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Queen Mary 2 in port today.

The Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 made her first appearance of the year today. She sails at 5pm, and will round Georges Island before heading out. The Cunard Line, was founded by Samuel Cunard, who was from halifax, and founding partner of the Halifax Steam Boat company, which operated a series of Horse and Steam powered ferries across the Harbour.

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Veendam – Second Cruise ship for the Second year.

 
This mornings arrival of the Veendam serves as notice that the cruise season is well under way. The Cruise Season began on Sunday with the arrival of Celebrity Cruises Infinity.

For the second year in a row, Veendam was the second vessel of the year to arrive. Today she must have thruster issues, as she took the tug Atlantic Willow to help her tie up at pier 31, despite the calm conditions. This is likely due to the work which is underway to configure the cruise terminal for shore power.

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2014 Cruise schedule released

The 2014 Halifax Cruise Schedule was released, and Begins on May 4th with the arrival of Celebrity Cruises’ Infinity, and ends Nov 15th with First time visitor Hamburg.

Additional inaugural calls of ships visiting  Halifax for the first time in 2014 include

  • Celebrity Infinity
  • Carnival Splendor
  • Seabourn Quest
  • Crystal Serenity
  • Royal Princess
  • Ruby Princess
  • Legend of the Seas
  • Insignia
  • Hamburg

Maasdam is back as a regular, though Carnival Glory has been replaced by the Carnival Splendor and only in the fall. Also of Note is the Arrival of the Pearl Mist in July, and Again in October. Pearl Mist you may remember was built at Halifax Shipyards, and then laid up in Shelburne over contract disputes. (See Posts Here)

The full schedule can be found at http://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/index.html

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    HRP Investigating Death Aboard the Eurodam

    Halifax Police are investigating a death aboard The EuroDam. A 59 year old woman was found dead. aboard the ship, though the death is not  considered suspicious at this time
    Police were called to the ship at 8:14 a.m.
    More to Follow. (Above File photo of Eurodam from last week)

    UPDATE 09/30: medical Examiner reveled she died of natural causes.

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    Silver Explorer at pier 23

    Operated by SilverSeas Cruises, Silver Explorer is a 1A ice-rated vessel. She carries up to 132 passengers in 66 cabins, and primarly sails polar expeditions during the polar summers.

    Silverseas cruises’ Silver Whisper (a Much larger vessel is a regular in Halifax, And was the first Cruise Ship of 2013), and an Appearance was made last year by Silver Cloud.

    Silver Explorer was last in Halifax in October 2011