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VOL. 2 / No. 2 • march 2012

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Atelier - Photo BEAUPORTRAIT

All aboard for an unforgettable adventure

Yves Tessier

Summary • #1 Destination in Canada (Condé Nast)

• One of North America’s ten most walkable cities

• French charm in a bilingual setting

• Unrivalled convenience with the Port right in town

• Pre/post hotel packages • Romance – Québec City for every taste and budget has it! • History (Unesco • Fantastic shopping World Heritage treasure) • Nature at your doorstep

Set course for the World Heritage beauty of Québec City. From the cruise terminal in the heart of the old quarter, passengers step ashore into a safe and spectacular world of history and heritage – a unique combination of French culture, natural beauty, gourmet dining, great shopping, and legendary hospitality. With 23 scheduled cruises by 6 international cruise lines this fall, Québec City is where it’s at in 2012. All aboard!

Sébastien Larose


y 2012 Cruises

Pre/post packages

23 cruise ships and 6 international cruise lines, all coming to/leaving from Québec City in August, September, or October 2012: this is Québec City!

Give your clients the chance to experience more of Québec City’s magic—by extending their stay. Clarion Hotel


• 1 night of accommodation •A  merican buffet lunch • 1 Laurier Shopping Center gift card ($50 value)

Packages starting at for 2 people $

double occupancy 162 CA taxes extra

TRYP Québec PUR Hotel • Breakfast tryphotels.com

• City tour

Upon exiting the ruins, you end up on the Dufferin Terrace, a spacious boardwalk extending along the edge of the cliff and offering stunning views of the river. The terrace leads to the nearby Plains of Abraham, also known as Battlefields Park—the site of the famous battle of 1759 when the British took Québec City from France. The plush, hilly scenery dotted with ancient cannons is a perfect setting for a picnic. Right at the edge of the Plains is the Citadelle, a key element of the fortifications installed by the Canadian forces from 1821 to 1930 to prevent American invasions. Enjoy a guided tour and hear all about the fascinating military history of the site, including important conferences attended by Winston Churchill and F. D. Roosevelt, where the D-Day landings were planned.

Why I fell in love with Québec City

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“We travel all the time, and it’s one of my top five cities in the entire world.” ... “You step off the ship and immediately enter a world of endless history and charm.” ... “We walked everywhere, and there was something to see around every corner.” ... “I loved all the rich history, architecture, and European joie-de-vivre!” ... “With all the charming cobblestone streets, vibrant French culture, and delicious food, we felt like we’d been transported to Europe.” ... “There’s so much to see and do, we decided to take a few extra days to explore the city after our cruise.”

For more “historic moment” stories from passengers, visit quebecregion.com/cruises

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE/EURODAM New York City – Québec City – 2 departures: September 14 and October 4, 2012 – 10 days New York City, Newport, Gloucester, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Saguenay Fjord, Québec City Québec City – New York City – 1 departure: September 24, 2012 – 10 days Québec City, Saguenay Fjord, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Gloucester, Newport, New York City Québec City – Fort Lauderdale – 1 departure: October 14, 2012 – 13 days Québec City, Saguenay Fjord, Baie-Comeau, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, Fort Lauderdale PRINCESS CRUISES/emerald PRINCESS New York City – Québec City – 1 departure: September 26, 2012 – 10 days New York City, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John (NB), Halifax, Sydney, Corner Brook, Québec City Québec City – New York City – 2 departures: October 6 and October 16, 2012 – 10 days Québec City, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Saint John (NB),  Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport, New York City Québec City – Fort Lauderdale – 1 departure: October 26,  2012 – 12 days Québec City, Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport,  New York City, Charleston, Fort Lauderdale ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL/BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS Cape Liberty – Québec City – 1 departure: September 21, 2012 – 10 days Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Portland, Bar Harbor, Saint John (NB), Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Gaspé, Québec City Québec City - St. Pierre Miquelon - Québec City – 1 departure: October 1, 2012 – 11 days Québec City, Saguenay Fjord, Corner Brook, Halifax, Sydney,  St. Pierre Miquelon, Charlottetown, Québec City Québec City - St. Pierre Miquelon - Québec City – 1 departure: October 12, 2012 – 10 days Québec City, Saguenay Fjord, Corner Brook, Halifax, Sydney,  St. Pierre Miquelon, Charlottetown, Québec City Québec City - Cape Liberty – 1 departure: October 22, 2012 – 11 days Québec City, Gaspé, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Saint John (NB), Bar Harbor, Portland, Cape Liberty Cruise Port cruise dynamics international/yorktown Detroit - Québec City – 1 departure: August 25, 2012 – 8 days Detroit, Cleveland, Welland Canal, Thousand Islands, Montréal, Québec City Québec City - Detroit – 1 departure: September 1, 2012 – 8 days Québec City, Montréal, Thousand Islands, Welland Canal, Cleveland, Detroit Québec City – Portland – 1 departure: September 15, 2012 – 14 days Québec City, Matane, Gaspé, Charlottetown, Port Hawkesbury, Liscomb, Halifax, Lunenburg, Yarmouth, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Portland

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The appeal of this gorgeous city comes from its unrivalled accessibility: all of these unique sites are within a 20-minute walking radius. Take your time and visit them at your own pace or take part in one of the many guided tours!

