Port of Halifax concludes a strong recovery year for the cruise industry

November 14, 2022, Halifax, Nova Scotia – It was a strong rebuilding year for the cruise industry. The 2022 cruise season for the Port of Halifax began on April 26 and ended on November 5.

The Port of Halifax welcomed approximately 234,000 passengers on 148 vessel calls, 17 of which were inaugural visits – signifying the vessel’s first time in port. In 2023, the Port of Halifax is expecting 180 vessel calls.

The cruise industry is a significant contributor to the local tourism economy. The economic benefit includes the impact of cruise guests visiting downtown Halifax restaurants and galleries, museums and historic sites, and cruise excursions to places like Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove. It also includes provisioning associated with cruise vessels when they are in port.

“We would like to recognize the efforts of our partners, stakeholders, and their staff who have worked hard to rebuild the cruise industry here in Atlantic Canada,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “Navigating the return of tourism to the region would not have been possible without the dedication of tourism agencies, restaurant staff and owners, shopkeepers, and destination providers.”

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2021, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.37 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $2.72 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.22 billion in GDP, $1.42 billion in labour income and over 22,400 jobs.

Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo and project cargo. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.


Media Contact:

Emily Richardson
Communications Coordinator
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 229-8011
[email protected]