination for international cruises on St. Lawrence and the most popular destination for cruise tourists, Quebec City welcomes tens of thousands of travelers each season.
The unprecedented popularity generated exceptional exposure for Quebec City and economic benefits for the region. The world-class facilities will accommodate all types of cruise ships and are expected to enhance the customer experience. This will ensure the Port remains one of the world’s top embarkation/disembarkation destinations.
Terminal 30 in numbers:
- Boarding bridge span of 21 m from the waterline
- Can accommodate 2,500+ passengers at once
- Surface area of 9,447 m2
- Storage area of 4,500+ m2 or ~65 boats
The first ship is expected to arrive on August 4, carrying 3,140 passengers and 1,200 crew.