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john in virginia's Port Reviews of Portland (Maine), Bar Harbor, Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, Boston, Baltimore
Enchantment of the Seas cruise in September 2010
Member Name: john in virginia
Cruise Date: September 2010
Embarkation: Baltimore
Destination: Canada & New England
Member Review: john in virginia's Enchantment of the Seas Review
Portland (Maine)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
A good walking city with a few mansions that were available to tour and some shopping that were worth a visit. J's Oyster restaurant close to the pier was a typical New England lobster shack with fabulous lobster rolls if you don't mind an active local bar crowd which was fine.

Many shops had free WiFi so you could log in for free and avoid the high costs on the ship which I recall was around .65 per minute or so.

We didn't take any excursions as we kind of wanted to stay off any tour buses that were overly expensive and didn't have any interest by us.



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Bar Harbor
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Another great walking tourist themed location. Great shopping with many locations with free WiFi as well. The West Street Cafe had a great lobster platter at $23 and well worth the visit.

The ship excursions were expensive and you can book a tour of Arcadia National Park at the pier which was far more reasonable that on board the ship.

The ship uses the lifeboat tenders to transport the guests from the ship to the dock.

A very nice port of call.


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Saint John (New Brunswick)
Port Rating: 1.0 out of 5+
Not much to see here with the short stay a blessing. A little shopping area/mall which is nothing special and some old churches to visit should you have an interest. There is heavy marketing of the "Reversing Falls" which didn't turn out to be very much when we talked to a few folks who took the tour.

After a 1 hour walk you will be ready to return to the ship.



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Halifax
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Another great walking city with everything you would want to see easily done on foot. We had visited Halifax on a previous cruise and we wasted our money on a bus tour so this time we were just fine walking. Tons of shopping on the waterfront with a great seafood lunch at "The Hart and Thistle" at the end of Upper Water Street. There is a brew pub that was a little crowded so we didn't get the chance for a taste.

The Citadel and Public Gardens are all worth the visit as well.

We really enjoyed Halifax.



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Boston
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Boston is familiar to us as our daughter lived here for 5 years and we know the lay of the land.

The sells a shuttle pass from the dock to Quincy Market which is right downtown for $16 per person but you can take a cab for around $12 plus tip.

Skip the excursions as you can do everything that you want on foot and see way more.

Send away for a Boston Visitor's guide which will provide you with everything that you will need for a great visit.

Don't forget to visit the Italian North End for some fabulous pizza at the Express pizzeria on Hanover Street as well as pastries and cookies at Mikes Pastry or the Modern Bakery on Hanover as well.

Boston Commons, Public Gardens and Beacon Hill are all worth the visit.

On Cambridge and Charles is an old jail that has been converted to a classy hotel with a great restaurant called "Scampi" which is a little pricey but fabulous.

There are two "Cheers" restaurants around for the tourists that cannot resist the traps



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Baltimore
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Welcome home!



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