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QE II launched 50 years ago

Yesterday marked the 50 year anniversary of the launching of the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth II. Her final voyage and stop in Halifax Happened in the fall of 2008.

The last notes say that the ship is laid up in Port Rashid, with her lifeboats and davits removed. Managed by V ships, she has a captain and small crew.

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Sunday Cruise Ships.

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Norwegian Dawn Tied up at pier 22. Shes running a 7 Day 7-Day Canada & New England cruise from Boston and ending in Quebec. She then does the return trip.

A late arrival and departure yesterday was the Seven Seas Mariner. Shes on a Repositioning trip a 28 Nights trip from San Francisco to Montréal via the Panama Canal.

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Vintage Cruiser Marco Polo 

One of the last from the Golden age of transatlantic Liner service, The Marco Polo was built as Aleksandr Pushkin in East Germany in 1964 for the Soviet Baltic Shipping Company. She ran transatlantic service until 1980.

Her visit to Halifax is part of a 29 day cruise beginning in Glasgow, sailing to Montreal, and returning to Liverpool.

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AKADEMIK IOFFE for Maritimes and Arctic cruises.

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The Akademik Ioffe put into to pier 27 to ready for a maritimes cruise. As an adventure oriented cruise, the itinerary of the 9 night cruise begins and ends in Louisbourg, stopping at Sable Is, Magdalen Is, Ile Bonaventure (off the Gaspe) Anticosti Is, Gros Morne, Francois (nf) and St. Pierre et Miquelon. The trip runs July 16-25. The Ship will then spend August cruising in the arctic, with charter flights departing Ottawa, and returning to Edmonton.  – cruises cover Baffin Island, the North West Passage, and a Franklin themed cruise.

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Balmoral Passengers Contract Norovirus

Passengers aboard the Cruise Ship Balmoral have contracted the Norovirus. The Ship is Tied up in Saint John NB today, and is Due in Halifax Wednesday.

The ship is on a 34day transatlantic Cruise. It departed Southampton, England on April 16 and will stop in Ponta Delgada, Azores (20 Apr Early AM-Late PM); Hamilton, Bermuda (26 Apr Early AM-Late Night); St George, Bermuda (27 Apr Early AM-Early PM); Norfolk, Virginia (29 Apr Early PM-Late PM); Baltimore, Maryland (30 Apr Early AM); Baltimore, Maryland (01 May Late PM); New York City, New York (03 May Early AM); New York City, New York (04 May Late PM); Newport, Rhode Island (05 May Early AM-Late Night); Boston, Massachusetts (06 May Early PM); Boston, Massachusetts (07 May Late Night); Portland, Maine (08 May Early AM-Late PM); Saint John, New Brunswick (09 May Early AM-Late Night); Halifax, Nova Scotia (11 May Early AM-Late PM); St Johns, Newfoundland (13 May Early AM-Early PM); Cork, Ireland (18 May Early PM-Late Night); Southampton, England (20 May Early AM)

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Veendam Kicks of Cruise Season Tomorow.

Holland America Lines Veendam kicks off the Cruise season with her arrival at 8am tomorrow.

She will be a regular this year (As in years past) Stoping in every 2 weeks or so.

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