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Going to St John and Halifax on Disney cruise in June

We are going taking my 7 yr old daughter on the tugboat tour but then have until 5:30 to explore Halifax- I was wondering since we really only have time for lunch- where we should go for lunch- would love seafood and lobster. Not sure if we will take the Pink Bus tour or just walk.

St. John we are going on the Tea party tour at the gardens which takes up majority of the day but is there someplace that we must see?

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  1. I was in Halifax last summer and had a good lobster dinner at Five Fishermen. Check it out.

    In St John's, when you say 'some place we must see', are you looking for just food suggestions or tourist sites? It's my hometown and i used to work at one of the city's most popular attractions so I can help!

    Where are you coming from?

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    1. re: cellophane_star

      This is great thanks. We are coming from NY (Disney''s first voyage to Canada from NY)- The daytrip we booked with Disney is for a tea at the gardens in St John's which I think will be taking up the majority of the day we have there but Halifax we booked the Theodore the Tugboat and that's it which is finished at 10 so we have until 5:30 in Halifax- I was really looking for a good lunch spot and places we can walk around to - we will look into Five Fishermen- good to know. thankjs- any recommendations for the short limited time would be great

      1. re: Disneycruise

        St. John's: I'm not familiar with a tea party at the gardens... do you know that name of the gardens?

        A few neat little trips within walking distance from the St. John's harbour (where your cruise ship will dock) include walking up and down Duckworth & Water Street to check out the shops (especially The Tickle Trunk, Downhome, Newfoundland Weavery and Fat Nanny's... buy some bread or raisin tea buns here... the best!), eating fish and chips from Ziggy Peelgoods (a stationary food truck parked on Water Street), though you must get them topped with "dressing" & gravy. Dressing = stuffing, like Thanksgiving turkey stuffing. Stop for a coffee and an amazing chocolate dipped oat cookie at Hava Java. Buy a locally designed t-shirt at Living Planet.

        If you have a car or want to take a taxi, you are very close to Signal Hill. At the top of the hill is Cabot Tower, the site where the first transAtlantic signal was received in 1901. The views from here are totally amazing. Dependoing on the season, you may see an iceberg or a whale in the ocean below! If you have time, you can walk on a trail from the top of Signal Hill into The Battery, a small former fishing village where the houses are built into the cliffs. It's beautiful. If you don't have the time for a hike, take a cab back down but stop at the Geocentre. It's a geological museum with great interactive displays for kids. 2/3s of the building is underground so you can see the rocks of Signal Hill. I used to work at the Geocentre and Cabot Tower, btw. They are world class sites for tourists.

        Halifax: it's really nice to walk up and down the waterfront (which is where you'll go to catch Thomas the Tugboat. At the end, there's a great farmer's market (Seaport FM, I believe it's called). Lots of see there, depending on which day of the week you are visiting. Along the boardwalk, there were a lot of shops, including a cool candy/ice cream shop called Sugah. You could also tour the Alexander Keith's Brewery. Yes, even with a 7 year old! The tour is about an hour long and it's really nice to see the historic brewery. It's very theatrical, animated and the crew sings traditional Irish songs in the end.. Kids get lemonade & iced tea at the end instead of beer. I'd recommend going even if you don't like beer. It's quaint.

        Besides Five Fishermen, I don't have any specific recommendations for lunch (I ate there at dinnertime.. Lobster!) but any kid (or my 35 year old husband) would get a kick out of Beavertails. They're a flat piece of fried dough covered in icing and candy. They have a booth on the waterfront as well. Very Canadian!

        That's all I can think of right now. Let me know if you have any other questions!

        1. re: cellophane_star

          I just found the description of the tea party from Disney for St John's NB
          Travel to St. Andrews By-the-Sea and discover the award-winning Kingsbrae Garden, where you'll join Disney Characters in a Garden Tea Party! its supposed to be the Alice and Wonderland teaparty. that brewery tour in Halfax wonderful in fact I just mentioned them to my 78 yr old mom who's coming and now we're so excited- we'd rather hear from the locals what to do the do strictly tourist driven. thank you so much I am definetly printing these suggestions and bringing them with us.

          1. re: Disneycruise

            Ok so you are not going to St. John's, Newfoundland but rather Saint John, New Brunswick. You'll still have fun (though NB is not as cool as NL!) ;)

            1. re: Disneycruise

              My favourite Beavertail is the Killaloe (sp?) Sunrise, which has butter, cinnamon sugar and lemon juice. It's my kids' favourite too.

      2. Are you going to St. John's, Newfoundland, or Saint John, News Brunswick? They are two different cities in two provinces. I thought Disney cruises stop at Saint John, NB.

        If you are going to St. John's, NL, then definitely go to Signal Hill if you have time.

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        1. re: cecilia

          I was going to ask the same question but didn't think cruise ships would to Saint John, NB!

