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wdw_eeyore's Port Reviews of Portland (Maine), Bar Harbor, Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Boston
Explorer of the Seas cruise in September 2010
Member Name: wdw_eeyore
Cruise Date: September 2010
Embarkation: other
Destination: Canada & New England
Member Review: wdw_eeyore's Explorer of the Seas Review
Portland (Maine)
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+

Recommendation- Stay on the ship!!!!

Pulling into the port was beautiful. Lighthouses, sailboats, old brick buildings, etc.

Then you exit the boat. Sidewalks were in horrible shape. It was not possible to push anyone in a wheel chair to see the sights. Many buildings vacant with graffiti and liter throughout the streets. Public restrooms were awful, and I honestly felt unsafe. US Custom Agents were not friendly. Did enjoy the variety of shops (no different than the other ports though). I would recommend that RCI remove this as a port of call, and spend 2 days in Bar Harbor, ME.

 



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Bar Harbor
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Amazing!

From the breathtaking views of the islands to the quaint shops in town. Picture perfect! Shops and food venues were great. We ate at Testa's. Probably the best lobster/fish we have ever had. Bought most of our souvenirs here in Bar Harbor as well. Great variety.

Tender to/from was difficult, but then again we can't control the water/waves.

Sidewalks were in great shape and easy to use wheelchair; even up/down the hills.

A most do on your trip.

 


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Saint John (New Brunswick)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

St John's wins BEST WELCOME! Gift for guys(lapel pin) and girls(rose) Bagpipers playing.

City Market is a must. All around a good port. Easy access from ship with plenty to do within walking distance.

Ship left by 1:30p so a short day did not help. Never got to see the reversing falls. Either way still worth the time we had.

 



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Halifax
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+

Always a favorite.

The wooden boardwalk at the waterfront is really nice. I recommend the Frog Hopper, Maritime Museum, and Cows(ice cream shop.

Not sure if this is normal, because we did not see them on our last trip there in 2004, but lots of star fish near the shore. Every where you looked in the water you could see them.

Was disappointed in the amount of beggars/pan handlers. Safety was not a concern; it was just more of an annoyance having ppl keep coming up and asking for money.

 



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Boston
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Let me state that I have visited Boston in the past, and enjoyed the trip(not by boat).

Salem is awesome, and we also enjoyed the BeanTown Trolly.

However, there is nothing offered at the cruise ship pier/port. We were given directions to a Dunkin Donuts that was a few blocks away, but there was nothing else within walking distance. There were 2 booths at the pier that gave you a map, and suggest a cab for about $20 each way to Quincy Market. Not very friendly or helpful. After 10 minutes we were back on board enjoying the ships sports deck.

Book a tour, or do not waste your time with getting off the ship in Boston.

 



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