On Sept. 10, we’re celebrating a birthday – the birth of cruise in our Port City.
On Sept. 10, 1989, the Cunard Princess called Saint John after Hurricane Gabrielle diverted the Bermuda-bound ship. Twenty-five seasons later, our Port has played host to nearly two million cruise passengers and cruise has helped transform the Uptown core.
On that first cruise ship day, the community welcomed cruise passengers with open arms. In the Sept. 11, 1989 edition of the Telegraph-Journal, passengers were quoted as saying Saint John is, “one of the friendliest cities they’ve been to.”
‘”It just knocks the hell out of the United States,” said a trumpet player from the vessel’s cabaret. ‘People are friendlier, fresher, cleaner.’ His partner, a cabaret dancer, said she found, ‘everyone makes an extra effort to be nice.’”
-Telegraph-Journal, “Cruise ship visit a pleasant one”, Sept. 11, 1989
A committee of Saint John boosters banded together to show the Cunard Princess true Maritime hospitality. This committee later grew into our award-winning Meet and Greet Committee who welcome passengers with smiles, roses and pins.
Over the years, Saint John has become known as a destination – a gem along the Canada/New England itinerary. We’re home to historic charm, rugged coastlines, world-class restaurants, trendy boutiques, natural thrill rides and, of course, friendly people.
On Sept. 10, we’re celebrating with those friendly faces who have built Saint John into the destination it is.
We’ll be stationed at the Saint John City Market (one of Saint John’s signature sights, of course) with cupcakes from Piece O’Cake Custom Creations starting at 11:30 a.m.
We want to thank you for everything you do!