Another stop along the way

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If today’s weather comes anywhere near the dire forecast, few would have pictures of a cruise in mind. But in the immortal words of Scarlet O’Hara, tomorrow is another day.

Great news from the group working to attract visits from cruise lines to the Port of Pictou. The Pictou County Cruise Line Committee reports that two passenger vessels with the line Pearl Seas will make a stop, Oct. 3 and Oct. 25.

Since the first visit of a cruise ship in Pictou a year and a half ago, the committee has continued its campaign to see the area become a more frequent point of interest. Geralyn MacDonald, co-chair of the Cruise Line Committee, said the effort has included ongoing work with the Atlantic Canada Cruise Association and getting the community port-ready.

It looks like the work is paying off. And given the excitement of that first hosting – followed by glowing reviews from visitors – these upcoming stops add further opportunity to show the area’s unique features.

As tantalizing as this prospect is, it’s hard to sugar-coat the fact that the area is far from booming, and has had its share of tough economic news recently. Downtown cores also have the occasional vacancy – which unfortunately can be glaring.

First impressions are critical, as MacDonald commented.

Indeed, and as the saying goes, you only have one shot at making that first impression.

With any empty spots, rather than presenting a liability, perhaps they could be put to advantage. This area has plenty of talent to show off. Perhaps with the participation of the arts community and other local organizations, a diverse range of displays, exhibits and presentations could be mounted.

That kind of community tapestry might offer attractions not only for visitors, but also local residents.

We look forward to the visit and all the excitement that goes with it. Hopefully it won’t snow in October, but generally we can count on our golden Maritime fall weather, so we’ll have that going in the event’s favour.

Organizations: Pictou County Cruise Line Committee, Atlantic Canada Cruise Association

Geographic location: Pictou

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