Thursday, September 24, 2015

Regal Princess plus one makes it a big ship day

The Regal Princess finally made it to Halifax today. It was originally due April 19 to inaugurate the Halifax cruise ship season, and it was to be the ship's first visit to Halifax. Weather en route prevented that from happening, so today was the ship's first call here.

Built by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy, it was delivered in 2014.A truly big ship, at 142,714 grt, it carries 3560 passengers and 1346 crew and is 330m long. Nevertheless it only ranks 14th largest cruise ships. (Liberty of the Seas, which was here September 15 is number 6 - and so far the largest to visit Halifax.)

When the ship visited St.John's NL on September 22, it was reported to be the largest ship ever to enter that port. It sailed from Halifax for New York.

The other big visitor here today, perhaps not so spectacular, was the bulker Ocean Cygnus of 89,603 grt and 176,996 dwt. It was built in 2006 by Namura, Imari, Japan for NYK Line.

After bunkering the ship sailed for Port Cartier, QC to load iron ore.


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