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Cruise: Halifax, Port Everglades

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Port of Halifax Anticipating Busiest Cruise Season Ever in 2017 

Cruise ships berthed along the Halifax waterfront
Photo/Halifax Port Authority

The Port of Halifax is expecting its busiest cruise season ever in 2017 with passengers and vessel calls at record levels. The season opens April 24 with the arrival of Phoenix Reisen’s 624-passenger capacity Amadea.

From April through October, the port is expecting 179 vessels calls and approximately 275,000 cruise guests, up from 136 calls and 238,217 passengers in 2016. 

For local tourism providers, planning for the upcoming season is well underway. "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."

Anticipated 2017 highlights: 
  • Six inaugural calls

  • More than 30 shore/ship power connections

  • Four visits by Queen Mary 2 and one by Disney Magic

  • October 3, projected to be the busiest passenger day with more 11,000 passengers plus crew

  • September 14, the only scheduled five-ship day
"We are very excited about the year ahead," said Cathy McGrail, PPM®, interim vice president, operations, for the 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."  

Pearl Seas Cruises Sails First Ship to Cuba from Port Everglades

Pearl Mist departing Port Everglades January 17 on its historic voyage to Cuba
Photo/Port Everglades
The first cruise ship to sail to Cuba from Port Everglades since the 1950s departed January 17 on a 10-day cultural voyage to Havana, Cienfuegos, Santiago, and other Cuban ports of call.

Pearl Seas Cruises has scheduled 11 cruises aboard the 210-passenger Pearl Mist from Port Everglades to Cuba through April 2017, with more to come in the 2017-18 cruise season.

We are thrilled to offer guests a comprehensive Cuba itinerary and appreciate the support that we have received from the Cuban government in making such an extensive itinerary possible," said company spokesman Timothy Beebe.

Pearl Seas Cruises operates cruises all over North America, focusing on providing an intimate experience and personalized service. Popular itineraries are the Canadian Maritimes, St. Lawrence Seaway, Great Lakes, and New England.

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