Pictou’s history appealed to cruise ship company

Published on April 4, 2014
The Pearl Mist, a new cruise ship with Pearl Seas Cruises, will bring up to 210 passengers to Pictou in the fall as part of its Canadian Maritimes itineraries.

PICTOU – Charlottetown, Halifax, Lunenburg and Pictou. These are areas that will represent the Canadian Maritimes for passengers aboard the Pearl Mist.

Paul Taiclet, head of operations of Pearl Seas Cruises, says the newly-added stop of Pictou aligned with what they’re trying to offer their guests that sail to this region.

“It’s a small port. It’s rich in history. It’s certainly culturally significant for the region. We just thought it would be a great fit,” Taiclet said.

For the two stops in Pictou on Oct. 3 and Oct. 25, Taiclet is expecting the Pearl Mist to dock at approximately 10 a.m. and stay until 6 p.m.

Pearl Seas is hoping to offer its passengers tours of the Museum of Industry, and walking tours through the area.

On Oct. 25, he’s hoping to see a trip planned to the New Glasgow Farmers’ Market for its harvest market.

“We’re going to work a bit more and hopefully come up with something unique and special for our guests to really experience Pictou.”

Taiclet heard about Pictou from Geralyn MacDonald, co-chair of the Pictou County Cruise Line Committee and director of Community Economic Development for New Glasgow, at the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show in March.

“We were looking for some additional ports of call for our Atlantic Canada itineraries. I was at the cruise ship in Miami event a few weeks ago, and met some great people from Atlantic Canada as well as Geralyn MacDonald. Talking with her, it got us thinking of adding Pictou as a stop. We had been considering it for some time.”

The company is expecting guests from the United States and Canada to book the two separate itineraries, one exploring both the Canadian Maritimes and the St. Lawrence Seaway and one only in the Maritimes.

The 14-day Canadian Maritimes and St. Lawrence Seaway cruise begins in Montreal, making stops throughout Quebec and the Maritimes before ending in Portland, Maine while the Canadian Maritimes itinerary starts in Quebec City, travelling for 11 nights with similar stops.

He said they also have international interest from the European market.

The small ship with a capacity of 210 passengers on six decks will have only been on the water a handful of times when it comes to Pictou.

Its maiden voyage takes place in June, departing from Baltimore, Maryland and landing in Halifax.

Taiclet doesn’t see Pictou as a one-time stop.

“We certainly are planning to continue to offer cruises through the region with the Pearl Mist and we would like to include Pictou as part of our future plans.”



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