Québec City announced last week that it will be making a major investment for the construction of a second cruise terminal. The project, which is set to be completed by 2020, will allow the Port to accommodate ships with more than 4,000 passengers.
The Port will invest $10 million, the Government of Québec will contribute $15 million to the project, and the city will invest $5 million, according to the announcement on the Port website.
The new terminal will allow the port to welcome larger and newer ships and better service its cruise line partners, said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority.
Quebec will be the only turnaround part along the St. Lawrence that can accommodate ships of more than 4,000 passengers, making the cruise terminal a strategic investment for the future of the Canada/New England cruise itinerary.
Quebec, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site, has seen record deployment during the 2018 cruise season, with eight ships making inaugural calls to the city and Disney Cruises and Windstar Cruises sailing to the city for the first time.
Between 2010 and 2017, the number of visitors associated with international cruises (cruises and crew members) more than doubled for the Québec stopover, increasing from 133,546 to 270,118.