'We are very excited about the year ahead,' said Cathy McGrail, interim vp, operations, Halifax Port Authority. 'We look forward to working with our partners across the tourism industry as we welcome returning visitors and introduce new guests to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.'
From April 24 to Oct. 31, the Port of Halifax expects 179 cruise calls carrying approximately 275,000 passengers.
For local tourism providers, planning for the upcoming season progresses.
'Those of us fortunate enough to live here know how special our region is,' said Dennis Campbell, ceo, Ambassatours Gray Line. 'What drives us is the opportunity to share our attractions, our history and our culture with people from around the world. We’re looking forward to a busy season ahead.'
Highlights include six inaugural calls, more than 30 potential shore power connections, four visits by Queen Mary 2 (the first on June 13) and a Disney Magic call (Oct. 26).
Oct. 3 is likely to be the busiest passenger day with more than 11,000 passengers expected. Five cruise ships are due in on Sept. 14.