        2. For Halifax, I really love the fish and chips at The Battered Fish, which is a stand on the boardwalk near where you will board Theodore the Tugboat. It will be between the pier where the ship docks and Theodore. If you are looking for full service, there are lots of great spots, but I would avoid Waterfront Warehouse and Murphy's.

          The Discovery Centre is a big hit with kids. It's just up the hill from where Theodore docks.

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          1. re: CanadaGirl

            I just checked with Disney it is definetly St John NB ad the tea party is Travel to St. Andrews By-the-Sea and discover the award-winning Kingsbrae Garden, where you'll join Disney Characters in a Garden Tea Party

          2. I was thinking, and don't know that the pink bs tour would be great for a 7 year old. If you want to do a tour on land, you might do the Harbour Hopper, which does land and a bit of water. I know yore doing a big water tour on Theodore, but they are In different areas and the water part of the Harbour Hopper isn't very long. My kids LOVE the Theodore your, FYI.

            I will post again after I ask my son their favourite spots downtown. They have pretty go taste :)

            1. So, I spoke to my sons (7 & 9) to see what they recommend for the waterfront. Here's what I got, in no particular order:
              - Battered Fish http://thebatteredfish.ca/
              - A Mano. It's a pizza place with wood ovens. It is in the bottom floor of a condo building on the waterfront called Salters Landing. It is the building past Sugah! , behind the parking lot. If you are walking north from the pier where the ship docks to Theodore, it will be near to the cruise ship http://www.ristoranteamano.ca/
              - The Grill at Cut (http://www.cutsteakhouse.ca/the-grill/) has great high end burgers.

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              1. re: CanadaGirl

                thank you for the suggestions. We leave this Sunday- can you please tell me what the weather has been like during the day? We are definetely going on the Harbour Hopper- although they don't take reservations- it looks like they have plenty of times to take advantage of it. thanks for that suggestion- it is definetly right up our alley

                1. re: Disneycruise

                  Forecast on The Weather Network.com looks good in Halifax... 20's and sunny. Calls for rain on Sunday. Nice for the rest of the week. Bring an umbrella just in case though ;)

                  1. re: cellophane_star

                    thank you- will be leaving nyc on Sunday- so we'll be up there in perfect time for sunny weather

                  2. re: Disneycruise

                    Halifax weather is pretty variable this time of year. This week is below seasonal, but next week is looking back to normal. Remember, we use Celsius, so that 20 Cellophane_Star mentioned is about 70. It can be quite humid, but it shouldnt be hot enoigh for that to be an issue next week But an umbrella is a good idea!

                    Have fun. This is a beautiful time in our city.

                    1. re: CanadaGirl

                      I forgot about celsius- and kept thinking boy have to pack some winter clothes! LOL thank you. We will be packing for cold weather on the ocean but shorts for Halifx.

                2. How was the cruise? What did you end up doing in port?

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                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                    the cruise was excellent- loved loved the food, staff and many many things to see on board. In Halifax we did the Theodore Tugboat tour and Popper Hopper- we even made it to Its Sugarh- excellent ice cream by the way you were right on with that recommendation- I sent about 5 other famiies there after eating ours. The hopper was excellent- just enough history to keep my 6 yr old awake and then going into the water - Theodore the Tugboat - we were not happy with at all. We went thru DIsney so it was very expensive. Since we never watched this PBS show- there was no connection. There are no seats so my mom had a problem standing the whle time..the tour guide was very cute but had no electric microphone and would just speak like she was having a conversation so the kids were not at all interested. She said there is way too much static but yet when we went on the Hopper they had one with no problems. I wish we stuck to just the harbor hopper as it was so entertaining. The park in between Theodore and Hopper was a highlight too (go figure). We saw Five Fisherman on the Hopper tour and tried to get back but got tired we found out that Dirty Nellies came from Ireland so we went there and it turns out the pub crawl was there so we heard the history lot of fun. In St John- we went to the Disney tour of a garden at St Andrew by the Sea- again very very expensive through Disney and so not worth it..the gardens very small but the tour guide Blue Bonnie was wonderful. I think next time we would just walk around town in St John and skip the tour. At that park we ran into 5 other disney cruise families and they appreciated your recommendations as well - so thank you. You were an excellent resource. If you ever come to NY let me know i can reciprocate

                    1. re: Disneycruise

                      Fabulous!! Glad you liked Halifax. My husband and I have been to Manhattan a few times (live it) but plan on taking our sons in a couple years, when they are 9 and 11. Will need advice then :)

                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                        Grandma has decided we must go back on the Disney cruise early Sept to enjoy the cruise now that we know what to do. My question, last time we made the mistake (unknowingly) booking way too may land tours. This time we'll make it to Fiver Fisherman and the brewwery tour for Halifax but would like to find that market in St John NB- is it walkable or do we have to climb that huge hill we saw? also there was a grill burning some food across from the pier- we saw from some responses that the food was awful yet is smelled wonderful.. has anyone been there?

                        1. re: Disneycruise

                          I can't help with Saint John, as I've only been twice. But, September is usually a great time to visit Halifax; the weather tends to be better than in June.