Saint Lawrence



Montréal is a major embarkation and disembarkation port. It is a starting point for the Canada / New England route, and the beginning and end point for travel to and from Europe, as well as to and from the Îles de la Madeleine. In 2013, Montréal had an exceptional cruise season with more than 53,000 passengers, an increase of nearly 10% compared to the previous year. For the first time, the cruise season was uninterrupted from May to October. The fall months remain the most popular, however, due to the colours that light up the trees in the region and offer a unique spectacle. For the 2015 season, a total of 97 cruise visits are scheduled for the Port of Montréal.

Cruise Season

May to October; some may also depart in November . Link To Port Schedule.

Time In Destination

Passengers embark or disembark; cruise lines also stop in Montréal for up to 15 hours. Opportunities exist for shore excursions and pre / post packages.

Average Onshore Spending

$171 person; this rate also includes hotel nights for pre / post packages plus activities, attractions and transportation

Snapshot Of Existing Shore Excursions

The Montréal cruise terminal is located just steps from historic Old Montréal, making it easy for visitors to immerse themselves in the city without venturing too far. The following packages and activities are popular amongst cruise passengers visiting Montréal.

Pre / Post Packages

  • Pre / post packages including a wide selection of hotels and activities
  • Popular pre / post itineraries involve cuisine, culture including entertainment, spa visits

Activities / Attractions

  • Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History – has some Indigenous content
  • Montréal Botanical Garden – showcases First Nations culture through botanical traditions
  • Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Casino de Montréal
  • Montréal Tower
  • Biodôme

Opportunities For Indigenous Experiences

The Multination Native celebration in Montréal becomes the beating heart of an international event, transforming Montréal into the capital of the First Cultures of the Americas. The festival runs in late July for one week. Although this is not a specific paid cruise excursion, undoubtedly some cruise passengers visiting Montréal will join this event.

Opportunities for product development are with pre / post packages and shore excursions.

  • Traditional food experiences
  • Cultural events and festivals coinciding with high season of cruise ship arrivals – September and October
  • Experiences that include: storytelling, guided walking tours
  • Cultural dance performances upon arrival of cruise lines
  • Onboard cultural ambassadors for certain lengths of cruises

Industry partners that can help develop experiences for cruise lines in your region

Tourism Montréal

Nathalie Gaudet – Project Manager, Montréal Cruise Committee

Québec Aboriginal Tourism

Eric Duchesneau – Project Officer