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Montreal, November 16, 2022 — The first post-pandemic cruise season welcomed more than 50,000 passengers and crew, surpassing our spring forecast. This summer of recovery began on May 7 with the arrival of American Queen Voyages' Ocean Navigator and ended on October 31 with the departure of Oceania Cruises' Insignia.

In total, 16 ships from 13 different companies made 45 visits during the 2022 season. These figures include 9 port calls and 36 embarkation and disembarkation operations. Despite the pandemic-related health restrictions that marked the beginning of the season, the terminals welcomed 38,000 passengers and 13,000 crew members. Four ships visited Montréal for the first time: Ponant's Le Bellot and Le Dumont d'Urville, Vantage Cruise Line's Ocean Explorer and Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambience. These last two cruise lines have already announced their return next year.

A responsible destination  

Since 2017, the Port of Montréal has offered electrical shore power to cruise ships docked in its Grand Quay terminals. In response to increasing industry demand, no less than 14 ships could be connected next season.

Furthermore, Grand Quay terminals offer ships a direct connection to the quay to treat wastewater, a feature that 26 ships took advantage of this season.

Thanks to the Sustainable Destination program implemented by Tourisme Montréal, which aims, among other things, to offer passengers an eco-responsible tourism experience, Montréal was awarded first place in North America in the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2022, a world reference in sustainable tourism.

"After two years of absence, the cruise industry has made an encouraging return to Montréal. I would like to thank the cruise lines for their loyalty to the Port and to Montréal as a destination. Our teams have worked tirelessly to provide passengers and crew with a quality experience in this challenging time of recovery. With facilities offering responsible cruise industry solutions, the Port of Montréal is well positioned for the future," said Martin Imbeau, President and CEO of the Montréal Port Authority.

"It is with great satisfaction that we look back on this first post-pandemic cruise season. Montréal is a key destination on the St. Lawrence River; Tourisme Montréal is pleased to be a partner in this important sector which contributes significantly to our city's economy.  We want to continue to position Montréal as a choice destination and hope that next year, even more tourists will have the chance to visit our wonderful city," highlights Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

À propos du Port de Montréal

Exploité par l’Administration portuaire de Montréal (APM), le Port de Montréal est le 2e plus important port au Canada et un centre de transbordement diversifié qui traite tous les types de marchandises : conteneurisées et non conteneurisées, vrac liquide et vrac solide. Seul port à conteneurs au Québec, il est un port de destination desservi par les plus grandes lignes maritimes au monde. Il est également une plaque tournante intermodale, dont l’offre de service est unique en Amérique du Nord, qui possède son propre réseau de chemin de fer directement sur les quais, relié aux deux réseaux ferroviaires pancanadiens. L’APM exploite aussi un terminal de croisières et un centre d’interprétation portuaire.

L’APM intègre les volets économique, social et environnemental dans ses démarches d’entreprise. Cet engagement est encadré dans une politique de développement durable, dont les principes directeurs visent l’implication, la coopération et la transparence. L’activité portuaire soutient 19 000 emplois et génère des retombées économiques de l’ordre de 2,6 milliards de dollars par année.

About Montréal Cruises

Montréal Cruises is an umbrella organization comprised of the Montréal Port Authority and Tourisme Montréal as well as five other local associations and organizations: Aéroports de Montréal, the Old Port of Montréal Association, the SDC Old Montréal, the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal and the Ville de Montréal. For more information on cruises to Montréal, visit croisieresmontreal.com.

About Tourisme Montréal

Tourisme Montréal is a 100-year-old private, non-profit organization that works to position Montréal as an international-calibre leisure and business travel destination. To this end, the organization is piloting innovative hospitality strategies with a two-fold objective: ensuring that visitors enjoy a memorable experience and maximizing tourism economic spin-offs in a sustainable way with long-term impacts for the city. Uniting nearly 1,000 businesses and organizations working directly or indirectly in tourism, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal's tourism business, and makes recommendations on issues surrounding the city's economic, urban and cultural development. For more information, go to www.mtl.org.

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