Port of Montreal’s cruise operations were singled out yet again by the prestigious magazine Cruise Insight. The port received the Best Turnaround Destination award on March 16, in parallel with the Seatrade Cruise Shipping international convention and trade show in Miami. This award recognizes cruise destinations around the world that offer disembarking and boarding passengers a superior welcome.
This is the fourth time that Port of Montreal has won this award (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015) and the eleventh recognition that the magazine has awarded it since 2008. It received the Most Efficient Port Services award in 2013, Most Responsive Port in 2012, Most Efficient Terminal Operator in 2011 and 2012 and Best Turnaround Port Operations in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
“This award confirms Montreal’s importance as a destination of choice for cruise passengers while drawing attention to the efforts of our personnel and our Montreal Cruise Committee partners, who are the keys to success in the steady expansion of the cruise market,” stated Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority.
Ms. Vachon thanked the shipping companies and all the workers involved in cruise operations in Montreal, without whom Port of Montreal could not have won this award.
Montreal’s cruise market has flourished in recent years, and continued growth is projected. In 2014, the port welcomed 71,044 passengers and crew members, a 2.1 per cent increase. The new cruise season, which starts May 7 and ends October 29, should break records with more than 90,000 passengers and crew members expected.