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oboebbr's Port Reviews of King's Wharf, Boston, Newport
Enchantment of the Seas cruise in June 2012
Member Name: oboebbr
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: Baltimore
Destination: Bermuda
Member Review: oboebbr's Enchantment of the Seas Review
King's Wharf
City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
This was a whole-island tour on board one of Bermuda's "pink elephant" buses. The five hour tour with "C.B." as our driver was a delightful insider's view of all nine parishes. Since the stores and restaurants away from King's Wharf are closed on Sundays, he took us quickly through Hamilton and St. George, and then added some other sights including St. Catherine's fort, two lighthouses, an authentic beach bar (which was open but which did not serve coffee). Quite a thorough tour of beautiful Bermuda!

Horseshoe Bay Beach Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We traveled to Horseshoe Bay ourselves using the "pink elephant" one-day bus pass. We liked the beach so well--it is breathtakingly beautiful--that we went back in the afternoon. Later we continued our bus trip to Hamilton. The buses run about every 20 minutes, but they do not run 24 hours, so be sure to check the last departure time for that day.

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Faneuil Hall & Quincy Marketplace Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Faneuil Hall is at the historic seat of Boston. Many politicians in the modern day have made announcements from this historic hall. The National Park Service holds talks at several points during the day, or just ask the park ranger on duty about the portraits or anything else that is on display. On the ground floor of the hall is a marketplace/food court.

Quincy Marketplace is home to an extensive food court and several national retailers like Orvis. Coffee is very good and there are many varieties of snacks from which to choose (hot food, pastries, candy, nuts, cookies).

Freedom Trail Walking Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
There's not a lot of time in port at Boston, so we chose to take a (pretty expensive at $19 per person round trip) bus into the historic district and then we followed the "Freedom Trail" ourselves. We probably could have walked from the dock but I didn't find a good enough map of Boston online to judge the distance....maybe there isn't sidewalk in places...I don't know. The bus let us off at Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and picked us up at the same spot. We saw everything we wanted to see in the heart of Boston.

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Cliff Walk Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This is a stunning walk to help burn off some of the cruise ship calories! It gets rough in the southern part, so probably best not to be in a hurry if you want to do the whole walk. The views are stunning and I'm not talking about the backs of the Newport Mansions that you will see along the way. The ocean, the geology, the flora and fauna all make it understandable why everyone loves Newport.

Walking Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
After we exited the tender boat, we went straight to the information center near the Marriott. We took the city bus to the Tennis Hall of Fame and then got off because we judged the rest of the distance to the "Cliff Walk" to be easily walkable. We meandered down the side streets of Newport, eventually coming to the Cliff Walk. We walked to "Rough Point" from the northern end, and back to the northern end, then back through Newport's shopping districts and back to the dock. We stopped at the "Newport Creamery" for refreshment...highly recommend it!

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