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The Beginner’s Guide to Traveling on Princess Cruises
Are you planning to take a Princess cruise soon? If so, this guide is for you! From choosing the right cruise ship to packing for a Princess cruise, we’ll go over all the basics. So whether you’re looking for an easy and fun getaway or an exciting multi-port adventure, get ready to learn what you need to know to plan and enjoy your cruise.
Planning a Princess Cruise
When planning a Princess cruise, it is important to consider both the costs and what you’re aiming to get out of your cruise vacation. Cruising has many benefits, such as the opportunity to see different parts of the world. However, cruising can also be expensive.
Some factors that may influence your decision to cruise include your travel schedule, budget, and interests. Consider whether cruising would be a good fit for your needs. For example, if you have a tight travel schedule, a cruise might not be the best option for you. They’re generally designed for more leisurely travel. On the other hand, if you have plenty of time and want to see several different ports without having to fly, a cruise may be a great option for you.
Another consideration is your budget. Do you want to cruise in luxury or do you want to save money on your cruise? Value cruises typically cost less per person than luxury cruises, but they may not offer as many amenities or attractions. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors or you want to travel for a longer period of time, a luxury cruise might be better for you.
Packing properly is also essential for a successful cruise. Make sure to pack for the weather in your area when you’re choosing which clothes to bring on board. You’ll need drastically different clothing for Princess’ Alaska Inside Passage cruise than you will for its Bahamas cruises. Don’t forget to pack medications, electronics, and other essentials, either.
Costs and Benefits of Cruising
When planning your cruise, it’s important to consider the costs and benefits of cruising. Cruising is a great way to enjoy a luxurious vacation, but it also comes with some important considerations. To maximize your enjoyment of your cruise and minimize the chances of misjudgment, follow these tips.
Choose the right cruise ship for your needs. Not all cruise ships are created equal! Some are large and luxurious, while others are smaller and more intimate. Do you want a cruise that takes you on an epic voyage around the world? Or do you want a shorter cruise that visits some great ports in Europe or Asia? Are you planning to bring your kids along, or are you looking to go on a couple’s trip? Once you’ve chosen the type of cruise you want, consider the time of year. Cruising during peak season can be more expensive, but it also offers more opportunities for scheduling, and you can usually anticipate better weather.
Think about your budget. Cruising can be expensive, but it also comes with a number of benefits. For example, many Princess cruises offer complimentary drinks and meals throughout the day and night. Cruising can also be an excellent way to see new places without having to deal with expensive airfare or accommodation costs on your own. However, be aware that some cruises are more expensive than others. Before booking your cruise, make sure to compare prices between different itineraries to find the best deal for you!
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Halifax, Nova Scotia is quite a busy port when it comes to cruise ships! The port offers a full-service cruise terminal and is able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships, such as Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas scheduled to be in port on May 31st.
For the 2023 cruise season, there are 180+ cruises scheduled to visit Halifax (up from about 150 in 2022) which is great news for the city.
The first ships arrive in April and continue visiting through November. September and October are projected to be the busiest months as many ships call Halifax to offer passengers the opportunity to see the beautiful autumn colours of Canada’s Maritime provinces.
Header Photo Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Scott Munn
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas : Scheduled to Visit Halifax on May 31, 2023
If your ship is visiting Halifax, there is a good chance you’ll dock at one of the main cruise ship berths, either Pier 22 or Pier 20. These two piers combined will welcome about 90% of the ships docking in Halifax for the 2023 cruise season.
These piers are linked to the port’s dedicated cruise terminals (Pavilion 22 and Pavilion 20), giving passengers direct ship-to-shore access. When multiple ships are in port, other berths may be used, such as Pier 31, which requires passengers to be shuttled to the Cruise Pavilion Complex as Pier 31 is a restricted working terminal.
Below you will find the complete Halifax cruise ship schedule for 2023 that displays the name of the ship, the cruise operator, the date, and arrival/departure times for the ships that are scheduled to be in port.
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Halifax cruise ship schedule 2023.
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CRUISE LINES CALLING HALIFAX 2023
The following cruise lines are scheduled to call the port of Halifax in 2023.
