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|Posted on September 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM||comments (7902)|
I recieved the following question from one of my passengers and thought hey, I bet alot of people would appreacaite this story!
On 2014-09-29 13:42, Grann wrote:
Thanks for the terrific tour and pictures.
Question – what is the reason for receiving the roses or flag pins (?) for men when we disembarked from the Gradeur of the Seas in Saint John. Couldn't remember the story and am putting together an album about the cruise.
Ann T. Thompson (the crab bag lady with Goetz's candy from Baltimore!!!)
On Sep 29, 2014, at 8:47 PM, Dave <[email protected]> wrote:
Dave here, glad you enjoyed the tour and very happy you are using the pics!
15 years ago, the first cruise ship came into port seeking safe harbour from a massive hurricane called Floyd coming up the Atlantic Seaboard. Saint John was given only 12 hours to plan the welcome of the ship before its arrival. All hands were on deck working through the night to prepare for its arrival. Special busses were arranged by Saint John City Transit, the Taxi companies called in extra drivers and every rose in the city as well as a hoard of pins from City Hall was gathered together to be given out as small tokens of welcome and gratitude for the opportunity to host the ship and her passengers. Volunteer greeters we assembled and briefed to help the arriving passengers find their way on tours and answer questions. All through that night the welcome mat was woven readied to go as the ship sailed in. Locals were informed of the ships arrival on the morning airwaves and asked to be especially friendly and helpful to our surprise guests that would be carrying roses and sporting pins on their lapels’.
This welcome wagon was so successful, we have grown from that first ship, to approx. 80 ships each year, from those 3300 passengers to over 220,000 passengers annually.
Today, the tradition of giving the Roses & Pins continues, to welcome our cruise guests, remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have this beautiful city to share and of course, they still identify our guests to the locals, so everyone gets a warm welcome!
Thanks for asking~
UPDATE: After 26 years there has been a new development with this long tradition. The Roses & Loyalist Pins have been replaced by a "Three Sisters Lamp" Pin instead. They are limited in number and each year a different Landmark will be reproduced and given to cruise passengers as the come ashore to play! Great Idea!
|Posted on September 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM||comments (1061)|
Hello out there in vacationland!
The Cruise season is in full swing now with ships arriving almost daily! Our schedule is nearly full with only a few dates still available to host tours. Please act fast if you plan on booking a tour as we are selling out availability fast!
Of course as in years past our most popular tour is of the Top Sites of Saint John & St Martin's and the Bay of Fundy.This tour includes but is not limited to:
Pick up at Terminal
St. Patrick’s Memorial Park (Historical Site)
Tour of the Imperial Theater (Historic Theater, Harry Houdini performed here)
Fort Howe (Historical, Photographical and Scenic Site)
Reversing Falls (Natural Wonder)
Big Rig Launching Pad (Engineering Wonder)
Witch's Manor (Home of the Wicked Witch of the West) …really!
Carlton Martello Tower (National Historical Site of Canada)
Travel to St Martins along the coast of the Bay of Fundy->
Black River Harbour (Scenic)
Duck Pond Beach (Scenic Ocean Vista)
Lunch Break at The Caves (seafood)
The Fundy Trail (Scenic Toll Road, Natural beauty and Flower Pot Rocks)
The Sea Caves of St Martins (walk on Ocean floor)
Visit to St Martins twin Covered Bridges, the Harbour and one of the oldest lighthouses in Canada (you can climb to the top!)
Quaco Lighthouse high atop the Quaco Ledges overlooking Thurm Rock
-->Return to Saint John with a return visit to the Reversing Falls (the change in the river will be amazing).
Tour terminating either at your Cruise Terminal or the City Market (recommended as it allows you to meander back to the ship through the heart of historic Saint John, only 3 blocks from the ship!)
Hope to see you soon, till then may you have calm seas and fair winds!
|Posted on September 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM||comments (1601)|
|Posted on July 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM||comments (587)|
USA Today has discovered The Bay of Fundy! Posted on June 27, 2013 USA Today story listed the Bay of Fundy as one of its picks for Top 10 Road Trips in North America. In part the story reads:
" Fundy Coastal Drive, New Brunswick
Distance: 220 miles from St. Andrews to Moncton
New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy is home to the world's most extreme tides, and there's no better way to see them than on a scenic drive along the province's coastline. Begin in St. Andrews, a lovely seaside resort town where art galleries, shops, and a luxuriant public garden make up the downtown area and kayak and whale-watching tours line the cove. Continue along the coast to Saint John, stopping at the Saint John City Market for local crafts and regional specialties like dulse, edible seaweed that is dried, flaked, and used as seasoning.
About an hour outside of Saint John, the Fundy Trail Parkway opens up to panoramic views of the bay. Take on any of the parkway's 16 lookouts by foot and you'll be rewarded with wilderness vistas in every direction. Build in enough time to fully explore Fundy National Park. From the park's headlands, watch fishing boats depart and return with fresh hauls, then venture into its deep woods on miles of hiking trails. To witness firsthand the power of the tides, visit the Hopewell Rocks—at low tide, you can walk right out onto the ocean floor and stand dwarfed by the reddish sandstone formations that, at high tide, are surrounded by water."
It seems our little secret is out!