Nautical guests to cruise into Pictou next week
Pictou County will once again be a marine destination for travellers onboard on Sept. 26. A cruise ship will be docking at the town’s waterfront on the night of the Sept. 25, and allowing its passengers to get a taste of what Pictou County’s culture is all about the following morning.
“We’ve been receiving cruise ships since 2012, and it’s been growing ever since,” said Michelle Young, recreation co-ordinator with the Town of Pictou. “It’s the same ship coming each time to visit — the Pearl Mist.”
The protocol for cruise ships visiting Pictou is that the vessels dock at Pier C, near the town waterfront. From that point, passengers disembark to explore all Pictou has to offer, for the day.
“Typically, what a day looks like is a ship will come in, the passengers will go on tours for a portion of the day, and for the other half of the day, they have the opportunity to visit the community and roam around,” said Young.
“They get to experience the waterfront and downtown area — the tours are organized by the tour providers, Ambassatours.”
The tours and exploration are not only limited to the town’s picturesque waterfront. Young said with anticipation that the guests will have the opportunity to view some of Pictou County’s iconic features, such as the Ship Hector, the Museum of Industry and, depending on the timing of their visit, perhaps even the New Glasgow Farmers Market.
“This is a day-thing. They usually come in early in the morning and stay until mid or late afternoon,” said Young.
The tours of the area are the result of a committee aggressively pushing for them over the last decade, Young noted. The work was a collaboration of local stakeholders who are members of the Pictou County Cruise Committee. The committee consists of many local stakeholders, including the Town of Pictou, business owners, representatives of the Pictou marine terminals and volunteers.