A first at the Port of Montreal - The prestigious Royal Princess visits Montreal

    MONTREAL, Sept. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - About 7:00 a.m. Monday morning, the
Royal Princess cruise ship docked in Montreal, the final destination of its
first transatlantic sailing from Stockholm. To mark the occasion of this first
visit, the President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, Patrice M.
Pelletier, presented a lithograph to Captain Salvatore Lupo, the commanding
officer of this prestigious ship.
    The ceremony took place at the Iberville Passenger Terminal on Alexandra
Pier in the Port of Montreal, in the presence of Karen Deegan, President/Owner
of K D Marine, which represents Princess Cruises and Cunard Line in Montreal
and Newfoundland.
    The Port's President and CEO congratulated Captain Lupo. "Your route to
Montreal shows just how important a tourist and cultural attraction our
metropolis is for cruise lines on the St. Lawrence and the US East Coast. It
is an honour to welcome you here," he stated.
    Built in 2001 at naval shipyards in St. Nazaire, France, the Royal
Princess is owned and operated by Princess Cruises. On Monday evening, it will
set out for Quebec City, Ville Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney, Halifax, Saint
John, Portland, Boston, and New York.
    The Royal Princess is 181 meters long and 25.5 meters wide. It has
373 crew members and can carry 777 passengers. Registered in Bermuda, its
gross tonnage is 30,277.

    About the Montreal Port Authority

    The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) operates the world's largest inland
port. It is a leader among container ports, handling 26 million tonnes of
cargo annually. In 2007, the Port of Montreal handled a total of 1,363,021 TEU
(twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers. The MPA operates its own rail
network, providing direct access to berths, and is linked to two major
railways and a highway system. It also operates a grain terminal and a marine
passenger terminal. All other terminals are operated by private stevedoring
firms. Through its activities, the Port of Montreal generates 18,200 jobs and
$1.5 billion in economic spin-offs.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Paul Lejeune, Acting Director of
Communications, (514) 283-1489, Fax: (514) 283-0829, lejeunejp@pdminfo.ca,

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