Packages starting at for 2 people $

double occupancy 340 CA service included taxes extra

Hilton Québec hiltonquebec.com

per night, per room 349 CA double occupancy taxes and services extra

Château Laurier Québec hotelchateaulaurier.com

taxes extra

Québec City International Festival of Military Bands

A monumental work by Robert Lepage and Ex Machina. Discover the world’s largest architectural projection. A free outdoor happening you can’t miss! Make yourself comfortable and get ready to be entertained!

August 21 to 26, 2012 The fourteenth annual edition will gather orchestral military bands from Canada and around the world. The concerts, parades, and military Tattoo will be the highlights of the festival.

transat québec

July 14 to 22, 2012 At this premier maritime event, a fleet of colorful racing yachts descend on Québec City’s Old Port. The St. Lawrence is transformed into a speedway as these fleet craft set course for the other side of the vast Atlantic. SAQ New France Festival

August 1 to 5, 2012 Experience life as it was in New France during the French Regime in the 17th and 18th centuries. For five exciting days, over 700 artists and performers will breathe new life into historic Old Québec.

•A  merican buffet lunch • 2 tickets to the Museum of Civilization • L ate checkout at 2 p.m. at no extra charge, based on availability per night 245 CA double occupancy

The Image Mill

July 5 to 15, 2012 Picture a modern, yet historic city taken over by a music festival and 1.5 million festivalgoers. Twelve indoor and outdoor stages, venues where you can gather to celebrate and check out what's new from the lineup of international superstars and top local talent playing for a full 11 days!

•O  ne night in an executive suite •D  eluxe breakfast •A  ccess to the Executive Club with early evening cocktail (“5 à 7”) •T  wo tickets to the Museum of Civilization

Packages starting at for 2 people $

y Activities all summer long

Festival d’été de Québec

• F airmont room •B  reakfast for 2 people at Café de la Terrasse • 2 -hour city tour with Tours du Vieux-Québec

Packages starting at for 2 people $

Auberge Saint-Antoine saint-antoine.com

Back once more this summer, Cirque du Soleil® presents its outdoor show Les Chemins invisibles™ in Québec City’s Saint-Roch district. Plus, starting July 25, Cirque du Soleil will kick off its brand new show Amaluna under the Big Top in Québec City’s Old Port! Two magical events not to miss out on!

per night 309 CA double occupancy taxes extra

Palace Royal Hotel hotelsjaro.com

the bordeaux wine festival in québec city

September 6 to 9, 2012 Québec City will celebrate the wines of Bordeaux in the heart of Québec City's Old Port! Epicureans will be invited to discover a variety of vintages from the 50 participating vineyards that will be on site. GRAND PRIX cycliste de québec 2012

•B  reakfast for two people at Panache restaurant, service included •T  our of historic Auberge Saint-Antoine •T  ransportation to/from the Port • L ate checkout at 2 p.m., based on availability

Packages starting at for 2 people $

Cirque du Soleil

• 1 night in a hospitality suite • 1 breakfast per person, maximum value of $11 •C  ity tour for 2 people: Québec City, cradle of history with Tours du Vieux-Québec

Packages starting at for 2 people $

per night 219 CA double occupancy taxes extra

Rail Cruise and Manoir Victoria Hotel manoir-victoria.com

September 7, 2012 Come see the world’s best cyclists go head to head on the city’s historic streets in a breathtaking setting that showcases all the beauty of this sport. This event is a leg of the prestigious UCI WorldTour, which includes the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, and the Vuelta a España.

• 1 night of accommodation at the Manoir Victoria Hotel •R  eturn ticket onboard the Massif de Charlevoix train •B  reakfast onboard the train • F our-course gourmet dinner on the return trip

Packages starting at per person $

per night 362 CA double occupancy service included taxes extra

Sepia Hotel


Ville de Québec

A central place to start discovering the beauties of Québec City is the magnificent Château Frontenac. Perched at the top of Cape Diamond and overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the world’s most photographed hotel is known for its statuesque silhouette. Guided tours are also available for visitors to discover the stunning interiors of this legendary building. Looking at the unobscured view onto the river from Château Frontenac, it is no surprise that the residence and command centres of both the French and English governors—the Chateau and Fort St. Louis—stood at virtually the exact same spot for 200 years. Take a trip back in time and descend underground to visit the archaeological remains of these buildings, uncovered in excavations conducted from 2005 to 2008. Parks Canada organizes daily tours of the site.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

