On Oct. 25, the last ship of our 25th cruise season sailed away.
From the glass pedway of Port Saint John’s Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal, we watched Oceania Cruise Lines’ Regatta go by. She was lit up and sounding her horn, all for the party goers cheering, toasting and snapping photos. In the harbour, tug boats from Atlantic Towing sprayed water in the air in a spectacular and uniquely Saint John show.
Revel at the Lido was more than just a celebration of 25 successful cruise seasons. It was the celebration of a community that reached out in 1989 to visitors in need of a warm welcome and have been doing so ever since.
Now, Port Saint John has seen over two million cruise passengers pass through. The waterfront has been transformed and enhanced. Our infrastructure has evolved from sheds and tents to two state-of-the-art cruise terminals. In turn, those terminals have evolved into venues capable of housing a party like Revel at the Lido, weddings, business meetings and large-scale conferences, such as T4G’s Big Data Congress.
Cruise has a $41.5 million impact annually on the region and has helped transform Saint John’s vibrant Uptown core. Our Port City has been internationally recognized as a tourism destination brimming with rugged beauty, historic charm and genuine hospitality.
It only made sense to celebrate a quarter-century in the cruise business in style.
Revel at the Lido brought members of the community together, outfitted in 1920s attire in a venue that rivaled one of The Great Gatsby’s famous affairs.
Downstairs, party goers danced to local music sensation WTFunk underneath the glittering chandeliers. Upstairs, they perused the makeshift mini-mall featuring local businesses, all of whom generously donated prizes to our play-money casino. The casino itself was crowded with guests trying their luck at the host of prize offerings.
Our own Betty Mac Millan, manager of cruise development, recognized sponsors, cruise pioneers and champions for their support and help making Saint John a destination port for passengers.
The evening raised a grand total of $5,200 for the Saint John Seafarer’s Mission. The local branch is part of an international organization, offering a home away from home to visiting seafarers.
Thank you to all who joined us in revelling. You make Saint John a party, on cruise days and beyond.
This evening would not have been possible without sponsors like,
|Atlantic Pilotage Authority|
|Carnival Cruise Line|
|Ambassatours Gray Line|
|Country 94/97.3 The Wave|
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