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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:58 PM
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2 sea days, 2 ports (halifax and st john). anything to do? is there scenery during the sea day sail? husband and i i just booked this for my family - gramma, brother and sisterr in law and 3 kids 17, 14, 5. now i'm scared! i do want all to have a good time ...

please, tell me anything ... is it warm enough to swim in the pools? what's fun? it's their first cruise (our 30+) but i didn't want to risk a hurricane in thre carribean.

oooh ... buyer's regret. somebody tell me it'll be allright ... please! thanks, rosemary
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Rosemary,

Everything's going to be just fine, I'm sure you will all have a blast!

No, I haven't cruised up there, so I can't give you any advice on the ship or the ports, but I can remind you that "you'll be cruising"!

And try not to get worked up and worry about others having a good time. Their enjoyment will take care of itself. And as for gramma, she'll probably have the most fun of all! lol Take care of you and your husband, it'll be fine...

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2 sea days, 2 ports (halifax and st john). anything to do? is there scenery during the sea day sail? husband and i i just booked this for my family - gramma, brother and sisterr in law and 3 kids 17, 14, 5. now i'm scared! i do want all to have a good time ...

please, tell me anything ... is it warm enough to swim in the pools? what's fun? it's their first cruise (our 30+) but i didn't want to risk a hurricane in thre carribean.

oooh ... buyer's regret. somebody tell me it'll be allright ... please! thanks, rosemary
I am doing the 5 day Victory in nine days July 9th. I will post for you after I return.

I have heard when you set sail it goes right under the Verazzano bridge and if you go to the highest deck you feel like you can reach up and touch it (I assume not really, just perception.

I am really looking forward to it. Between a friend and I we are bringing three kids 11, 8 & 5.
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The weather should be very good - the same as New England. Halifax has an attractive waterfront with boardwalks and restaurants/bars and most historical sights are within walking distance as is the casino. I expect that they probably have an excursion to Peggy's Cove which would be ideal if you have never been to a small fishing village. On the way into St. John you may be able to see the Bay of fundy whales.
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We will be on the Aug 6th cruise. Traveling with 16,20,21. Most concerned about the 16year old son. Is it your son that is 17. I am happy to hear there will be someone close to his age. He looks much older. I have all the same concerns. They want sun and complaining now. Lets hope for some rays. See you there.
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We are headed out on a 7 day in September, so I have reading a lot of reviews.

Don't have buyer's remorse...you will have a wonderful time. You have cruised enough to know that 99% of having a good time on a cruise is a good attitude.

I have often said that as long as the ship does not sink, I will have a great time. And even if the ship does sink, as long as no one is hurt and they give me enough perks for my trouble...I will still have a good time.
Just remember that you are not responsible for "their" good time. Only THEY can create that state of mind.

The reports so far for July have been that the water in the pool was chilly.
But they did not have a lot of sunny days.

A cruise to Canada is different than a cruise to the Caribbean temp wise, but if everyone is expecting cooler temps..then they won't be disappointed.

Ok, let's start with the kids. 17 year old will be in Club O2. 14 year old will be in Camp Carnival's 12- 14 age group. 5 year old will be in Camp Carnival's 2-5 age group. All will have a great time. Each age group will have a Caper listing activities for the entire cruise (where Adult Capers are daily). Their Capers list what activity, where and when....as the older kid's activities will be moving around the ship.

Keep an extra set in the cabin so that you can know where they are at all times. We started cruising with our boys when they were 5 and 8 and they have loved every ship.

From what I have read, there is lots to do right at the ports. I have read that for $20.00 per person as you step off the ship, there is an independent excursion who will take you to Peggy's Cove, Titanic graveyard, Citadel etc on a 5 hour tour in Halifax.

Also in Halifax is FRED (which is free). It runs a circle around downtown Halifax where you can get on and off at will.

Know going in that you can encounter lines at the buffet. Food on Lido will just be ok from what I have read (of course, everyone has their own opinion about that). I believe you will find food in the dining room to be good to really good. It won't be 5 star but it will be fine. And as you know, pizza and ice cream and room service are 24 hours.

I think the Victory will have her strong points and her weak points...but overall, you should be fine.
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We are going 8/2/07...it will be my 4th time to Canada.

Two of my kids ages 20 & 18 are going with us this time. All three came when they were 15, 13 and 11. They were 8, 6 and 4 on their first cruise and have enjoyed every one.

I have been lucky with the weather so far on each of the Canada cruises (knock on wood!)

Cruises are what you make of them...I look at it that I am not cleaning, cooking or basically doing any household chore...that is a vacation to me! All he food is 5 star to me if I don't have to cook it or clean up after it! Call me simple!

I don't sweat the small stuff and I really have had nothing bad to say about any of the cruises I've been on. Each have their good points and I guess what some would consider bad points.

Just relax and let everyone do their own thing...you'll have a great time!
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OK this may be a bias answer as I am a Canadian, but you will love it. You will be visiting some of the prettiest ports in Canada. We are having a very warm summer so far, so I don't think you should be worried about that. Also, us Canadians are pretty darn friendly!

Don't worry, you'll have a great time!
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