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About St. John, New Brunswick

Located on the Bay of Fundy, Saint John has a vibrant arts centre, quality dining and shopping, pristine parks and history lined streets. One of the city's biggest attractions is the reversing falls of the Saint John river whereby the Bay of Fundy causes the river flow to reverse. The city is also home to Martello Tower, a harbour fortification built during the war of 1812 and Fort Howe with its excellent views over the port.


Shore excursions in St. John, New Brunswick

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bay of Fundy Wildlife and Whale Watch

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 7 hours

Set off across the Bay of Fundy for an unforgettable whale and wildlife watching experience.

Your day begins with a coach drive to St Andrews, a charming resort town on the Bay of Fundy.

Here, board your boat and absorb the surroundings, as you cruise off amongst the islands keeping an eye out for eagles and seabirds, as well as seals and porpoise, who take advantage of these rich feeding areas. As you enter the open Bay of Fundy, this is where you need to watch for whales such as the finback, minke and the humpback. During your tour, a hot chocolate and cookie will be offered.

To round off your day, once back on land, you’ll have around 1 hour of free time to explore St Andrews, before returning to Saint John.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are 50 steps on a floating ramp to access the boat. Care should be taken as this may be slippery when wet. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Please dress in layers with warm clothing and rain gear, as there can be a significant temperature drop on the open Bay of Fundy. Whale and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. The Bay of Fundy tidal currents are strong and those who suffer with seasickness should take the necessary precautions. The whale and wildlife boat cruise is around 3 hours in duration. Toilet facilities are available on board.

Bay of Fundy Wildlife and Whale Watch

Fundy Coastal Photography Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 3¼ hours

Pick up some valuable tips and techniques from your professional photographer guide, as you explore the Bay of Fundy.

This tour takes you off the beaten track and along the coast of the Bay of Fundy.

Photograph some of the most iconic images of New Brunswick, including a Bay of Fundy beach, working fishing wharf, waterfalls and more. Your coastal adventure also includes a photo stop at the world renowned Reversing Falls, where the mighty Bay of Fundy causes the Saint John River to change direction twice every day and flow upstream.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised that there is approximately 1 hour of walking over varied terrain, including uneven ground. There are 20 steps at Fallsview Park to the lower observation level. Due to the extreme nature of the Bay of Fundy tide, exact ‘tidal cycles’ of the river cannot be guaranteed and the reversing falls may not always be witnessed. Please remember to bring your own camera.

Hopewell Rocks Tidal Discovery

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Experience some of the world’s highest tides as you explore the Hopewell 'Flowerpot' Rocks, a world class attraction.

Travel along the picturesque Fundy Coastal Drive to Hopewell Rocks. Your local guide will delight you on the way with both facts and folklore surrounding the Bay of Fundy coastal communities.

Pass through Fundy National Park, where you can often spot various bird species and even an occasional moose. Next, get ready to discover Hopewell Rocks, the icon of New Brunswick, and a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. Experience the Flowerpot Rocks, created by the clash of continents, carved by melting glaciers, then sculpted by the highest tides in the world. Interpretation will be delivered to explain how twice daily 1 hundred billion tons of water creates tides that can rise up to 50 feet.

A light lunch will be served at High Tide Café, before taking a drive through New Brunswick countryside on your journey back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers must be able to walk approximately 300 yards over pebbled and wet surfaces, and negotiate an optional 100 steps to walk on the sea bed. Sturdy walking shoes, that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy, are recommended. Due to the extreme tidal activity in the Bay of Fundy, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to access the ocean floor during your visit and the reversing falls may not always be witnessed.

Lobster Catch Experience

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A wonderful opportunity to join Captain Craig and discover life as a 4th generation New Brunswick lobster fisherman.

Captain Craig will join you at the pier and accompany you on a short walk to the wharf to join your boat. Having spent 35 years trawling the Bay of Fundy for lobster, Captain Craig has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share.

From trying your hand at hauling a trap and tying a buoy, you’ll have the chance to participate in many aspects of lobster fishing while Captain Craig gives you an insider’s perspective on the local industry.

Following your time on the boat, Captain Craig will walk you to the Old City Market to try a delicious lobster roll. Your tour will end here, and for those who wish to can stay in town to explore own your own, or walk back to the pier with Captain Craig.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot and by boat. There are limited places on this tour and early booking is advised. This tour involves around 45 minutes of walking, and there is a ramp with 60 steps to access the boat. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential. It is advisable to dress in layers and to bring a jacket. Passengers who wish to remain in the Old City Market are responsible for making their own way back to the ship. The lobster catch experience on board the boat is around 1¾ hours.

Ministers Island Experience and St Andrews

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

A wonderful opportunity to travel across the ocean floor to Ministers Island, and a chance to browse St Andrews.

Take in the scenery as you sit back and relax on the drive to St Andrews by the Sea, a quaint town set on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Just across the water is the historic Ministers Island, only accessible at low tide offering the rare chance to travel across the ocean floor.

As your coach takes you across the spit to the island, admire the distinctive natural marine surroundings. Once on the island, enjoy a guided tour with several stops along the way. Admire the views of Passamaquoddy Bay from the iconic bathhouse, and explore the restored Maxwell Barn and the charming summer cottage of Sir William Van Horne, founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. During your visit, a tasty soup and a sandwich will be served, accompanied by a refreshing soft drink.

Crossing back over the ocean floor to St Andrews, enjoy an orientation drive of the town before taking a little free time to browse the charming shops and boutiques.

On your return drive to the port, a photo stop will be made at Fallsview Park to admire the mighty Saint John River.

Ministers Island Experience and St Andrews

A selection of cruises to St. John, New Brunswick

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