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Magdalen Islands cruise



Croisière Îles de la Madeleine - Départ de Montréal

  • Boarding of the CTMA Vacancier.
  • Check-in at reception: receive your cabin keys, boarding pass.
  • Get to know the ship: welcome cocktail and presentation of the chip's crew, tour of the outer decks and Salon Bar, etc.
  • Information on the cruise itinerary, safety measures and life vest demonstration in the Salon Bar, 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Departure from the Port of Montreal: 3:00 p.m. Atlantic Time.
  • Around 8:00 p.m.: sail past Trois-Rivières and the Laviolette bridge, change of pilots.
  • Around midnight: sail past Quebec City. Admire the night lights of the city!




Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine


  • Around 6:30 a.m.: sail past Tadoussac, near the whale gathering area, and disembarkation of pilots near Escoumins.
  • Around 2:00 p.m., observe the wind turbines of Cap-Chat.
  • Enjoy views of the rugged hills of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the Chic-Choc Mountains, the cliffs in Forillon National Park and Gaspé Bay.




Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine


  • Arrival at the Cap-aux-Meules port in the afternoon.
  • Reception and information session with the Autobus Les Sillons team.
  • Visit of La Fromagerie Au Pied de Vent cheese-making workshop in Pointe Basse.
  • Lunch at Accents Resto Bistro.
  • Tour of À l'Abri de la Tempête microbrewery with beer tasting.
  • Visit of La Belle Anse
  • Free time at Dune du Nord beach.
  • Dinner at Réfectoire du Vieux Couvent.
  • Return to the ship for a night in your cabin.




Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine


  • Breakfast on the ship.
  • Visit of Le Fumoir d'Antan smokehouse economuseum.
  • Scenic drive: chemin des Montants.
  • Free time on Dune du Sud beach.
  • Seal and lobster pâté tasting at Auberge La Salicorne.
  • Lunch at Auberge La Salicorne.
  • Visit of the Seal Interpretation Center and the Grande-Entrée port.
  • Visit and tasting at Le Barbocheux, winemaker and traditional bagosse artisan.
  • Dinner at Restaurant La Table des Roy.
  • Return to the ship for a night in your cabin.




Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine


  • Breakfast on the ship.
  • Tasting of local products at Gourmande de Nature workshop/boutique.
  • Free time at La Côte (main attractions: Le Flâneur tea room, fishing harbour, boutiques).
  • Lunch at Le Vent du Large.
  • Free time at La Grave historic site.
  • Visit of the Les Artisans du Sable economuseum.
  • Visit of the Site d'Autrefois cultural site.
  • Scenic drive: Bassin, L'Étangs des caps.
  • Dinner on board ship.




Roché Percé - Percé


  • Sail between Bonaventure Island and Rocher Percé.
  • Arrival in Gaspé around 8:00 a.m.; free time to explore the area. (Guided discovery tours of Gaspésie can be purchased on board on Tuesday evening).
  • Departure at 2:00 p.m.; you must be on board at 1:00 p.m..
  • The ship sails back into the river, following the magnificent coastline of the Gaspé Peninsula.




Brochette de Pétoncles et de Homard


  • The ship crosses the St. Lawrence to the north shore.
  • Sail past Tadoussac and the whale gathering area.
  • Admire the region of Charlevoix, Côte-de-Beaupré, Île d’Orléans and the Montmorency falls.
  • 1:00 p.m.: arrival in Quebec City; stopover to enjoy the charms of the Old Capital. (Guided discovery tours of Quebec City can be purchased on board on Wednesday evening).
  • Around 6:30 p.m., departure from Quebec City. You must be on board one hour prior to departure, i.e. 5:30 p.m. Atlantic Time.
  • Luggage: All passengers are asked to leave their luggage outside their cabin.




Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine - Navire


  • Around 6:00 a.m.: Arrival at the Port of Montreal.
  • Around 6:30 a.m.: Passengers disembark. Go to the gangway on Deck 6 with your boarding pass in hand. For your security, a shuttle service transports you to the terminal, where you collect your luggage.


from $2331

* The price per person (double occupancy) includes:

  • Cruise of 8 days and 7 nights on board the CTMA Vacancier between Montreal, Quebec City, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands.
  • All services available on board the CTMA Vacancier: restaurant, dining room, movie theater, exercice centre, children's play area, tour office, business centre, boutique and several bars and lounges.
  • 7 nights' accommodation on board the CTMA Vacancier.
  • Full board including 5 meals in Magdalen Islands restaurants (3 lunches and 2 dinners, includes transportation and tips).
  • All on-board meals while sailing (tipping is at your discretion).
  • On-board entertainment and activities.
  • 3 days of guided tours of Magdalen Islands producers and artisans with tasting of local specialties.
  • All taxes and port fees.

