Two port visits on September 15

BAIE-COMEAU, September 14, 2016: On Thursday, September 15 the cruise ships will be returning to Baie-Comeau.For the first time since 2006, two ships will visit the port on the same day, the Seabourn Quest and the Pearl Mist, for a total of just over 1,000 cruise passengers and crew members in one day. Both will return on other dates this fall.Other ships scheduled to visit this fall include theCrystal Serenity and theAmadea, on its inaugural stopover.

The cruise season officially began on May 25 with the arrival of thePearl Mist.This was the first time a ship visited Baie-Comeau that early.But most ships will be arriving over the next two months, for a total of 10 port visits this fall.More than 8,000 cruise passengers and crew members will stop at the port.The biggest ship of the season will be theCrystal Serenity, measuring 250 meters long and carrying 1,090 cruise passengers and 650 crew members.This passenger liner last sailed into Baie-Comeau in 2014 and is currently making a historic voyage in the Northwest Passage.The Crystal Serenity is the first ship with over 1,000 cruise passengers to cover this 32-day itinerary. The trip began in Alaska on August 16 before heading to the Canadian North and Canada’s east coast, and will finish at New York City on September 17.That means we’ll have another chance to welcome this magnificent ship to Baie-Comeau this season.The Germans are also back!German cruise company Phoenix Reisen is returning for a second consecutive year, this time with the Amadea, a new ship carrying 594 passengers and 292 crew members.

“After the summer tourist season, the arrival this fall of 8,500 cruise passengers and crew members is a boon for Baie-Comeau andthe Manicouagan region.We’re proud of thewarm welcome passengers receive at our businesses and tourist attractions, and of how our workers pull out all the stops to satisfy these international visitors.Thanks to these efforts, we welcome new cruise companies every year,and our reputation is growing,”notes Reina Savoie Jourdain, president of Baie-Comeau Cruises.

Cruise passengers will be stopping by a number of tourist attractions on tours booked as part of their cruises. These tours are organized in cooperation with regional partners and led by local guides.Tours give visitors from around the world an opportunity to explore our beautiful region and soak up the local culture.

Place La Salle tour

For the second year running, Baie-Comeau Cruises has organized a familiarization tour ofPlace La Salle businesses.Baie-Comeau Cruises reception staff and tour guides took the tour on Tuesday, September 13.They were introduced to the range of products and services available at Place La Salle so they can knowledgeably share them with cruise passengers and othertourists,as well as Baie-Comeau residents, and maximize economic spinoffs.The tour was once again a tremendous success.

Baie-Comeau Cruises is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and develop the tourist attractions and businesses of Baie-Comeau and the Manicouagan region and to operate an international cruise port to help raise Baie-Comeau’s profile in international markets.

The cruise schedule is available on the Baie-Comeau Cruises website at





Source:         Karine Blais, Interim General Manager

                     Baie-Comeau Cruises

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