The 2016 Halifax cruise season officially started April 30 with the arrival of Veendam, a Holland America Line vessel, at the port of Halifax.

With 135 vessels carrying approximately 240,000 cruise guests expected during the 2016 season, Port of Halifax is preparing for another busy year.

2016 highlights include:

• Eight inaugural calls.

• Over 30 potential shore power connections.

• Four visits from Queen Mary 2 during the 2016 season. Its first call will be July 3, 2016.

• Three visits from Disney Magic. Its first call will be September 26, 2016.

September 15, 2016 is expected to be the busiest passenger day with over 9,000 passengers plus crew expected.

October 7, 2016 is the only scheduled five-ship day.

A complete vessel posting can be found on Cruise Halifax website at