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About Saint John (New Brunswick)

Located on Canada's Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, where the Bay of Fundy meets the mouth of the Saint John River, Saint John is a quaint harbor town of nearly 130,000 residents. A 90-minute drive from the U.S. border in Maine, "the Fundy City" offers 400 years of history, exciting nature excursions and Canadian hospitality, with British and French influences. Cruise ship passengers in particular are made to feel welcome as they dock; a "greeting committee" of volunteers welcomes visitors.

Saint John is Canada's first incorporated city, a celebrated wooden shipbuilding center with a colorful history. A great fire in 1877 destroyed almost the entire city center. Today, the quaint "Uptown" area is laden with Victorian-influenced architecture, brick walkways, historic churches, town squares and flowers blooming around old-fashioned lamp posts. There's a storybook quality about the town that's a nice respite from bustling, overly touristy cruise ports. Saint John also has a bohemian flair, with lots of street musicians, funky galleries and independent record stores.

But the town is best known for its Bay of Fundy-related attractions. The Bay of Fundy is world-renowned for its extreme tides -- twice daily seawater rises (and then falls) about four stories high! As a result of the tides, the region is incredibly rich in scenic vistas (cascading waterfalls and cliffs carved out by water) and in sea-life, the latter of which draws folks interested in spotting rare whales and interesting shore birds.

The most exotic -- and fabulous -- experience that you shouldn't miss in this port of call is a look at the Reversing Rapids. At low tide, the rapids are turbulent and there's a bottleneck gorge at the falls. At high tide, the waters are pushed upstream, so the river runs in reverse.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Saguenay Fjord
    • Day 10
      Quebec City
    • Day 11
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    Insignia - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

    Cons

    ** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

    Bottom Line

    ** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults

    Reviews

    Insignia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of t...

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    BrocktonCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Small Ship Experience - Happy Holidays
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    ronaldlknight
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Hard to find any negatives
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Ship Details

    Empress of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service

    Cons

    Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem

    Bottom Line

    Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price

    Reviews

    Empress of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 2016 return of the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean fleet marked ...

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    Faye G
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    I won't return, but was okay
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    indycruiseman
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Different but Excellent
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    Boston
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Sydney ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Boston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Quebec City
    • Day 7
      Quebec City
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 12
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 13
      Boston
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    flgaljr
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Comfort and elegance were our goals - and there was plenty of it!
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    MaggieAtSea
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Wonderful Itinerary and Still a Fantastic Ship and Crew!
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 42 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    42 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Halifax
    • Day 6
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 7
      Corner Brook
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising (Labrador Sea)
    • Day 10
      Paamiut
    • Day 11
      Nuuk
    • Day 12
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 13
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Isafjord
    • Day 15
      Reykjavik
    • Day 16
      Reykjavik
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Torshavn
    • Day 19
      Lerwick (Shetland Islands)
    • Day 20
      Haugesund
    • Day 21
      Kristiansund
    • Day 22
      Oslo
    • Day 23
      Lysekil
    • Day 24
      Copenhagen
    • Day 25
      Travemunde (Lubeck)
    • Day 26
      Kiel
    • Day 27
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 28
      Southampton
    • Day 29
      Saint-Malo
    • Day 30
      Dartmouth
    • Day 31
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 32
      Bantry Bay
    • Day 33
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 34
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 35
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 36
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 37
      St. John's (Newfoundland)
    • Day 38
      Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 39
      Shelburne (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 40
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 41
      Isle of Portland (England)
    • Day 42
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 43
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Insignia - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

    Cons

    ** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

    Bottom Line

    ** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults

    Reviews

    Insignia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of t...

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    eric33
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    So disappointing!! Never again!!!
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    stoshb
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Small ship is the way to go
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    • Wi-Fi
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    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    Baltimore
    Visiting:
    Boston, Portland ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    9 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Baltimore
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Portland (Maine)
    • Day 5
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 6
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 7
      Halifax
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Baltimore
    Ship Details

    Grandeur of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Smaller size, veteran crew and repeat clientele give the ship a homey feel

    Cons

    Cabins feel old; ship lacks line's newest bells and whistles

    Bottom Line

    Affordable ship in Baltimore draws families, seniors and everyone in between

    Reviews

    Grandeur of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Can a cruise ship ever feel like home? For the many passengers who return multiple times to Bal...

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    wranglerkb
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Showing her age
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    Kimberleigh
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Will NEVER cruise with Royal Caribbean again
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    11 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Sydney (Nova Scotia)
    • Day 8
      Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Quebec City
    • Day 11
      Quebec City
    • Day 12
      Montreal
    Ship Details

    Empress of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Small, uncrowded ship with plenty of window-lined seating and personalized service

    Cons

    Ship's age is evident in plumbing issues; lack of activities for teens might be a problem

    Bottom Line

    Empress has charm and offers a well-rounded cruise experience at a bargain price

    Reviews

    Empress of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 2016 return of the 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas to the Royal Caribbean fleet marked ...

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    Shaecampbel1
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Perfect 7 day cruise
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    Tricey Boo242
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Empress Escapades a Good Ride
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Newport, Boston ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Saint John (New Brunswick) Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Newport
    • Day 3
      Boston
    • Day 4
      Bar Harbor
    • Day 5
      Saint John (New Brunswick)
    • Day 6
      Halifax
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Sky Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    First-rate dining, jazz club and high-energy theater entertainment

    Cons

    Standard rooms run small; OceanMedallion technology is buggy

    Bottom Line

    A lovely modern cruise ship with excellent dining and evening entertainment

    Reviews

    Sky Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Sky Princess is an elegant addition to the Princess Cruises fleet. It maintains many of the line's...

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    ideasbydesign
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Sky Princess Christmas Cruise 2019
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    lucky99
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent addition to Princess fleet
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change