[NEW GLASGOW, NS] — When the first cruise ship docks in Pictou County this fall, the tourists on board won’t be going on an excursion to New Glasgow, much to council’s dismay.
Geralyn MacDonald, community development director for New Glasgow, gave council the news during a recent committee meeting. MacDonald is also a member of the group working to bring the cruise ship to Pictou County, which will finally happen on Sept. 14 when a 450-passenger vessel from the United Kingdom arrives in Pictou Harbour.
MacDonald said that she and the committee with representatives from Saga Shipping last August, who toured the area ahead of the Sage Pearl cruise ship’s maiden voyage to Pictou. During the two-day visit, various locations in the county were showcased in the hopes of interesting the group in planning pre-booked excursions for the passengers.
“The representatives were quite impressed with what we showed them,” MacDonald told council.
However, the group picked just three locations for excursions — one of them not in Pictou County at all — and none of them in New Glasgow. Instead, passengers have the option of choosing an excursion to the Hector Heritage Quay/Pictou waterfront, the Museum of Industry or Jost Winery.