November 22, 2013 – Halifax, NS – Over a quarter of a million people visited the Port of Halifax during the cruise season. This year, the Port of Halifax welcomed 134 vessel calls with 252,121 passengers onboard from May 6 to October 31, 2013. The biggest passenger day was October 8, 2013 with approximately 8,700 passengers. The Port of Halifax also recognized its longstanding relationship with Holland America Line by planting tulips in honour of Holland America Line’s 140th Anniversary and 20 years of calls at the Port.
“It was a fantastic cruise season this year,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority. “All of our partner agencies including vendors, tour operators and business owners really came together to provide our cruise guests with a wonderful experience during their time in our beautiful city and our province.”
“Cruise ship traffic is important for local tourism,” said Lynn Ledwidge, Director of Marketing for Destination Halifax. “When the vessels are in port, it’s good for our land touring companies, restaurants, museums, galleries, attractions and our retail community. The unique range of product offering in the Halifax region has earned this port of call marquee status in Atlantic Canada . We have an excellent product to offer, and every cruise passenger who comes through our city is viewed as a potential repeat visitor to Nova Scotia.”
Each year, the Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million in direct spin-off expenditures for the local economy. The 2014 cruise season will begin in May.