American Queen Voyages – Carnival Cruise Line – Celebrity Cruises – Crystal Cruise Line – Cunard Line – Explora Journeys – Fred Olsen Cruise Line – Hapag-Lloyd Cruise Line – Holland America Line – Hurtigruten – MSC Cruise Line – Norwegian Cruise Line – Oceania Cruises – P&O Cruise Line – Pearl Seas Cruises – Phoenix Riesen – PLANTOURS Kreuzfahrten – Ponant – Princess Cruise Line – Regent Seven Seas Cruises – ResidenSea – Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line – Saga Cruises – Seabourn Cruise Line – Silversea Cruises – Swan Hellenic – TUI Cruises – Vantage Cruise Line – Viking Ocean Cruises – Windstar Cruises
*Please Note: These cruise lines are not guaranteed to dock in Halifax as the cruise line may make changes to their itineraries due to weather or other reasons.
HALIFAX CRUISE SHIP SCHEDULE 2023
To find information quickly in this table you can use the ▲▼ button to sort a column or the “Search” box to filter. For example, if you type “Royal Caribbean” you can filter the table to show you only the cruises for that cruise line.
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Halifax Cruise Ship Schedule For September 2023
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia cruise ship port calendar shows all scheduled arrival and departure dates in a timetable format. The cruise calendar displays the ship’s estimated time of arrival including related information such as how crowded is the port, as well as the ship’s next port-of-call.
The following timetable provides valuable information and keeps track of the future cruise ship arrivals from all major cruise lines. In order to find out more about the cruise ship itineraries such as ports, dates, and arrival/departure times just follow the ship’s link.
- Marella Discovery 2.074 passengers 31 Oct 2023 - 09:00
- Emerald Princess 3.679 passengers 01 Nov 2023 - 09:00
- Oceania Insignia 803 passengers 06 Nov 2023 - 11:00
- Silver Shadow 466 passengers 08 Nov 2023 - 08:00
- MSC Poesia 3.060 passengers 06 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- MSC Poesia 3.060 passengers 07 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- Norwegian Pearl 2.873 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 08:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 10:00
- Norwegian Prima 3.950 passengers 29 Apr 2024 - 07:00
- Norwegian Getaway 4.819 passengers 01 May 2024 - 08:00
- Amera 835 passengers 02 May 2024 - 12:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 09 May 2024 - 08:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 13 May 2024 - 09:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 23 May 2024 - 08:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 24 May 2024 - 07:00
- ms Europa 2 516 passengers 27 May 2024 - 07:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 27 May 2024 - 09:00
- Island Princess 2.657 passengers 06 Jun 2024 - 07:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 06 Jun 2024 - 08:00
- Seven Seas Mariner 779 passengers 08 Jun 2024 - 10:00
- Marella Discovery 2.074 passengers 31 Oct 2023 - 20:00
- Emerald Princess 3.679 passengers 01 Nov 2023 - 18:00
- Oceania Insignia 803 passengers 06 Nov 2023 - 19:00
- Silver Shadow 466 passengers 08 Nov 2023 - 19:00
- MSC Poesia 3.060 passengers 06 Apr 2024 - 18:00
- MSC Poesia 3.060 passengers 07 Apr 2024 - 18:00
- Norwegian Pearl 2.873 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 17:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 27 Apr 2024 - 18:00
- Norwegian Prima 3.950 passengers 29 Apr 2024 - 17:00
- Norwegian Getaway 4.819 passengers 01 May 2024 - 17:00
- Amera 835 passengers 02 May 2024 - 18:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 09 May 2024 - 16:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 13 May 2024 - 18:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 23 May 2024 - 16:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 24 May 2024 - 17:00
- ms Europa 2 516 passengers 27 May 2024 - 17:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 27 May 2024 - 18:00
- ms Volendam 1.718 passengers 06 Jun 2024 - 16:00
- Island Princess 2.657 passengers 06 Jun 2024 - 18:00
- Seven Seas Mariner 779 passengers 08 Jun 2024 - 18:00
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Halifax, Nova Scotia Cruise Ship Schedule
Halifax, Nova Scotia cruise ship calendar 2023 provides the opportunity to search arrival and departure schedules. Cruise ships dock at Port Halifax Cruise Pavilion Complex "Pavilion 22" and "Pavilion 20" or Pier 21 and Pier 22. All cruise ships are linked to their complete current itineraries. In order to view the next docking port just click on a specific vessel. Cruise season at Port of Halifax typically spans eight months, from April until November.
