Recently we took a cruise on the 110,000-ton Carnival Glory from Boston to Saint Johns, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. During the sailing it was evident why passengers chose a Canada-New England sailing verses other destinations.
After spending five-days talking to guest after guests, hereâ€™s why folks chose this sailing:
Proximity of the ports. Both Boston and New York offer Canadian sailings and both cities are drive markets. With millions of potential cruise passengers within a dayâ€™s drive to both ports passengers can avoid the rising costs of airfare.
Great food. The food in Saint John and Halifax are both amazing, both ports are a seafood loverâ€™s dream! Youâ€™ll find fresh caught lobster, clams, mussels, and some Canadian delights like poutine (French fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese) along with Clamatoâ€™s, made with tomato juice, clam juice, and other spices. *Tip* The best lobster is found at the bay or along roadside seafood shacks.
The food on the ship is great too â€“ offering full course meals and a specialty restaurant.Â The award-winning Emerald Room Steakhouse ($35 fee) on Carnival Glory offers 18 oz Prime Rib.
Break from heat. A lot of folks think that traveling to Canada over the summer is going to be hot, far from the truth. In Saint John, New Brunswick when I got off the ship around 8am it was 60 degrees. The night it got even cooler at sea on the way to Halifax when the temp dropped to 55F.
Exciting Excursions. The Canadian ports offer a lot some cool sights as well as history.
The Bay of Fundy in Saint John has a tidal range of over four stories high. Depending on where you are in the bay, you can zip line over reverse rapids or walk on the ocean floor at low tide to check out the sea caves. The local markets are just a walkable couple of blocks from both Canadian ports.
In Halifax, there are cemeteries where the deceased from Titanic are buried along with a Maritime Museum right along with board walk. One of the most photographed lighthouses in the world is located in Halifax at Peggyâ€™s Cove or consider a walking tour of downtown Halifax to visit the fort overlooking the city or a motorized city/harbor duck tour.
These are just a few reasons the passengers I talked to choose to take a Canadian cruise.Â The Carnival Glory spends the summer season in New York and Boston, while the winter time is spent in Miami.
Something for everyone. A lot of the passengers on the sailing were happy because there was the kids area while the adults had the freedom to check out what they wanted. With adults-only areas, plenty of loungers, games and food — this was clearly a vacation for everyone.
Carnival Glory is going in for the Fun Ship 2.0 refit November 2012 where sheâ€™ll be fit with the latest stage shows, bars and food venues.
For more information on Carnival Canada sailings check out: www.carnival.com.
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