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Balmoral makes the first-ever cruise call
into Trois-Rivières

September 24, 2012

The Canadian port of Trois-Rivières welcomed its first-ever cruise ship on 20th September 2012, when Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ 1,350-guest Balmoral made its maiden call, as part of its 28-night ‘Canada Eastern Seaboard’ L1216 cruise.

To commemorate Trois-Rivières’ first-ever visit by a cruise ship, the Master of Balmoral, Captain Victor Stoica, welcomed local dignitaries aboard, including Mayor Yves Lévesque,  General Manager of Innovation et Développement économique Trois-Rivières, Yves Marchand, and CEO of the Port, Gaétan Boivin, for an official ceremony. Mayor Lévesque presented Captain Stoica with a work of art by artist Sylvie Leblanc, a book about Trois-Rivières and a basket of local produce. In exchange, Captain Stoica presented his hosts with a souvenir plaque from Balmoral.

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CBSA announces changes to cruise ship operations clearance procedures

July 4, 2012

Starting this year, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will pilot the Cruise Ship Gateway Strategy to simplify cruise ship reporting requirements and save time and money for cruise ship operators and the CBSA.

Beginning August 2012, the CBSA will fully clear all vessels whose first point of arrival (FPOA) is St. John’s, Newfoundland or Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Full clearance includes both admissibility (immigration) and goods (customs).

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Cruise Canada New England receives accolades
at Seatrade Europe

June 17, 2012

Cruise Canada New England received two significant accolades during the recent annual cruise and river cruise convention, Seatrade Europe.

The Seatrade Insider awards presented were at Schmidts Tivoli Theatre in Hamburg, Germany. René Trépanier, Executive Director of Cruise the SaintLawrence and Chair of Cruise Canada New England, accepted a plaque on behalf of the Cruise Canada New England Alliance for a highly commended contribution to Destination of the Year as a finalist.

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Cruise, aviation, manufacturing, retail and energy experts confirmed for IHAS

May 9, 2012

The Family Assistance Foundation (FAF) has confirmed details of the breakout session participants for the International Humanitarian Assistance Symposium (IHAS), a cross industry meeting to enhance industry response to emergencies and disasters, ensuring those involved in an unforeseen tragedy are given the support they need. 

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Exceptional previsions for Port of Quebec cruise season

May 1, 2012

The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) recently announced, at the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal, the main events of the upcoming international cruise season, which promises to be exceptional with an expected 155,000 visitors, a potential summit for the Port of Quebec.

These previsions have been announced on the occasion of a press conference uniting the Ministry of Tourism, the Cruise the St. Lawrence Association and the Quebec Port Authority. This press conference explained the importance of the efforts put forth for the development of cruises on the St. Lawrence, as well as the spectacular 55-per-cent increase in traffic at all nine ports of call on the St. Lawrence in 2012 compared to the record year of 2010. “The development of the entire St. Lawrence market as a destination is the key to the future success of international cruises. It is important to benefit from the strengths of each port in order for the St. Lawrence to become one day incontrovertible in the market,” stated Mr. Mario Girard, President and CEO of QPA.

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Charlottetown set to kick off record breaking season for P.E.I. cruise industry

April 25, 2012

The Historic Charlottetown Seaport is getting set to host a record number of cruise ships for the 2012 cruise season, with the first ship arriving May 6, 2012.

With the first call set to take place Sunday, May 6th, Holland America’s Maasdam will make her debut for the season, which will kick off the first of 18 calls. With a total of 57 calls scheduled for this season, just under 50% will come from Holland America. Holland America will represent 38,165 passengers and 17,064, crew of the 79,786 passengers and 35,409 crew scheduled to arrive.

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