We spent Friday night in New York City and were able to see a Broadway play, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." If you can, stay the night before in NY! It is such an exciting place!
Embarkation was effortless. We are Platinum, and got right onboard at noon. Went to the Sanctuary to check it out and pre-reserve seats. Beautiful place with attentive staff. The weather was so gorgeous, I feel guilty. Mid 80's. Sunny. I had all the wrong clothes. I was expecting cold and rain. Had 3 coats and long underwear! We were travelling with my brother and his wife. Although we both had requested dining together, we were seated at different dining rooms at different times! Got that re-arranged for the next night. Platinum and Elites have Happy Hour in Skywalkers Lounge from 4-6 every evening. Free appetizers. Beautifully presented. Almost no one there!
New Port RI: Very pretty, ancient place. We took the Colonial Newport tour. Walking tour with knowledgable guide, very interesting Phone # 401-841-8770 for reservations. We did not go to the mansions. We have seen Biltmore House enough and wanted to learn something else.
Boston: We walked to the Aquarium. Right along the waterfront. Easy walk. Huge place. Well laid-out. 6 story central tank. Very cool! Since there was a woman's 10K run and The take back Wallstreet demonstration in downtown Boston, we were glad to skip the crowds. Had lobster rolls at the Lobster shack and went to the Harpoon Brewery next door to it for a beer tasting. They are at 2 and 4 in the afternoon. These are on the way to the Aquarium from the ship.
Bar Harbor Maine: We took everyone's advice and took the LULU Lobster Boat tour in the morning and the Oli's Trolley 1 hour trip to Acadia National Forest in the afternoon. Go! My husband's favorite part of the trip was LULU's Lobster Boat. Bring coats and wear pants, even if it is in the 80's. People wearing shorts froze! It is windy out there. Eat lunch right across the street. We walked several blocks to some where else and they had mexican food, and had to walk back. You want the lobster, clam chowder and to-die-for Blueberry pie while you are in Maine.
Halifax, NS: My wonderful sis-in-law planned this day. She arranged a limo driver for the whole day for 6 of us. Totally worth it! Tours by Towncar, owner Jim Currie. www.toursbytowncar.ns.ca We went to the Titanic cemetary, the Citadel Fort, where re-enactors wear kilts and tell all about the history of the fort. There is a 15 minute video that is fascinating. See that one. There is an hour-long video, too. Lots to see there. You could spend the whole day. We drove in style by the lovely Victorian homes in Halifax, went to a maple store, went by Mahone Bay, which is a charming little place that decorates every house and yard and business with scarecrows for Halloween and ended up at Peggy's Cove, which has a lovely picturesque lighthouse. He watched the time for us, gave us background info and let us enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.
St.John's, NB: You have to see the reversing falls. Take a cab. They will describe everything to you . When you get back, there is a new mall. Right across the street from the ship. In it is a wonderful museum! Three stories packed to the gills with so much information! There is a bench in front that is peopled by statues. If you love museums, go! There is a video about the Bay of Fundy, sections on whales, birds of Canada, art of Canada and collections of glassware. The first floor is the history of New Brunswick, with artifacts, life sized paintings on the walls and dioramas of lumbering, farming, shipbuilding...I could have stayed there all day. It is a well-kept secret. Spread the word. People think there is nothing in St. John's. This museum is a jewel!
The final day was a sea day, the only one. Unhappily it was rainy and cold. We went to the art auction, played trivia and packed.
The entertainers were good. The singers and dancers did a good job. The comedians were hilarious. We like to dance before and after dinner. There were 2 nice dance bands, but they started and stopped at the same times. That was disappointing. They need to coordinate the times better.
Our cabin steward was efficient. The towels were worn. My brother had a mini suite and the towels were much nicer.
The dining room staff are not as friendly as they used to be.