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Record cruise season for Port of Halifax. Now if winter would just cooperate.

PortandTerminal.com, November 29, 2019

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – It is another record cruise season for the Port of Halifax. In 2019, Halifax received 324,828 guests on 179 vessel calls. This is a 2.2% increase in the number of cruise guests over 2018. The number of cruise vessels calling Halifax is down year-over-year which indicates the Port of Halifax is receiving larger cruise ships. 

Halifax’s tough winters mean that its cruise season is much shorter than other ports.

If you have never visited Halifax before then you definitely should. It is however recommended that you visit between the months of May to October to be sure of warmer weather. Winters in Atlantic Canada are notoriously snowy and cold.

Cruise ship visits to Halifax kick off in late April and wrap up early November giving the port about a 7-month window for cruise ships to call. The harbor doesn’t freeze though and cargo ships call on the port 12 months a year.

When you look at 2019’s cruise guest numbers of 325 thousand and then project them out over 12 months, that would give Halifax an annualized total number of visitors of about 550 thousand. If only the weather was warmer in the winter…

Halifax waterfront

“It has been another great year for the cruise industry in the Port of Halifax, and that is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the many partners involved,” said Catherine McGrail, Associate Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, Halifax Port Authority. “We are fortunate that we live in a beautiful part of the country that others want to visit and experience, but it’s through the ongoing efforts of the tour operators and providers, tourism agencies, restaurant staff and owners, shopkeepers and destination providers that people keep coming back based on positive experience and word of mouth.” 

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