This tour should have been and could have been amazing. But, it was the July 4th Weekend and the traffic was horrendous. We did get to see Thunder Hole but it was too crowded to get to Cadillac Mountain and any of the other sites. Again, Royal Caribbean stood behind their guarantee and reimbursed us part of our tour expense for our inconvenience.
Pre-booked Oli's Trolley's 2.5hour tour to Acadia National Park with three stops. Our guide, Gary, provided excellent commentary throughout. We saw lots of people who did not have reservations turned away since no seats were available. The company offers cruise passengers their money back if the ship does not arrive as it is a tender port. We would note that there were lots of complaints about the amount of time the tendering process took.
Wonderful excursion! We took a motor coach from Bar Harbor at Testa's Restaurant up to Acadia. We made three stops on the tour: Cadillac Mountain, Sieur du Mont, and Thunder Hole. I loved being on top of Cadillac Mountain.
Bar Harbor was a great port. We enjoyed our time there.
Due to tendering and our number being called late even though we were there 2 hours waiting when the ticket only said allow 45 minutes we missed our 11am tour and were rescheduled for the 1:30 which had a detour due to a accident and we did not get full benefit of tour. We complained and got 25% back
Shore excursion, Acadia National Park and Lobster bake.
When we finally got ashore there was no one from the ship or tour company with information on where to find the starting point for the tour. Finally found the bus by asking every bus driver if they were the transport. Waited for forty-five minutes to load onto the bus which then drove five minutes to the "Lobster bake." If you are expecting picnic tables on a beach and lobsters baking on an open fire you will be like we were very disappointed. The reality of the "bake" is sitting at tables of twelve in a large auditorium like room waiting to be called up to stand on line where you are served your dinner military mess hall style. When you reach the first server he scoops up a handful of mussels and plops them onto your plate, next you reach the guy who puts half an ear of corn and a couple of small boiled potatoes on your dish then you get to the person serving the lobster. The Windjammer buffet would have been much superior to this bland meal.
Next came the other half of this excursion, Acadia National Park, which turned out to be an endless bus ride looking out the window at a bunch of trees hearing endless stories of how Rockefeller was the Savior of Bar Harbor with a less than average tour guide.
Do yourself a favor and learn from my mistake...do not take this excursion.
This was the best stop on the trip. Your tender takes you right to the middle of town. We booked a trip to Cadillac Mountain with Oli’s Trolley which was absolutely great. Book online before you go because they are very busy and many people who did not book pre-cruise could not secure a ticket.
We did the "Intimate Look at Acadia National Park", booked through NCL. We drove around a lot and only had two stops of about 20 minutes each. One at the top of Cadillac Mountain, which was breathtaking, but it felt rushed and I ended up running around just trying to snap pictures instead of enjoying the sights. The other stop was at Thunderhole. Not enough time there either and the tide was low so no thunder from the hole, lol. Not sure if I'd recommend this excursion.
It's a 2 1/2 hour ride on a small coach bus that holds 14 passengers, so a small group with plenty of opportunity for questions to be asked and answered. Dave, our guide, was great and gave us a little extra side trip to Seal Harbor since we had some time. The park is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
This excursion did not disappoint! Our guide (Gary) was very knowledgeable (& a good driver). We had a small bus (?large van) of about 20 people. Dress warmly for Cadillac Mountain! It may be warmer in later-summer visits; we FROZE up there.
Another thing about Bar Harbor: It is now a tender port; when we were there, we heard that the town voted to build a ship dock. Not sure when it happen, but that will be good. (But, on the other hand, I got to ride on the Ship's lifeboat tendering back to the Grandeur. That was cool.)
Our dinner was terrible and just riding through the part is not the way to experience its beauty. If we could do it again, and the weather cooperated, I think a carriage ride would be the excursion I would choose. Or, if it were easier to do, I would rent a car and do it on my own. But the rental cars are located at the airport and the logistics of getting to the rental agency, picking up a car, returning it to the agency and returning to the ship, just didn't seem feasible.
Beautiful forest with great views. You must sit on the left side of the bus, it is were all the good pictures will be. We were on the right, to late to switch, bus was packed. Tour guide very knowledgeable
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