After reading up on the city and reading reviews here we chose to follow a suggestion and take a cab up to The Citadel then walk back to the water front and work toward the ship.
The Citadel was an interesting tour and Keith's Brewery and other sites kept us busy as well. We had lunch at The Hart and Thistle which had outdoor seating here as well and the food was excellent!!
Our visit was cut a bit short due to fog issues which had us dock late but we enjoyed the port.
Our expectation for the two ports we visited were as expected. We had done our research and basically found what we expected.
The fog we saw upon waking up was a source of concern when we arrived in Saint John. We couldn't see the dock until we actually tied up in port.
The fog quickly cleared and we were soon ashore after a leisurely breakfast on board.
We hadn't booked an excursion but after walking around town and visiting what there was to see we grabbed a cab and headed over to Fundy Bay. (5-10 minute ride)
In retrospect we would take a jet boat ride the next time. The zip lining and jet boat ride at the bay were well attended and any openings at these attractions would have put us close to departure time for the ship so we took a pass. I suggest making reservations to anyone on this in the future.
We had lunch at one of the restaurants with outside seating near the dock by the Hilton and the food was excellent.
The people were very friendly in Saint John and the souvenir shops had some nice stuff.