* June and September itineraries differ slightly from that presented above. The stay on the Islands is generally shorter at these times. 
* The "Child" price applies when the child shares a cabin with 2 adults.
* Children aged 4 and under travel free, but must pay for restaurant meals.


Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Season: First departure June 15 / Last departure Sept. 21, 2018
Departure: every Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Return: the following Friday at 6:00 a.m.
Location: Port of Montreal

Theme cruises for the 2018 season

  • June 15 to 22: Maritimes Delicacies
  • June 22 to 29: Wine & Gourmet Delights
  • Sept. 7 to 14*: Treasures of the St. Lawrence (2-day stay on the Islands (rather than 3) with stopover in La Baie/stopover in Quebec City)
  • Sept. 14 to 21*: Gourmet Quebec (stopovers in Baie-Comeau and Pointe-au-Pic)
  • Sept. 21 to 28*: Madelinot Immersion (with stopover in Havre Saint-Pierre/sailing in the Saguenay Fjord)

*Itinerary may differ slightly from the classic cruise.

Luggage policy: One main piece of luggage (22 kg max) and one piece of hand luggage (10 kg max) are allowed. Additional luggage fees apply for luggage exceeding the maximum limit. 




Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine -Cabinea FFInside cabin - FF (1.98m x 2.59m)
- Private bathroom with shower;
- Closet & hooks;
- 1 double bed (48")/2 single bunk beds;
- No storage under the bed.

Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine - Cabines GG
Outside cabin - GG (2.13m x 3.50m)
- Private bathroom with shower;
- Closet & hooks;
- Small space for baby playpen;
- 2 or 3 bunk beds;
- Storage space under the bed.









Reception Desk (Deck #6)
You must check in at the reception desk upon arrival to receive your cabin key and boarding pass. The friendly staff at the reception desk is available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide assistance if needed.

Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine - RestaurantRestaurant (Deck #6)
The menu is posted every day at the reception desk.

Dining Room (Deck #7)
The menu is posted every day at the reception desk.
- 1st sitting: 5:30 p.m.
- 2nd sitting: 8:00 p.m.
* The second sitting is offered only when necessary due to the number of passengers;
Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine - Salle à manger* It is important to respect meal seating times. Please verify your reservation time on your boarding pass;
* Drinks and wine are not included in your package;
* The Dining Room only offers tables for four. You will probably be seated with other passengers. If you are travelling with other passengers, please see the hostess together to facilitate seating arrangements;
* Business casual attire is recommended.

Lounge (Deck #7)
Espresso, cappuccino, draft, Canadian and imported beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, snacks and more…

Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine - ChansonnierSalon Bar (Deck #6)
Draft, Canadian and imported beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, snacks and more…

Boutique (Deck #6)
Clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, postcards, phone cards, newspapers, snacks and more…

Movie Theater (Deck #6)
The movie schedule is posted near the door of the movie theater and on the activities board outside the tour office. Movies are generally shown with French voice-over and English subtitles.

Massage (Deck #5)
Book your massage at the reception desk (AMOC-certified massage therapist) ($).

Beauty Salon (Deck #6)
Get your hair done or enjoy a body/face treatment during the cruise. Make an appointment at the reception desk ($).

Exercise Room (Deck #6)
Open 24/7 for your use. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Croisiere Iles de la Madeleine - Espace détenteReading Area (Deck #6)
Accessible 24/7, the reading area contains books, magazines, pamphlets and other reading material that you can peruse there or elsewhere on the ship. Please return them at the end of your cruise.

Tour Office (Deck #6)
The Tour Office team is at your disposal to provide all the information you need to make the most of your cruise:

- Embarkation and/or disembarkation instructions;
- Booking of guided tours and excursions;
- Tourist information about the different regions;
- On-board entertainment and activities schedule;
- Wheelhouse tour (subject to weather).

Displays outside the Tour Office provide information on the on-board entertainment and activities of the day, the towns and villages to watch out for, and a several-day weather forecast. The progress of the CTMA Vacancier can be followed on a video screen.


Internet ($)
The ship now offers Internet service. Work stations with Internet access are available in the lounge, and a Wi-Fi network is also available at several locations on the ship. Note that Internet service is payable on board.

The electrical outlets in your cabin provide a weaker AC current than you are used to. Please use a battery-powered alarm clock, or ask for wakeup service.

Iron / ironing board
Can be borrowed at the reception desk.

Only the portholes in cabins numbered 600 and over can be opened. Ask your cabin attendant for assistance.

Hair dryer
Can be borrowed at the reception desk.

Wakeup service
Wakeup service is available. Ask at the reception desk.

You will find televisions in the Salon Bar, the lounge, the exercise room and the restaurant.