8 Boston Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

This was my first cruise ever. Went with two of my friends and my girlfriend. We traveled to Bermuda from Boston. Didn't know what to expect. Ship: The Norwegian Dawn is a big and beautiful ship with lots of things to do on-board. ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever. Went with two of my friends and my girlfriend. We traveled to Bermuda from Boston. Didn't know what to expect. Ship: The Norwegian Dawn is a big and beautiful ship with lots of things to do on-board. Rooms: We stayed in an inside cabin and loved it. It is comfortable and very clean. Got a lot of good sleep. Room sturits are very friendly and nice. Our friends had a balcony room and it was awesome. Spent more time in their room because of the view. Nice to relax on the balcony. Food: Can be a hit or a miss. Some restaurant are unbelievable and others are not so much. Bought a 3 dinner package and was disappointed by couple places we went to. Bamboo is an Asian food restaurant, thought it would be good but boy were we disappointed. Not worth it at all. Went to Cagney's Statehouse and were very disappointed in the service. Our steak wasn't cooked the way we ordered. DO NOT EAT ANY OF THE SOUPS. Los Lobos is a Mexican restaurant and it is amazing. Get the Guac! Our server named "Faruk" is the guy you want. He will tell you how it is and will not disappoint. We put our trust in his hands and he kept bringing us delicious foods and drinks. Hands down the best servant we have ever had. Venetian is great for breakfast and lunch. We had a server named "Diaz", we was very good. Good assortment of food. Bimini Grill by the Oasis pool has awesome burgers and drinks. Aqua is a great place for dinner. Le Bistro is a French restaurant which we saved for last. We were blown away by the service and the food. Everything was so delicious. Service was outstanding. The Garden Cafe which is a buffet, has a great variety of food for everyone. Everything was clean and food was fresh. There are a lot of restaurants that you can go to. Trust me, you will gain some weight. Gained 10lbs myself. Crew: Crew is great. These guys make the whole experience that much better. They treat you as if you own the ship. They are there to help with anything you need. Definitely are understated. They go above and beyond to make sure you have what you need and that you are happy. Entertainment: There are always things going on all the time. Acrobatics, comedy, music, movies, games, and trivia. Cruise Director: Are very helpful and make it easy for everyday plan. Excursions: Something for everyone of any age and ability. Makes Great Memories. Enough time in port for excursions and shopping. Did the glass bottom ferry tour and it was awesome. Cool to see different fish, coral, ship wreck, and $3 Rum Swizzles. Beaches are beautiful and clear. Locals are very friendly and helpful. Lots of places to shop around. Did a jet ski tour out of Somerset Bridge Water Sports 441-236-7758. Had an awesome time. Harry Patchett was our tour guide. Was really nice and made the tour fun. Was lot of fun doing 45mph on the water. Bermuda: Lots of things to do and enjoy. If you are looking for a taxi then Shaun, P. Tucker is your guy. Was awesome and very informative. Took us to the beach we wanted to see, but there wasn't much there. Shaun told us he will take us to an awesome beach. We drove around half the island. he told us about the history. Dropped us of at clear water beach. We spent 3-4hrs there. He came back later and picked us up. Was a great guy. Tucker's Taxi Service Cell:441-336-9674 or email: shaunp@logic.bm Trip was very relaxing for sure. No worries at all. No cooking, no cleaning, no kids, drinks available everywhere..."get the booze package" you're welcome. Overall had an amazing experience especially for being a first timer. There are lots of things to do and explore. Lots of restaurants with lots of variety. Had a great company and made some new friends. Will book again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
One of the big things I like about a vacation is the planning I do upfront. It was difficult to do for this cruise since we didn't know till about 3 weeks before departure if and where we were going. That made it much more ... Read More
One of the big things I like about a vacation is the planning I do upfront. It was difficult to do for this cruise since we didn't know till about 3 weeks before departure if and where we were going. That made it much more difficult to feel excited about the ports we finally were going to. Embarkment - got there around 10:30 - had them take our luggage - went up stairs and only waited about 5 mins before we were being checked in. Found some seats and waited about an hour to get on-board. Actually we were with someone that was getting married so they let us board right after the platinum and handicap boarding. So we were having lunch at O'Sheehan's with a drink in hand within 15 mins of boarding. Note that the doors to get to the rooms was close but we saw people going in anyway so we did it and was able to leave our carry-ons in the room. Room - decent bed - pillow top on pull-out couch - but alway very very dark. It was so dark in the room I didn't find the light in the closet for the first few days. I would use my phone to try to see the cloths on the shelves. When I did find the light switch the light would blink off and on so still not so great. Left it on one morning and the steward must have seen the issue and had it fixed. Safe was not working so we had to have