Relaxing Mid September Cruise: Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review by artist5320

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Relaxing Mid September Cruise

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Norwegian Jewel Cruise September 17 to 14th, 2011

Traveling with 6 couples was a great experience for all of us combining good friends with great scenery. We left New York City Harbor and had a great time taking in the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline before heading in for dinner.

The cruise was on the Norwegian Jewel based on some research, talking to our travel agent and reading reviews on this site. We took a limo early Saturday morning that dropped us off right at the pier that was really nice and then picked us up for the return.

Dining we ate breakfasts in the Garden Buffet and most lunches. It was good and you could get all types of food including eating healthy with a lot of fruit up to eggs, bacon, waffles, etc. We ate around 8:00 am and it was never crowed until later. Lunches except on the day we got on the ship when we ate at the Tsar's Palace offered many options as well. Evening meals we preferred the Tsar's More palace as they could seat 12 together most of the time. We did eat at Chin Chin one evening and it was good Chinese food, but did not make us change from the Tsar's Palace. Also tried Azura's but it was noisy and the food was the same. Of course you can eat your way through the day.

Activities: we went to most of the evening shows in the Stardust theater and liked the 70s dance show, the Incanto show with a man and woman who were tremendous acrobats and Murray the Magician. Murray also gave some magic trick lessons that you should not miss and get there early to get a seat. Also the show on the last night was great. We did take advantage of other performers who were located in the different areas based on the type of music they played.

Fitness Center and deck for walking on 7 were all part of our routine and the last day most of our group took advantage of the pool as it warmed up. The early part of the trip was cool and was a nice change from the hotter weather we had been experiencing at home.

Sydney, Nova Scotia Here we decided to take the NCL excursion to the Fortress Of Louisbourg that was the morning trip that left at 10:30 and was 3 ½ hours. Our guide was very informative and shared some interesting stories about the site from his boyhood that brought depth to the visit. Once we arrive, he took us on an hour tour and then left us alone for 45 minutes. We saw several homes and buildings all that were reconstructed. A soldier demonstrated the preparing of her rifle to shoot and described her uniform. We bought some bread baked in the bakery and spent time inside several buildings including eth Governor's home in the Fort. We skirted showers because there was an afternoon tour that was hit by showers so we felt lucky to tour the site in the morning. It was a great choice. There is a small building at the cruise terminal where crafts are sold by local craftsperson, but we did not fine much for us

Overall a great trip that we would do again and take in some other areas to tour because these ports have a lot to offer for excursions. Less

Published 09/28/11

Cabin review: O1 Family Oceanview Picture Window

Rooms: we had an outside room on the 8th deck in the back that gave us quick access to the Tsar's Palace as well as the Garden Buffet. It was a little tight with the bed on the wall and yet since we were out a lot, was not a big issue.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Halifax, Nova Scotia Here is used two sites to find our own tour arrangements. I used this site and Trip Advisor. We located Ryan of Great Earth Expeditions who was great. He arrived at 11:30 to pick up our 12 people and took us to first view the Citadel and gave us a brief history of Halifax. That was followed by a trip to Peggy's Cove, with a short stop on a small lake where we ate a lunch he prepared based on our sandwich requests supplemented with veggies, cheese and local sausage. We then drove 15 minutes to Peggy's Cove for a 45 minute walk about to take pictures and take in the light house. As a watercolor painter, my photos will give me many future watercolors to paint. I did a few sketches on site. Next we drove a little way and stopped for a one hour walk in the bush to the coast through a bush, boggy area that was simply fantastic. Ryan pointed out an Eagle and many types of plants and gave us a geology lesson. On this sunny day, we had a chance to see Nova Scotia as not many tourists. We headed back to the ship and finished about one hour before boarding the ship by walking through Pier 21 where there were some local merchants.

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Portland, Maine Our only disappointment was rainy weather here on and off so we canceled our land and sea tour but were sorry we did not do the trolley and instead took the local bus for $5 that allowed you to hope on and off. While I wanted to go the Portland Art Museum to see the Winslow Homer watercolors, they only had oils on display. We also visited the Historic Museum next to the Longfellow House and paid $7 for the History museum, really not much at all and do not recommend the museum by itself. We could not do the Longfellow house due to time. We did visit Remy’s store that was a great find so if you have time it is on the 8A bus that takes you around the city. I feel if the weather was better, this would have been as great as the other two.

St. John’s, New Brunswick Here again, I used the two sites to locate a local tour group – Freedom Tours, to take us to the Bay of Fundy trail, St. Martins, and the reversing falls. This two was a great trip because Trina our guide, added personal stories and offered suggestions that made the trip interesting. We were amazed at the flow of water by the local paper mill and then after a brief stop for snacks, we went to the Sea Caves in St. Martin. We had a chance walk out and then see about 3 hours later how the caves were we walked were filled with water. The Fundy Trail was a treat we will not forget as we looked over the Bay from far above and took in some local history. The sunny blue skies made for a perfect day.

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