“Cold weather - great trip!”
Cruise review of Holland America Maasdam

jklc123 Maasdam 5 Cold weather - great trip!
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In spite of cold, windy weather, this was a cruise with interesting ports on a comfortable ship. We spent 3 nights in Montreal & were glad we did as there is so much to see. DH did not heed my warnings, from CC posters, regarding paying for internet access & due to slow or dropped connections, was not able to use most of the minutes he purchased. Free Internet access was available at all port terminals. We did appreciate the advice to take a shoe pocket holder, which we hung on the bathroom door for personal items, as well as the wine bottle opener we used for wine we brought on board, and the 3 prong electrical converter for the one electrical outlet on the desk. We used room service for breakfast before an early morning excursion, for dinner during high seas & for dessert a couple of times -- sent promptly & good quality. Due to Hurricane Ophelia, we experienced such high seas and winds that we were had to skip Sydney, which was a disappointment. We both are prone to a bit of sea sickness, but again, thanks to CC posters, we starting taking Bonine the night we sailed, and ginger tablets when the ship was rocking, and we were basically fine. I can now understand one reason people book BB trips as I would have loved to have one more day in each of the ports, to explore more of Quebec City & area, to see more of Prince Edward Island than charming Charlottetown, more of Halifax & more time in Acadia National Park, and of course to see Cape Breton Island, which we missed.
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Cabin review: Vista Suite with Verandah

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To see Acadia National Park, unless you really want to go up Cadillac Mountain, don't book a trolley or other tour but take the free HOHO bus from Village Green (you do need to buy a pass to the park there unless you have a lifetime pass, which covers the owner & guests at all national parks & is available to those 65+, which DH bought there.) There are 3 routes but you can change from one route to another at different points, using the maps provided by the park. We stopped at Thunder Hole, Sand Beach and Jordan Pond, having an OK lunch at Jordan Pond (tasty popovers, OK sandwiches & beautiful view). LL Bean funds the bus & donations are optional. We left time to poke into the shops in Bar Harbor & walk along the shore to see the 19th century vacation homes.
Because of bad weather, we had skipped Sydney & arrived in early evening in Halifax, so after dinner we took a taxi for a brief nighttime tour, and got a beautiful view of the city from the Citadel & a drive through a neighborhood of old mansions, with interesting comments from the driver. We took the ship's tour to Peggy's Cove, which was spectacular -- sunny weather, but such a cold wind that most people took a look & headed for the gift shop, so it was not crowded around the lighthouse & rocky shore. We also stopped at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, which was a moving experience, and then had tickets for the HOHP busses all afternoon, which worked out well -- we visited the Citadel, Public Gardens and Maritime Museum, but were a bit rushed.
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To save time & energy, we took a taxi from the port to the Citadelle and after touring that, walked back through the upper and lower towns, which worked out very well, although we walked rather fast as the wind was icy cold. But we had time to poke into shops, churches, the Fontenac Hotel & the Muse de la Civilization, where the exhibit about the First Nations was especially interesting, as well as the temporary exhibit about Rome.
Published 10/24/11
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