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The lat­est from Que­bec City, St. Maarten, and Gre­nada

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Steeped in his­tory, Québec City’s cob­ble­stone lanes, Euro­pean-style ar­chi­tec­ture, and friendly, French-speak­ing flair have charmed new­com­ers for cen­turies, but to­day the cap­i­tal of Québec is step­ping into the travel spot­light. The edi­tors of

Port­hole Cruise Mag­a­zine named Québec City the “Best Cana­dian Port” in the mag­a­zine’s 2018 Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Awards, while other me­dia have ranked Canada’s first Euro­pean set­tle­ment among the “must-see cities” of the year.

One rea­son cruise pas­sen­gers are so cap­ti­vated by the city is the easy ac­cess it of­fers to breath­tak­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and Old World charm. The Ross Gau­dreault Cruise Ter­mi­nal is just steps away from Old Québec, the only for­ti­fied city north of Mex­ico. Com­pact and walk­a­ble, this sto­ry­book district is a UNESCO World Her­itage site. Out­side its sto­ried walls, visi­tors dis­cover mod­ern French-speak­ing neigh­bor­hoods buzzing with in­no­va­tive restau­rants, art gal­leries, and invit­ing bou­tiques.

A Pas­sen­ger- Friendly Port

A new park called Place des Can­otiers opened in the Port of Québec in 2017. Built along the St. Lawrence River, the “Boaters Park” is one of the largest pub­lic spa­ces in the city and makes a daz­zling first im­pres­sion for cruise pas­sen­gers with its leafy spa­ces, art in­stal­la­tions, sky­line views, and re­minders of the city’s leg­endary mar­itime past.

More Fun Year- Round

The 2018 cruise sea­son will kick off in May and will run through Novem­ber. Sev­eral lines are adding ad­di­tional Canada/New Eng­land sail­ings this year with full days and overnights in Québec, giv­ing pas­sen­gers more time to im­merse them­selves in the city.

While jaw-drop­ping vi­sions of fall fo­liage will al­ways at­tract trav­el­ers to Québec, cou­ples, fam­i­lies, and solo trav­el­ers are en­joy­ing an abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties all year long. In 2018, visi­tors can par­take in 12 months of fes­tive events at the famed Château Fron­tenac, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 125th birthday. Mu­sic fes­ti­vals draw­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ent and col­or­ful street per­for­mances high­light the spring and sum­mer sea­sons, while the an­nual Québec Win­ter Car­ni­val fea­tures ice ca­noe races, snow slides, snow sculp­tures, skat­ing, and twin­kling night pa­rades.

Whether for a long week­end getaway, a pre- or post-cruise stay, a port call, or overnight stay, Québec is call­ing in 2018 and be­yond.

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