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srippley-funseeker101's Port Reviews of Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Quebec City
Veendam cruise in May 2013
Member Name: srippley-funseeker101
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Boston
Destination: Canada & New England
Member Review: srippley-funseeker101's Veendam Review
Boston
Port Rating: Not Rated
A great start to this cruise!!!!! We spend Friday before the cruise walking the freedom trail and enjoying the wealth of American History this wonderful city has to offer.

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Bar Harbor
Port Rating: Not Rated
I absolutely LOVE this quaint little harbor port. We walking the shore path trail along the bay and then walked up a side road to Main Street where plenty on shops waited for us to explore their treasures. there are some great buys in this town. It a very walker friendly town. On the return trip it was low tide so we were able to walk across the sand bar to one of the Acadia National park islands and hike to the top for a wonderful photo opportunity of the town, the harbor and Acadia National park. We also were able to watch the tall ship ship out of the harbor with full sails..... Breathtaking!!!!

The ship also passes right by Egg Island Lighthouse for some excellent photo opportunities.

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Halifax
Port Rating: Not Rated
The first half of the cruise we visited the Pier -21 immigration museum & center to research my family's French-Canadian roots and with the help of Ben, we were able to locate a Great, great, great, great Grandfather. We also walked the port to the Public Gardens and Citadel (this is a steep walk both uphill and downhill) and then walked down to the Maritime Museum and walked the harbor boardwalk enjoying the lovely cool and sunny day. We also visited the farmers market inside the pier which has booths with artists, farmers, restaurants and wineries. It was a fun way to end our first visit. On the way back we did a private tour w/ Paul, owner of Halifax Historical Private Tours. Although it was a rainy day, Paul's tour was wonderful and full of historical sights, stops and stories for Halifax past and present. Well worth every penny!!!!!

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Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
Port Rating: Not Rated
We stop in Sydney, another quaint port. The city's port offers an arts and craft show for the local artist in the area. Sydney is known for it's Celtic roots and music. There were many wonderful works by the local artist. I pickup a beautiful piece of Sea Glass jewelry from one of the local artist. There are several churches worth visiting in this little town. They also have a very nice boardwalk along the harbor. This town is very "walker" friendly.

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Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
Port Rating: Not Rated
Charlottetown, is a wonderful port full of beautiful churches, public building and great walking city!!! My husband and I truly enjoyed both stops in the beautiful city. The Province House is a MUST SEE of this port. There is a 17 minute film explaining how Canada became it's own country in the 1860's due to meeting that took place in within this home. It is still the meeting hall for the representative on the PEI region. There a lot of tours and shops based on the Anne of Green Gable stories. Charlottetown had some beautiful lighthouses along it's harbor.

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Quebec City
Port Rating: Not Rated
This was definitely the crown jewel of this cruise!!!!!! The Walled City and the lower city are cobblestone narrow roads full of restaurants, shops and artist show their works on the sideways and alleyways. The Citadel tours is worth the $10.00 fee. Starting in Mid June, tourist are able to watch the changing of the guard. There are two museums within the fort walls and if you are luck to take the 11:45 English speaking tour you will have the privilege to witness the noon gun be fired. The view from the Citadel walls of Quebec City, the harbor and river is breathtaking!!!!! After the Citadel, head out the walled city and over to the Parliament House see the the 24 life-size status of some of Canadian most famous citizens which stand along the walls and windows on the four stories and four walled building. When you walk back through the gates of the walled city you have to remained yourself your are in Canada and not Europe. We also visited the Open Market next to the harbor. It's a foodie's dream come true. Fresh meat, seafood, fruit, veggie, honey, maple syrup, cheese, bakeries, and spices that offer wonderful tastes, sights and smells for your senses. The Jewel of the walled city the Le Chateau Frontenac hotel which towers over the city of Quebec during the day and at night. Also be should to visit the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral it's a beautiful architectural vision. Three days is not enough to see all of Quebec city but you do get to see a lot of the lower section and walled section to make you would to come back again. The view from the ship's deck 12 departing from Quebec is a chance to see the Montmorency Falls (1 1/2 times higher than Niagara Falls) if you didn't get a chance to see it up close. Also to see the small towns and working farms along both sides of the river is a wonderful way to enjoy the sunset as you head back to sea.

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