(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)
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.
– 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
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.
The Small Cruise ship Pearl Mist is on her way to Halifax, having just departed Lunenburg. The vessel was built in 2009 by Halifax Shipyards, then Mired in a contract dispute, that was finally resolved last year, prompting pearl Seas Cruises to finally take delivery of the vessel.
you can Read all about the Saga of Pearl Mist here
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.
With Shore power installation occuring at the cruise terminals, Cruise ships are tieing up at pier 31.
Today’s arrival is Holland America Lines Veendam, on her second visit of the season.
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.
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
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
The cruise ship Yorktown returned today and tied up at Tall Ships Quay. She was last here on Sept 23.
(Above) Eurodam (Below) Seven Seas Navigator