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sbhdmh's Port Reviews of Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax
Carnival Glory cruise in July 2012
Member Name: sbhdmh
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Boston
Destination: Canada & New England
Member Review: sbhdmh's Carnival Glory Review
Saint John (New Brunswick)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The people of Saint John are the nicest I have met anywhere in the world. There is really something special about them.

The huge difference in the tide at the Bay of Fundy is the main reason to visit Saint John. Reversing Falls changes direction at high and low tide. It is hard to see it flow in both directions with the time you have in port, though. There is a jet boat "thrill ride" through the falls which is quite the adventure. It apparently gets especially rough at low tide when no one under the age of 13 is allowed. It is best to reserve in advance.

We hired a taxi for 3 hours ($50 per hour) to take us to Saint Martin about an hour away in order to explore the sea caves at low tide. This was awesome! You have to time it right, though, or you will not be able to explore them. You can check the tide schedule on line to see if it is worth the trip.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
There is a lovely boardwalk right in front of the cruise terminal which makes it easy to explore Halifax on your own. About a 15 minute walk brings you to the information center and the Maritime Museum. There are some nice exhibits about the Titanic and a 3D movie showing divers exploring the wreckage. The rest of the museum is more about general maritime history.

Walking up a steep hill brings you to the Citadel and Public Gardens - both worth a visit. The walk is not long but the hill can make it tough - you may want to consider hiring a taxi to bring you up. There are costumed interpreters explaining about life in the 1869 British army. A free tour and kids activity packet made it a very enjoyable visit. Just a block or 2 away we found the public garden which was really beautiful. Then a leisurely walk back down the hill to reboard the ship.

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