The Port of Halifax to welcome Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth in 2011

March 21, 2011 – HALIFAX, N.S – The Port of Halifax will welcome Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth this season along with 6 other inaugural calls by cruise vessels. The Queen Elizabeth is the newest luxury ocean liner by Cunard, and will be on her maiden voyage to Canada when she visits Halifax this season.

“The Port of Halifax has another promising cruise season ahead of us for 2011," said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development at the Halifax Port Authority. “We look forward to welcoming Queen Elizabeth this season as well as the other inaugural calls. The Cunard Line has a long history in Halifax, dating back to Samuel Cunard who founded the Cunard Line in 1839.” 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:
• 7 inaugural calls of new cruise ships calling the Port of Halifax for the first time
• 3 new cruise lines visiting the Port of Halifax
• Range of 230,000 – 240,000 passengers aboard approximately 126 vessels
• Destination Halifax has estimated that 8% of tourists to Nova Scotia are cruise passengers
• $50 million dollar economic impact for the region

The 2011 season kicks off on April 16th with the arrival of the Princess Danae. The 2011 cruise season runs until late October. The Port's full 2011 cruise schedule is now available at


For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril

Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority


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