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serendipity September 13th, 2005 09:50 PM

Jewel 9/18 New England./ tour or not to tour??
Hi! I have looked at various sites of places the ship will be visiting and wonder if anyone has taken any of the official boat tours versus independent tours I see mentioned, and which are really absolutely worth taking?
I am taking my Mom and aunt on this trip - they are older but adventurous - and I am more we discussed them going on "easy tours" in case there is something a bit more adventurous I might want to do, though it would be nice to do some tours together that don't require too much walking on their part. Perhaps there are some "don't miss" tours you can recommend?
Since I have never been on this cruise, I am not familiar with the usual tour/relax on the cruiseand/or land ratio! (smile)
I also happen to be addicted to antiquing/collecting so I wonder if any of these stops have any antique/thrift/flea markets/vintage shops in the area?


Paul Motter September 13th, 2005 10:04 PM

I cannot really say because I have not been on any of the tours, but the little towns like Halifax are very cute and lively college towns with nice greenery and shops & stuff. Plus there are a few casinos....

Are you talking about the folliage cruises to Quebec, or just the short 3 or 4 days cruises from NYC?

serendipity September 13th, 2005 10:26 PM

Hi, Paul:

I am going on the 11-day cruise. I have always preferred to tool around by foot and explore but I don't want to overlook a place or experience I otherwise might regret missing! I live in NYC so the boarding part of the cruise is easy! (smile)

Paul Motter September 13th, 2005 11:01 PM

I am so jealous - for the 8 years I lived in NYC I never got to do a fall folliage cruise. We were scheduled to sail the Norwegian Sky, the cruise after it hit that sandbar in the St Lawrence Seaway, back in 2000.

About a week after the other NCL ship collided with barge in the English Channel. Remember that one?

serendipity September 13th, 2005 11:18 PM

Ouch! No, I don't remember that one!
Let us hope history won't repeat itself...though getting stuck in Bar Harbor and being forced to eat lobster every day wouldn't be very painful! (smile)!

Parrot Mom September 15th, 2005 12:06 PM

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.

LisaK September 15th, 2005 12:42 PM

Boston is a great walking city. There is so much history in a small area that you might be able to do that, you could walk portions of the Freedom Trail. IF you want something really fun to do take a duck boat tour. Its just silly fun.
Bar Harbor the waterfront area is great for walking around, good restaurants, lots of little shops

Pagehaze September 15th, 2005 06:55 PM

We will be on your cruise. there is a Meet and Greet arranged on Sept 19th at 10:oo AM to 11:30 AM on deck 13 at Star Bar if you would like to join and talk with other cruisers.
This is our fourth time on this itinery. some advise that i would give you is as follows:
Book a tour in sydney Nova Scotia. The town is very small and there is not too much to do. Fort Lousibourg is grest but involves alot of walking so
probably would not be good for your group. We have booked the Sydney
area historical drive.
Bar harbour is delightful and you will enjoy just strolling down the main street whcih has all types of lovely little shops.
We love Quebec city but it may be hard walking for the older members of your grup. The streets are cobblestone in the old part of town and it is very hilly . However where the ship docks you can take the funicular
up to the old historic town and stroll alomg the boardwalk in front of the Chateau Frontenac hotel. It is a beautiful sight.
At halifax, the waterfront histoirc propeties also is a boardwalk area and you can stroll and sti as you move along the waterfront. The toru to Peggy's cove is a good one whcih we have taken in the past.
Stl John new Brunswick does not have a lot to do either so i would reccommend a tour.
We will look forward to meeting you on board
Hazel & Brian

serendipity September 18th, 2005 09:54 AM

Thank you for the tips!

I look forward to seeing you at the get-together! Bon Voyage!

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