The cruise port schedule displays dates and times cruise ships are scheduled to dock in port in two separate columns for arrivals and departures with the name of the ship, cruise operator, and maximum passenger capacity. Please note, the following cruise port schedule is created on updated itineraries from the following cruise lines: Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, Marella Cruises, TUI, P&O Cruises, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Viking Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Here you can view cruise ship Itineraries classified by cruise lines.
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Region East Coast USA and Canada New England
Local Time 2023-10-31 08:25
Halifax is a major port city and among Canada's most popular cruise ports of call on itineraries from the USA to New England. The city is also the capital of the Canadian province Nova Scotia (NS) - one of the "Canadian Maritimes" provinces, together with New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island .
The city's population is around 320,000 (metro over 400,000). Traditionally for Canada, official languages are English and French. The city is Halifax is among Canada's largest economic centres on the Atlantic Coast. Among its major employers / companies are the Port of Halifax, Halifax Shipyard, Department of National Defence, the universities of Dalhousie and St Mary's. The city's main resource industries are commercial fishing, agriculture, mining, forestry, natural gas extraction, also tourism. As premier Canadian tourist destination, the city attracts over 1,2 million visitors a year.
The seaport is officially known as Halifax Harbour (natural deep waterway). Port Halifax generates 11,800+ local jobs and contributes USD 1,7+ billion to Canada's economy. Halifax is connected to 150+ international seaports. The port has capacity to handle even the world's largest boxships (container carriers) and bulk cargo ships. Cruises are one of its 3 main businesses - together with cargo shipping and real estate.
The 1959-founded company Irving Shipbuilding Inc (subsidiary of J.D. Irving Ltd) has in Halifax Harbour a wide range of facilities serving shipbuilding and repairs, as well as pre-fabrication and vessel conversion projects. In May 2019, the shipyard was contracted by the Government of Canada to build two AOPS (Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships) for the Canadian Coast Guard: The shipbuilder also works with the Royal Navy to build country's newest CSCS (Canadian Surface Combatant Ships).
As cruise port, Halifax handles around 200 ship calls annually. Liners from the fleets of all major passenger shipping companies visit on roundtrips leaving from US East Coast homeports (mainly out of NYC New York and Boston MA ).
In 2002, the port received two awards - “Most Receptive Port” (at Canada-New England Cruise Symposium Marketing Awards) and “Best Port Welcome” (by Dreamworld Cruise Destination Magazine). The traditional cruise passenger greeting includes live performance by 78th Highlanders Regiment of Foot (bagpipers band).
Statistics on season 2014 revealed that cruising industry's local economic impact is USD 104,3 million. This included tourist money spend in local shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, as well as the money from resupplying berthing cruise vessels. Locally provided supplies include wines, seafood, bathroom items.
In 2015, the cruise port received 141 ship calls and 222,309 passengers. In 2016 were handled 238,217 passengers and 136 ship calls. The busiest day (October 11, 2016) was 5-ship day. The increase in passengers was 7% (over 2015).
For season 2017 (April 24 - October 31), the port reported a record year in both ship calls (175) and passengers (292,722). Season 2017 featured 6 maiden calls, over 30 shore-power connections, 4 visits by Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2 (maiden call on June 13), Disney Magic (1 call on October 26). The busiest day (Sept 14) was 5-ship day, with over 11,000 passengers plus crew.
Season 2018 (April 22 through November 6) started with MS Fram ( Hurtigruten ). The seaport reported a record season with handled 198 ship calls and 316,869 passengers. Among season's highlights were 10 maiden port calls (including NCL's Norwegian Bliss on April 30) and 3x Disney Magic visits (September 17, 22, October 2). Port's busiest day was October 9 - a 5-ship day with over 11,000 passengers.
In 2018, the port joined TradeLens - developed by Maersk -IBM digital platform promoting global sharing of shipping trade information for reducing costs (and paperwork), improving productivity and security, increasing delivery speeds and providing transparency. This blockchain system integrates seaports, containership terminals, shippers and forwarding agents.
In 2018, Port Halifax cruise industry's annual economic impact was estimated at ~USD 123 million (a study based on 250,000 cruise ship passengers per year). The cruise port handled 198 ship calls and 300,000+ passengers. The busiest day was October 9 (5 liners with over 11,000 passengers).
