When you think that cruise ships were almost non-existent twenty years ago having 261,216 passengers visit Halifax in 2010 is a great accomplishment. This equates to a 14.7% increase over 2009 and an abundance of revenue for Halifax businesses as well as employment.
Cornerstone of the Cruise Ship Business
Based on a collaborative marketing initiative by the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, Destination Halifax and the Halifax Port Authority it was found that 95 -97% of the visitors coming to Halifax, and Cape Breton, were from American ports. In fact the report goes on to say that “Halifax has become the cornerstone of the Atlantic Canadian and New England cruise itinerary.
What Do Cruise Passengers Do Here?
Pre-booked tours are a mainstay in the cruise ship business. In this category Peggy’s Cove is atop the list as well as hop-on hop-off city bus tours where cruise passengers can decide on their own pace. Some tours go to the Annapolis Valley and others gos as far south as Lunenburg.
2. Rides and City Tours
Horse and wagon rides are popular as well as city tours. There is even a Harbour Hopper, an amphibious vehicle that tours the city from the water.
Pier 21, where the cruise ships dock, is only about a mile from the major attractions and restaurants on the waterfront. For someone of average physical ability this is easily accomplished and there are tourism booths to hand maps and brochures detailing attractions.
Whether you take a cab or walk shopping on the prestigious Spring Garden Road or waterfront boutiques is close by