The 2019 cruise season has come to an end and the Port of Quebec and Quebec City Tourism are sharing the year-end results, showing increases in embarkation/disembarkation operations.
In 2019, the Port welcomed 236,715 visitors. It was the biggest year ever of the Port of Quebec in terms of logistics, with more than 22 embarkation and disembarkation operations.
Having welcomed more than 230,000 visitors last year, the Port of Quebec saw an increase in 2019. The 236,715 passengers and crew arrived on a total of 150 ships, 22 of which included embarkation/disembarkation operations, which is an increase of over 60% over last year. The Port also saw inaugural calls from 9 ships.
Construction is currently underway on the second cruise ship terminal at Berth 30, with opening scheduled for 2020 fall. The brand new, 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to accommodate vessels of up to 4,000 cruise passengers. The berth will incorporate a number of enhancements to the passenger experience.
The new facility is due to provide more space both inside the cruise terminal for passenger flow and outside for ground transportation. Situated at Berth 30, the brand new terminal is in proximity to Ross Gaudreault Terminal, as well as close to public transportation such as Via Rail, leading the renewed development of the former industrial area and creating an expanded Port District. The US$30 million-dollar project is funded by the Port along with the Provincial Government of Quebec and Quebec City.