Nau­ti­cal guests to cruise into Pic­tou next week

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY SAM MACDON­ALD THE NEWS PIC­TOU

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.

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