Above: The harbor entrance is called the Narrows.
Below: The harbor.
Above: The primary cruise ship berth is Piers 10 and 11.
Below: AIDAvita at Pier 17.
St. John's hosts aboput 140,000 cruise ship visitors each year. The cruise season runs from May into October. The port is included on some transatlantic crossings and on some cruises to Eastern Canada.
Ships approach the harbor through a channel called “The Narrows.” As the name indicates, this is a narrow waterway with towering cliffs on either side. Because this approach is so narrow, cruise ships have been known to cancel the port if the weather is bad or if the winds are too strong.
Once through the Narrows, the harbor opens out and the towering hills surrounding it serve to protect it from the weather. The harbor is rectangular in shape with most of the city on the western side of the harbor.
The primary cruise ship berth combines Piers 10 and 11. It is on the west side of the harbor parallel to Harbour Drive. The center of town is just on the other side of the road.
If two cruise ships are in port, the smaller ship docks at Pier 17, which is on the north side of the harbor. Some ships run a bus shuttle from here into the center of town but the distance to the center of town is not very far.
There is no cruise terminal building in St. John's.
In addition to cruise ships, there are often large commercial ships berthed in the harbor.
Above: Queen Elizabeth docked in St. John's.
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