• Help Ukrainian Families in Need: World Central Kitchen Donation Match
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Cruises to Halifax

2 Awards
Halifax (Photo:Maurizio De Mattei/Shutterstock)

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.

  • Why go to Halifax?

  • Halifax Cruise Port Facilities?

Loading...
Loading...

We found you 240 cruises

Loading...
Loading...
Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

528 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Zaandam
Zaandam Cabins

7 Night
Canada & New England DiscoveryDetails

528 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Seven Seas Grandeur
Grandeur  Ship rendering  Flat

11 Night
Canada / New England CruiseDetails

Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Sep 20, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Insignia
Insignia

11 Night
Transatlantic CruiseDetails

204 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Aug 2, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Sponsored

The Dreamy Getaway w/ Virgin Voyages

  • Book by 8/31 and your partner will get 50% off their voyage
  • Receive an extra $100 toward your prepaid Bar Tab
  • Cruise Critic Editor's Choice for Best New Ship in the US for 2021
  • Over $600 in value always included - 20+ Eateries, Tips, WiFi, & more

Virgin Voyages

7 Night
Canada & New England - New YorkDetails

3,702 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

14 Night
Repo - TransatlanticDetails

3,069 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 29, 2024
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

7 Night
Canada & New England - BostonDetails

2,333 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

12 Night
Greenland & Iceland CruiseDetails

2,383 Reviews
Leaving:Bayonne
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Aug 6, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

10 Night
Canada CruiseDetails

204 Reviews
Leaving:Montreal
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

12 Night
Europe - OtherDetails

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 23, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

10 Night
Canada / New England CruiseDetails

2,654 Reviews
Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

14 Night
The Atlantic CoastDetails

181 Reviews
Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 8, 2022
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips
Cruise Critic Favorite

11 Night
Boston, Maine & Canada CruiseDetails

2,383 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

16 Night
Canada / New England CruiseDetails

2,654 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 14, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

12 Night
Greenland & Iceland CruiseDetails

2,383 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Aug 18, 2023
No prices currently available for this sailing.
  • Itinerary
  • Ship
  • Reviews
  • Price Tracker
  • Fare Insight
  • View All Deals
  • Cruise Tips

Why go to Halifax?

Pros:

This welcoming city is easily walkable and exudes an air of maritime history.

Cons:

The best time to visit is in the fall, when leaves are at their peak, so the window is small.

Bottom Line:

Book early to guarantee a prime-time visit to this charming port.

Halifax Cruise Port Facilities?

The Halifax Seaport area has been specifically redeveloped and designed to service cruise ships and welcome cruise passengers to Halifax. Even visitors short on time can easily find plenty of local shops, restaurants and other vendors without stepping foot into Downtown Halifax.

Piers 22 and 20 are the principle cruise ship berths offering passengers access to dedicated cruise terminals, Pavilions 22 and 20. Pavilion 22 offers a unique and friendly shopping experience and Pavilion 20 offers an open space ideal for meeting tours; buses, taxis and limousines are conveniently located in front of the terminals. Pier 23, the Cunard Centre, is also used for cruise activities.

Halifax's picturesque waterfront is easy to explore on foot -- and close. Even if you're not in the mood to shop, stroll the boardwalk that zigzags along the harbor, lined with shops, restaurants and attractions.

Those looking to convene with nature need only walk just outside the seaport to Point Pleasant Park (5718 Point Pleasant Drive). This green space has about 25 miles of easy, winding trails, preserved ruins and fortresses, and frequently hosts outdoor theater performances under Shakespeare by the Sea.

Good to Know?

Be aware that weather can change frequently -- from chilly one minute to warm the next. It's often breezy, too; dress in layers.

Getting Around?

On Foot: The main waterfront attractions begin at the start of the boardwalk and continue on for the next three quarters of a mile.

By Taxi: Taxis line up outside the terminal. Alamo (800-462-5266) and National (800-227-7368) have reservation desks down the street from the Westin Nova Scotian hotel, a large red-brick building, just five minutes from your ship on foot.

By Bike: If you want something more active, a short stroll down the boardwalk brings you to a bike rental stand, where, for $9 an hour or $25 for a half-day, you can grab a bike and pedal your way around the city. A Segway tour stand is also nearby.

By Rideshare: Rideshare services, like Uber, are available in Halifax, however we recommend booking a private tour, if you can, through the region's largest tour provider, Ambassatours (902-423-6242). The company -- now the largest in Canada -- comes from humble beginnings and your guide will likely be wearing a kilt.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in Halifax is the Canadian dollar, but most shops will accept American dollars. If you don't want to risk it, you'll find ample ATMs at the nearby Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market. For the most up to date currency conversions, visit www.xe.com or www.oanda.com.

Language?

The vast majority of Haligonians speak English, but a smattering of folks also speak French.


Halifax Cruise Reviews
Much to see, beautiful port.Read More
User Avatar
Peterseremet
Boring, wet and coldRead More
User Avatar
ThelmLou
Visited Peggy's cove and titanic cemetery. Very beautiful.Read More
User Avatar
NV-Joe
Nice port, everything is within walking distance. Good for a day.Read More
User Avatar
LB_NJ

Related Cruises

Cruises to Ocho Rios

Cruises to Ocho Rios

1,189 Reviews
Cruises to Newport

Cruises to Newport

243 Reviews
Cruises to Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

Cruises to Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

219 Reviews
Cruises to Tampa

Cruises to Tampa

658 Reviews
Cruises to Athens

Cruises to Athens

1,392 Reviews
Cruises to Saint John (New Brunswick)

Cruises to Saint John (New Brunswick)

424 Reviews
Cruises to Kauai

Cruises to Kauai

610 Reviews
Cruises to Marseille

Cruises to Marseille

903 Reviews
Cruises to Vigo

Cruises to Vigo

456 Reviews
Cruises to Flam

Cruises to Flam

246 Reviews
Cruises to Osaka

Cruises to Osaka

46 Reviews
Cruises to Hiroshima

Cruises to Hiroshima

19 Reviews
Cruises to Falmouth

Cruises to Falmouth

1,548 Reviews
Cruises to Vienna

Cruises to Vienna

395 Reviews
Cruises to Glacier Bay

Cruises to Glacier Bay

945 Reviews
Cruises to Iles des Saintes

Cruises to Iles des Saintes

13 Reviews
Cruises to Picton

Cruises to Picton

161 Reviews
Cruises to Toulon

Cruises to Toulon

358 Reviews
Cruises to Tournon

Cruises to Tournon

35 Reviews
Cruises to Vilshofen an der Donau

Cruises to Vilshofen an der Donau

10 Reviews
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.