Erie Canal and more: Grande Mariner Cruise Review by otlret
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Erie Canal and more
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Several night local groups provided musical entertainment which was average at best. The cruise director provided games on other night but there didn't appear to be much interest in them. The passengers were similar to what you find on Road Scholar trips: well educated, retired people, More interested in many things, good company.
The staff was pleasant and helpful. During a bad rain storm, the captain proved his mettle when a medical emergency arose and he coordinated a docking at a small marina and arranged for an ambulance to take the passenger to Albany .
The onboard historian was excellent and provided daily lectures. We learned much about the natural and political history of the rivers and canals and towns along the way. Port stops were towns along the way with Quebec City and Montreal at the end of the trip. A day-long excursion to Cooperstown was offered, but it meant missing much of the Erie Canal and the locks. We enjoyed the morning excursion to Hyde Park. A naturalist joined us on the Saguenay River to assist with the whale watching. Less
Cabin review: 50A
The shower was rusty and mildewed. Our cabin was adequate with good storage: closet, large shelf over that, four drawers next to closet, a vanity with two shelves, and a night table with two shelves. The bathroom had three small shelves with wire sides to keep things in place and a counter large enough to put a cosmetics bag on. Excellent lighting, better than in in many hotel rooms: each bed had a light, a light over vanity, as well as general room light.
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