Why go to Montreal?
Cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and wrought-iron fences will make you feel like you're in Europe
English is less widely spoken in Montreal than in other North American ports
Montreal is charming, offering a lovely blend of parks, museums and shopping
Montreal Cruise Port Facilities?
The cruise terminal is within walking distance of Old Montreal, the city's charming historic district, where you can shop at the Marche Bonsecours, enjoy lunch along Place Jacques-Cartier or simply soak up the atmosphere as you wander the cobblestone streets. Or you can stick around the Old Port area; the vibrant neighborhood there includes the quays of Old Port and an urban beach. Other nearby attractions include a science center, an IMAX theater and a clock tower you can climb for great views of the city. If you're feeling more adventurous, take a jet boat ride along the St. Lawrence River.
Good to Know?
As you would in any foreign place, be careful when carrying cash, wallets and purses, and leave unnecessary valuables stowed in your cabin safe.
On Foot: Once you get out of the immediate port area, Montreal is a very walkable city.
By Taxi: Line up at the dock. Major companies include Taxi Diamond (514-273-6331) and Taxi Coop (514-725-9885).
By Public Transportation: To get around the city like a resident, ride the sleek Metro, with its clearly marked signs. While you're waiting for your train, check out the colorful murals on the walls -- no two stations are alike. Both the metro and the public bus service are run by the Societe de Transport de Montreal (STM); the fares for either form of transport are very affordable, and packages are available. If you plan on traveling frequently, try a tourist pass, available for one day or three days.
By Car: Avis (800-879-2847), National (877-222-9058) and Alamo (514-875-9988) have agencies located downtown as well as at the airport.
By Bike: The city features nearly 400 miles of bike paths. Bikes can be rented from Montreal on Wheels, located a five-minute walk from the terminal.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The national currency is the Canadian dollar. Check www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for currency-conversion figures. ATMs are everywhere.
The official language is French, but most Montreal residents speak English and are generally helpful to visitors.