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2010 Cruise Season kicks off with the Inaugural call of the Silver Spirit

April 27, 2010 – Halifax, N.S – The 2010 cruise season for the Port of Halifax kicks off today with the inaugural call of the Silver Spirit, a Silversea cruise line vessel. The Silver Spirit is a luxury cruise vessel with a total passenger capacity of 540. The Silver Spirit is one of nine inaugural calls that the Port of Halifax will have this season.
 
“The cruise industry has advanced significantly in Halifax, and we are pleased to mark 30 years this year of modern day cruising at the Port of Halifax,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development at the Halifax Port Authority. “We anticipate we will welcome over 240,000 cruise passengers onboard 130 vessels.”

The Port of Halifax cruise activity has a significant economic impact, bringing an estimated expenditure of $50 million from passenger, crew, and cruise lines each year to our local area
 
Some highlights from this year’s cruise season include:
9 inaugural calls of new cruise ships calling the Port of Halifax for the first time
2 new cruise lines bringing the total to 21 cruise lines that visit the Port of Halifax
Range of 240,000-250,000 passengers aboard approximately 130 vessels

The Silver Spirit will be visiting the Port of Halifax on day five of their 14 day voyage that originated in New York City and will finish in Southampton, United Kingdom. The Silver Spirit was commissioned in 2008, and embarked on her inaugural voyage in January of this year. The Silver Spirit is scheduled to dock at the Port of Halifax at approximately at 8am on April 27th, 2010.

The Port's full 2010 cruise schedule is available at www.cruisehalifax.ca

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For further information contact:
Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca
(902)426-1060


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