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Uniall's Port Reviews of New York (Manhattan), Boston, Halifax, Quebec City, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney (Australia)
Norwegian Jewel cruise in October 2009
Member Name: Uniall
Cruise Date: October 2009
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Canada & New England
Member Review: Uniall's Norwegian Jewel Review
New York (Manhattan)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn, Times Square which was within walking distance to city bus tours and the theaters. The hotel was lovely and the full breakfast (included) was served in very plush surroundings.

On Sunday, we used the hop on/off bus tour of Manhattan for a memory rekindling of past memories and took in the theater in the evening. On Monday, local friends we'd met on an earlier cruise picked us up and gave us a tour of Brooklyn, including a fantastic meal at the "Karczma" Polish restaurant. In my opinion, Polish cooking raises peasant food to an art form and we were not disappointed with the "sampler" dinner.



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Boston
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We docked in Boston at 8:30 am and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the Suite dining room before embarking on an NCL "Freedom Trail Walk" excursion at 12:30 pm. While we enjoyed the first 2 1/2 hours, herself was having severe back pain (pre surgery) and we decided to return to the ship an hour early. This wasn't too bad, since we were meeting two of her relatives (at 4:30) for a family reunion at the "au bon pain" located in the terminal building at the dock.


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Halifax
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia at 8am. We booked NCL's Peggy's Cove and City excursion by double decker bus. It was a quick once over that included the juxtaposition of the scenic and city modern. It was nice but not memorable.



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Quebec City
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Sunday was "Quebec Day". A local resident and fellow CCer (Julie) offered to guide a tour of "her home town" on the CC thread. We gleefully accepted and were delighted with her offer and our acceptance. She escorted 10 fellow CCers on a short walking tour of the "old lower city" (look for the 3D murals on the sides of buildings), followed by a funicular ride to the upper walled city and the world famous Chateau Frontenac. It was magnificent. She suggested a lovely and reasonably priced place for lunch (Restaurant aux anciens Canadiens), adjacent to the Chateau.



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Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
We docked at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. We had an early breakfast in the Suite's dining room and headed off for NCL's "Charlottetown by double decker" bus excursion at 8:15 am. There really isn't much to see in this port but at least we can say "we've been there..done that."



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Sydney (Australia)
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Sydney, Nova Scotia. After breakfast, we headed for our 8:15 am NCL's Bras D'or Lakes Grand Tour. This was very memorable day for me. The scenery is awe inspiring and includes a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum (it's where he retired). But the Highland Village Living Museum in the town of Iona is very special to me. My ancestors (The MacNeills) were from the Scottish Hebrides island of Bara, about 40 miles north of Ireland. In the late 1500s, half of them went to Ireland to help their cousins (The O'Neill's) in the last war of Irish nobility against England. After the war was lost, the MacNeill's were not permitted to return home and were forced to remain in Ireland with no land or work. Many of the descendents of the MacNeills who had remained in Bara, eventually emigrated to Nova Scotia in the 1800s and founded the town of Iona. This tour gave me the chance to reconnect with the saga of my roots which I first learned from my mother's knee.



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