May 6, 2013 – Halifax, N.S. – The 2013 cruise ship season in Nova Scotia is now underway with the morning arrival of the Veendam, a Holland America Lines vessel, and the Silver Whisper, a Silversea cruise ship, at the Port of Halifax. “We are very excited about the 2013 cruise ship season,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development for the Halifax Port Authority. “We have been working with our tourism partners to ensure our guests enjoy a wonderful experience here in Nova Scotia and that they leave wanting more.”
Throughout the 2013 cruise season, Halifax expects 133 vessels and approximately 240,000 passengers to visit between now and the end of October. The number of calls will build gradually over the summer months, gaining momentum in September as the fall foliage colours emerge. The busiest passenger day is expected to be October 8, with four ships arriving at the Halifax Seaport, carrying an estimated 8,700 passengers.
“Cruise ships and the visitors they bring to the province are an important part of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Not only do passengers visit our shops and restaurants when in port, they also become ambassadors for Nova Scotia when they go home and tell their friends and families about our wonderful province. We wish the Port of Halifax a successful cruise season, and look forward to welcoming many more visitors over the next few months.”
With the arrival of the Veendam, the Port of Halifax and Holland America Lines mark a significant milestone as this is the 20th year Holland America Lines vessels have been calling on Halifax. Each year, the Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million in direct spin-off expenditures for the local economy.
For more information, contact:
Halifax Port Authority
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Province of Nova Scotia
(902) 424-5836 (phone)