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Maasdam is back as a regular, though Carnival Glory has been replaced by the Carnival Splendor and only in the fall.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
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.
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
Today brings 3 Vessels; RCCL’s Brilliance of the Seas and her sister Grandeur of the Seas (Above) as well as Norwegian Dawn. Departures are scheduled for (x2) 1700 and 1900
Norwegian Cruise lines Norwegian Gem arrived this morning, and backed into pier 22. (Above) She was last here Last week, Also at pier 22, though tied up Port side to (Below, Coming off the pier)
Today Also Brought Visits By Veendam and Emerald Princess
The Smallest Cruise ship to regularly stop in Halifax, Yorktown is here for the morning. After dischargeing her passengers, she will likely re-supply and refuel, and then be off (Currently scheduled for 1330 today)
Yorktown Spent the summer cruising the great lakes, Spends the Fall on the Atlantic Coast, and then cruises the Caribbean in winter.
(Above) Massdam backs out of Pier 34 as Eurodam (bellow) comes off the pier. Massdam Headed Out to sea, While Eurodam rounded Georges.
(Below)Norwegian Gem, comes off the dock as well, after Eurodam