After exploring the fortresses and military history of Québec City, head to Lower Town—it's the perfect place for unwinding as you stroll through the streets lined with original architecture. Everything is within a few minutes’ walk and the area is packed with statues, boutiques, and magnificent murals depicting different stages of the city’s history. Also open for visitors are the Naval Museum of Québec and the Museum of Civilization, which offers various world-class exhibitions with an interactive approach—both just a few steps from the port. Cross the street and enter the site of the first permanent settlement in New France, Place Royale. Here you will find the ancient Notre Dame des Victoires Church. Place Royale blends into the historic and unique Quartier Petit Champlain – the oldest shopping district in North America. Enjoy the wide array of boutiques featuring hand-crafted goods and art, and relax in a cozy restaurant or bistro, where you can savor local delicacies.

Dominique Le Lann

Québec – The Fortified City

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As with most fortified cities, Québec City is divided into the walled city on top of the hill, Upper Town (Haute-Ville), and the ancient merchant area right next to the water, Lower Town (Basse-Ville). The two are connected by stairs and a funicular.

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H European charm

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE/NORWEGIAN DAWN Boston – Québec City – 3 departures: September 21, October 5 and October 19, 2012 – 7 days Boston, Portland, Halifax, Charlottetown, Gaspé, Saguenay Fjord, La Baie, Québec City Québec City – Boston – Québec City – 2 departures: September 28 and October 12, 2012 – 14 days Québec City, Corner Brook, Sydney, Halifax, Saint John (NB), Bar Harbor, Boston, Portland, Charlottetown, Gaspé, La Baie, Québec City Québec City – Tampa – 1 departure: October 26, 2012 – 16 days Québec City, Portland, Boston, New York, Norfolk, Baltimore, Charleston, Miami, Key West, Tampa

per night 269 CA double occupancy

History, art and architecture in Québec City

Yves Tessier

FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINES/BALMORAL Southampton – Québec City – 1  departure: September 5, 2012 – 14 days Southampton, Cobh (Cork), Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, Port Saguenay, Québec City Québec City – Southampton – 1 departure: September 19, 2012 – 14 days Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé, Saint John (NB), Southampton

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Packages starting at for 2 people $

•T  wo large-sized breakfasts at Le Galopin restaurant •C  omplimentary small bottle of sparkling wine and gourmet chocolates provided in the hotel room • F ree parking for up to 14 days •G  uided city tour for 2

Packages starting at for 2 people $

per night 179 CA double occupancy taxes extra

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H Québec’s worldwide recognition

f Direct Flights

Québec’s excellence as a destination is demonstrated by the numerous international awards it has collected in the past years. The Québec City area has been named best destination for culture and sightseeing in Canada by travelers who consult the website Trip Advisor. What’s more, according to travelers who use Trip Advisor, Québec City is the 7th most romantic destination in the world and the 4th best destination in Canada (2010 data). According to the November 2011 Condé Nast Traveler edition, Québec City was named the 6th best destination in the world, while holding the 3rd rank in North America and the top spot in Canada! This puts Québec City in the same league with Sydney (Australia), Florence (Italy), Charleston (United States), Cape Town (South Africa), and San Francisco (United States). Choosing Québec City as your destination port allows you to offer your passengers a unique experience where your cruise ship docks right in the heart of this UNESCO world heritage site. The convenience is unrivalled; the storied fortresses, fantastic shopping, and culinary adventures are all within walking distance from the port. Moreover, for nature lovers, great outings like hiking Mont Saint-Anne or exploring the pastoral Île D’Orleans are only 20 minutes away.

With over 350 direct flights every week, Québec City is the perfect place to start or end your cruise. The newly renovated Jean Lesage International Airport makes flying in and out a breeze. FROM PORT TO AIRPORT

Even transport to and from the airport is hassle-free in Québec City. A taxi costs around $35 and is a short 20–minute hop from downtown!

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Constance Lamoureux

PARKING at the terminal

If you’d rather drive to Québec City for your cruise, parking is available right at the terminal ($50–$75 per week). Reservation required: 418-694-3402

y The new cruise season is just around the corner... …and your clients are looking for something different, something exciting—a cruise that will go down in history. Get ready to answer their questions. Québec City is firmly established on the cruise ship circuit, and our passengers are your clients—a 2011 survey showed that over 70% of passengers embarking or disembarking from Québec City purchased their cruises through a travel agent.

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t Contact

Because your clients are our clients, we’re ready to give you a helping hand with your advertising needs—when you advertise an international cruise on the St. Lawrence leaving from or ending in Québec City, we’ll reimburse 50% of advertising costs. Some restrictions apply.

Julia Sulonen 418-681-9700, ext. 229

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