Milestone Cruise Season in Halifax

November 5, 2009, Halifax, N.S – The Port of Halifax wraps up another busy cruise season today with the arrival of the Crystal Symphony, a Crystal Cruises vessel sailing from Montreal to Boston on her New England & Canada voyage.

The 2009 season was an exciting one, with 118 vessel calls and over 227,000 cruise visitors. The direct impact from cruise this season is estimated at $50 million from passenger, crew, and cruise line expenditures.

The Port of Halifax had 19 cruise lines call this season with the addition of two new lines in 2009 - Costa Cruise Line and Helios Shipping Cruise Line. Halifax also welcomed five new cruise vessels this season - Costa Atlantica, Queen Victoria, Clelia II, Balmoral and Tahitian Princess.

“2009 has been a milestone season,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development for the Halifax Port Authority, “this year we celebrated over two million cruise visitors to our port, welcomed the second largest ship ever built by the Cunard Line, Queen Victoria, and had a record breaking day on October 8th welcoming five vessels and 11,000 passengers.”


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Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060



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