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Recommended Shore Excursions in St. Johns, Newfoundland

Recommended Shore Excursions in St. Johns, Newfoundland

Of the 10 excursions currently listed by Disney Cruise Line, here are our recommendations for St. John's, Newfoundland:

Low Budget: Overall, rates in this port are a touch high, with the basic St. John's Highlights tour (SS03, $99/$84 ages 3-9, 3-3.5 hours) weighing in at about $20 more than we think it ought to. Even $49 for a 2.5-hour hike seems a bit high (see Active, below). A self-guided walking tour is a good option, for both tourists and hikers; the Grand Concourse trail network will show you the way, in-town and out http://www.grandconcourse.ca.

Big Budget: Though car-with-driver excursions may appear at some point in the future, for now, just Great Newfoundland Lobster Boil (SS08, $259/$210 ages 3-9, 3.5-4 hours) fills the Big Budget bill, or should we say, bill of fare? The rate seems excessive for a simple lobster-and-seafood feast, but a tour of St. John's is also included, which  must be worth about $75 by local standards.

Nature: Nearly every St. John's tour celebrates nature, with the Johnson GeoCentre on Signal Hill figuring in two. The Galapagos of Geology (SS05, $84/$74 ages 3-9, 3-3.5 hours) combines an hour at the GeoCentre with visits to other rocky sights. Cosmic Curiosity for Families (SS09, $79/$74 ages 5-9, 2.5-3 hours) has an out-of-this-world focus, spending all its time at the museum's astronomy and space exploration exhibits. For outdoor exploration without exertion, Puffin Watching Adventure (SS01, $159/$129 ages 0-9, 4-4.5 hours) takes to the water for a sea bird-watching extravaganza.

Active: Sea Kayaking with Puffins (SS07, $179 ages 12 and up, 5.5-6 hours) borders on Big Budget. 90 minutes will be spent traveling to and from your destination, and in the end you'll spend 2 hours kayaking to and about North America's largest puffin colony. Still, compared to Puffin Watching Adventure (above)... we'd rather pay extra to go kayaking. St. John's Coastal Trek (SS06, $49/$42 ages 8-9, 2.5-3 hours) is a scenic hike that starts at the top of Signal Hill and descends to sea level and back to port.

Armchair Travelers: Or rather, fall-out-of-your-armchair.... Rum & Rascals (SS04, $99, ages 21 and up, 3-3.5 hours) may simulate a traditional sailor’s day in port. The tour takes you to Newman's Wine Vault to sample port wine, Signal Hill to learn about Marconi and sip Cabot Tower Rum, and to Quidi Vidi Brewery to taste craft beer and learn about other local wines and spirits. 

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