maintenance come reset it for us - they needed to have us in the room for them to reset it. Bathroom in room is fairly large - steward always had plenty of towels for the three of us. Of course as you know very small balcony. I wanted to mention our friends had room 11618 - it is a handicap room - OMG it is a very large room - great closet - you can see all the shelves - enormous balcony - two lounge chairs two tables and two regular chairs - I was so so jealous. I did use their balcony a couple of times to sit out and read. Much smaller bathroom but the room size and balcony made up for it. Entertainment - felt you could always have some fun during the day - dancing by the pool - the 'stupid' games they played were entertaining. Shows at night not bad. I was feeling sick by the 4th night so I missed many of the shows since I was asleep so early. Dining - Breakfast was decent - they couldn't get two eggs over medium right - I think the omelet pans were too hot - sometimes food was warm - sometimes cold at the buffet. Usually did quick lunch either eating food from the outside area near the pool or at buffet - nothing special. Ate in one of the two free dinning rooms every night. Sometimes with my large group which we had booked ahead and sometimes with just my husband and daughter. Never had an issue getting a seat immediately. Food was decent - first time on a cruise I loved the deserts. Missed the setup they use to have in the evening where they had chicken wings/chicken tenders out and you could help yourself. I didn't feel they were as good from O'Sheehans - maybe it was the wait for them. O'Sheehan's food on Dawn was not as good as the food on the Breakaway in O'Sheehan's - nacho cheese was runny as was the artichoke dip. Pool - luckily we had very few kids on this cruise so we could enjoy the pool most of the time. Sometimes it was overrun by kids but at least not every day. Loved the salt water and when there were waves. Hot Tub - had 17 of us in it one day - was lots of fun. Bar/Lounge- we didn't find a set bar in the evenings for the group to meet. Really missed the Pearly Kings that is replace with wine bar. Wine bar is pretty but limited. So felt this kept the full group from being together. Couple of times when there was a 'party; on the pool deck at night it worked better for us. Servers - found a good one at the pool area named Mark - he would try to keep up with our orders. Brought us shots when we were in the hot tub with the 17 people and the other 10 around the outside. Wedding - originally attending a wedding in St. Thomas - cruise people had to re-coordinate it due to hurricane keeping us from St. Thomas (though last day they changed us again and we actually made it to St. Thomas). They picked a very nice location for outside event next to beach in St. Lucia. In the evening the manager of the Venetian setup a few tables at the window for the wedding dinner. That was very nice of them since it was not planned ahead of the cruise but only after the 2nd day of the cruise. Ports - Antigua - too many ships in port - and it was our first stop - was crowded and hot and smelly. But got to the beach - Darkwood and it was the best beach of any of the islands beaches I went to this trip. Martinique - so so so pretty as you come into port. Walked over to the ferry and took it to the other side to a beach - this was what I guess someone mentioned to others in our group. The beach was ok - not really much of a beach - be careful letting anyone wander off on their own to the right of this area - seems like a couple of guys were living there - and one decided he had to pee when I was within eye shot! St. Lucia - this was the wedding day - took vans to Pigeon Island - very pretty area not sure if any public beaches here but did manage to dip in after the wedding. St Kitts - most of the group went shopping - there were tons of people with monkeys that they tried to get you to pay for taking a picture with them. I took a catamaran cruise from the ship excursions - was fun - though it poured just as we were getting into the water so difficult to see - cleared up and got to see a sea turtle - had some strong rum punch on the way back - had guys put monkeys on us as we headed back to ship - my daughter gave them $10.00 to get a picture - they tried to get $10.00 more for putting them on me but we just walked away. St. Thomas - the night before we were told we were going to St. Thomas - it was so quiet pulling into port - we took an open air taxi with 12 of our group to Megan's bay - was so sad to see some of the damage - still some great views from above but many electric poles down - electric work trucks everywhere - saw one side road completely gone. OMG so so sad at the beach - tons and tons of trees down - really abit of a mess but they were really trying to give us a good experience. They had thrown together a 'bar' area so they could serve soda and drinks. They had people doing the lounge chairs and umbrellas. water was actually slightly cool here compared to the other islands. disembarkment in San Juan - we had a late flight at 5:45 - originally planned to try to see some of Old San Juan but had heard the airport had a power outage the day before and long lines. Our friends decided to pay $25.00 a person to do the airport transfer with Norwegian - a few of us decided to do taxis - we got into line same time they did and made it to the area to get luggage at the same time - they got into an elevator we took stairs - ended up at the same point. They got a porter (they had 7 people) and the porter took them right to the security desk - only cost them $5.00 so we decided to do this as well. Worked out great - he took our bags - grabbed some other peoples bags - had us thru security quickly - took our bags out to area to get a taxi - got us a taxi - two other of our friends were out there so it was 5 us in one taxi van - cost $28,00 for all of us (course we gave her $40. - she still didn't have power where she lived). Anyway my point here is just get a taxi - so so much cheaper and I am at least she is the one getting the money versus Norwegian. Plus we got through security - had pizza and got our bags checked before our friends taking the Norwegian transfer even got to the airport. San Juan airport is fine - plenty of places to seat and to eat - or drink. