Halifax is a major port city and among Canada's most popular cruise ports of call on itineraries from the USA to New England. The city is also the capital of the Canadian province Nova Scotia (NS) - one of the "Canadian Maritimes" provinces, together with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
The city's population is around 320,000 (metro over 400,000). Traditionally for Canada, official languages are English and French. The city is Halifax is among Canada's largest economic centres on the Atlantic Coast. Among its major employers / companies are the Port of Halifax, Halifax Shipyard, Department of National Defence, the universities of Dalhousie and St Mary's. The city's main resource industries are commercial fishing, agriculture, mining, forestry, natural gas extraction, also tourism. As premier Canadian tourist destination, the city attracts over 1,2 million visitors a year.
The port is officially known as Halifax Harbour. Port of Halifax generates over 11,800 local jobs and contributes over USD 1,6 billion to the country's economy. Vessels of the world's largest cargo shipping companies visit the port, connecting it to over 150 different countries.
- Cruising season from late Spring (May) to late Fall (October). As cruise port, Halifax handles around 130 ship calls annually.
- Vessels from the fleets of all major cruise lines visit the port with round-trip departures from ports on the US East Coast (mainly out of NYC New York and Boston MA).
- In 2002, the cruise port was awarded twice - as “Most Receptive Port” (at the Canada-New England Cruise Symposium Marketing Awards) and as “Best Port Welcome” (by Dreamworld Cruise Destination Magazine). The traditional cruise passenger greeting is bagpipes’ skirl - live performance by the 78th Highlanders Regiment of Foot.
- Statistics on season 2014 reveled that cruising industry's local economic impact is USD 104,3 million. This included tourist money spend in local shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, as well as the money from resupplying berthing cruise vessels. Locally provided supplies include wines, seafood, bathroom items.
- The port's 2015 statistical data showed a total number of ship calls 141, bringing to the city a total of 222,309 cruise tourists.
- The cruise port's 2016 season statistics showed a total of 238,217 passengers and 136 ship calls. The busiest was October 11, 2016 - a 5-ship day. The increase in passenger volume was around 7% over 2015.
- The cruise port's 2017 statistics (based on ship bookings) showed in the period April 24 - October 31, a total of 179 ship calls and approx 275,000 passengers. In Jan 2018, the port reported a record 2017 year in both ship calls (173) and passengers (292,722). Season 2017 featured 6 maiden port calls, over 30 shore-power connections, 4 visits by Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2 (maiden call on June 13), Disney Magic (1 call on October 26). The busiest day (Sept 14 ) was a 5-ship day, with disembarked over 11,000 passengers plus crew.
- Season 2018 (April 22 through November 6) started with MS Fram (Hurtigruten). The port had scheduled 200 ship calls and around 300,000 passengers. Among the season's highlights were 10 maiden ship calls (including NCL's Norwegian Bliss on April 30) and 3 Disney Magic visits (September 17, 22, October 2). Port's busiest day was October 9 - a 5-ship day with over 11,000 passengers.
In January 2018, as containership port, Halifax reported a record year with containerized cargo shipping volume 559,242 TEUs (containers), or 16% increase over 2016. The port's previous record was in 2005 (550,462 TEUs). The non-containerized cargo volume was 371,913 tons3. Port's total cargo tonnage in 2017 was 5,010735 million tons3 (or 12% increase over 2016). The cruise port's stats showed 173 ship (27% increase over 2016) and 292,722 passengers (23% increase).
Highlights: Maritime Museum, Hillside Citadel, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Halifax cruise terminal
Port Halifax has 2 dedicated cruise ship terminals. Both are part of the Cruise Pavilion Complex, and are named "Pavilion 22" and "Pavilion 20", with their principal cruise berths, respectively, Pier 22 and Pier 20. Both piers are connected to their terminal buildings via hydraulic gangways (covered passenger bridges).
When the port is visited by more than two cruise ships, additional ships dock at the container port and their passengers are transported to the Cruise Pavilion Comlpex by complimentary shuttle buses.
The port's cruise terminal buildings are regularly renovated and offer as amenities tourist information, local merchants stalls (Canadian-themed souvenirs, hand-made arts and crafts), phone, Wi-Fi Internet, restrooms. In front the Pavilion 22 cruise terminal there is a taxi rank with available taxis and tour buses.
The seaport's waterfront area features the Halifax Harbourwalk. This boardwalk has length of approx 3 km (1,9 ml) and is among the city's best known attractions. As there are many wharves along the boardwalk, many mid-sized cruise ships often are docked here. At the boardwalk are located the Halifax Transit ferry terminal, numerous shops, historic and office buildings, also Casino Nova Scotia.
Halifax tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Halifax Harbour: the most popular way to explore the harbour is the Murphy’s signature Harbour Hopper tour.
- Canadian Museum of Immigration: located at Pier 21, a National Historic Site. It is the only national museum in Atlantic Canada.
- The Living Halifax Citadel: National Historic Site. The Citadel was built in the period 1828-1856. The naval station is in the middle of the city and has the shape of a star. You can explore the museum alone or join costumed animators for a guided tour.
- Alexander Keith’s Brewery: India Pale Ale is one of the world’s oldest beers. It’s been produced since 1820 and is know as the unofficial brew of Nova Scotia. Tour the brewery and taste the original ale at Keith’s Brewery.
- Public Gardens: one of the formal Victorian Public Gardens is located next to the Spring Garden Road’s shops and spread over 17 acres. The gardens are beautiful city centerpiece with their amazing rare flowers and tree. There are also historic statuary and fountains. You can also enjoy free performances.
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: discover the legend of Titanic in the interactive exhibit.
Port Halifax cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|22 April, 2018|
|MS Fram||At Sea|
|23 April, 2018|
|MS Fram||At Sea|
|26 April, 2018|
|Artania||14:00||20:00||St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada|
|30 April, 2018|
|Norwegian Bliss||08:00||18:00||Miami, Florida|
|30 April, 2018|
|ms Veendam||09:00||18:00||Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada|
The Halifax cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
If you lose the Halifax location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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