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This thread leads you to Saint John New Brunswick which is about 400 miles from St. John's Newfoundland. Opps. People get them confused all the time.


In St. John's, NL the ship will dock at "the waterfront" which is immediately adjacent to the main commercial street, Water St. There is local shopping right there. The old city is all around you and if you are up to a good walk you can see lots. A great way to spend the day would be to get a taxi up to the top of Signal Hill and work your way back down. You will pass Signal Hill as you come in through "the narrows" entering the harbour. The entrance to the harbour is very small and the magic of the city is that you could have sailed right past in the old days and not even know it was there...very easy to defend> if you can be outside as you sail in you should.


Signal Hill has been fortified from the late 1600's until WW2. UBoats were right outside the harbour and the Germans even sank 4 merchant vessels in the area. Marconi received the first wireless message on Signal Hill ( we have his kite at another museum in town as well)


The Geo Centre is a geology museum half way down the hill....all underground. Also an interpretative centre with all of the history of the site. The tall building you see at the top of the hill in the city...the one with the red roofs is " The Rooms", our new provincial museum, art gallery and archives. They have a good cafe too with the best view on the island...would be worth a visit if you're a culture kind of person.


Best feed in town is fish and chips at the Duke of Duckworth pub. Ask anyone on the street and they will direct you...maybe 15 minutes walk from the ship. Many other superb restaurants right on Water Street including a great cafe called The Rocket which will probably have local musicians playing on a cruise day. Cheap, cheerful and tasty. Have a brownie. Water Street and the next one above it, Duckworth Street have shops and galleries that are unique and fun.


Other options would be to go to Cape Spear, the most easterly point on the continent, but you may see that as you sailed past. You can see it from the top of Signal Hill.


Anything else you'd like to know just ask. Lived here all my life and as you may be able to tell, really love it here.


Hope that helps.




Hello Molly,

Can you tell me does the ship dock right past the entrance of the harbour or does it dock at the southern most part of the harbour. Trying to get the position for the closest car rental on either New Gower St. or at the Marriot on Duckworth. Thank you :confused:

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