On October 30, 2018, started berth extension works on South End Container Terminal, with planned completion in 2020-Q1. The South End Container Terminal extension project was completed and became fully operational in October 2020. Now South End Container Terminal has Eastern Canada's longest (800 m / 2625 ft continuous length) and deepest (16 m / 53 ft) containership berth. Also in 2020 was installed a new SPPX quay crane (Super Post-Panamax) bringing the seaport's total quay cranes to 5.
In January 2018, as containership port, Halifax reported a record year with containerized cargo shipping volume 559,242 TEU-containers, or 16% increase over 2016. The port's previous record was in 2005 (550,462 TEUs). The non-containerized cargo volume was 371,913 tons3. Port's total cargo tonnage in 2017 was 5,010735 million tons3 (or 12% increase over 2016). Cruise port's stats showed 173 ships (27% increase over 2016) and 292,722 passengers (23% increase).
For season 2019, the cruise port had scheduled 190 ship calls (berth bookings) with expected ~320,000 passengers. However, the season ended with handled 179 ship calls and 323,709 tourists/passengers plus crew (2,2% increase over 2018) and USD 166 million in economic activities, including from tourists (tours, shopping) and bunkering (fueling and food supplies for the vessels).
Following the Coronavirus crisis, during season 2022 (April 26th thru November 5th) the cruise port handled 152 ship calls, 13x 3-ship days, 3x 4-ship days, 1x 5-ship day, Port's ever-biggest liner ( Oasis OTS /on June 7th). In 2023 the Port had scheduled a total of 191 cruise ship calls (estimated ~325,000 tourists).
In March 2022 was announced that the container terminal PSA Halifax will be upgraded with 2x more (to 7x total) Super Post-Panamax STS (ship-to-shore gantry cranes) scheduled for delivery in 2023-Q1. The new Super cranes can serve the world's largest ULCVs (ultra-large container vessels) .
Halifax cruise terminal
Port Halifax has 2 dedicated cruise terminals. Both are part of the Cruise Pavilion Complex, and named "Pavilion 22" and "Pavilion 20". Their principal berths are, respectively, Pier 22 and Pier 20. Both berths are connected to their terminal buildings via hydraulic gangways (mobile covered passenger bridges). Some ships amy dock at Pier 31.
When the port is visited by more than two cruise ships, additional ships dock at the container port and their passengers are transported to the Cruise Pavilion Comlpex by complimentary shuttle buses.
The port's cruise terminal buildings are regularly renovated and offer as amenities tourist information, local merchants stalls (Canadian-themed souvenirs, hand-made arts and crafts), phone, Wi-Fi Internet, restrooms. In front the Pavilion 22 cruise terminal there is a taxi rank with available taxis and tour buses.
The seaport's waterfront area features the Halifax Harbourwalk. This boardwalk has length of approx 3 km (2 mi) and is among the city's best known attractions. As there are many wharves along the boardwalk, many mid-sized cruise ships often are docked here. At the boardwalk are located the Halifax Transit ferry terminal, numerous shops, historic and office buildings, also Casino Nova Scotia.
Halifax tours, shore excursions, hotels
City tours and shore excursions.
- Halifax Harbour: the most popular way to explore the harbour is the Murphy’s signature Harbour Hopper tour.
- Canadian Museum of Immigration: located at Pier 21, a National Historic Site. It is the only national museum in Atlantic Canada.
- The Living Halifax Citadel: National Historic Site. The Citadel was built in the period 1828-1856. The naval station is in the middle of the city and has the shape of a star. You can explore the museum alone or join costumed animators for a guided tour.
- Alexander Keith’s Brewery: India Pale Ale is one of the world’s oldest beers. It’s been produced since 1820 and is know as the unofficial brew of Nova Scotia. Tour the brewery and taste the original ale at Keith’s Brewery.
- Public Gardens: one of the formal Victorian Public Gardens is located next to the Spring Garden Road’s shops and spread over 17 acres. The gardens are beautiful city centerpiece with their amazing rare flowers and tree. There are also historic statuary and fountains. You can also enjoy free performances.
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic: discover the legend of Titanic in the interactive exhibit.
Port Halifax cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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