Someone with the London bus transportation system was facing a big problem……. What are we going to do with all these retired old diesel double deck buses which we no longer use and we have no place to store them? And somehow he came up with this great idea; just sell them to Canada as tour buses (I have a feeling that this was Mr. Bean’s idea)! These double deck buses were seen in many of the Canadian cities.
I will openly confess that we are NOT cruise people. Truth be known, we used to pretty much poke fun AT cruise people. I laughed until I almost got a hernia when a shopowner in Seward, Alaska - upon seeing the arrival of a gigantic Princess Cruise ship - declared "brace yourself, here come the boat people.
Although I remain more of a land and air traveler, I do apologize for my past mental transgressions against the cruise aficionados. A lot of them tend to be older travelers, and God Bless them for being "out there" instead of sitting around back home. Soooooo.....
.....If you ARE a boat person, and you'd like to "do" Atlantic Canada, it's a major port of call, along with Halifax up in Nova Scotia. Those "leaf peeper" see-the-fall-colors cruises always put in at Saint John.
There are also a few shorter local cruises that are centered in/from Saint John, be they for whaling or other photographic and viewing pleasures.
Not surprisingly, cruising is mostly a late spring through summer and then into early fall thing. After that, the weather and waters become much more forbidding. So for now, the Cruise Saint John website is posting the "next cruise to port" as being in 2010. :) See the website listed below for more information about cruising in the area, especially starting in the spring.
Bay Ferries operates the ferry service that connects Digby, Nova Scotia, with Saint John, New Brunswick. It takes a couple of hours to cross the Bay of Fundy, and there are between 7 and 17 runs per week, depending on the time of year.
The Saint John terminal is located at 600 Lancaster Street Saint John, New Brunswick.
Make sure to call in advance to find out if the ferries are running that day, especially in the fall and winter.
The ferries will take you across the bay of Fundy to Digby, Nova Scotia and takes a few hours depending on weather.
I enjoyed the trip over, it was a great way to relax for a bit after all the driving we did. But unfortunately the day we travelled...the fog was a thick as soup!
Oh well... it was still a nice little trip.