April 24, 2024

Canadian St. Lawrence cruise ports bustling

Record season underway this year for Saint Lawrence ports.

Cruising on the Saint Lawrence River and Seaway is finally coming into its own, with several ports along the waterway projecting record seasons this year.

The Port of Montréal expects to welcome 71,000 passengers this year — an increase of 27 percent over 2014 — from 77 cruise ships. The Port of Québec broke its own record for the third consecutive year in 2014, with 180,836 passengers on 109 ship calls, but is expecting greater numbers this year with 125 scheduled visits.

And Escale Gaspésie, a non-profit organization that represents the towns of Gaspé, Percé and Chandler, expects a record 30 calls and 20,912 passengers this year.

The cruise season got underway earlier this month and will runthrough October or November. The autumn months continue to be busier in the region, which has a reputation as a fall foliage destination, but it is noteworthy that more ships are visiting in the spring and summer. It is, after all, a stunningly beautiful destination, one that cruise lines and travelers are discovering as an attractive alternative to traditional summer itineraries in Alaska or Europe, particularly for repeat cruisers.

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