Cruise season kicks off at the Port of Halifax

April 19, 2011 – HALIFAX, N.S. – The 2011 cruise season kicked off this past Saturday, April 16th, with the inaugural call of the Princess Danae. This is the first inaugural of the season. The Port of Halifax will welcome seven new cruise ships to the port over the next seven months.

“Halifax and the Atlantic region have been a popular destination and are well ranked in the spring, summer and fall," said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development at the Halifax Port Authority. "We are looking forward to another strong season locally.”

The Port of Halifax was recently awarded the Most Efficient Port Services award from Dream World Cruise Destinations magazine. “We congratulate all of the port service providers who work together to deliver a seamless cruise experience,” said McGrail. “The award recognizes the continued effort that everyone puts into developing the cruise industry in Halifax.”

The Port of Halifax cruise activity has a significant economic impact to the region, bringing approximately $50 million in passenger, crew, and cruise line spending each season. The 2011 cruise season lasts until late October.

Some highlights of the 2011 cruise season are:

• Range of 230,000 – 240,000 passengers aboard approximately 126 vessels
• 7 inaugural calls of new cruise ships calling the Port of Halifax for the first time
• $50 million dollar economic impact for the region
• Queen Elizabeth – maiden voyage – Halifax is one of her ports of call
• Destination Halifax has estimated that 8% of tourists to Nova Scotia are cruise passengers

Please find attached a photo of the Princess Danae at the Port of Halifax this past weekend.


For more information please contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060

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