Solid year-over-year cruise growth at Port of Halifax

November 29, 2023, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The cruise season at the Port of Halifax concluded on November 9 with the departure of Silver Shadow, a Silversea Cruises vessel. Overall, it was a very solid cruise season in Halifax and across Nova Scotia, approaching historical highs in terms of vessel calls and passengers. Planning for the 2024 season is already underway.

“The need for sustainable development and delivering authentic experiences are among the key takeaways from the 2023 Halifax cruise season,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “There is a lot happening with cruise in Halifax. This includes the work we are doing to further develop our destination and overall cruise experience in a way that is sustainable and complements the surrounding community.”

Season highlights:

  • 178 vessel calls
  • 301,000 passengers
  • 133,000 crew
  • 28 cruise lines
  • Surpassed 5.5 million cruise passengers to Halifax since 1980
  • Increase in cruise calls during June, July, and August

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax meets the needs of today’s shipping, cargo and cruise operations, while building for the future. Initiatives are underway to increase the flow of goods and people through the Port of Halifax, increase efficiency and identify future opportunities.


Lane Farguson
Director, Communications & Marketing
Halifax Port Authority
Ph. (902) 426-7375
[email protected]