October 13th - October 20th Canada and New England: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by tacrum43
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October 13th - October 20th Canada and New England
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Halifax, Nova Scotia was a nice little city and we had a good tour guide there and great weather. The leaves were only just starting to turn there which surprised me given that it was mid-October. The maritime museum with the Titanic exhibit is interesting to see and the Citadel is as well if you like military history. We had lunch with a tasty lobster roll by the water too. Peggy's cove was just a lighthouse on the rocks with 1,000 of your closest tourist friends, so I wouldn't recommend that especially. There is also a marker out near there where Swiss flight 111 crashed. Taking that into account along with the Titanic cemetery and the Halifax explosion, and this seems to be a disaster prone place. We had a pleasant day there, however, so maybe that's all a thing of the past now. :)
Saint John, New Brunswick was rather unimpressive. I think this port was only added fairly recently to most Canada/New England cruises and if you wanted an extra day on the ship, this would be a good choice to skip. It was pouring rain so that may be coloring my review a bit, but it was quite a boring day. We did a long tour that was supposed to cover 10 highlights. The reversing rapids sound much more interesting than they actually are and when we were at the Bay of Fundy it was high-tide so we couldn't see anything. There were about 3 tiny souvenir shops out there with generic and very limited things to buy. There is also a ridiculously over priced restaurant. We also saw the city market which is tiny and nothing special compared to saw Pike Place market in Seattle. Then we went to a museum inside of a mall. Overall, I'm sorry, but I don't see any real tourist appeal to this area.
Bar Harbor, Maine was next and this was my favorite port. You do have to tender in, but it's not a long ride. The foliage was beautiful, the town is charming and very walkable and Acadia National Park/Cadillac Mountain are a sight to see. There are lots of little shops in the town (some better than others) and I ended up spending too much money at the scrimshaw store. They have some really nice things there. I wish we would have had more time to explore the area. I hope to come back some day and stay longer. The lobster lunch we had was good too and it had a nice water view. This place is exactly what you think of when you picture New England in the autumn. Just beautiful.
Boston is a big city, crowded and there's lots of choices for tours. We took the Lexington/Concord tour which was interesting and historic and we had great weather. We also got to visit the Old North Church where the two if by sea lanterns were hung. The tour also stopped at Harvard (why I don't know) where a professor actually scolded the tour group for daring to obstruct his walk through Harvard Yard. The fact that there were several other paths nearby that he could have easily used to walk around us nearby didn't matter. He actually told us to "show some respect." LOL! It was pretty funny, but now I remember why I never wanted to go to a school like that. How snobby can you get? That was sort of the overall vibe I got from Boston too. It was worth seeing once, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.
Newport, Rhode Island was our last stop. We went to see the Marble House and Breakers "cottages" which were kind of interesting from a historical perspective. You could tell these families had so much money they had to invent things to spend it on. We skipped seeing the town afterwards as we were getting tired after our fifth consecutive day of playing tourist. This is also a tender port.
Lastly, I have to say that I really enjoyed New York, which was a pleasant surprise. Almost everyone we me there was very friendly and helpful, much more so than in Boston. It is expensive, but I think it's worth it to spend a bit extra there to receive quality services. I used hotel points to book rooms though as it's like $400 per night for a room near Times Square. We saw the statue of liberty and a show on Broadway, which was fun. The construction on the new world trade center buildings is also coming along and it was interesting to see the site. I'm sad that I never saw the twin towers before they fell. Less
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