Long-expected cruise ship to skip by Shelburne

Published on September 15, 2014

The cruise ship Balmoral is expected to make a visit to Shelburne in September.

After months of hard work, the Balmoral Cruise ship with its 1,300 passengers on board will not be stopping in Shelburne as planned.

The decision came after a captain new to Canada had concerns about navigating the harbour without the aid of a harbour pilot.

“Pilots are not required in Shelburne Harbour and many large vessels have visited over the years without the use of a pilot,” said Eyra Abraham, event and tourism coordinator for the Town of Shelburne.

Harbour pilots are arranged by Transport Canada, but the one for this area is on a leave of absence.

“The captain will not take the risk upon himself to come to Shelburne,” said Abraham. 

This news came as a great disappointment to the many people in the community who had planned for the big arrival with food, tours and wares for the high number of expected tourists.