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Record Cruise Season for the Port of Halifax

Record Cruise Season for the Port of Halifax

Halifax, NS - November 28, 2008 - 2008 marked a record year for cruise in the Port of Halifax with 125 vessel calls and 228,000 passengers. The season began on April 14 with the arrival of the M/S Amadea, a luxury liner making its inaugural call at the Port. This was just one of the Port's eight inaugural calls this season, which included the Pacific Venus, the Prince Albert II, the Caribbean Princess, the MS Eurodaam, the AIDAaura, the Royal Princess and the National Geographic Explorer-a one-of-a-kind adventure-class vessel.

"This has truly been a banner year for the Port of Halifax and its partners" said Catherine McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development for Halifax Port Authority. "Cruise continues to deliver strong economic benefits to our region - this year the total economic impact was $25 million" added McGrail. The record-year also included a record day on October 3, when four cruise ships brought more than 9,700 individual cruise passengers to the city-a new record for Halifax.

The milestone season ended on November 3 with the departure of the Royal Princess. Halifax was the last port on the Atlantic coastline to berth a cruise ship this season.

The Port of Halifax is looking forward to the 2009 season, when Cunard Line's Queen Victoria will make her inaugural call to Halifax which will be one of the highlights for next year.

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