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Halifax is a frequent port of call on Canada/New England
cruises. Although it becomes busiest during the early fall
when the cruise lines schedule their autumn leaves cruises,
cruise ships call in Halifax from late Spring on into the late
Fall. Essentially all of the major cruise lines visit the port
and many smaller lines as well. This follows naturally
from the fact that Halifax offers not just scenic beauty but
cultural and historic things to do as well.
The capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It is
a small (population 120,000), clean city with a mixture of
historic and modern buildings. The city is physically
centered around the harbor, which remains quite busy.
However, within a few minutes drive, one is in the
countryside amongst forests and some 1,000 lakes.
Most people speak English as their first language.
However, French is also an official language and many
people, particularly government officials, speak both
French and English.
Halifax is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard time and
four hours behind the UK.
Nova Scotia is known for its seafood. Although servants in
the area supposedly once protested against being fed too
much lobster, tourists cannot seem to get enough.
Accordingly, there are numerous seafood restaurants in and
The weather in Halifax tends to be cooler than in the
United States, which is one of the reasons it is an attractive
destination for Americans seeking to get away from the
summer heat at home. Average temperatures in the summer
range from highs in the mid-seventies to lows in the
mid-fifties Fahrenheit. In September the range changes a
high of 65 to a low of 50. As one goes further into the fall,
the chance of rain increases but there are still many clear,
In sum, Halifax is a cruise-friendly city. It is not a city that
exists just for the tourists but the natives seem to be happy
that people come to see their city. It is a relatively easy to
navigate town with a variety of things to do and see. Not
surprisingly, it is a popular port of call..
Nova Scotia means New Scotland
and the area maintains its Scottish
heritage. Above, bagpipers from
the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police entertain passengers on
Caribbean Princess during a call
in Halifax. Left: A "Mountie" in
The new. While it is a tourist friendly city, it is also a working
town with its own life. It is home to colleges (above), businesses
and financial institutions (far left), a convention center (middle
left) and courts (below).
Halifax has a large array of dining and drinking venues. There
are also a number of pubs and bars. Indeed, several cruise ships
offer "Pub Crawls" as a shore excursion in Halifax.
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