The Cruise Port
Above: Queen Mary 2 docking in Halifax.
Most cruise ships dock at the Cruise Pavilion Complex (also called the Seaport). These were commercial
piers and the buildings have been renovated especially
for cruise ship use. Included within the terminals are
tourist information desks and stalls where local
merchants sell Canadian-themed items including arts
and crafts and souvenirs. There are also shops, museums and restaurants in the surrounding buildings.
The Cruise Pavilion can handle two ships. The ships dock parallel to the terminal buildings.
Halifax has become such a popular port of call that sometimes there are more ships calling than can be
accommodated at the Cruise Pavilion. When that happens, the overflow ships usually dock at the
adjoining container port. Shuttle buses take passengers
who are going ashore independently from the container
port to the Cruise Pavilion. (Walking to or from the
container port is not permitted). The buses for the ship's organized shore excursions normally meet their
passengers in the container port and thus in such
instances one does not have to go to the Cruise Pavilion.
Downtown is within walking distance of the cruise port and many passengers do walk there along the
Harbourwalk, a boardwalk that runs along the water connecting the cruise port to downtown. There are restaurants, cafes, museums and other attractions along the way (See also Attractions and Places of Interest).
Parts of the downtown area are on the slope of a steep hill (right). Thus, walking to places like the Halifax Citadel or the Old Town Clock Tower can be strenuous.
There are lots of alternatives to walking. Taxis wait outside the cruise terminals and there are public buses. In addition, a number of companies offer tours of the city using various modes of transportation.
Halifax has a fine harbor and there are quite a few boats that give tours of the harbor. However, some of these boats are sometimes chartered for cruise ship shore excursions so it is a good idea to check with the operator beforehand.
A low-cost alternative way to see the harbor is to take the commuter ferry across the harbor to Dartmouth.
Cruise destination profile - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - page 3