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Economic driver or eco-threat? The conundrum of Halifax’s cruise ships

And Shakespeare By The Sea announces 30th summer season.


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Economic driver or eco-threat? The conundrum of Halifax’s cruise ships

It’s the Tuesday after the first two cruise ships of 2023 have arrived at Halifax’s Pier 20—and for a brief spell, the waterfront is quiet. Waves lap. A seagull drifts in the breeze above the Emigrant statue, a french fry’s toss from where nearly 3,700 cruise ship travellers aboard the Norwegian Dawn and Zaandam filtered through the Halifax Seaport on Saturday and Monday. This weekend, another 370 cruise passengers are expected to arrive.

For Holly Davy, marketing manager at the Bertossi Group, which owns and operates The Bicycle Thief on the Halifax Waterfront, the arrival is a welcome one.

“[We’re] kind of the first stop once they get off the ships,” Davy says, speaking with The Coast.

That enthusiasm isn’t uncommon. According to the Halifax Port Authority, which oversees the arrival of just under 200 cruise ships a year, those ships—and the roughly 325,000 tourists on them—account for roughly $136 million flowing into the HRM every year.

But the industry’s hulking impact is felt in more ways than one: Critics argue cruise ships are not only more carbon-polluting than any other standard form of travel, they’re also an active threat to our oceans. And while other countries have taken strides to mitigate the industry’s effects, Canada’s lax environmental laws are bringing the issue closer to home.

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Shakespeare By The Sea announces 30th summer season

Shakespeare By The Sea's Drew Douris-O'Hara (left) and Jesse MacLean (right).

When curtain time finally arrives for Shakespeare By The Sea’s opening night performance of Romeo and Juliet (one of two shows that comprise the veteran theatre company’s 2023 summer season, which is also its 30th), associate artistic director and play director Drew Douris-O'Hara will be ready, primed, equipped, toes already waiting behind the metaphorical start line:

“I think I've probably seen 30 productions of Romeo and Juliet in the last decade. It's my favourite. I think it's Shakespeare's most exciting play. I think that it's the play that has stayed with us in the cultural zeitgeist. More than any other play ever written, really,” he says, speaking with The Coast along with SBTS managing artistic director Jesse MacLean. Douris-O’Hara even has lines from the play inscribed on his wedding band.

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