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Port Quebec is one of Canada's all nine St Lawrence cruise ports of call - together with Montreal, Trois-Rivieres, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Gaspe, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Magdalen Islands. Quebec City is carved into the Cape Diamond cliff, at the confluence of two rivers (St Charles and Saint Lawrence) and is part of Canada's Quebec province. Despite two centuries of English rule, it remains fiercely French today. The city is surrounded by stone walls (the only American walled city north of Mexico) with massive ramparts dominated by the Citadel (fortress).
Among the best known tourist destinations are the Dufferin Terrace (promenade in Haute-Ville, overlooking St Lawrence River), Montmorency Falls (large waterfall on Montmorency River) and Ile d'Orleans (Island in St Lawrence River, approx 5 km / 3 mi east from downtown). Pupular buildings include Ursuline Convent (1641), Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church (1688), Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Church (1650), Anglican Cathedral (1793), National Battlefields Park (site of Battle of the Plains of Abraham aka Battle of Quebec in 1759 / during the Seven Years' War between France and England).
Quebec City cruise port
Season 2017 was the port's record year with handled a total of 201,000 cruise ship tourists (32% increase over 2016). Of all the 132 ship calls, 14 were turnarounds (roundtrips). The port also reported all 5 maiden visits from vessels of NCL Norwegian, Silversea, Viking Ocean and Compagnie du Ponant.
In May 2017 was inaugurated the theme park Place des Canotiers (building cost ISD 39 million). The new facility is located at Pier 22 (beside the cruise terminal).
Port Quebec (aka Port de Quebec) is an inland port in Quebec City, as well as Canada's oldest and province's 2nd largest (after Montreal). In the 19th century, it was among world's busiest ports and played a major role in both city's and country's development. Port's statistics for 1863 show 1600+ vessels handled, with nearly 25,000 crew.
Today, the port is connected with 300+ seaports in 60 countries in Asia, Europe, South America, Australia. The value of cargo shipping through Port Quebec is estimated at USD 20+ billion (statistics 2012). Current statistics show that the port handles annually 1400+ vessels. As deepwater port, it allows ships with max draft 15 m (49 ft) at low tide and provides the shortest connection from Europe to North America's Great Lakes region - continent's industrial and agricultural core.
Port Quebec creates 13,250 Canadian jobs, of which 8000+ (direct and indirect) in Quebec City. In the period 2007-2017, the seaport reported growth of 80,5%. The St Lawrence-Great Lakes market is estimated to have 110+ million consumers. In this region is concentrated over 40% of USA's manufacturing industry.
The port has an intermodal terminal, through which annually are handled an average 27 million tons of cargoes. By "Beauport 2020" (port development project, in 2019 renamed to "Laurentia") is planned wharf line extension of 610 m (2000 ft) with max draft 16 m (52 ft) at low tide. By the project will be also developed a land area (located behind the wharf) of around 17,5 hectares (175,000 m2) - the largest on St Lawrence River. The new terminal will be linked with the existing rail- and road networks.
In December 2017, Quebec Port Authority (QPA) announced its plan for building a new container terminal at the "Beauport 2020" site. The initiative is part of the port expansion project. The decision was based on multiple technical and commercial studies. The new terminal will create a major international hub housing logistics, distribution centers and various businesses. On May 28, 2019, QPA signed a long-term agreement for building and operation/management of the new container terminal Laurentia. The deal was signed with HPH (Hutchison Port Holdings) and CN (Canadien National).
- HPH (Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd) is a BVI-incorporated private company, subsidiary of the 2015-founded CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd - multinational headquartered in Hong Kong. Ranked among world’s largest, HPH's network in 2016 comprised 48 seaport operations in Asia, Australasia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, South and North America.
- CN (Canadian National Railway) is a 1918-founded, Montreal-headquartered and government-owned company. It is currently ranked Canada's largest freight railway (in terms of revenue and network size). It is also country's only transcontinental railway company (Nova Scotia to British Columbia) and serving both Canada and Midwestern-Southern USA.
