Special Port Report
The latest from Quebec City, St. Maarten, and Grenada
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.