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We like the cruise because it was convenient for us leaving from Boston. This was our third time doing this repositioning cruise. The stops are really good. We booked again for next year. The ship was in need of a facelift and was ... Read More
We like the cruise because it was convenient for us leaving from Boston. This was our third time doing this repositioning cruise. The stops are really good. We booked again for next year. The ship was in need of a facelift and was heading to dry dock for some work after this cruise. They now have life guards that hover at the edge of the pool. I was swimming alone in the solarium pool and the guard stood over me. As I swam 20 feet to the other side he walked along with me. It felt very intrusive and could have been done better with some common sense. I saw eight people slip and fall on the pool deck. That seems to be the much bigger hazard. We had a great time at the Diamond Lounge. There were many fun loving people there and the bar tenders were great. We normally like to gamble every day but the table games that they had weren't great. There were several Black Jack tables that were always empty and the Caribbean Stud table was almost always empty. There was one 3 card Poker table that the dealer had to maker out a waiting list for. They could easily swap out one of the Black Jack tables for a Let It Ride Table. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I've been sailing on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda each year for the past 5 years. This year was special because my nephew and his fiancee arranged to be married on the Dawn. They got engaged onboard the Dawn in 2015, and thought it ... Read More
I've been sailing on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda each year for the past 5 years. This year was special because my nephew and his fiancee arranged to be married on the Dawn. They got engaged onboard the Dawn in 2015, and thought it would the best wedding ever to be married onboard the Dawn. The wedding was arranged with the wedding planners affiliated with Norwegian Cruise Line. The ceremony and reception was held in the Bliss Lounge onboard. The wedding planners met the entire group at the pier, and escorted us efficiently through the boarding process, and we were allowed to board the Dawn early. The whole process of handling all the guests went extremely well, and it was a beautiful day. We ended the first day onboard with the entire wedding party and sailing guests having dinner together in the Venetian Restaurant. Everything was fabulous! Our cabin was inside on deck 9, and it was comfortable with adequate storage. Our cabin steward was amazing, she was very friendly, and she was always available if we had any special requests. We enjoyed all of our meals in the complimentary dining restaurants, and we did not have a bad experience anywhere.The service in the restaurants was great. Onboard experience with entertainment, and activities was also very good. During the day there were plenty of different activities happening, you could choose to participate or just relax with a good book in a quiet area of the ship. There was also a good selection of shore excursions offered for Bermuda, and I would recommend booking before you sail, because space may not be available if you wait until your onboard. Entertainment onboard was very good, from theater shows in the Stardust Theater every night to music entertainment in the different lounges onboard. The cruise itself was also fantastic, beautiful weather, and calm seas, and of course beautiful Bermuda. I live in Massachusetts during the summer months, and I cannot think of better way to end my summer. I am planning on sailing on the Dawn again in 2018 Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and ... Read More
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and maybe this is the time of the year, there were a LOT of younger (18-22) kids getting hammered...that goes obviously with a lot of adults...it's not going to ruin your time, but it can get annoying QUICK...during a more intimate cabaret show/improv comedy show, some kids were so loud you couldn't hear the performers with their mics MAXED...again this might be different when you go. 2) This is my fourth Norwegian Cruise, and I've never encountered as much of a language barrier as this ship. Normally the crew is very international, but in this occasion, we did have some issues. 