On day three of our Carnival Glory New England/Canada trip, we stopped for a full day in Saint John, New Brunswick. Although there were quite a few excursions that we could take, I opted to choose excursions that would offer some sightseeing, since I’d never been to New Brunswick.
After disembarking from the ship at 8:45am local time, we were greeted by the friendly staff of the Marco Polo terminal. The kids each received a Canadian flag, I received a rose, and my husband received a pin. We headed right to the Bay of Fundy Scenic Railroad kiosk in the terminal. From there, we were shuttled onto a bus that took us to the railway. Once on the railway, we rode right to the Reversing Falls and stopped right over the falls. From one side of the car, we saw the Bay of Fundy and on the other the Saint John River. While we were there during low tide, we could still see the swirls of water – something that is easier to show in a photo than with words. While whole excursion seemed to take a bit longer than necessary, my kids were occupied with both the sightseeing element and the bilingual coloring books they’d been given by the staff. If you want to see the falls – this is a great way to do it!
Photography tip: To avoid glare from the windows, press your lens as close to the window as possible.
After returning from the railroad trip, we hopped on one of the Hop On/Hop Off Pink Double Decker buses to head to Rockwood Park. On the way, we received a great tour of the city, and the kids just loved sitting atop the bus. At the park, we had lunch on the outside deck of Lily’s Café, right on Lake Lily. We then hopped back on the bus and stopped at Market Square for some shopping. The Pink Double Decker buses also include a second loop that goes to the Reversing Falls, but we bypassed that since we’d already done the train tour. The rest of the afternoon was spent checking out the kiosks in Market Square and the cruise terminal – the kids each picked up a few local souvenirs, including some local currency.
Other excursions included zip lining, a kayak and lobster tour, and other, more specific tours. Taxis are also readily available – some offering private, guided tours of the city.
Learn more about Saint John on their official website.
Disclosure: Carnival and the ports hosted us for the cruise and the excursions. All opinions are my own.