Maritime Canada Suffers Little from Visit by Hurricane Juan

October 1, 2003
Canada’s Halifax, of the province of Nova Scotia, and Charlottetown, the province of Prince Edward Island, reported some disruption this week of cruise ship visits by Hurricane Juan, a category one storm. The hurricane first blew through Halifax and resulted in a number of hastily rescheduled visits by cruise ships on Sunday and Monday particularly – who in this prime time of Canada/New England itineraries wound up staying in places like Bar Harbor and Quebec City.

At this point, Halifax, according to a city spokeswoman, is pretty much back to normal and cruise ships have resumed their calls. Crystal Symphony and Serenade of the Seas were in port Wednesday and the city expects the arrivals of Carnival Victory and Norwegian Crown, on schedule Thursday. She said that travelers on shore excursions may experience some re-routing through the city’s downtown core but that land operators have reported all is otherwise normal on trips to places like Peggy’s Cove and the South Shore.

In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, a spokeswoman there says Hurricane Juan’s arrival early Monday morning caused a couple of ships – Seabourn Pride and Radisson Seven Seas Navigator – to divert away. As of tomorrow, when the city is preparing to receive Holland America’s Rotterdam, its first regularly scheduled caller since the hurricane and its immediate after-impact, visitors won’t notice any damages. She did say that power in some outlying areas of the province was still out in places but that would not inconvenience travelers.