- HSBC Holdings plc (British multinational financial holding, in 2018 ranked world's 7th-largest bank) acted as QPA’s financial advisor throughout the process.
The CAD 775 million (USD 575 million) Laurentia Terminal project will be financed primarily through joint investments (by QPA, HPH, CN) plus federal and provincial government financing. The new containership terminal will support hundreds of new local jobs. By this deal, HPH will build the cargo-handling facility, which will be North America's most technologically advanced cargo terminal.
In 2019, the cruise port handled a total of 236,715 tourists (passengers and crew) via 150 ship calls, of which 22 were homeporting (roundtrips). Maiden calls were made by large liners (Meraviglia, Mein Schiff 1, Zaandam) as well as by smaller-sized luxury ships (Fram, Scenic Eclipse, Le Champlain, Viking Sun, Oceania Riviera, Ocean Dream).
Quebec City cruise terminal
Port Quebec City's cruise ship terminal is named "Ross Gaudreault". The facility is located near Old City, along the neighbourhood Petit Champlain.
(NEW) Quebec City Cruise Terminal (Berth 30)
In August 2018, Port Quebec City announced its plans to build a second passenger terminal.
The new facility (at Berth 30) is scheduled for inauguration in 2020-Q3 and allows berthing to some of world's largest passenger ships with capacity 4000+. The project was budgeted CAD 30 million, of which CAD 10 million port investments, CAD 15 million Quebec Government contribution and CAD 5 million city investments.
Along with the new cruise terminal, by this project were purchased 2 gangways (mobile passenger bridges) and the existing Berth 30 was enhanced to support the new construction. The new terminal is sized ~9300 m2 (100,000 ft2) and makes Quebec City the Saint Lawrence River's only homeport with capacity to accommodate large passenger liners.
Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal
In April 2015 started construction works by the cruise ship terminal's overhaul project (total cost CAD 89,5 million). The project is for expanding and redesigning the existing terminal (at Pointe-a-Carcy) and also installing a new mobile terminal at Wharf 30 (Estuary sector).
Phase 1 (CAD 50,56 million) is for reconfiguring and expanding the existing Ross Gaudreault terminal area in order the facility to be able to accommodate even the world's largest cruise vessels (RCI's Oasis-class). Also, some security features were upgraded to "standard".
Phase 2 (CAD 5,26 million) is for linking two quays (21 and 22) for increasing operational flexibility (to accommodate more simultaneous cruise ship passengers).
Phase 3 (CAD 13,62 million) is for installing a new mobile terminal at wharf 30 (Estuary) to serve operations that the Ross Gaudreault can't.
Phase 4 (CAD 20 million) is for improvements of parking facilities, ISPS ("International Ship and Port Facility Security") standards, furniture, grounds, new equipment for cruise operations.
Next photo shows the old and new versions of the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal.
Next photo shows the new "Wharf 30 Cruise Terminal".
The redevelopment project resulted in doubling the terminal's passenger capacity (up to 400,000 passengers annually), improving the port's infrastructures and berthing capacity (by allowing bigger-sized vessels) and upgrading port's logistic services (embarkation/debarkation operations). As part of the project, a second cruise terminal will be also built and opened by 2025.
Taxis at the cruise port are available at fixed cost (CAD 34,25) per ride, covering the distance between the cruise terminal and the city's Jean Lesage airport: Public transportation includes the Bus 21 line around Old City (ticket cost CAD 3,50). WiFi Internet access is available at the Restaurant inside the cruise terminal. Baggage check service is between 7 am - 5 pm, and for disembarking passengers only (cost CAD 4 pp).
For ship boarding passengers is advisable to arrive at the port at least 2 hours prior departure. The list of travel documents required at the terminal includes: cruise ship ticket, boarding pass, ID, passport, plane tickets, baggage tags.
On October 1, 2017, Port Quebec officially inaugurated the new cruise dock "Quai Paquet" when at the new wharf berthed the Saga Cruises liner Saga Sapphire. The new quay is within the port territory and QPA-managed.
Port Quebec City 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 Quebec City, 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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