Halifax Peggy's Cove Excursion Reviews
Although the weather was inclement during our tour, our tour operator, Liz, made the trip very enjoyable with her stories about Halifax. Especially noteworthy were the roles Halifax played during the 9/11 disaster when flights arriving back to the U.S. were diverted to Halifax when the airspace over the U.S. was shut down. Also, Halifax was involved with the Titanic disaster by retreiving bodies at sea and burying those victims who could not be identified. Another trajedy was the airline crash off the coast of Halifax that left all passengers and crew dead. Peggy's Cove is a beautiful little fishing village with a picturesque lighthouse sitting on a stone outcropping. Even the terrible weather could not deter us from venturing out and taking photos. Liz also provided us a very humorous rendition of the mating ritual of lobsters. Who knew?
My favorite excursion of all.... Seeing magnificent Peggy's Cove (you really have to be there to really see it and experience it, but what a thrill!), and then stopping off in Halifax at the graveyard where many of the victims of the Titanic were taken. Oh my! It still gives me goosebumps.... You'd think it'd be depressing, but instead it's a feeling of connection. This was real, and you are sharing in its reality. Frankly, there are no real words to describe it. I can only say that everyone of us on the excursion could have easily stayed longer at the gravesites and absorbed so much more of that history.
Peggy's Cove was beautiful! Note that the ride to the cove was quite curvy and the bus moves at a notable speed to honor time restraints for the tour. Be sure to wear "sea bands" (excellent wrist bands obtained at pharmacies or Walmart) or motion sickness meds if you are prone to become sick) The tour guide shared interesting and educational information about the area as we traveled.
Our tour included a stop at the graveyard for the Titanic. The historical and personal stories shared by our tour guide was excellent. The realization of what these people experienced becomes a reality and you are reminded of the heartache of such a terrible tragedy.
This was a good excursion to help you experience the Halifax area.
First trip to Halifax and love lighthouses so booked the Coastal Tour to Peggy's cove. Interesting tour guide narrative of the history and sights on way to Peggy's cove. Saw cemetery for some of the Titanic voyagers. The Lighthouse sits on the most amazing terrain all granite from the receding glaciers. Was a nice trip. If you want to walk up to the Lighthouse wear good shoes and be agile. Saw several take tumbles. Typical gift store there. Small restaurant , coffee bar.
Peggy's Cove was worth the trip. While this was a long day, it didn't seem that way as it was broken up with photo-ops and stops. (Titanic Cemetary, maple syrup store, Citadel, etc) Tour guide was excellent giving stories and information the entire time. Highlight tour of the cruise for us!
Good destination very photographic
(This also appears in my main cruise review.)
We’ve been to Peggy’s Cove many times in the past. It’s a beautiful little place, everything you could wish of a quaint fishing village. This time it was still beautiful, but it was simply too freaking crowded. There must have been 20 buses there that day. The line to the bathroom in the little store/restaurant was out the door. The restaurant, which serves the most delicious gingerbread in the world, was absolutely jammed and there was no way we were getting any gingerbread that day. They also need to allow more time to explore this area, especially when you are rivaling against 20 other tour buses. This tour is obviously extremely popular, so book early.
The bus was clean and comfortable, our guide was informative and fun. Most of what you see in Halifax and Peggy's Cove are out of the bus windows but worth it all the same. Stops and the lighthouse in Peggy's cove and the Halifax cemetery with the Titanic graves.
The weather in Halifax was the worst of the trip. The tour we took included Peggy's Cove and the Titanic grave site. The tour, while rainy and relatively miserable (from a weather perspective) was very good and the tour guide excellent. She made the most of the crappy weather and we learned a great deal about Halifax, the explosion of 1917 and the Titanic on the trip. I think anything that you would have booked (private or not) would have been crappy due to the weather. We did get to the Maritime Museum on our own prior to the tour and that is definitely a must-see!
You could easily have found an independent contractor to give you a better, shorter, more self-directed tour for the same (if not lower) price. Also, while they are more than happy to sell you the tour, HAL does not send staff members on them to maintain the quality/consistency of the experience for guests. This tour was good.
