Greenland has always been on my bucket list and when Princess announced they were doing a round-trip from New York with three port stops in Greenland, the price was a little high but I signed up immediately. We did get a substantial price ... Read More
Greenland has always been on my bucket list and when Princess announced they were doing a round-trip from New York with three port stops in Greenland, the price was a little high but I signed up immediately. We did get a substantial price drop, at the expense of my husbands AIB package. We have sailed the Caribbean Princess several times, she is and older ship and she tends to show her age, but Princess is attempting to update he with the implementation of Medallion class in May this year. We utilized Princess EZ-Air from FLL to LGA, never again! LGA is under major construction and our Princess Transfer from the airport to the port took close to 3 hours, one hour to get out of the airport alone. Once at the port Medallion made check in a breeze. We visited Halifax and Sidney before heading to Greenland to visit Nuuk, Qaqortog and Nanortalik, with a stop in St. Johns NF on the way back. Princess offered limited excursions for all the Greenland stops and we were very disappointed that there were no enrichment lectures in regards to the ports. There was one lecturer on board who talked about Hollywood, Disney and film. The demographics of this cruise were mostly seniors who are elite Princess cruisers who are very demanding (as said by several crew members), we are also elite members but much younger then the average on this ship. While we heard that the production shows were excellent, we did not see them as they began to line up 1 1/2 hours before each show and the theater was always full when we arrived at the 1 hour mark, we refuse to go any earlier as we find it absurd to go any earlier. We were able to catch the simulcast of guest entertainers in the lounge and did enjoy most of these shows. There was a lack of evening entertainment, no deck party, no theme parties, guess they figured that most guests were in bed after the show.
Halifax - We did a private excursion "Halifax Titanic Historical Tours with Paul McNeil". We found this small group excursion through our CC roll call. Paul was so knowledgeable of the history of Halifax and proud of his city and this showed through his narration through the whole tour, he also had photo's and videos that were shown on a large display in the front of the van. We were able to hit all the highlights of the city well before all the tour buses returned from Peggy's Cove. We visited two of the Titanic cemeteries with a drive by the third which no longer allows visitors, Paul was very respectful while viewing the sites, insisting we not walk on the graves. We also visited the Memorial to the Halifax Explosion, where he explained several hidden facts throughout. We finished off the tour with a stop for a fabulous lunch in a small uncrowded fishing village which served the best fish & chips we have every had. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to get away from the crowds and tour buses.
Sidney - we did a ship tour to the old Gaelic Village which we found very interesting. This is an interpretive village with several "players" who were in character for their era in time. We found it quite interesting the changes they went through over the years. After the tour returned we walked through town and enjoyed a local brew and some lobster poutine at a local pub.
Greenland - Our ship stopped at three ports in Greenland, Nuuk, Qaqortog and Nanortalik all three were scheduled as tender ports, however at the last minute we were able to dock in Nuuk. Princess offered limited tours in all three ports and most were quite expensive for what they offered so we opted to walk all but Nanortalik on our own. My research showed that they all offered museums, churches and were quite walk-able on your own. In Nuuk we were off the ship early and able to get to the church, memorial and museum well before the tour buses from the ship dropped off. We enjoyed the beautiful city with it's quaint colorful houses. We walked the waterfront and climbed what appeared to be newly build stairs up the bluff. After we found a local brewery and enjoyed a local brew. Qaqortog was a tender port and did not offer much more than Nuuk, we visited the Museum which was much smaller than the one in Nuuk. Again we walked the town, enjoying the stone art carvings that were displayed throughout town, we visited the fish market and church before we went off the main road and found a path to the top of lookout that provided a great view of the ship in the bay, the town and a nearby lake. Our last stop was Nanortalik, this was also a tender port. We had an excursion so we were one of the first off, but we heard later that some without tours waited for almost 4 hours to tender off the ship. We booked our excursion through the ship as I could not find any private excursions, I felt the price was very over inflated when I booked it and still fell the same. We took a small boat (six people) to the glacier where we were able to walk on the rocks and had a shot of scotch over glacier ice. Our tour guide and boat driver were locals and provided us with a wealth of information about their small town of less than 1000 people. After our tour we walked through the small town and visited the museum before getting in line for the 2 1/2 hr wait to tender back to the ship. We felt that this small town was not prepared for the 3000+ people from our ship, although we were happy to donate to the church and school which seemed in need.
St Johns, NF - Our last port, we booked a 2 hr harbor cruise with Iceberg Quest, while we did not see any icebergs or whales, we did see the lighthouses, caves and I spotted a puffin. We then leisurely walked through town, we stopped by St. John the Baptist Church, but it was Sunday and they were having services. We stopped by the YellowBelly Brewery and enjoyed a local brew before heading back to the ship.
Upon our return to New York disembarkation was a breeze.
We can now cross Greenland off our bucket list, but we consider it a one and done, we won't go back there is not much to see and do, excursions were few and over priced. We will however visit Halifax, Sidney and St. Johns as there is so much we did not get to see. Read Less