Port of Montreal, Quays of the Old World, 333 De la Commune Street in Old Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2E2
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Montreal is a major port city in Canada's Quebec province and by population (around 1,7 million) is ranked country's 2nd largest city (after Toronto). As cruise port, Montreal handles over 100,000 passengers annually.
The city features a distinct 4-season climate, with cold and snowy winters and hot summers. Montreal is Canada's 2nd-largest economy and Quebec's largest by GDP. The city is a major centre of industry, commerce, finance, technology. Industries include electronics, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, software, printed goods, telecommunications, textile manufacturing, petrochemicals, tobacco, transportation, media (French-language TV productions, radio, movies, print publishing).
The city is best-known for its world-class productions in music, theatre, dance, visual arts. Local cultural life (particularly in the summer) is prompted by many festivals, the largest being Montreal International Jazz Festival (world's largest). St Joseph's Oratory (Canada's largest church) has world's second largest copper dome (after Rome's St Peter's Basilica). The Old Town features narrow cobblestone streets.
Port's cruising season runs from May through November. High-season is September-October when Canada's "Fall Foliage" cruises are scheduled. Port's statistics show that most cruise ship tourists are Americans (72%), followed by Australians (8,5%), Canadians (7,5%) and British (4,5%). The largest cruise ship in Montreal so far is AIDALuna (LOA length 251 m, passenger capacity 2500).
Port Montreal is one of all 9 St Lawrence cruise ports of call - together with Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Gaspe, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Magdalen Islands. In 2015, Port Montreal handled a total of 73 cruise ship visits, which was 29 more over 2014. These vessels brought over 92,000 passengers and crew to the city, which was a nearly 30% increase over 2014.
In 2016, when Montreal celebrated its 375th anniversary, the cruise port reported an increase of 28% (over 2015) in passenger shipping volumes. Another factor was the opening (in May) of the refurbished cruise terminal. In 2017, the port handled over 110,000 cruise passengers and reported a revenue of around USD 30 million in cruise-related operations.
In August 2017, Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announced the completion of its shorepower supply project (total cost USD 11 million). The new cruise terminal now offers shoreside power (electricity) for all berthed vessels. The first liner to connect was Holland America's MS Veendam. Project's first phase resulted in shore-side power supply for wintering ships only, while phase 2 was for cruise vessels. Port's all 4 shorepower stations were inaugurated in 2016 - at berths 25, 27, 29 and M2 (wintering vessels). Shore power allows docked ships to shut down completely their diesel engines, thus reducing bad emissions. Of project's USD 11 million, USD 5 million were contributed by the Canadian Government, USD 3 million by the Quebec Government and USD 3 million by MPA.
Based on its 2018 cruise schedule (berth bookings), the seaport announced a record year with expected ~130,000 tourists. This was a 14% increase over 2017's 52 ship calls and 114,000+ passengers. In 2018, the cruise port handled 101,504 passengers (10% over 2017) plus 25,383 crew (11,8% increase / 22,888 in 2017) to a total of 127,087 tourists (11% increase over 2017). In 2018, the port welcomed its 80,000th passenger of AIDA Cruises. Maiden calls were made by the liners AIDAvita, Star Pride, Silver Spirit, Victory II. The port handled 25 ship calls from 18 different cruise shipping companies.
Following the Canada-Europe free trade agreement CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), in 2018, Port Montreal also projected a record year for its cargo shipping traffic. This is Canada's second-largest cargo port (following only Port Metro Vancouver / handling over 1/2 of Canada's containerized cargoes). In January 2017 was opened the new containership terminal with annual capacity ~600,000 TEU-containers. Port Montreal is also Quebec's only container port. It is ranked Eastern Canada's largest (1,7+ million TEUs handled in 2018) providing the shortest direct lines between Europe and North America.
- There are plans for building of another (larger) container terminal (in Contrecoeur) with annual capacity 1,15 million TEUs, with completion by 2021-2022.
