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Old 06-12-2011, 12:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Halifax is a cool town, awesome stuff to see. You and your kids should love it.

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Had to go there as part of my component transfer. Hated every second of it. Halifax, St. John's, MTL, and TO are great though
I lived there for 18 years. And I'm going back for a few more for school.
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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canada is great, but if you have a bad experience dont let that stop you, i had a bad experience in edmonton, but i love canada still. keep us informed, im taking the wife on the same cruise line thru other parts when i get back from afgan
I think that was your first mistake...Edmonton is known as being the armpit of Canada.....


JUST KIDDING you Edmontonians...
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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i think that was your first mistake...edmonton is known as being the armpit of canada.....


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Old 06-12-2011, 02:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Will be cruising from NY. Canada is great, it's the cruise I am wondering about.
Stopping in Halifax and New Brunswick.
Halifax is definitely a get off the boat stop. Walk around, enjoy the city, stop at a restaurant. I know there are paintball fields in the area, but I really have no idea where they are in relation to the waterfront.

Saint John? Meh. I've never really been the biggest fan of the city. Hit up the Saint John market for sure, and check what the cruise line suggests. If you're stopping in for a full day then I suggest looking at day trips to Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks, or Cape Enrage.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Will be cruising from NY. Canada is great, it's the cruise I am wondering about.
Stopping in Halifax and New Brunswick.
Did that cruise two years ago (my mom wanted one last family vacation, so guess which kid has to fly back from CA to NJ...). The towns are great - definitely spend a lot of time in Garrison Brewery in Halifax. It's right near the dock and is oh so good. We also paid for the tour of St. John which was not worth it at all - there's nothing really historically significant, so it turns into "and we call that house the witch house... because it looks like a witch!". You'd have as much fun exploring for yourself.

We were spoiled having done a Princess Scandinavian cruise for our honeymoon, which is one of the nicer trips on one of the nicer lines. Still, the Carnival boat is fine, as is the food (especially when you do the sit-down evening meal). Your kids will love it, as they are very family-friendly... though the pool seemed, erm, skeevy. That being said, there was one huge issue we ran into: New Yorkers.

The full disclaimer is that I despise that city, its progeny, and anyone who claims to like it for its "energy" (which is just a way of reconciling insanely high rents with sh*tty, tiny apartments in dangerous neighborhoods). The cruise leaves from there and, being one of the more affordable trips, can draw some of less desirable clientele from an already unsavory region. Not dangerous or anything like that, just irritating, though again your kids probably won't notice.

That's off the top of my head - let me know if you have any specific questions.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Halifax pretty cool. Tidal pool excursion is only worth it if the tide is out. I did not waste my money. For a family of 5 I took one of those duck boat tours versus $200 plus for the boat excursion.

Best to walk around.

St. John's. Take the local bus tour $2.75 each way to the reverse falls Do not pay the ridiculous excursion fees. Coming off the boat head toward the left. There is an outdoor craft area. Nice lady does caricature of family on scallop shell for about $10

Casino on board - slot odds suck. Play blackjack instead. I won about $40.

Nice cruise and the food was AOK. On a scale on 1 -10 I rate it a 6 compared to RCCL.

Pizza on Lido Deck Excellent
Sushi Bar at 5:00 pm excellent

Nice gym to work out in, expecially is you are going to eat a lot.

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Old 06-24-2011, 11:11 AM   #17 (permalink)
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St. John's. Take the local bus tour $2.75 each way to the reverse falls Do not pay the ridiculous excursion fees. Coming off the boat head toward the left. There is an outdoor craft area. Nice lady does caricature of family on scallop shell for about $10
Please... Saint John.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:55 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Saint John is an ok but mostly uninteresting city in New Brunswick.
St. John's is a great city out on the Rock called Newfoundland.

Never confuse the two.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:19 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Saint John is an ok but mostly uninteresting city in New Brunswick.
St. John's is a great city out on the Rock called Newfoundland.
As someone who grew up there, **** yeah.
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