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antron March 4th, 2006 01:56 AM

lets keep this thread going
i see it has been awhile since a new post has been added here. i will be going to boston, portland, sydney and halifax in sept and cant wait. we are not booking any tours but are going to see what we want to do when we get off the ship. i do want to see the citadel ( i think it is in halifax ) and i have read on the boards it is in walking distance of the dock. is this true?

what else has anyone done on their own or spur of the moment in these ports.

i want to shop, eat lots of maine lobster and investigate the ports. i guess that will keep me busy enough :D

no1girlee March 8th, 2006 03:41 PM


I am also going ont his trip in September, September 16/VICTORY to be exact. We are going with another couple, no children. I have been trying to find out as much info on this as well and have come up about "bone dry". I have talked to a few friends that have done this trip although on other cruise lines and say that it is absolutely stunning and a ton of fun. The weather and views up the water is just breath-taking. I will kepp you posted if I hear anything specific.

Have a great day!!
Alexis in Pittsburgh

antron March 9th, 2006 01:40 AM

hi and thanks for the reply.

i checked my cruise on carnival yesterday and saw that we are not going to sydney now but are going to st.john bay instead. i am on the sept 9-16 cruise. you might want to check and see if your ports are the same or not. i cant wait to go on this cruise. i have been to alaska inside passage glacier bay twice on the carnival spirit and love it. but this cruise is the one that i really want to take. i love the colonial era and the east coast will be awesome to see. i hope you have a great time and post us how it went when you get back. i will be getting off the victory when you are boarding. :)

no1girlee March 9th, 2006 08:54 AM

I will definately post when I have completed my trip. Yes, I guess we will just be missing each other. I am so very excited also and am counting down the days. Thanks on the "head-up" on the itinenary, I will check it.

Have a great day!!
Alexis in Pittsburgh

Parrot Mom May 2nd, 2006 01:11 PM

:roll: Okay..what do you want to know...Boston, my home city..Portland a sweet city that is just being discovered and Bar Harbor...where we had THE best lobster dinner EVER.. Let's start backwards.. In Bar Harbor..before you go up the hill over the bridge there is a lobster shack.. with a building next door where you can sit and eat your lobster al fresco.. You go in.. tell the people what size lobster or lobsters you want..whether you want steamers and corn...They put it into a net..and boil it all...When they call your number you pick it up.. go to the terrace and enjoy.. what as a Bostonian the best lobster inthe world.. and for an incredible price.. You are getting lobster from the cold waters of Maine...probably have only been caught a few hours earlier.. Then if you can manage it...walk up the street to the fudge store.... and get a big ice cream.. Portland..explore the Old Port, lovely little shops...etc. etc.. take a cab to the City Market...and pick up some souvenier jams from Stonewall (Maine) and go over to one of the counters and have them make you a lo bster salad or whatever and sit and enjoy. There is an LL Bean outlet on the Main Street. Boston... what can I say...recommend you book a Boston Duck's a great way to see the land and by Depending on how long your in Boston..after you get off the Tour.. you can go to either Legal Seafoods or Skipjacks..both within walking distance.. If you want more info please write

antron May 2nd, 2006 01:38 PM

parrot mom

thanks for the great reply. it sure will help me when i get there. i am going to save it so i wont miss where to get the lobster and ice cream :) . cant wait to get there.

Parrot Mom May 2nd, 2006 05:08 PM

:roll: Halifax...the walk along the water is great.. We hired a taxi driver one trip and he took us to the graves of the Titanic victims... I want to tell you that it was one of the most memorable things we have done...then he drove us around and dropped us off at the Cidadel in time for noon and the shooting of the cannon and the bag piper.. We called him and he picked u up and dropped us off and gave us the name of a lobster restaurant. In all lobster lovers we had never had lobster like we had in Bar the lobster shack..I think I picked out two soft shells of almost two pounds each...Parrot Pop said I was crazy... but we ate every single bit...Because the best lobsters are taken from the cold waters of Maine directly you will pay less than anywhere else.. The local seafood restaurant owners told us that the prices continue to be very high and I can't remember exactly, but it may have been about $50.00 for the entire meal.. Although Halifax has a Harbor Hopper it's definetely not as good as the one in Boston.. and for that I recommend you book it on line...

antron May 3rd, 2006 11:29 AM

parrot mom, ohhhhhh, my mouth is watering :wink: . and the price sounds great too. may i ask how did you hire the taxi? off the street or before hand. we are not booking any tours, we are just going to do what we want when we get off the ship. thanks again for the report. sept cant get here too soon.

tmcaputo May 6th, 2006 12:27 PM

Carnival Victory
We took are booked on the 7 day Canada/New England on the victory.

Where in Boston do you pick up the Duck tour independently? We are also considering the Fenway Park tour with carnival, any suggestions there?

Thanks for the help.

antron May 6th, 2006 03:43 PM

Re: Carnival Victory

Originally Posted by tmcaputo
We took are booked on the 7 day Canada/New England on the victory.

