PICTOU – It was a pleasant surprise when a Pearl Seas cruise ship visited Pictou for the day on Saturday.
The vessel docked at Pier C at 10 a.m. and departed at 6 p.m. Its passengers were able to walk along parts of Pictou’s downtown, while selected visits were organized at Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou and the Museum of Industry in Stellarton.
“This is awesome,” said Michelle Young, who co-chairs the Pictou County Cruise Committee with Geralyn MacDonald.
“We’re on the (Pearl Seas’) radar. We’re always saying, ‘Think of us if you’re going this way. It’s a perfect way to start the (tourist) season.”
Pearl Seas already scheduled two late summer stops in Pictou this year, so the spring visit was part of the list. But MacDonald said she contacted the cruise company once she knew the ship would be passing Pictou Harbour from Halifax on its way to Charlottetown.
Visitors were able to enjoy a mainly clear, summer-like day as temperatures reached the high 20s.
“We knew a week ago – Friday the 13th – that they were coming,” MacDonald said. “It was a good opportunity to pull into Pictou.”
Members of two pipe bands were rounded up despite the long weekend to perform for the visitors during their arrival and departure.