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Québec City Reports Record Cruise Year

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The Port of Québec has finished up another successful season with a record number of cruise visitors. This year, the port welcomed 230,940 visitors, a nearly 15 percent increase over the 200,000 that passed through the port in 2017.

The port also saw a record number of ships call in Québec City this year – 156 in total. 14 of those embarked and disembarked at the port. Eight ships made inaugural visits to the city, including Disney Magic in September.

Holland America’s Eurodam docked in Quebec City.

According to a April 2017 study conducted by Business Research & Economic Advisors, the economic impact of the industry is estimated at over $221 million for the province. The economic impact for Québec City is estimated at $106 million, including $73 million in cruise line spending and $30 million in passenger spending.

This month, Québec City received the Best Canada/New England Port Award from Porthole Cruise Magazine as part of its 20th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. In addition to that, the city was named Top-Rated US & Canada Destination by Cruise Critic, and ranked third on the site’s list of the World’s Most Popular Cruise Destinations.

Québec City has a goal of welcoming 400,000 passengers in one cruising season by 2025.

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