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Really enjoying the review!  The pictures are great as always, now leave something for me to share next week okay!    

A few questions: 

1. Has the drink card showed up? (I'm going no DX). 

2. How much is a kraken and coke? 

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Just now, mpoole3 said:

Really enjoying the review!  The pictures are great as always, now leave something for me to share next week okay!    

A few questions: 

1. Has the drink card showed up? (I'm going no DX). 

2. How much is a kraken and coke? 

The 10 draft beer deal for $49 plus 18% showed up on day 3 but they only have Heineken and Strongbow on tap.  No 10 drink card that I've seen, but with many port days on this sailing I'm sustaining mostly on local beers in port, then Diamond drinks until later in the evenings when I switch to a couple of Kraken and diet. 

A Kraken and diet is $8.26 all in.

Beer and shot combos appeared to day, $3 more for the shot.  

Drink package was $57 on board available until day 3 of this 13 night sailing.

Lately I've only seen a 10 drink show up late in a cruise, like with 2 days remaining.  YMMV.

A Voom special "today only" has been offered every day.  Buy a day pass of Surf and Stream and connect a second device for free. 

A new Voom offered appeared tonight.  Buy Surf and Stream for the remainder of the voyage for $49.99.   However it appears this isn't combinable with C&A discounts.  

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Day 7 - Saint John, New Brunswick, continued....

Eager for our arrival I headed to deck 12 to find very strong winds as we continued across the Bay of Fundy towards Saint John.  I went down to the Solarium on deck 11 where windows can be opened, even if briefly, to take a photo.  It was pretty windy and the flags raised by the crew were snapping in the strong wind.

Our first real glimpse of the entrance to the harbor.


The Bay of Fundy has the greatest tidal changes of anywhere in the world.  I noted the rocks in water indicating the tide was leaving the harbor as we sailed into the Saint John harbor. 


In some ways the entrance to the port appears somewhat industrial as first glance so I was glad to see the indications of a nice looking community on our port side.


Even now, close to land, the winds were strong and kept the flags snapping.


Until this point the upper decks were too windy to be safe but finally the land sheltered enough wind so we could venture up to deck 12 and see more of our approach than we could from the Solarium. 


The cruise terminal waiting our arrival.


A familiar face was ready to assist but not needed on this day.


This is a bridge over the Saint John river that ends as it empties it water into the harbor and through it into the Bay of Fundy and the sea.  I'll later be walking along this area and spending much of day close to the river.


The terminal was pleasant but we quickly made our way out of the terminal into a tent structure where shops are set up. 

Upon entering the tent I encountered the most cruel entrance to a port city I've ever encountered.  The wonderful smell of fudge and other goodies being heated for our temptation and enjoyment.  


The wonderful smell is coming back to me hours later as I write this.  Must.  Resist.

Outside (without fudge in my teeth) I started walking along the sidewalk and saw my familiar friend once again.


Like other ports up to this point, Saint John has some beautiful architecture.


I was on a mission to walk to the Reversing Falls, approximately 45 minutes away by foot.  I've gotta keep my step count up to beat @ellcee on her Anthem cruise.

My GPS app led the way and I walked through some very nice looking residential areas.


After some time I received affirmation I was on the right path. Looking up the Saint John river as it flows towards the sea.


I came across Riverview Memorial Park with a monument to soldiers who lost their lives in South Africa from 1902.


I was left with the impression "This is a city I could call home".

Not long after I made the turn towards the Reversing Falls.


Across the river is a mill which no doubt is a great source of employment for many locals.   The river had some flow which was very distinct but it occurred to me something wasn't right. 

It was flowing upstream.   


A vert distinct current upstream from the direction of the harbor on my left towards land and points upstream to my right.  Weird, most rivers flow towards the sea.

A bridge over the river was to my left.  More on that later.



As I mulled about and took photos, it occurred to me the flow was increasing and rapids were starting to form, still flowing upstream.


At its lowest the water here can be up to 15' lower and the river flows over waterfalls towards the sea.  At this point though, it was flowing very clearly and strongly in the upstream direction.


To properly experience the Reversing Falls you either have to come at multiple times as the tides change or be very patient and hang around for hours to see it yourself live.  I was getting thirsty.  I noted a visitor's center at that bridge, time to make my way there.  

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There are now two bridges over the river, one for trains and one for cars.


Looking back towards downtown our ship was very prominent on the city skyline.


The first attempt at a bridge many years ago met with disaster.  So did the second attempt.  The third time is a charm and that bridge remains.


On the opposite side is a restaurant and the Skywalk.


The current in the river, still flowing the wrong way, was very strong and distinct.  Small whirlpools formed and disappeared.  It was very mesmerizing to watch.


Across the bridge is where an excursion is more likely to drop you off.




Our ship remained prominent in the background.


There are steps and a path down to a viewing platform closer to the river.



I spotted a small boat approaching from the direction of the harbor.


It's motor had failed it was being sucked into the rapids - just kidding.



I watched it play in the current for a while then my hunger (and thirst) over came me.

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The restaurant has great views and while I often avoid restaurants tied to a scenic attraction (CN Tower,  Space Needle, etc)  I was glad I stopped here to eat.




Like any decent restaurant in the maritimes, live lobsters were available. Real lobsters.  



First, I needed a Barking Squirrel.  


All beer served here is from the Moosehead Brewery which is right across the road behind the Mill.  I'm very familiar with Moosehead beer having grown up on it although just the one lager that is typically shipped out of province.  