Where in Boston do you pick up the Duck tour independently? We are also considering the Fenway Park tour with carnival, any suggestions there?

Thanks for the help.

have you tried to do a net search for '' boston duck tour ''? i bet something will come up for you. have a great time.

i am going to save a ton of money this cruise by not booking tours ahead of time. my 2 cruises too alaska were awesome but the tours are VERY EXPENSIVE. i am going to do things in port but mostly shopping and wandering around on foot.

beachbumMom May 6th, 2006 06:12 PM

Antron: I just booked my Sept 23rd N/E & Canada less than an hour before this post! Going on Victory out of NY 7-day fall foliage cruise. Booked balcony 7339 on Empress deck. My cruise agent is based in Auburn, Maine (works out of his home office over 20 yrs) He is meeting us at the dock in Portland - we're "doing" lunch that day. He said in Halifax one "must see" is the Titanic History Museum; actual pieces of the Titanic and items recovered over the years on display. The Citadel is also in Halifax - it was built on top of the city when the French invaded the area to reclaim the territory. Check it out on shore excursions or just web search historic Halifax, etc.

Are you going on 9/23? Maybe we can hook up if you are. I am looking forward to meeting any members of this site. after all the chat and tips and advice I feel like we have an extended family here! Post your sail date or send me pvt msg if you wish.

I am also going out on 6/5/06 from NY to E/Carib on the Legend.....can't wait! I need a cruise "fix"....counting the minutes and already packing! Write soon... Donna

antron May 6th, 2006 10:07 PM

hi again beachbummom

i will check out the places of interest you mentioned. i will be on the victory the 9th of sept. sorry we cant hook up. we cant wait to go and see the east coast.

thanks for all your reply's and help :D

Parrot Mom May 13th, 2006 02:17 PM

In Halifax we hired a taxi off the street, but if you want a phone # please write to me.. As for the Tour of Fenway Park..I definetely would go with tyhe ships tour... and the Duck tour is a MUST.. I'VE LOST the on line site, but check out what it will cost and then compare the ships cost.. It is very, very popular and the only other way would be to book on line.. This is one time that it may pay to book on the ship.
Both attractions are away from Black Falcon pier...and you'd be spendig time racing over.

antron May 13th, 2006 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Parrot Mom
In Halifax we hired a taxi off the street, but if you want a phone # please write to me.. As for the Tour of Fenway Park..I definetely would go with tyhe ships tour... and the Duck tour is a MUST.. I'VE LOST the on line site, but check out what it will cost and then compare the ships cost.. It is very, very popular and the only other way would be to book on line.. This is one time that it may pay to book on the ship.
Both attractions are away from Black Falcon pier...and you'd be spendig time racing over.

thanks parrotmom, i will check into those tours. it is getting closer and i cant wait. i am taking a friend who has never traveled and she is going to be in awe of the whole cruise experience. and i love it too know matter where i cruise. it is a sickness isnt it LOL .

Parrot Mom May 13th, 2006 06:16 PM


If you end up at Prudential Center or behind it with the Duck Tour...just a few blocks away is a great restaurant for seafood..,SkipJacks...across from theTrinity Church.

Fenway Park is a jewel among is the original..and all the alternations within the last few years with new owners only makes it so...

This is one time to check out the price on the DuckTour (which has just gone up inprice due to gas) and what the ship is offering you,because...what with a taxi it maybe a better deal.. As for the Fenway Park...If you can do them both in one have tasted Boston... If you need to write to me about time schedules please do not hesitate.

antron May 13th, 2006 07:44 PM

parrot mom
skip jacks sounds great. and thanks for the tip about the duck tour. we havent decided if we are going to do tours or just take in the sites by wandering around on foot , eat and shop. i vote for the '' no tours '' :D

Parrot Mom May 13th, 2006 11:05 PM

Boston is a walkable city....If you really want to see Boston and I even as a born and bred Bostonian was amazed... the Duck Tour should not be missed.. You can do it yourself, it's just getting into downtown Boston. What surprised me is a comment made by a fellow cruiser who thought that Boston was clean and there was no graffiti...never thought of that.. As for shopping try our "Rodeo Drive"...Newbury Street...lots of side walk restaurants..Le Familia is a nice one.. moderate..very arty and sophisticated street...(read that as $$) Stand on a corner with a map and most likely you'll get help from a local.. and yes, Cheers is on Beacon Hill...and is a great tourist site..

antron May 14th, 2006 12:16 AM

i had forgotten about cheers. i loved the show. i know for sure we will want to stop in there and have a drink. thanks for the tips on getting around of foot. :)

Parrot Mom May 15th, 2006 05:58 PM

:roll: There is also a Hard Rock Cafe on Claredon Street...both places do-able..It's a block from the John Hancock Blfh and SkipJacks at Copley Square

ondeepdale May 17th, 2006 08:32 AM

We've been to Halifax before on Norweigian. The Citadel is within walking distance but up a hill. We never got there because we had booked a tour to the Titanic memorial. We will be walking to the Gardens and the Citadel on our cruise on the Victory in June. Halifax is a great city to walk around in.


