With 300+ scheduled cruise ship calls across the Canadian province, cruising in Nova Scotia is returning to growth.
Nova Scotia boasts the natural beauty of the coastal province and the hospitality of the tourism sector. The combined economic benefit associated with cruises in Halifax and Sydney is $225+ million, based on 2019 economic impact data.
A number of niche ports in Nova Scotia are looking forward to cruising in 2023 including Baddeck, Louisbourg, Lunenburg, Pictou, Shelburne, and Yarmouth.
The 2023 Nova Scotia season is scheduled to commence on April 22nd in Halifax with the arrival of the NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line's ship Norwegian Dawn.
The season is due to run until November 9th, 2023, when Silversea’s ship Silver Shadow departs Halifax.
The first ship in Sydney will be Holland America's ms Zaandam on April 25th, and the last one will be Oceania Insignia on November 5th.
Image: Port of Halifax (Nova Scotia Canada)
Port Halifax is expecting a total of 191 ship calls carrying ~325,000 cruise passengers, while Sydney is expecting 112 ships and 200,000+ guests. The numbers highlight the significance of the cruise industry and demonstrate the advantage of Nova Scotia as a seacoast tourism destination.