|New cap & tourist map of Saint John, NB, Canada|
My in-laws were accommodating. I get motion sick far too easy, and my daughter has shown a tendency toward car sickness, though she has been much better since we gave her sea-bands and lollipops on long drives. I also didn't want to deal with a airplane transfer with kids in tow, so my in-laws arranged for a short cruise (4 days) that left from Boston.
We had one stop - at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. We took a brief 'trolley' (bus) tour of the city. Mostly historic highlights. Interesting bits - like the two Hollywood connections - both Donald Sutherland and Louis B. Mayer grew up in Saint John - about as far from L.A. as you can get. (I didn't realize until he said it, but our driver/guide sounded a lot like Donald Sutherland. So, if you're wondering what kind of accent Sutherland has, it's Saint John, I guess.)
|Saint John, from the top (mini-golf) deck of the ship|
The rest of the time we kept busy on the ship, Carnival Glory. The kids had fun. Well, my boy had fun - my girl had a blast! Couldn't get her out of the pool. They also had Camp Carnival, which was a play space where we could drop the kids for an hour or so. We used it a few times, and the staff there were very nice. Mostly, it was eating at the buffet and then resisting eating at the buffet. Evening dinners were pleasant and gave an excuse for dressing up a little. Mini-golf on the 12th deck and the occasional quick drink in the evening when the grandparents offered to watch the kids for an hour or two.
Weather was in our favor, sunny the entire time except a brief shower one dusk. Cool, though. Being in the heated pool made for a shock when getting out of the water.
The big negative everyone agreed on was the freakin' music on the ship. Too loud, too much, too long. They had a full P.A. system at the main pool with dance mixes and you could not get away from it. My father-in-law & brother-in-law wore earplugs poolside. Carnival definitely want to be the party line, but you know they are cheap enough that there were plenty of families and seniors around - it wasn't just college kids looking for hookups.
Would I cruise again? Absolutely. On Carnival? No, I enjoy being able to hear myself think once in a while. I would consider a Caribbean destination at some point - mostly for the wife, because I'm not much of a beach guy. But, I'd really like more Canada Maritimes, I think. There is a cruise out of Boston that not only does the Maritimes' ports, but also cruises down the St. Lawrence right into Montreal. I could enjoy that, imagining "coureurs de bois" of old.
L'anse Aux Meadows is another dream destination for me, personally. I've always been intrigued by the idea of Vikings reaching North America. I'd probably need to arrange a hop to a lesser known cruise line, though, the more familiar major cruise lines don't seem to go up that far north (at least, not from Boston.)
Now, back to the regularly scheduled groove.