YARMOUTH, NS – In a sign signaling the return of the small cruise ship tourist market, the first ship of the season will visit Yarmouth on May 13.
In a press release, the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association (YASTA) says the Silver Cloud is a 157-meter luxury expedition-class cruise ship.
The cruise line’s website says the ship has a capacity of 254 passengers and a crew capacity of just over 200.
This visit will mark the Silver Cloud’s first mooring in Yarmouth Harbour.
The ship is expected to drop anchor around 10 a.m. and guests traveling on the cruise ship will be brought to the Killam Brothers Marina in Yarmouth by the ship’s crew.
Once ashore, guests will explore Yarmouth and the Acadian Coast on three separate tours, showcasing local history, food and culture, including Cape Forchu, Yarmouth’s heritage district and a tour of the local brewery . The ship is due to leave at 6 p.m.
Dawn Nickerson, owner and operator of Nova Scotia Wine & Beer Tours, is excited about the tour, saying she enjoys showing food, wine, beer and spirits to cruise passengers.
“It’s wonderful to see international guests visiting Yarmouth and Acadian Shores again. said Nickerson, “Especially at the start of the season. It’s been very difficult for tourism businesses over the past few years, so it’s great to see customers coming in and experiencing the area. We love visiting cruise lines and putting in value our amazing part of Nova Scotia.
The Yarmouth Tourism Association has been working to tap into the small cruise ship market, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it received repeat visits from the 318-passenger MS Fram cruise ship.
YASTA CEO Neil MacKenzie said he was delighted to welcome Silver Cloud’s guests and crew and was grateful for the early season activities.
“After such a long wait, we are very happy to welcome this fantastic cruise line to our shores. We’ve worked hard over the past few years to maintain our business relationships with cruise lines and build itineraries that include the Port of Yarmouth, that’s really great news,” said MacKenzie. “Yarmouth is really well positioned to attract more ships in the future.”
The Silver Cloud’s visit comes the week before Bay Ferries Ltd. does not begin the season of the Cat, which will sail between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth from May 19 to October 10. It is the first time since 2018 that a ferry sailing season will take place.