- In August 2019 CIB (Canada Infrastructure Bank) joined the Contrecoeur port development/expansion project by developing its financial structuring. The signed with MPA deal included designing, construction works, financing, as well as terminal's operation and maintenance.
In March 2019, Montreal Port Authority and LOGISTEC Corporation announced that Viau Terminal (annual capacity ~350,000 TEUs, operator Termont Montreal Inc) will be further expanded. This (second phase) follows Phase 1 which was completed in 2016. In 2018, for a 5th consecutive year, port's container shipping volume increased 9% (to ~1,7 million TEUs). When completed (in December 2020), Phase 2 will add annual capacity 250,000 TEUs, thus bringing Viau Terminal 's capacity to 600,000 TEUs and port's total TEU capacity to 2,1 million. Since January 2021, Viau Terminal will generate around 2500 jobs and contribute ~CAD 340 million to state's economy.
Montreal cruise terminal
Montreal cruise port terminal is located in Old Montreal on De la Commune Street. It is between the downtown Montreal and St Lawrence River.
Cruise ships in Montreal dock at Iberville Passenger Terminal. The cruise port is approx 20-min from the city's airport Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (formerly Montreal–Dorval International Airport). There are taxis available at the terminal, as well as offices of the car rental agencies Hertz, Avis, Nation.
Montreal is a really walk-able city. The major sightseeing are close to Montreal cruise port. For those who prefer there is a great public transportation system with bus service and metro. The other opportunity, typical for the city, is to rent a bike. There is a Montreal on Wheels office just in five minutes walking distance fron the cruise ship terminal.
Parking: at the Alexandra Pier costs USD 10 per day (rates for 6- to 8 consecutive days).
In 2015, Port Montreal invested USD 20 million in a restoration project for both Alexandra Pier and the marine passenger terminal.
(new) Montreal Cruise Terminal
Montreal Cruise Terminal (port's second passenger terminal) was inaugurated in May 2017. The first berthed vessel was Maasdam. The construction project cost USD 78 million, of which Quebec Government contributed 20 million, Montreal City 15 million and Montreal Port Authority 43 million.
The terminal has a direct grey-water connection and shore-to-ship power supply capabilities. This provides shoreside electrical power to berthed cruise vessels while the ship's main and auxiliary diesel engines are shut down. The shore power tecjnology reduces greenhouse gas emissions by over 2800 tons per year. The project was rolled out in 2 phases - firstly for wintering vessels and later for cruise vessels. In 2016, the port installed 4 shore power stations (berths 25, 27, 29, M2) where berthed vessels can connect to the city's power grid.
The new passenger terminal also serves as an event space on no-sihp days, thus generating revenue the whole year-round.
Montreal tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Montreal Biosphere: dates from 1967. It was built for the World’s Fair. Now, it houses an environmental museum.
- Montreal Skyline: take a tour along St. Lawrence River and explore the amazing mixture of the impressive architecture in the Old Montreal and the modern skyline.
- Smoked Meat: try the giant sandwiches with smoked meat at the famous Schwartz’s Deli eatery.
- Montreal Museums: the biggest one is Château Ramezay. You will discovery the local history for 500 years.
- River Surfing: St. Lawrence River offers a few spots with standing waves.
- Atwater Market: the best place to find and taste local baked goods, cheese and fresh fish.
- Bixi Public Bikes: in Montreal biking is a very popular way of transportation. This is the most successful system for renting a bike in the world.
- Montreal Street Art: you will find interesting kinds of street art, graffiti and murals in every neighborhood in the city.
- Centaur Theatre: located in Old Montreal. It was and Old Stock Exchange Building. Now you can enjoy plays in English.
- Montreal Poutine: typical for French Canada snack for the night. It is French fries with gravuy and cheese curds.
- Habitat 67: dates from the 1960s. It is an amazing housing complex built by Moshe Safdie, a famous architect.
- Street Musicians: almost everywhere trough Place des Arts area.
- Notre-Dame Basilica: dates from 1829. The massive cathedral is a famous landmark.
- Rue Saint-Paul: the oldest street in Montreal
Port Montreal cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Montreal, Quebec Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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