Saturday, November 5, 2022

Cruise Season Ends

 Today, November 5, marked the end of this year's cruise season in the Port of Halifax. After COVID cancellations it was a welcome resumption this year and apparently a reasonably succesful one.

The last cruise ship of the year is Oceania Cruises' Insignia which shared the honours as last ship in 2018 when it arrived November 6 (with Silver Wind.) Today's bright sun and 20 degree C temperature (68 degrees F) was more pleasant than 2018 when then it was delayed on October 28 by high seas and had rain and high winds on November 6.

Built in 1998 by Chantier Atlantique, St-Nazaire, the 30,227 gt ship has a capacity of 698 passengers (lower berths only) or 824 (all berths) and a crew of 400. Originally named R-One for the ill-fated Renaissance Cruise Lines, it was renamed Insignia in 2004. From 2012 to 2014 it operated for HAPAG-Lloyd as Columbus 2. It then reverted to Insignia and made its first call in Halifax October 12, 2014.

Things will be much quieter on the waterfront now until spring when the next cruise season starts.


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