A massive Norwegian cruise ship arrived in Nova Scotia on Wednesday, setting a record for the Port of Halifax.

The Breakaway ship can carry a maximum of 3,969 passengers, along with 1,651 crew members -- a passenger-count record for the port, says Lane Farguson, communications advisor for the Halifax Port Authority.

Built in 2013, the ship has an overall length of 325 metres (1,068.3 feet). It features more than 25 different dining establishments, a three-storey sports complex, water parks, and a theatre where Broadway shows are staged.

The Breakaway has won multiple industry awards, including Best Cruise Chip for Families, Best Specialty Restaurants, and Best Rookie Ship.

Farguson said Port of Halifax officials are very excited to host the Breakaway, which is set to depart Thursday night at about 5 p.m.

"We're very happy that we can keep up with the industry as it evolves," he told CTVNews.ca, adding that an additional 4,000 visitors in Halifax is also great news for local shops and restaurants.

The Breakaway is the largest cruise ship to port year-round in New York City, and sails to the Bahamas, Florida, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

In September, the Royal Caribbean’s vessel, the Anthem of the Seas, will set a new passenger-count record at the Port of Halifax. The ship carries approximately 4,200 passengers, Farguson said.

With files from The Canadian Press