Watching the water flow upstream was quite mesmerizing.  It's really moving!


My Canadian Elk burger was fantastic.  


Followed by a Moosehead Pale Ale.


To give you an idea how much water is flowing upstream, here is a time lapse video as I ate an Elk.

If I was able to stay longer, you would see the flow reversing and the river returning all that water towards the sea.

Here is the Moosehead brewery as seen from the restaurant.


With that it was time to head back to the ship.  I chose to follow the road across the bridge and downhill towards downhill.  I used the river as my guide so I basically followed it to the ship.

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Once I walked down the hill on the sidewalk beside the road I reached river level and found a nice riverwalk along the shore.


The ship remained in sight for most of the walk at this point.


It's a really nice walk.  Why didn't I come this way going to the reversing falls?



There are nice areas along the path that are designed for children and are educational in nature.



Art work also can be found, including this cargo container.


"Wind and Water"



This path is part of The Great Trail, also known as the Trans Canada Trail that reaches from coast to coast and is some 24,000 km long (15,000 miles).  I walked part of that trail near the other end in Victoria, British Columbia when I was on the RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise in June on Explorer of the Sea to Alaska.


Getting here by cruise ship I imagine is infinitely more enjoyable compared to walking the entire 24,000 km of it.

Continuing towards the ship there is an opportunity to approach the river and rock hound.


Continuing, there is a nice boardwalk where the shuttle boat I saw playing under the bridge departs from. 


It's a very family friendly area and inviting.


As the slogan goes, "Find your beach".  Set up for beach volleyball this looked like a great mid-summer thing to do.



Walking along the sidewalk back to ship shows what a clean, pedestrian friendly city Saint John is.




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Back on the ship I took some Saint John photos absent of the wind that was present earlier in the day.

The terminal and tent area for the cruise terminal.


Like Halifax the hop on, hop off bus is a great option for self-explorers.

Saint John is a really nice city and I'm glad they didn't cancel our stop from the high winds or medical diversion we experienced early.



The flowrider was running but empty.


In the Viking Crown Lounge each night they have set up a temporary bar for the nearly 1,300 D/D+/P C&A guests that are eligible.


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Approaching sail away and sunset I went up to deck 12 to see what I could see.


Those smoke stacks are the Mill at the Reversing Falls.


We spun around 180° and headed out of Saint John harbor.


While subtle in this photo, I could see the river had reversed course and was draining into the harbor and the sea.










When can I come back?

With that our departure was underway and we escaped with the tide that was once again draining from the river into the sea.

Our progress...


Total cruise distance so far,  1,527 Nautical Miles.

Clocks go back one hour tonight.

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9 hours ago, twangster said:





I absolutely LOVE the gangways they have here !  Nice and SHORT.  The one they have getting on/off the ship in Baltimore is MILES long.  I hate it.  This makes so much more sense to me.

The reversing falls is very intriguing.  I knew about the Bay of Fundi's tides but I had no idea about a river that reverses its course (same causal factor, I'm thinking).  This will be a must-see on our NE/CAN cruise on Grandeur next Sept.

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10 hours ago, twangster said:

Back in the tent I immediately smelled the fudge. 

Okay @monctonguy  since I am in your home Province and a mere 90 minutes away from Moncton, I've had enough of your Canadian ...


And keep your Moose stuff ...


to yourself.


Lol..you weren't far away at all!!!...glad you are enjoying the Canadian east coast...that restaurant at the reversing falls just opened recently....looks like they did a good job with it. Glad you got to enjoy a Moosehead..its good beer!....enjoying your blog as I am so close and familiar with these ports......

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Enjoy your blog. I cruised New England & Canada cruise 8 years ago. It really nice to see all these pictures and bring back my memories. By the way, your pictures are so great. If you won't mind what is the camera you use? 

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1 hour ago, monctonguy said:

And a lot of those Halifax steps would be on some pretty good hills!

Yeah, doubt I can do them anymore.  We spend a week in Vancouver and I hurt almost all the time.  Getting old isn't for the weak...

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Day 8 - Bar Harbor, Maine

Arrival in port at 7am however we have to be processed by U.S. Customs and Immigration and this is a tender port.   We anchored near 7am but a letter dropped in my cabin stated to be in the MDR on deck 5 at 9am based on my deck.  Non-U.S. Citizens were instructed to go to the Imperial Lounge for processing.  Permanent residents were to go to the MDR with U.S. Citizens.

I ventured out to the Peak-a-boo bridge to see what I could see.  A first glimpse of Bar Harbor.



A look towards the town.


Lots of these islands dot the waters.




I assumed some excursions where picking up from the ship but it turns out they used these excursion boats as tenders for us.


Walking to the Windjammer I saw they had set up chairs as barriers in the Promenade.


After breakfast I went back to my cabin to get my things together and kill time until it was my time.  At 8:35am I thought I'd venture down and see what lines were like.  They were pretty short so I jumped into the queue where they scanned my SeaPass card (for attendance purposes) and then an immigration officer inspected our US passports.  It went pretty quick and they marked my SeaPass to indicate I had been processed.

With that I headed down to the tenders and walked right on one waiting for me.


Very pleasant ride over to Bar Harbor that lasted maybe 10 minutes.  Our boat had an excursion guide who pointed out items of interest such as this original single mast lobster boat that would have been used back in the day.


A four masted sail boat was waiting for guests. He also suggested that fall colors were beginning to peak.




By 9:10am I was on the pier.



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