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About St. John's, Newfoundland

En route from New England to Canada, this charming and historic port, St John's is the capital of Newfoundland and the oldest city in Canada. Dating back to the 16th century, its long heritage is reflected in some well-preserved historic buildings.

As it is right by the easternmost point (Cape Spear) of North America, it has always been a busy port with many ships and travellers passing through. There is a real pioneer spirit about the place. In the winter, temperatures can fall to 40F below - hard to believe as you bask in the warmth of the summer or autumn sun. The surrounding country is exceptionally scenic and you can enjoy some spectacular walks, particularly around Cape Spear and nearby Petty Harbour.


Shore excursions in St. John's, Newfoundland

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Stroll around St John's

Activity medium

Duration: 2 hours

Discover St Johns on a guided stroll, the best way to see the city close up.

A short transfer will take you into the centre of St John’s, where you’ll begin your stroll through the city. Exploring on foot with a guide is the ideal way of making the most of your time in St John’s.

Your guide will take you past the highlights and bring the history of the city alive. Admire the architecture of the Basilica of St John's, the Anglican Cathedral and Government House. As you make your way back to the pier, you’ll pass St John's City Hall, the Courthouse and the Newfoundland Museum.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or school bus and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking over varying terrain including steps and some slight inclines. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. An inside visit to the church and cathedral cannot be guaranteed as services may be taking place.

Coastal Hike

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

Set off on a hike and admire the views and flora and fauna of St John’s.

Take a short transfer to the top of Signal Hill, where you’ll set off on a guided hike. Take in spectacular panoramic views of the coastal landscape and captivating scenery of one of the Canada's busiest working ports, considered by many to be North America's 'first city'. Discover the area's most popular hiking trail while descending almost 500 feet in elevation to sea level. Admire the flora from wild flowers to berry bushes and if you’re lucky you’ll catch sight of a variety of local birdlife.

At the end of the trail, head back towards your ship on foot via the New World's first European street, pausing to browse at local art and craft galleries along the way.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or school bus and on foot. This tour is only for those in good physical condition. The hike is over approximately 1 mile and has some steep inclines and steps. This tour is not recommended for children. Footwear suitable for hiking over rough and uneven ground is essential. It is advisable to take a back pack, a bottle of water and to dress according to the weather.

Rum, Beer and Newfoundland 'Screech-In'

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover St John’s traditions and history through the tasting of its rum and beer, and experience a ‘Screech-In!’

Visit the top of Signal Hill for a photo stop, and a chance to sample the local rum. A costumed character will share with you historical recipes and mixing ingredients used to make rum. You’ll sample several varieties that were once served to the pirates of the 17th century, Royal Navy of the 19th century and the British Army from the 19th-20th century.

Continue your journey through the historic fishing village of Quidi Vidi, pronounced Kiddy Viddy, a small fishing village, which is still home to local fishermen that brave the Atlantic Ocean every day making a living. You’ll stop at a local pub and sample a local brew, and then continue on foot to a second pub to take part in the time honored ‘Screech-In’ ceremony. Be prepared to introduce yourself and recite the ceremony oath, swig back a shot glass of ‘Screech’……..and if you pass the ceremony you’ll be an honorary Newfoundlander!

Essential information

Participants on this tour must be aged 19 years and over. The order of this tour may vary. There are steps and uneven ground to negotiate during this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Sights and GeoCentre

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Delve into the fascinating world of Newfoundland’s geology and capture the views from Signal Hill.

Discover the geological marvels that Newfoundland has to offer with a visit to the fascinating Johnson GeoCentre, a world-class museum, interactive exhibition and educational facility. Considered to be one of the world’s foremost geological museums, the GeoCentre features a variety of interactive exhibit, which includes a special exhibit that tells the untold story of the Titanic that sank off Newfoundland.

During your tour, a photo stop at the historic Signal Hill will allow you to capture lovely panoramic views of the rugged coastline and picturesque harbour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that there will be approximately 1½ hours of leisurely walking over varying terrain, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

St John’s and Cape Spear

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Admire St John's, Signal Hill and national historic site of Cape Spear.

Discover St John's beautiful and busy harbour, whose history dates back to 1497. A panoramic drive will take you through the city to see an interesting mixture of architecture; brightly coloured wooden houses, stone churches, colonial buildings and modern commercial structures, Government House, Garrison Church and the Basilica of St John the Baptist.

Visit Signal Hill where Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless signal in 1901. Then, travel to Cape Spear, an escarpment jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and the easternmost point in North America. Those who wish to do so can explore the Cape Spear Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province. It has been restored to its 1839 appearance and shows how a lighthouse keeper and his family might have lived in the mid-19th century.

Returning to St John’s pier, enjoy a photo opportunity en route in the picturesque fishing village of Petty Harbour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests wishing to walk to the restored Lighthouse are advised that it involves approximately 140 steps and uneven ground (admission is included). The remainder of the tour involves around 1 hour of walking and standing.


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