Shelburne preparing for cruise ship visits with workshop

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The Pearl Mist will visit Shelburne in early July.

By Greg Bennett

Two cruise ships remain confirmed to visit Shelburne despite the loss of several planned visits in the wake of a decision by Yorktown Cruises to cancel its Canadian port calls.

Town of Shelburne official still want to be ready and have organized a “Cruise Ship Visits Workshop” for Tuesday, April 15 to focus on business opportunities presented by the cruise ships.

The first of the cruise visits will be the Pearl Mist, a 335-foot vessel slated to visit Shelburne Harbour in early July as part of an 11-night Atlantic coastal tour.

While the town has been actively rejuvenating efforts to become a port of call for small cruise ships, it was the company, Pearl Seas Cruises that made the first move to include Shelburne as one of its excursions.

The cruise ship became a familiar sight in Shelburne. The vessel was the subject of a four-year legal dispute between the Connecticut-based cruise line and Irving Shipbuilding, a dispute that saw it tied to the Irving-owned wharf in Shelburne for many months.

It returns to Shelburne on July 3 on a much happier note.

According to Shelburne officials, that during the legal dispute, the company liked what they saw of the seaside town and decided to include it in their itinerary.

The 715-foot cruise ship Balmoral will be making a stop in Shelburne on Sept. 17.

Last year, the vessel was supposed to port in Shelburne but poor weather conditions left many local vendors disappointed as it cancelled its visit.

The Balmoral has a 1350 person capacity with 510 crew and has already sold out the tour for its cabin with balcony rooms.

The Yorktown Cruiseline had planned to port in Shelburne for Sept. 6, Sept. 14 and Sept. 30. Town Council was informed last week that those visits have been cancelled.

Now that Shelburne is part of the Atlantic Cruise Association, town officials hope Shelburne will continue to grow as a port destination.

The cruise ship workshop will be held at the Shelburne Community Centre and will start at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop will focus on connecting the

business community with opportunities.

Town Staff will be on hand to provide available details on the planned visits, cruise line contact information, etc.

Organizations: Irving Shipbuilding, Town Council, Atlantic Cruise Association Shelburne Community Centre

Geographic location: Shelburne Harbour, Irving

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