February 23, 2015, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The 2015 cruise season at the Port of Halifax will begin on April 19, 2015 with the arrival of the Regal Princess. This will be the first call for the Regal Princess at the Port of Halifax and will be the first of eight inaugural calls during the 2015 season. “This is such an exciting way to start the 2015 cruise season in Halifax,” said Cathy McGrail, Director of Cruise and Corporate Communications for the Port of Halifax. “Not only is this a spectacular first-time call from one of our longstanding and valued cruise line partners, but this is also a vessel that is equipped to access shore power.”
This year, the Port of Halifax is planning to welcome 146 cruise vessels carrying approximately 240-thousand passengers plus crew. This year also marks the 175th anniversary of Cunard’s first regularly scheduled transatlantic voyage. On July 4, 1840, the RMS Britannia left port in Liverpool and made Halifax 12 days later. To celebrate the anniversary, flagship Queen Mary 2 will recreate that historic first crossing including a stop in Halifax, the hometown of Sir Samuel Cunard. “It is very important for us to include Halifax as part of the celebration of the original transatlantic crossing,” said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard, North America. “I think our visionary founder would be proud to see the ties between the line he created and his hometown are still holding strong after all these years.”
Other highlights in 2015 include:
- Eight inaugural calls
- Over 25 calls where properly equipped vessels will be able to access shore power
- Five visits from the Queen Mary 2 during the 2015 season. Her first call will be on July 10, 2015.
- October 1, 2015 will be the only five ship day
- October 16, 2015 will be the busiest passenger day with just over 10-thousand passengers expected plus crew.
“The cruise market is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s tourism industry and to our economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “Innovations like the new shore power system position Halifax as a key port of call. The strong 2015 cruise season will introduce thousands of new visitors to our incredible experiences and renowned hospitality, and encourage a return visit to Nova Scotia for a longer stay.”
A recent economic impact report released by the Halifax Port Authority found that cruise in Halifax is now worth an estimated $104.3 million in economic benefit for the local economy. This includes passenger spending on tourism-related activities as well as provisioning associated with cruise vessels. Halifax is a full-service port that is able to offer a full range of goods and services across the entire marine industry.
A complete vessel posting can be found at the Cruise Halifax website at https://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/cruise-schedule/.