Fun - in CANADA???

This has been a heck of a cruise year for us. Hubby got sick on 1st one, flights got cancelled for the 2nd one, so I figured 3rd time's a charm and we'd get to enjoy the upcoming trip. 9/10, Pride leaving from Baltimore; 45 mins away, no flights, just me and him, we're good...then came IRMA. Our cruise wasn't cancelled, but the original itinerary (GT, HMC, Freeport) was changed. They gave us the option to cancel for a full refund or cruise and get a 25% future cruise credit (based on our fare for this cruise). It didn't matter to me; my husband said he didn't care where the ship was going...if it's sailing he was going to be on it. So,I took the tank tops and swim suits out of the suitcase because we're going to...CANADA! LOL!!! Halifax and Saint John. We've never sailed north before or been to Canada, so this will be an adventure. I've been researching the ports but figured why not ask for some help. Happy  Any ideas, recommendations on must see, must do, must try in those ports? 

thank you!! 


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You've got the right attitude so I'm sure you'll have a great time no matter what ... For what it's worth - my son and I did a New England Road trip last September and one of his wish list items was to take the ferry over to Saint John after Bar Harbour ...he's a photographer so I'm sure it must have beautiful scenery or something worth seeing lol ... we didn't get to to do it ...

Lots of Canadians onboard so maybe they will have great suggestions... Either way, have a nice relaxing time and enjoy your trip!

Kudos for the positive attitude. Actually I would leave a tank top and pair of shorts or 2 in the suitcase, yesterday Halifax and Saint John were actually warmer than the NYC/NJ area. Also the mid-ship pool on the Pride is covered so take those swim suits (also there is an indoor adult only hot tub in the spa no pass needed).

As for things to do my personal preference is the hop-on hop-off buses in both ports. A portion of each fare goes to beast cancer research (a subject dear to me) and does circuits around to most of the nearby attractions and sights. A route plan is given to you and you can decide which if any of the sights you want to get off to tour, admission is separate but if you have an AAA or AARP card many have show an save discounts. Another favorite of mine, but not always offered, is the pub crawls in both ports. Usually 1 drink at each establishment is some finger food is included.

Other tours that I've heard rave review about but have not done myself are

Saint John, New Brunswick (not to be confused w/ Saint Johns) - the Covered Bridge tour. It maybe a long bus/van tour but the people that talked about it said the countryside is worth seeing.

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Peggy's Cove and Titanic graveyard. A must for history buffs, and another pleasant countryside tour by bus.

Yes, you can have fun in Canada. LOL.

Sadly, I've never been to the east coast of my own country, but the photos I've seen sure look beautiful. If the colours on the trees are changing, it's gorgeous. Hope some forum members can recommend some tours or excursions that you will enjoy.

Well at least they are taking you away from the storm. It might just be a cruise you'll want to repeat. Looking forward to your review of your adventure. With and attitude like yours, you'll have a fantastic time.

I am listening (reading?) here. I do not understand why the New England cruises cost so much. They are so close to me, yet so expensive. Reviews are OK, but nothing that says - YES, I have to do it ! I stay with the Caribbean, know the West Coast, love the Mediterranean, Hawaii and the Pacific, and want to visit Australia and Russia. But New England? Why?

Thanks for the responses. I found a few shops that I wanted to check out. Some were a bit far to walk, but the hop on-hop off buses sound very interesting and might work well. So glad I asked.


Peggy's Cove is a popular excursion. So is the Bay of Fundy for photography. My best advice, ( you knew it was coming ), are the Beaver Tails. A nice warm dessert pastry served in Halifax and St. John ( maybe). In Halifax, head down the pier towards the little kiosks. One of them sells Beaver Tails. In St. John, when you get off the ship, exit through the gate, and turn left. When you get past the people selling their wares, there may be a truck that sells the Tails. Have one there too. Now, if you go up the hill, towards the shops, you will find a candy store that sells a bunch of old time candies from everyone's childhood. Plus a bunch of bacon themed things, like gum, mints, band aids.......

oh, bring a camera. In St. John there are a bunch of wooden people you'll want to photograph.

well, mine is a stereo image, but you get the idea.

BAK I was thinking of you when we were in Banff a couple of weeks ago. I was walking past their Beaver Tail shop and the smell wafting out of the open door almost tempted me to walk in - used all the willpower I had to refuse the yummy "donuts".

I Prefer to think of it as helping the small business owner as much as I can.

Darn - I wish I had thought of that. Cucruizin, you need to try the Beaver Tails for sure and support the local small business.Wink


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