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Halifax has another record-breaking cruise ship season

This year, vessels docked at the Port of Halifax 198 times, which is a 14 per cent increase compared to the 173 ships of 2017
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A cruise ship docked along the Halifax waterfront at sunrise (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

As expected, Halifax had another record cruise ship season in 2018.

This year, vessels docked at the Port of Halifax 198 times, which is a 14 per cent increase compared to the 173 ships of 2017.

In 2018, 316,869 passengers strolled along the waterfront, compared to the 292,722 guests who arrived last year, which is an 8 per cent increase.

"We would like to acknowledge and thank all the various groups and organizations who have worked hard to build and grow the cruise industry here in Halifax and across Atlantic Canada," said the Halifax Port Authority's associate vice president of strategy and innovation, Catherine McGrail in a news release.

"This includes the cruise lines, tour operators and providers, tourism agencies, cruise vendors, restaurant staff and owners, shopkeepers, gallery owners - it's an incredibly long list, and it shows just how many people are involved in the cruise industry here in Halifax and across Atlantic Canada."

The 2018 cruise ship season started on April 22 with the arrival of Hurtigruten's MS Fram, and wrapped up on November 6 when Silversea Cruises' Silver Wind departed Pier 23 at 6 p.m.




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