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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Day At The Cruise Harbour In St.John

It’s amazing what happens these days. Couple of days ago I got a phone call from the only cruise agency in Saint John,
“Aquila Tours” asking about whether our van would be available for a day of shuttling cruise passengers.  I accepted the work order and yesterday morning I left Campobello at 7:15am.
1-20160913_072514-001  Lubec, eastern-most town of the U.S bathing in first sunlight

It is around 3hrs to the port city so I reached the cruise terminal around 10am. My first tour was not before 12 noon but from then on I had a trip every hour.
1-20160913_131411And my passengers were booked in for the Zip Line, which means they try to fly along a strung-out wire between 5 poles set up along a slope.





1-20160913_131429  “Grandma” hanging off the wire
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If you think that this was only used by young people, than think again, for even grandma wanted to fly. Most people let out a wild scream once they left the platform fastened to the pole. Even in my wildest dreams i could not imagine to do this, let alone the fact that they paid $150 Bucks for the “adventure”.

Arriving at the cruise terminals I was greeted by one of the longest and tallest cruise liners I have ever seen.
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At the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal lay the 348m long “Anthem Of The Seas”, a ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL).
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45 minutes later the 294m long “Norwegian Gem” of Norwegian Cruise Lines pulled in at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal.
Both ships have been built by “Meyer Shipyard” in Papenburg, Germany.
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Saint John was about to be swamped by nearly 7000 people off the ships. I am sure Saint John’s business owners had already trained their binoculars on the most prosperous looking passengers.
1-20160913_105638   Our van “dwarfed” by the giant ships
1-20160913_112710Shortly before 12pm a nice young man came up to me and the van and introduced himself as being from the Zip-Line and that we would spend the afternoon together, he as a guide and me driving.
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St. John’s “Reversing Falls” with Irving’s “lovely” Pulp Mill as thebackground.
 
When all the fun was over at 6:30pm I had yet 3 hrs to get home to our much more quiet Campobello Island. Aahhh… what a relief to turn back across the FDR-International Bridge.

4 comments:

  1. I would rather be in the van that on the zip lines:)

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  2. I agree. I think there would be much more interesting places to visit than ride a zip line.

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  3. Sounds like it was and interesting and profitable day for you. No way I would that zip line either especially for $150.00 !

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  4. Cruising with a floating city is not my cup of tea but the Zip Line is on my bucket list. I am just looking for a lower price.

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