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About Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital city and the gateway to Atlantic Canada, has numerous identities. Home to the second-largest natural harbor in the world, it draws a major share of Canada's container trade and oodles of cruise ship visits in the late summer and early fall (although more recently, ships are beginning to visit in the early summer months). A few streets inland, there are many sights to take in, and while gorgeous coastal scenery begins just outside the city limits, especially during the spectacular autumn foliage displays, the waterfront is also a delight to explore.

Halifax also has a strong connection to the sinking of the Titanic since it played a key role during the aftermath of the tragedy. Three of the city's ships were sent out to recover bodies, and so it is the final resting place for many unclaimed victims. In fact, three cemeteries throughout Halifax feature rows of black granite headstones, each inscribed with the same date: April 15, 1912.

But beyond the scenery and history, Halifax is just plain fun. It's a youthful, energetic town, home to several colleges and universities, that boasts a downtown area chock-full of pubs, clubs and cafes, as well as a restored waterfront that once welcomed traders and privateers. Throughout the year, you can enjoy music festivals, outdoor concerts and even old-fashioned Celtic ceilidhs (read: lively folk dances, often accompanied by fiddle).

It's this rich culture that has boosted the Canada and New England region's cruise popularity. (The fact that Halifax is easy to include on short four- or five-day Canadian itineraries is also a draw.) Annually, Halifax hosts more than 130 ship visits between early May and late October from lines that include Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Halifax

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Portland, Bar Harbor ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Halifax Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 3
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Quebec City
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 10
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 11
      Halifax
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

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    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    bfa5y
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    celebrity summit southern carribean get away
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    printingchick
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Royal Caribbean Cruiser Tries Celebrity
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  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Halifax

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Bar Harbor, Saint John ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    6 Night Cruise to Halifax Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 4
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Ship Details

    Adventure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Newly installed FlowRiders and water slides are sure to please

    Cons

    Less than half of the cabins onboard have balconies

    Bottom Line

    A good choice for Southern Caribbean cruises requiring fewer at sea days

    Reviews

    Adventure of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Adventure of the Seas debuted in 2001 as the third in the series of Royal Caribbean's game-chan...

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    VegasMark
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Older ship, but you wouldn't know it
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    Astewart09
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    First time cruisers and overall really good
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Halifax

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Saint John, Halifax ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    6 Night Cruise to Halifax Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 4
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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    Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.

    Cons

    Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.

    Bottom Line

    Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.

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    Oasis of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    One of the largest ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board...

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    gnshpdude
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good job on amplification. But just too big for our taste
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    The Beautiful South
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mind blowing in some areas, dissapointing in others
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Halifax

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Bar Harbor, Halifax ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Halifax Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      St. Lawrence River (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    teacherman
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost a Perfect Journey
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    Qila
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Cruising is not our thing, but this part of the world is beautiful
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Halifax

    Leaving:
    Baltimore
    Visiting:
    Boston, Portland ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    9 Night Cruise to Halifax Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Baltimore
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 5
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 6
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 7
      Halifax
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Baltimore
    Ship Details

    Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

    Cons

    Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

    Bottom Line

    Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between

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    Grandeur of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Can a cruise ship ever feel like home? For the many passengers who return multiple times to Bal...

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    Shopdelilah
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not Impressed
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Average cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Halifax

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Sydney ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Halifax Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Quebec City
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 12
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 13
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    jshape
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fantastic Ship/Great Cruise
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    Dance momma
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Annual Cruise
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