photo credit - Maxime Potvin

photo credit – Maxime Potvin

First impressions are everything, that includes arriving in port while cruising. The Port of Quebec did not disappoint, in fact, it left a lasting impression. I’ll never forget The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac coming into view. It was as if the Queen was waving us in.

In 2017, the Port of Quebec (one of the largest ports in Canada) hosted 34 ships from 24 different cruise lines carrying 202,081 visitors from around the world. Yet, the September day the Viking Sky was in port, (the 3rd day on our Eastern Seaboard itinerary) it never felt crowded or rushed. The cruise terminal is ideally located in the center of Old-Québec making it easily walkable.

Did you know that Québec’s Old Town is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico? It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site with no shortage of things to see, places to eat and experiences to be had.

Viking Cruises offers several excursions in Quebec City that range from helicopter tours that soar above the city to a guided tour exploring the cultural and historic sights of the city to a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride. Viking is “The Thinking Person’s Cruise® “designed for the curious traveler seeking rich cultural immersion. And, you’ll certainly find that here.

There are only 4 cruises on this itinerary during the height of leaf peeping season so book early and enjoy the beautiful coastal autumn weather. And while you’re in port, have some poutine for me!

Read Quebec City in One Day on Expedia’s Viewfinder blog.

What has been your most memorable cruise port?


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