Monday, June 22, 2009

Greetings from Saint John, NB

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Our first port of call was Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, not to be confused with St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Saint John is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick. It is situated along the north shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of the Saint John River.

This was the first time we visited this particular port in Atlantic Canada. While doing our research for this cruise, we learned about the Reversing Falls which is the most popular attraction in Saint John. The mighty Bay of Fundy causes the Saint John River to reverse direction twice every day and flow upstream. It is recommended to view the Falls twice - near low tide and near high tide. Tide charts can help you plan your visit.

The pictures above on the left were taken at high tide around noon. The pictures to the right were taken around 3:30 PM at low tide. Notice that the ship was about 14 feet lower in the second set of pictures.

Saint John is a port that you could tour on your own if you liked. There are tours for sale in the cruise terminal. I have to caution you that they could be sold out, however. We were booked on a Bay of Fundy Coastal Photography tour through Carnival, but we did ask about tours that were available. At that time, the only tour that was left was a San Francisco-style trolley tour . That tour is 1 hour and 15 minutes long with photo stops at the Reversing Falls Rapids, Historic Trinitiy Royal, and Fort Howe where you would be able to view your ship.

There are shops in a tented building adjacent to the pier. There is a good selection of merchandise and the prices are reasonable. The nice thing is that they accept U.S. dollars, so you don't need to exchange money. The vendors we bought from provided change in U.S. dollars also.

My husband has uploaded some pictures of the Carnival Triumph in the Port of Saint John. See his Saint John - Arrival / Departure photo album. We'll be posting more pictures as we continue our cruise review.

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