HALIFAX - The cruise ship season has begun in Halifax, and the city‚Äôs first vessel has some star power in its name.
© Patrick McKenna for Metro Halifax
The Celebrity Infinity cruise vessel docked in Halifax on Sunday at the start of cruise ship season.
The Celebrity Infinity cruise vessel arrived at the Port of Halifax on Sunday, the first of 137 planned for the year.
Each cruise vessel is expected to carry about 230 passengers and crew this season.
According to the Halifax Port Authority, the busiest day will be Oct.7, when about 9,200 passengers will visit the city. This will also be the only five-ship day of the season.
‚ÄúWe need to leave a lasting impression on our visitors so they come back and stay longer,‚ÄĚ said Tourism Minister Michel Samson.
Highlights for the season include five visits from the Queen Mary 2, who will first arrive on June 11, and 10 inaugural calls.
The Royal Princess will visit for the first time on Sept. 25. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, christened the ship last June.
According to the Port Authority, the cruise industry in Halifax brings in about $50 million for the local economy.