3) The food outside of sit down wasn't all that great. Usually the buffet has varying options, but it seemed like the same old every day. the Bamboo included restaurant was impossible to get a reservation to. And the Irish bar pub food was not good. 4) Our inside cabin had VERY thin walls, so we could hear a lot of other people...again this could be our cabin/floor, and the party atmosphere of the ship. Overall I would recommend this cruise, just be aware of when you go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we live in the greater Boston area so no flights were needed. We picked the first week in June because we thought there would be less children on board (before schools get out but there were still more than ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in the greater Boston area so no flights were needed. We picked the first week in June because we thought there would be less children on board (before schools get out but there were still more than we thought!). We are retired, in our mid 60's, and healthy. We do find that this cruise out of Boston is a bit overpriced, but we are paying for the convenience of not having to fly anywhere so it averages out. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at the port approx 10:45 (at our appointed time),and were on board at Noon. We did have to sit in a waiting area which seemed to annoy some people but things went smoothly if you were just patient and listening to instructions. The main dining room is open for lunch and most people are not aware of that so we had a very nice, quiet lunch once we were on board. Once we finished lunch we were able to go to our cabin and our bags were delivered about 1:30 pm which was pretty fast! Dining - we ate in the Main dining room several times, and O'Sheehan's Pub as well. As a perk we were able to dine in Moderno for Breakfast and lunch which was very quiet. Eating in any dining room is always our preference to the buffet. The food was as expected - not fabulous but good. We had a specialty dining package (3 dinners) as part of our perks for booking and this was a first for us - the meals were very good and well worth the extra gratuity charge we paid for this "free" perk but we don't normally pay for extra special dining so it was a nice bonus for us. We ate in Teppanyaki, Moderno (go VERY hungry and don't fill up at the salad bar!) and Cagney's - of the 3 Cagneys was by far the best! We never use room service but did notice there is now a $7.95 fee for each delivery - not "free" anymore either.... We also chose the Ultimate Beverage Package as our other perk but again this is not "free". We paid $98 each in gratuities up front and would have paid about that or less without the package as we are very light drinkers and don't drink a lot of soda but it does make it easier not having to keep track of your bar spending. Bottled water is not included in this perk but the water from the ship is probably filtered better than at home so we bring refillable bottles and have them filled with ice before we leave the ship for the day. Excursions: we have been to Bermuda several times, so we did our "own thing" - when we arrived on Sunday we took the #7 bus ($9 round trip each- tokens are bought at the Info center) to see the Gibbs lighthouse. We were left off by Henry the VIII's and you walk uphill about 1/4 mile to the lighthouse - and then 187 steps to the top for fabulous views ($2.50 admission each). Came back down and caught the #7 again back to the dockyards. On Monday we took the new NCL Ferry (which is complimentary!) to St. George and back - our favorite area on the islands. From the center of town we went into the information center and purchased round trip bands to get us to and from Tobacco Bay - a beautiful beach on the North Shore - $9 for the two of us in a shared van) - we purchased a chair and umbrella for $20 and snorkeled in the bay. There are facilities and a snack/beverage bar. On Tuesday we went to Snorkel Park which is within walking distance from the dock. $5 per person cover charge - nice clean facilities and also snack bar, etc. Chairs ranged from $5 for a regular chair to $15 for a nice lounger- $10 for an Umbrella. With two ships in port the beach was very crowded but we got in some more snorkeling (we bring our own gear) until the winds picked up and the skies clouded up. Service was great all over the ship and we were always greeted with smiles wherever we went. This crew works hard for their money and seem to enjoy what they do. Entertainment was good - the comedian was not to our liking, but there was always something going on somewhere on the ship - so many different choices it can be overwhelming if you try to do it all! Jerry 9NOt Terry)Sager is a Broadway star and her show was amazing as was Soul Duo. We had seen "Haines Magic" previously and he was amazing as always - "how did they do that????" A Second City troupe was onboard as well but we missed them. Disembarkation - we thought since we were local that we would use the "walk off" program and not have to search for our luggage - this proved to be the wrong way to go as so many people made this choice the line went down one side of the ship, through the bliss lounge and back up the other side to get off. Since we had a priority advantage, if had we used the tag system and placed our bags out the night before we would not have been in such long lines. We only had to turn in our Custom slip - no customs to go thru other than that and no need for passports to be shown. The Dawn is a beautiful ship with a great crew and we will definitely be on her again from our "home port". Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My family traveled with 50 members and overall had a blast. From the minute we got to the pier embarkation went very smoothly. My family had 3 cabins- a Family Suite w/ balcony on deck 12, a balcony on 8, and an obstructed ocean view on 8. ... Read More
