Depending on consumer response 40,000 to 50,000 will visit this great city.
Tourism in Canada is beginning to awaken now that Transport Canada has issued guidelines that many cruise lines feel are workable. The Port of Montreal has announced that they would welcome a variety of sized ships that should bring as many as 50,000 guests to the city.
According to Seatrade News, six cruise ships are booked to call Montréal for the first time: Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambience (2,000 passengers); Peace Boat's Zenith (1,800 passengers); Phoenix Reisen's Amera (900 passengers); Ponant's Le Bellot and Le Dumont d'Urville (180 passengers) and Vantage Cruises' Ocean Explorer (160 passengers).
None of those ships are from major brands that currently allow unvaccinated guests onboard. Transport Canada's new guidelines require all guests to be vaccinated. The port's explanation for the lack of large ships or major brands was that this season, the port saw a general trend toward smaller ships that offer more luxury and local excursion experiences.
Many of the ships calling on the port are sailing Great Lakes itineraries that include Montréal because of its strategic location on the St. Lawrence leading into the Great Lakes.