After reading the disappointing reviews by other cruise critic members, I was starting to regret that I signed up for the Peggy's Cove excursion. I'm glad I did, though...it was my favorite place of the whole cruise to take photos!
Unlike some of the other reviewers, we spent 75 minutes at Peggy's Cove - plenty of time to walk through the town, take photos, get a bite to eat, and do a little shopping.
Hints: Take your passport with you and go upstairs of the main gift shop/restaurant - they will stamp it with a passport stamp that has the lighthouse in it. Also, everything upstairs is locally made (instead of China) and there was NO line at the checkout! Skip the crowd at the restaurant and head over to the hotdog cart ($5 for a dog and a soda) - she even makes her own relish and mustard.
My only negative comments are that there are so many people walking around the lighthouse that it's near impossible to get a complete photo of it without people in it. Too bad they don't make everyone clear out every 30 minutes (for 15 minutes) so people can take photos. Also, too many buses there at one time...I think 3 buses at a time is plenty (not the 20 that seemed to be there). The place is just too small for that many people.
Very good tour. Saw some beautiful scenery.
This was a combination tour of Peggy's Cove and Titanic cemetery. Peggy's Cove is a very picturesque fishing village. There is nothing to do there except to take pictures. The excursion spent too much time here and not enough in the Titanic cemetery.
Getting back on the bus in Peggy's Cove, there was too much confusion of where people were sitting. The guide was very school marmish telling people where to sit. We were all adults, but I felt that it wasted time, while people played musical seats and were chastised by the guide.
The Titanic Gravesite is interesting. The gravesites are shaped in the form of a bow of a ship. It is sad to see so many still unnamed dead. I would have liked to had more time to read more of the gravestones.
Beautiful place to visit. Time was cut short by unorganized loading of the buses by tour operators. It's a place to put on a bucket list
Peggy's Cove was nice, tour guide lost her creditability when she tried to pass off waves over the rocks as whales.
Tour guide was good. Sit on the side behind the driver to see all the stuff the driver talks about. Had gingerbread at shop at Peggy's Cove It was good Also went to Titanic Cemetary
Then off to Peggy's Cove. Nice views of cove from rocks on shore. Pretty little lighthouse. Lots of little gift shops. Picturesque place, nice little hat shop there where milliner makes original headgear -- not cheap, but unique! Off to Titanic graveyard -- very interesting but depressing way to end a tour especially considering we are about to board a cruise ship! Then back to boat. Tour guide was very good!
Beautiful town. It was very beautiful.
This one is a must see. Go there once is all you need though. DO NOT GET NEAR THE WET BLACK ROCKS; DO NOT RUN in the area. I witnessed an older gentlemen fractured his ribs and head because he fell on the rocks (I found out later on)
Peggy's Cove is a beautiful fishing village. Not to be missed. We took the 3 hour tour. Our guide Donna was very knowledgeable about Halifax and Peggy's Cove. I enjoyed every moment of the trip. Reason why I give the excursion only a 4 is that they only give you 1 hour at Peggy's Cove to explore. I wanted to stay longer and enjoy a nice outdoor lunch while enjoying the sea air.
Loved the Titanic tour
Missed the good shopping in Halifax.
Fantastic private tour. Price was better than cruise lines. Tour guide was a wealth of knowledge and we saw so many areas that by the time the tour was over, our family was ready for a nap!
Halifax was a wonderful city and the trip to Peggy's Cove was worth the hour drive BUT again we were not given enough time once we were there. I'd suggest finding a tour that gives you 2-3 hrs there if you want to grab a bite to eat and see any of the shops. We were there 1 hr and only had time to walk thru the town and back (with a short bathroom stop).
Best tour of the cruise! Absolutely a must! The drive there and back is beautiful and Peggys Cove is enchanting. The little shops, rocky cliffs, lighthouse were all so enjoyable. The guides were wonderful. We really enjoyed this tour!
Loved this - esp. as we had sunny weather and were the first tour bus that day. Lovely Little village and to get there you drive through nice countryside.
Warning: tends to be extremely crowded later in the day. Noticed at least 5 busses going there when we left.