Queeg500 Posted August 22, 2013 #1 Share Posted August 22, 2013 I need a sanity check of our planned itinerary for St. John NB. I'm concerned that I'm trying to cram too much into a single day and don't want to accidentally overstay our welcome. We'll be arriving on the Carnival Glory at 8 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The ship leaves port at 4 PM, so I'm thinking we should have about 6 hours to play with. There are four adults. But I really don't want to play "cat herder" and try to rush everyone along. I have a rental car reserved at Avis. If I leave the ship as soon as possible and walk the couple of blocks down to the rental car place, is it realistic to plan on being on the road by 9 AM? There are 2 other ships in St. John that day, but one of them doesn't arrive until 10 AM. We plan to drive straight to St. Martins and see the sea caves. Low tide is at 9:31. It's a 50 minute drive. Is about an hour exploring the caves a good amount of time without rushing? Two of the people in our group are in their 70s so we won't be moving very fast. We'll miss the exact low tide, but I'm hoping that won't be too much of a problem. Next is clam chowder at The Caves restaurant which is right near the beach. It shouldn't take more than an hour here.. right? Then on to the Fundy Trail Parkway. This is only about 5 minutes away. It closes on Thanksgiving (Canadian), so it should still be open. Just driving around the parkway takes an hour, so I'm adding another hour for stops at lookouts for photos. If we have time, I wouldn't mind going on down to the West Quaco lighthouse on the way back. It's a 3 km detour. According to google maps, the round trip drive time is about 3 hours. So assuming 1 hour at the caves, 1 hour at the restaurant, and 1 hour for stops on the parkway, that takes us to 6 hours. That should get us back in town by 3 PM. Is that cutting it too close? I guess plan B would be to skip the parkway drive, head back to St. John after the restaurant and check out Market Square. But one of the reasons for this cruise is to see the fall colors. So if at all possible, we'd like to fit in the scenic drive. Any and all recommendations are welcome. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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