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Cruise News.

Disney Magic Made a stop in Halifax Today. Disney added Halifax to their itinerary in 2013, but removed it for 2014. This is the only stop this year, and the vessel had originally intended to bypass us for St John’s Newfoundland.

Disney Magic is on a repositioning cruise from Florida to the Baltic. The Cruise left Port Canaveral, Florida on the 15th headed for New York; St Johns, Newfoundland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Oslo, Norway; and ending in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 29th.

In other news, Norwgian Gem ran aground on a reef off Bermuda yesterday. She was freed at high tied, and moved to Kings wharf in Bermuda. She is due in Halifax in September.

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Cruise Season Has Begun

Its snowing today, but in another sure sign of spring, the First Cruise ship of the season arrived at pier 22 today. Amadea Tied up at 7:30am. Built in 1991, She is owned by V-ships Leisure, Cruises for Phoenex Reisen.  

She is on a 138 Day round the world itinerary, having depared Nice France December 20, 2014. She proceeded through the medertainian to the Suez Canal, Through Indonesia, Down to Malaysia,  New Zealand, South America, Through the Panama Canal, and now working her way up the coast.

She arrived from Boston, and will stop in Sydney tomorrow, Sailing for St John’s NL, then over to Europe, ending in Hamburg May 7.

Regal Princess was to be the first cruise ship of the year on the 19th, However her itinerary was changed due to Enroute weather. This appears to have been a repositioning cruise, from  Fort Lauderdale to Europe, where she will sail an 11 Day Scandinavia & Russia route.

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2015 Cruise Schedule Announced

The 2015 cruise season at the Port of Halifax will begin on April 19, 2015 with the arrival of the Regal Princess.This will be the first call for the Regal Princess at the Port of Halifax and will be the first of eight inaugural calls during the 2015 season.

This year, the Port of Halifax is planning to welcome 146 cruise vessels carrying approximately 240-thousand passengers plus crew. This year also marks the 175th anniversary of Cunard’s first regularly scheduled transatlantic voyage.

On July 4, 1840, the RMS Britannia left port in Liverpool and made Halifax 12 days later. To celebrate the anniversary, flagship Queen Mary 2 will recreate that historic first crossing including a stop in Halifax, the hometown of Sir Samuel Cunard. “It is very important for us to include Halifax as part of the celebration of the original transatlantic crossing,” said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard, North America. “I think our visionary founder would be proud to see the ties between the line he created and his hometown are still holding strong after all these years.”

Other highlights in 2015 include:
• Eight inaugural calls
• Over 25 calls where properly equipped vessels will be able to access shore power
• Five visits from the Queen Mary 2 during the 2015 season. Her first call will be on July 10, 2015.
• October 1, 2015 will be the only five ship day
• October 16, 2015 will be the busiest passenger day with just over 10-thousand passengers expected plus crew.

View the schedule at http://cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/cruise-schedule/

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Hey, This isnt Bermuda.

Todays arrival of Explorer of the seas was the result of a weather related change in schedule. I had assumed this was the case when i discovered her arrival listed, but not appearing on the schedule. This led me to believe a trip to Newfoundland was adjusted due to weather.

Nope, todays arrival from New York brings passengers who were expecting to disembark in Bermuda. Bermudian Authorities requested the ship not dock there due to the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzolo, so the trip was re-routed to Halifax and Saint John.

Suffice it to say, the voyage is getting a chilly reception.

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4 cruise ships for the day.

(Above) Brilliance Of the Seas – one of Royal Caribiean Radiance-class vessels. She arrived from  Boston, sailing for Saint John (below)Grandeur of the Seas – a slightly smaller Vision Class vessel. She arrived from Saint John, and sails for Baltimore

(Above) Norwegian Dawn, Who I caught earlier in the year sailing out of Tampa Florida. Shes coming from Sydney, sailing for Saint John (Below) Crystal Serenity is the last arrival, and a first time caller in Halifax. She will be arriving from Saint John, sailing for Iles de la Madeleine. (Photo to Follow)

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Late Arriving Cruise ships today

Bad weather brought late arrivals for today’s 3 cruise ships.  All were scheduled to arrive before 0800, but will now tie up between 1100 and 1200. Norwegian Gem (Above) was first to arrive, Heading to Pier20. Veendam (Below) is next, bound for pier 22, and finally Regatta (Bottom) bound for Pier 23.

UPDATE:
Holland America Line Veendam will now be departing at 6pm
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Gem will now be departing at 7pm
Oceania Cruises Regatta will now be staying overnight departing tomorrow morning at 7am

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Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor is making its first stop in Halifax to my Knowledge.

She is a bit of an Infamous ship. first, she was a sister of the Costa Concordia, which sunk off italy, but was transfered to parent company carnival during construction. She also suffered from a fire in 2010.

On 8 November 2010, at approximately 06:00 Pacific time, on the second day of a voyage from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera, the ship experienced a fire in her engine room, cutting all electrical power. According to Carnival, a “crankcase split, and that’s what caused the fire”, adding it was isolated to the aft generator room.The fire was extinguished by the afternoon, and no one was injured. Nearly 4,500 passengers and crew members were on board at the time.

The crew was unable to restore power to the engines, and the ship was towed by tugboat to San Diego.Without power for air conditioning and refrigeration, passengers were fed rations delivered via U.S. Navyhelicopters from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Carnival Splendor arrived in San Diego under tow around sunrise on 11 November.

Photo to follow.
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