My family traveled with 50 members and overall had a blast. From the minute we got to the pier embarkation went very smoothly. My family had 3 cabins- a Family Suite w/ balcony on deck 12, a balcony on 8, and an obstructed ocean view on 8. We were in a VIP room for approximately 45 min. at that time we were able to make reservations at all restaurants (Specialty and main Dining rooms) this was a nice feature. We were then escorted to our cabin to leave our carry on belongings, met our cabin steward and went to have lunch. The cabin was not fully ready but that was okay with us. Vacation had begun! We downloaded the NCL I concierge app so we could communicate via text as a family. The app is free to download but the it does cost $9.95 to hook up. This was worth it. You can monitor you onboard account as well. The ship upgrades were very nice especially at the pool area. Service for beverages could have been a bit swifter, but the wait staff did work very hard to serve you there just wasn't enough of them since it appeared that everyone had the drink package. Most people do save seats at the pool and we did witness a women having a fit over that, but as the saying goes "when in Rome" ... There is also a smoking area on the pool deck for smokers which was nice for my husband... The food was very good each night ..we ate at Aqua, Venetian, Le Cucina, Teppanachi, OSheehans Pub. Service at OSheehans was extremely slow so be patient, the food portions were very small. We went to a Comedy Show, played Deal or No Deal, Kareoke Night which was a blast as many family members sang....the White Out Night was the best night of all so don't miss that! Each night after dinner we stopped into the casino... Not much luck there... It is small and smokey. The staff on the ship were very pleasant and helpful. For our two days in Bermuda we went to Snorkel Park beach which was in walking distance, kids went on a jet ski tour and went to Horseshoe Bay. One tip on that... Once you get off the ship you can pay $7.00 per person for a van taxi that will take you to the bay. Chair and umbrella rentals were 2 chairs and umbrella for $40. As far as our sailing days the first two nights were a little rough and it was smooth sailing after that! Disembarkation wasn't bad. You have two options- Carry your own off or have them take it before midnight the night before. My kids wheeled their luggage off themselves and found their grandmother trying to do the same... It was hard for her to wheel it on the carpet...she should have chose not to handle it. I chose not to handle it. I wasn't going to carry or wheel my luggage around as I have a bad back and my grandson surely couldn't wheel his since he is 5. We left the ship at 9:15 through priority and when we got off it was right there lined up had a porter take it to a cab and that all she wrote! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We booked this family reunion cruise last August. There were 14 adults booked in 7 rooms on the Main floor (2) in oceanview rooms. Let me start by saying that all of our other cruises were with Royal Caribbean. We've avoided Carnival ... Read More
We booked this family reunion cruise last August. There were 14 adults booked in 7 rooms on the Main floor (2) in oceanview rooms. Let me start by saying that all of our other cruises were with Royal Caribbean. We've avoided Carnival because of their reputation as a party boat (loud, drinking, booze cruise). Unfortunately, my mom has always wanted to go to Nova Scotia (only Carnival had cruises there at the beginning of July) and since we were celebrating our parents 60 anniversary and 80th birthdays, we looked at cruises that would take us to Canada. There really wasn't any choice for the dates that all 14 of us could go, so we had to book on Carnival. Embarkation was easy and pleasant. Some of our group flew in and some of us drove from the midwest arriving the day before. We had time to walk the Freedom Trail in the morning and still board around noon. We shuttled the luggage down to the dock and dropped everyone off and then my husband parked our van in the lot provided. It cost $60 for the 5 night cruise (we paid $35 for the one night at our hotel). Getting on the boat was very easy and everyone was pleasant. We headed down to our room right away and were greeted by our stewards Pat and Nur. They were great all week and when Pat found out that we were celebrating a special occasion, made sure that she did some things to make my parents feel special - chocolates, towel art, etc. I had brought Welcome bags for the group on board and Pat let me leave those in each room before we headed upstairs to the buffet. We tried Guy's burgers first and they were really good. Throughout the cruise, this was a popular place, but we were always able to get a burger really fast. After touring the ship and making some spa arrangements and dinner arrangements, we headed to the hot tubs in the back to soak and watch as we left the port... great memory and we really liked the Aft Adult Only pool and hot tubs. Usually quiet and a good view. Let me stop here and comment on our tour of the ship...I was confused by the layout that afternoon and never really figured out how to get around on the ship. You could only go from front to back on deck 5 and 9, so if you came up the wrong staircase and realized that you needed to be in another part of the ship, you had to take the stairs or elevator down to another floor to get where you were going. The trouble seemed to be that the restaurant was in the middle and closed for much of the day. Not