Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saint John [UPDATED]

That big girl is the Jewel of the Seas, a Royal Carribbean cruise ship docked at Saint John yesterday afternoon as I left a work commitment to return to Fredericton in time to (dispiritedly) vote. Not a great shot; but not a lot of places to actually stop and take a photo in Saint John's cramped olde-fashioned downtown. Cruise ships stopping in Saint John is a relatively new phenomenon, but there's been a lot of talk about the injection of cash these folks give the economy when they do. Yesterday for the first time I saw for myself - area around the docks was simply packed with people, on a Tuesday mid-afternoon, everyone from actors in costume offering guided hikes of the neighbourhood and architecture to food vendors to souvenir vendors, and hundreds - perhaps thousands - of cruise ship passengers wandering about. Every restaurant patio was full, every sidewalk crowded. (The crowds began further up the street I was on, near the bow, where the passengers disembarked and were greeted.) I can only imagine what the City Market, a recommended destination for the passengers, was like.

Them with a burning interest in the Port of Saint John, and whether or not it is hosting a cruise ship, can do so from anywhere in the world thanks to this webcam.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful ship. It was here in Maine a few days ago. I'd like to be on it...sailing away from our upcoming winter. :)


2:09 p.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Brian, thanks for dropping by. I didn't know she had been in Maine a while ago. I'm glad they're adding these northwestern stops to their cruises in recent years; it's a beautiful part of the continent far too few Americans and Canadians get to personally experience.


9:26 p.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

PS Farmer's Almanac calls for another winter like last winter for you and I... button up and batten down!


9:26 p.m.  
Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

I'm no photo expert but i think it is a great shot. I get tired of the classic cruise-ship pic from above, like we need to be reminded that, yes, this is floating, on water, yup. This view on the ground shows just how massive these things are, and what a big unscaleable (except in thrillers) wall they present from ground view, plus i get a look at a cool sky.

1:55 p.m.  

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