Cruise ship season kicks off in celebrity style, over 130 boats coming to Halifax

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - The cruise ship season has begun in Halifax, and the city’s first vessel has some star power in its name.

The Celebrity Infinity cruise vessel docked in Halifax on Sunday at the start of cruise ship season.

The Celebrity Infinity cruise vessel arrived at the Port of Halifax on Sunday, the first of 137 planned for the year.

Each cruise vessel is expected to carry about 230 passengers and crew this season.

According to the Halifax Port Authority, the busiest day will be Oct.7, when about 9,200 passengers will visit the city. This will also be the only five-ship day of the season.

“We need to leave a lasting impression on our visitors so they come back and stay longer,” said Tourism Minister Michel Samson.

Highlights for the season include five visits from the Queen Mary 2, who will first arrive on June 11, and 10 inaugural calls.

The Royal Princess will visit for the first time on Sept. 25. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, christened the ship last June.

According to the Port Authority, the cruise industry in Halifax brings in about $50 million for the local economy.

Organizations: Halifax Port Authority, Queen Mary 2, Royal Princess

Geographic location: Halifax, Cambridge

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  • Karen
    May 05, 2014 - 07:53

    The only way anyone who is driving whether it be camping in an RV or towing a trailer or perhaps even renting a car,just will not be able to get to this part of Canada with the extremely high prices of gasoline that continues to spiral out of control. Travel and Tourism in the Atlantic provinces will continue to increase as time goes on if gas continues to rise. They talk about wanting tourism to be so great here but how can it happen with this going on??? Something has to be done to make this stop!!!! It is so far out of control even now!!!