Paul... I remember the sand bar incident..had friends on that particular cruise and could not rave enough about the crew of the Sky and their people from
Florida. From somebody onboard the ship we were getting blow by blow descriptions of what was going on until they sent the crew home.. We were scheduled a month later and to shorten the story two days before our cruise was cancelledeven though NCL kept re-assuring us. In the end NCL treated us very, very well and we ended up on the ship from Miami to L.A.(14 day cruise) upgraded to a cabin with a balcony for a ridiculously low price..They couldn't of been nicer about it. The best part on our cruise on the Sky we met some wonderful people who we still are in contact with..
There is no need to take a tour in Boston, Portland and in Halifax you can hire a taxi.. Bar Harbor is gorgeous if your going there too.