Last week, the Port of Quebec launched its earliest international cruise season to date with the arrival of Hurtigruten’s MS Fram at the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal. The expedition vessel is the first of its kind to call at the port which has an expanding season and facilities to accommodate a variety of ship sizes and types.
“The Port of Quebec is thrilled to welcome so many new cruise lines this summer starting as early as May 2 with the MS Fram. Hurtigruten is a pioneer expedition ship company paving the way for an evolving cruise industry. Their vision is aligned with the strong commitment of the Port of Quebec in sustainability and we are fortunate that they chose Quebec city as their turnaround port,” said Mario Girard, president and CEO of the Quebec Port Authority, in press materials.
Hurtigruten operates a growing fleet of 16 ships exploring destinations around the world such as the Caribbean, Antarctica, South America, Canada, the Northwest Passage, Svalbard, Greenland and Norway. As with the rest of the Hurtigruten fleet, MS Fram is custom built for expedition cruises and also features Hurtigruten’s signature Expedition Team of hand-picked experts in a variety of fields that help guests have a deeper understanding of the areas the ship visits.
“As we are expanding our fleet, we are also expanding our number of destinations. Québec is not only a must-see destination in itself, it is the ideal gateway to areas such as St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes,” said John Downey, president for the Americas at Hurtigruten, in press materials.
Other ships making their maiden calls to Quebec in 2019 include Ponant’s Le Champlain, MSC Cruises’ MSC Meraviglia, Viking’s Viking Sun, Scenic’s Scenic Eclipse, Holland America Line’s Zaandam, and more.