First ship, exhibition and big public celebration for Alexandra Pier and the new cruise terminal
“The MPA celebrated on June 10th the arrival of the MS
Maasdam, the first ship to dock at the Port of
Montreal’s new cruise terminal.”
Cruise ships that grace Montreal’s waterfront now have a new place to call home when they arrive in the city. The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) welcomed the first ship to its newly transformed cruise terminal on Alexandra Pier on June 10.
Holland America Line’s Maasdam arrived at the terminal at 7 a.m. Among those on hand to greet the captain and the 1,266 cruise guests were Verdun MNA Isabelle Melançon, the Government of Quebec representative for the occasion, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon.
“We are extremely proud of this significant project which represents an important milestone in the Port of Montreal’s modern history,” Ms. Vachon said. “This new terminal will enhance Montreal’s international position by providing an efficient, friendly and prestigious welcome to cruise guests from the four corners of the world, and all this in time for celebrations to mark the city’s 375th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Confederation!”
Work will continue through the summer to complete the development of all areas on Alexandra Pier. In particular, work will be carried out to complete the port interpretation centre, the green rooftop terrace, parking and the large public space that will enhance river access for the general public and visitors.
In addition to modernizing its facilities, the MPA has put together a cultural project by developing an exhibition that presents the rich history of the Port of Montreal and the pivotal role it has played in the socioeconomic development of Montreal, Quebec and Canada. The exhibition, entitled “History of Ships,” will be open to the public free of charge starting in July on the second floor of the cruise terminal.
In September, the general public will be invited to fully enjoy the new Alexandra Pier at a family-friendly grand opening celebration. Then, in 2019, an observation tower at one end of the cruise terminal will be inaugurated.