Cruise ship passengers say Saint Johners rude, unfriendly

Cruise ship passengers say Saint Johners rude, unfriendly

Saint John — As one of the largest cruise ships to visit the Renaissance City left port this week, some of the passengers aboard complained that the Saint Johners they met were very unfriendly and extremely rude.

“I have no idea what happened,” exclaimed Mayor Mel Norton. “We go out of our way to roll out the proverbial red carpet when we have cruise ship passengers in town. I don’t know who they ran into, but we are very distressed to hear a poor review of our hospitality.”

The Liberty of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships to visit Saint John this season, with more than 3,800 passengers and 1,600 crew. These most recent passengers are just some of the almost 36,000 cruise ship tourists who have visited Saint John since the season started in early May. Considering these guests are a huge economic boon to the uptown, Saint Johners typically make every effort to make passengers feel welcome.

The Liberty docked overnight early on Tuesday morning, and some passengers were already exploring the barren streets of the uptown core at dawn. It is around this time that the passengers claim that they encountered the aloof locals.

“We’d never met a real Canadian before, so we didn’t quite know what to expect or even what they looked like,” said New Jersey resident Anthony Johnson. “No one was around that early so when we saw some people by the General Store, we were very relieved. My wife Emily and I walked up and introduced ourselves — no response at all. Then we asked directions, but they just ignored us completely. They acted like we weren’t even there.

“After asking a few times nicely, I got a little irate,” continued Johnson. “I hate being ignored when I’m speaking, so these people were really pushing my buttons. One man just buried his head in his newspaper and wouldn’t even look up at us. The couple on the motorcycle didn’t say a word to us either.

“We went over to Market Square to talk to the people hanging out there, and they did the exact same thing! They completely refused to acknowledge us in any way; it was like they couldn’t even hear us! I told Emily that if this the kind of hospitality that Saint John has to offer, I’m not spending one penny in this city!”

“Luckily, the couple snapped some pictures,” said Norton. “We’ve contacted the cruise line and asked them to email us the photos so we can try to figure out what happened.” The Manatee also contacted the cruise line to obtain these pictures. If you recognize these Saint Johners (see photo), please contact the mayor’s office.

“I’m not proud of this,” concluded Johnson, “but I became so angry that I took a swing at one of those jerks. I’ll tell you one thing — whoever they are, they sure can take a punch.”

  1. This doesn’t sound like Saint John!

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  2. I have a hard time believing this of Saint John.

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  3. i am really surprised,,,i have never met a Saint Johner who was not friendly,,wonder if they were Saint Johners,really,i am really surprised,,,

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  4. Sounds exactly like Saint John I hate the fucking city bunch of douche bags Christ last time I went to a movie a young man threatened to knock my girlfriend out bunch of mouthy punks and pill heads feel bad for the few good ones up there

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  5. IT’S A JOKE PEOPLE!!!! HAR HAR!!!!

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  6. ha ha ha…too funny

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  7. I recognise one of them he isn’t from Saint John. He came from Bigtree near Oakville this clan
    was always blockheaded. He’s from the Maple family and married one of the Splinter girls , that
    could be her in the photo. Hope this helps we sure don’t need stiffs like this around.

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  8. Really he took a swing at one of them???Come on maybe this guy was not as friendly as you would all like to think…remember its Ugly American….not Ugly Canadian that is known around the world….I have lived in SJ for 6 years and never had any one behave like that towards me and I am in the retail industry…I don’t believe this is real.

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  9. Lol I should have caught on. OK you got me. Those statues are iconic of Saint John since my childhood. You got me though

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  10. As a resident of New Brunswick, I can say that we have the friendliest people in Canada. This guy is an idiot. His experience is totally stupid.

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  11. I have had more of a laugh reading peoples comments on here that then article… LMFAO

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  12. Everyones comments on this are so funny. Its amazing how people comment on things and don’t really read the articles. This was a good one to get people going. Love it!

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  13. Hahaha comments are too funny! I ran into these very same people when I visited SJ recently!! The comments are hilarious…

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  14. Am I the only person who LOVES the manatee? Local folk just can’t wrap their heads around satire, it seems. Keep up the entertaining articles!

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