a good arrangement. The decor was not pleasing to me - Carnival/Circus theme?, but it wasn't terrible. I did think that the rooms were bigger than Royal Caribbean and we had plenty of storage room. One big complaint about Carnival was the lack of entertainment. Royal Caribbean had an early and late showing of each evening's entertainment so that both dinner seatings could enjoy it. We saw the Motor City show which we enjoyed but some of our family walked out of the Divas show. One evening had a magician in the lounge and unfortunately, he was set in the middle of the room where only the people right in front of him could see. He could have been good, but since we couldn't see or understand his thick accent, we ended up just clapping politely and waiting until the end. We did enjoy the family friendly comedy show, but it was also held in a lounge, so everyone was crammed in. On Royal Caribbean, they had a comedian and a magician as main acts in the main theatre where everyone could enjoy them. They also had lots of music in different areas throughout the ship, but Carnival had a smattering of music and it always ended early. We would literally finish dinner at 10 and walk around the ship trying to find somewhere to sit an enjoy some music or dancing. If we did find a spot, it was soon over. We ate in the lower level Platinum Dining Room at 8:15 each evening. Our waiters made an effort to know our names and preferences which was especially hard as we never sat in the same chairs twice, but moved around so that we could talk with different family members each evening. The food was good and portioned right. Really liked the melting chocolate cake. The second evening we ate at the Steakhouse which was exceptional. I would highly recommend getting reservations before you board, paying the extra fee and saving room for dessert. I had the surf and turf and the lobster was wonderful! Their cheesecake was huge - we called it the "wall of cheesecake". They should warn you before ordering it because it is hard to eat it all after the wonderful meal that they serve you. Definitely better if you split it with someone! I did the foot/ankle and hand/arm massage with a facial one day for $59. It took about an hour and was very relaxing although I was surprised that there wasn't a separate room for this. Hard to completely relax with conversations around you. We did utilize the Serenity area and especially liked the round rattan loungers. It was a bit odd that the children's area was right next to this Adults only area. Another thing I enjoyed about the Carnival cruise was the trivia and games that continued most of the day. Our family could meet up and form a team for a quick half hour game of trivia or wander in and play individually throughout the day. It was a nice break if you just wanted to do something different for a short amount of time. Most of the time this was right next to the casino which wasn't conducive to hearing and lots of people walked through, but for the most part it was a fun atmosphere. Ports - St. Johns New Brunswick. We stopped at the information center and got a walking tour map. When we got to the King's Square Cemetery, we were stopped by a volunteer with the historical society and he gave us a wonderful tour and lots of information about this area. We also did some shopping and got a Great Lunch at Steamers which is across from the dock. My husband had the $39 lunch which included a large bowl of chowder, roll, bucket of muscles (or shrimp), corn on the cob and a 1 1/2 lb lobster. I did feel like St. John's was a bit of a stretch for a port of call, but enjoyed walking around, nonetheless. Halifax, Nova Scotia - this was the port we were waiting for and we had given my folks an excursion to Peggy's Cove. Since my mother can't walk for extended periods of time, this 50 minute trip on a comfortable motorcoach out to the little fishing village of Peggy's Cove with it's picturesque light house was just the ticket. The tour guide was excellent and the scenery was beautiful. Our only complaint was the little time we had in the village. I could have walked around, taken pictures, shopped, got a drink for hours, but the stop was only for 55 minutes. Next time we'll rent a car and spend the afternoon. I should mention that we didn't have the best weather, but we didn't have the worst weather. We were enveloped by fog for the first two days of our trip and some joked that they just had a big fog machine on and the boat would take us across Boston harbor to a little village set up with actors waving Canadian flags and saying "Aye." This didn't bother me because the temperature was still warm enough to sit out and you didn't have to worry about sun burn plus you couldn't tell the boat was moving because the seas were so calm. The fog horn that the ship used was incredibly loud (hopefully so that no one would ram into us :) ) and it was hard to doze on the deck. I also heard that anyone that had a balcony room heard the fog horn all night! Thank goodness we couldn't afford a balcony for this cruise. Our last sea day was beautiful and we loved watching the whales and dolphins all day. I'm not sure if Royal Caribbean offers the Self Assist option for dembarkation, but it worked beautifully for us. We were the first ones off, got the car and were driving home within a 1/2 hour of our the ship allowing people off the boat. A great trip with lots of memories and fun times. I would definitely try Carnival again.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013

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