Disclosure: Carnival and the ports hosted us for the cruise and the excursions. All opinions are my own.
Our second port of call on the Carnival Glory was a place I’ve always wanted to visit – Halifax, Nova Scotia. We were set up with a full private guided tour of the city from Blue Diamond Tours, and we were all eager to hit the hot spots. We didn’t know where to go in Nova Scotia, so we gave the guide carte blanche to show us whatever he thought would be best.
Our tour started at Point Pleasant Park, a city park where we explored the waterfront and let the kids run around. I got some gorgeous photos – the weather was perfect and clear. Next, we headed to the Public Garden, saw the beautiful flowers, and got some ice cream at Sugah! My kids loved checking out the geese and ducks at the park, and again, I got some great pictures.
We then went next door to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, where we spent an hour. The museum includes exhibits that showcase the natural history of the province, but the real draw here was the Out of this World exhibit featuring costumes from films and shows including Star Wars and Star Trek. My son also loved seeing the snake and bee exhibits.
After the museum, we stopped for a quick lunch and then drove off to Fleming Park, which is also called “the place where time began”. At this point, my kids were begging for a playground break, so this was the perfect stop. Finally, we went to the York Redought, which is one of the highest points in Halifax. That’s where I got the beautiful picture above, and my kids explored the canons (as an aside, my son, upon seeing the canons, stated, “Oh, so that’s why it’s called Canonda!”).
After our long day of exploring, we finally headed back to the ship to relax before dinner.