Halifax cruise port is a popular port of call on New England (Canada) cruises. The city is the capital Nova Scotia and it is located centrally around a busy harbour. The population is around 120 thousand people. Official languages are English and French. Halifax cruise port busiest cruising season is in the early fall but cruise ships call the port from the late spring (May) to late autumn (October). Halifax cruise port welcomes annually around 130 ships. The port is in the itineraries of major cruise lines including Celebrity, Carnival, Cunard, Crystal, Norwegian, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Princess.
Highlights: Maritime Museum, Hillside Citadel, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Halifax cruise terminal
Halifax cruise port has two dedicated terminals at the Cruise Pavilion Complex – Pavilion 22 and Pavilion 20. The principal cruise ship berths are Pier 22 and Pier 20. They are connected to the terminal buildings via hydraulic gangways that are covered.
In 2002, Halifax cruise port was awarded “Most Receptive Port” at Canada-New England Cruise Symposium Marketing Awards and “Best Port Welcome” by the Dreamworld Cruise Destination Magazine. The traditional greeting of passengers is bagpipes’ skirl performed by the 78th Highlanders.
Halifax is a popular port of call and it happens sometimes that more than two ships are in port. In that case, ships dock at the container port and the passengers are taken to the Cruise Pavilion Comlpex by shuttle buses. Walking around the container port in not recommended.
The terminal buildings of Halifax cruise port are renovated and offer amenities including tourist information, local merchants stalls (Canadian-themed souvenirs, arts and crafts) and phone.
In front of Halifax cruise port terminal (Pavilion 22) conveniently are located taxis and tour buses.
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.
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.
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.
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