Parrot Mom May 17th, 2006 08:41 AM

:roll: The Gardens were badly damaged by a hurricane a few years ago and I hope they are back. One place that I can't urge you all enough to see is the graveyard of the Titanic victims..high on a hill... the stones laid out in the shape of a bow of the ship... An interesting story about Halifax is that Boston and Halifax are "sister" cities... during a tragedy and I can't remember which one happened first..Boston came to the help of Halifax and since then...the big Xmas Tree in Boston is sent as a gift to the City of Boston... Yes, the walk to the Citadel is way, way, way uphill..but be there before noon when the cannon goes off and there is a march or changing of the guard. Halifax is a college town and is quite lovely with green rolling hills. Peggys Cove is a crap may take a tour out there and find it fog bound.... we live near the ocean and didnt even bother.

LisaK May 19th, 2006 11:48 AM

Personally if you can only do one thing while in Boston it should be to take a walk on the Freedom Trail, to retrace our colonial ancestors path to freedom and independance.

FYI - for those of you taking a fall foliage cruise, just know that the foliage along the ocean pales in comparison to what you would see in the hills and mountains.

antron May 19th, 2006 12:17 PM

thanks parrot mom and lisa. it sounds like i will be busy with great things to do once i get there :D

Parrot Mom May 19th, 2006 01:27 PM

Your going to hate me.. but if you go on the Freedom Trail and your in the North must stop at Mike's or Modern Pastry..the best italian pastry in the world.. Of course there is the Old North Church in the North End...

antron May 29th, 2006 03:05 PM

ignore--testing my clock
i hope this works

antron June 9th, 2006 01:15 PM

how is everyone doing up there ?
hi everyone. i am the guilty party who started this thread and have been so busy i have not had a chance to be here for a while :oops: . i see there are storms galore up in the northeast. i hope everyone who is up there is still having a great time. i am getting more and more serious about just getting off the ship and just doing my own thing once in the ports. a major occurance at my job has put a scare into me too be more frugal with my funds. i know i am going to have a wonderful time just wandering through the ports, doing a little shopping and eating my lobster while still on a budget :D .

i am not a big drinker so i wont be spending all my money on drinks and i have 3 casino ships within 25 miles of my home so i '' definetely '' wont be wasting my cash in the casino. i can be absolutely happy just being on the ship, eating whenever i want and relaxing.

please let us know how your cruises are going when you get back. i am very anxious to find out how all is going in the ports-
boston, portland maine, saint john new brunswick and halifax.

i cant wait to get there. :D

Parrot Mom June 9th, 2006 03:28 PM

:roll: Yes, we are due for more rain up here in the northeast...they are saying 3 inches... Its pretty hard for the people living near rivers, brooks and the ocean..BUT by next week we will be having "normal" summer weather.. My plants outside in the pots are turning moldy....and at the first drop of rain..they are coming in for TLC until that bright sun comes out.. Enjoy.. with the possible loss of a deserve a cruise....

antron June 10th, 2006 02:09 AM

hi parrot mom.

you guys are really getting hit bad with the rain. i live along the mississippi and i know all about flooding and what all the water can do. soon the sun will be out again for you i hope.

and yes, i do need my cruise. i am not loosing my job but we are having alot of cut backs and that means any raises and things will be alot less. i will still have a great cruise but now i am really counting my pennies too make sure i can enjoy myself on the trip.

Parrot Mom June 10th, 2006 09:48 AM

:oops: Antron...THERE IS NO NEED TO TAKE EXPENSIVE EXCURSIONS.. In is known as a great "walking city".. that's if you can get past the Black Falcon Pier and to the Quincy Market area.. you can walk all over.. to Cheers on Beacon Hill, the Hard Rock Cafe on Berkely Street, the Freedom Trail from the Quincy Market area and then to the North end where you can dine on great pizza, Regina's..and gelato, and the pastry. Halifax..walking along the new boardwalkwaterfront with the artists, Check "meet on board" and see if there are other people who want to share taxi's or drivers... by the way I do have a taxi company and driver in Halifax if your interested... Bar Harbor get more information but I have read there is a bus that takes you to Arcadia National Park so there no need to take an expensive excursion... The lobsters are ANOTHER I will tell y ou that the waters in Maine are colder up there than anywhere else which makes a sweeter lobster.. So, when yo go to the lobster shack and they ask you how big.. go for two pounders...add the corn, add the steamers (if you like them). and splurge.. you can't beat the price anywhere.. We just paid $15.00 a pound for steamed lobsters..and if you want to write to me please do..

antron June 10th, 2006 12:56 PM

parrot mom

you are the best at giving me great info. and i will do the walking of boston for sure. i have read that it is the best port for touring on your feet :D .

the lobster sounds yuuuummmmmyyyyy. i cant wait to get some and i cant beleive how cheap it is. we pay that much here for the lobster tail at red-lobster. i cant imagine how wonderful it will be to taste the difference between the two.

thanks again for all your fantastic help and info :)

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