Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Go with: Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess
Think of Saint John kind of like Canada’s St. Augustine, Florida. Just colder. Both sit on rivers named the St. John and are considered the oldest cities in their respective countries. But THIS Saint John, on the Bay of Fundy, offers a totally different experience than its US counterpart. In addition to watching currents from the river battle those from the bay at Reversing Falls, you can take a short trip to the highest tides in the world at Hopewell Rocks or appreciate the entire bay while biking along the Fundy Trail Parkway. And the city itself is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, showcasing colonial architecture and stone churches and castles reminiscent of those in the United Kingdom.
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Matt Meltzer is a staff writer at Thrillist and really just needs a steel-drum band playing "Yellow Bird" to enjoy a cruise. Follow him on Instagram: @meltrez1.