Montreal / Îles de la Madeleine Cruise The best way to connect with the Islands

Cancellation of the 2021 cruise season

With the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTMA had to take a difficult decision regarding the cruise season. Indeed, the season 2021 is unfortunately cancelled.


Itinerary & stopovers

Board our cruise ship and set sail for the beautiful Islands. Along your journey, you'll enjoy stopovers and discover the wonders of the sea, creating long-lasting memories. Discover our regular 8-day, 7 night itinerary. 

Possible Itinerary Change

Due to uncontrollable circumstances or in the event of a speed restriction for the protection of the right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Transport Canada’s regulation), here are the two itinerary plans for your classic cruise:

Plan A (no speed restriction in effect): as shown in the table.
Plan B (speed restriction or other reasons): Gaspé Peninsula stopover replaced by a cruise around Percé Rock (Wednesday) + a Quebec City stopover (Thursday).

The itinerary change may occur at any time!
Here’s how to stay informed:
 Online: “Before departure” tab at
 Telephone: Contact us at 1-888-986-3278
 Once aboard the ship, consult either the information screens or crew members

We assure you that your cruise experience will not be affected by the itinerary change, and we thank you for your understanding.

map itineraire regulier 2020

Friday / Day 1 : Boarding at the Port of Montréal

jour1After sailing past Old Montréal, you will see, in turn, Notre-Dame and Sainte-Hélène islands, the beautiful Berthier-Sorel archipelago, Trois-Rivières, the Basilica of Notre-Dame, Québec City and its impressive night lights around midnight. 

Departure of Montréal : 3:00 p.m

Saturday / Day 2 : Cruising on the St.Lawrence River

jour2You will sail from Tadoussac on the north bank of the river toward the south bank for a good view of the Gaspé coastline. The impressive windmill park, wich stretches all the way to Cap-Chat, will then come into view, followed by the rugged hills of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the Chics-Chocs Mountains, Forillon Park and the Bay of Gaspé. 


Sunday, Monday and Tuesday / Days  3, 4 and 5 : Stay-over on the Îles de la Madeleine

jour345After breakfast aboard the CTMA Vacancier, you can enjoy one of our packages*, or you will be invited to hit the road to explore the many pathways and treasures of the archipelago at your own pace.  

*Take advantage of packages or guided tours to explore the wonders of the Islands ($). 

Variability of arrival time on the Islands*
Departure of the Islands : Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.**

*We usually arrive on the Islands at around 9:30 a.m., but, due to speed restriction measures for the protection of the right whales, our arrival could be delayed until the afternoon.
**This departure time is for our classic cruises. For themed cruise departure times, please see the cruise calendar.

Wednesday / Day 6 : A stopover in Gaspésie and cruising on the St. Lawrence River

jour6During the morning, the ship will sail up the River along the splendid coastline of the Gaspé Peninsula. Then, the ship will stop at the port of Gaspé. This stopover will allow you to take advantage of a few hours to discover the region*. Packages or guided tours are available to discover Gaspé area and the Percé Rock. 

Arrival to Gaspé : 9:00 a.m
Departure of Gaspé : 4:00 p.m

Thursday / Day 7 : Sailing along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River

jour7This day spent sailing down the river offers you a special vantage point from which to discover Québec's shoreline. You might be able to spot whales near Tadoussac, and you'll enjoy beautiful views of Charlevoix, Côte-de-Beaupré, l'Île d'Orléans and Montmorency Falls - not to mention the breathtaking sight of Québec City and the Château Frontenac. 



Friday / Day 8 : Return to Montréal

jour8After an unforgettable week, the ship will dock at the port of Montréal in the morning. You will have breakfast (served between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m.) before you leave the ship. 


Arrival in Montréal : 7:00 a.m.



Times indicated are in local time.
Please note that this itinerary may be changed due to unavoidable circumstances without notice. 
If the speed limit is in effect, some stopovers may be modified or cancelled without notice.
The first departure from Montréal will take place on June 12, 2020.
The last departure from Montréal will take place on September 18, 2020. 



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