Maasdam Cruise Review by jklc123
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Vista Suite with Verandah
We used room service for breakfast before an early morning excursion, for dinner during high seas & for dessert a couple of times -- sent promptly & good quality.
Due to Hurricane Ophelia, we experienced such high seas and winds that we were had to skip Sydney, which was a disappointment. We both are prone to a bit of sea sickness, but again, thanks to CC posters, we starting taking Bonine the night we sailed, and ginger tablets when the ship was rocking, and we were basically fine.
I can now understand one reason people book BB trips as I would have loved to have one more day in each of the ports, to explore more of Quebec City & area, to see more of Prince Edward Island than charming Charlottetown, more of Halifax & more time in Acadia National Park, and of course to see Cape Breton Island, which we missed.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Bar HarborTo see Acadia National Park, unless you really want to go up Cadillac Mountain, don't book a trolley or other tour but take the free HOHO bus from Village Green (you do need to buy a pass to the park there unless you have a lifetime pass, which covers the owner & guests at all national parks & is available to those 65+, which DH bought there.) There are 3 routes but you can change from one route to another at different points, using the maps provided by the park. We stopped at Thunder Hole, Sand Beach and Jordan Pond, having an OK lunch at Jordan Pond (tasty popovers, OK sandwiches & beautiful view). LL Bean funds the bus & donations are optional.View All 369 Bar Harbor Cruise Port Reviews
We left time to poke into the shops in Bar Harbor & walk along the shore to see the 19th century vacation homes.
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HalifaxBecause of bad weather, we had skipped Sydney & arrived in early evening in Halifax, so after dinner we took a taxi for a brief nighttime tour, and got a beautiful view of the city from the Citadel & a drive through a neighborhood of old mansions, with interesting comments from the driver.View All 637 Halifax Cruise Port Reviews
We took the ship's tour to Peggy's Cove, which was spectacular -- sunny weather, but such a cold wind that most people took a look & headed for the gift shop, so it was not crowded around the lighthouse & rocky shore. We also stopped at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, which was a moving experience, and then had tickets for the HOHP busses all afternoon, which worked out well -- we visited the Citadel, Public Gardens and Maritime Museum, but were a bit rushed.
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Quebec CityTo save time & energy, we took a taxi from the port to the Citadelle and after touring that, walked back through the upper and lower towns, which worked out very well, although we walked rather fast as the wind was icy cold. But we had time to poke into shops, churches, the Fontenac Hotel & the Muse de la Civilization, where the exhibit about the First Nations was especially interesting, as well as the temporary exhibit about Rome.View All 229 Quebec City Cruise Port Reviews
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