Final Update ~

October 5, 2014 by

Thank you to all of you who joined 4 Seasons Vacations and me on the Historical New England and The Canadian Maritime Cruise. We had a wonderful time. You were a fantastic group of people to travel with and I enjoyed traveling with you. Hopefully we will do it again. In the meantime, may God bless you and keep you safe.

God’s blessings,
Sue

Day 11 ~ Thursday, October 2 ~ Quebec City to Minneapolis

October 4, 2014 by

Good Morning! It’s time to go home. Everyone checked out our options for breakfast. Then it was time to meet in the Michelangelo dining room. We are the White Group 2. They called our group right on time and we headed to the terminal. After locating our luggage, we found our motor coach and our driver, Jorge. Jorge is going to take us to Montreal for our flight back to Minneapolis.

Many asked why we didn’t fly out of Quebec City. Basically because it’s small aircraft and we would need to change planes. Much easier to travel to Montreal and go non-stop to Minneapolis.

As we traveled, the fall colors were beautiful. We are now in October and a few days can make a difference. We stopped for a rest stop along the way. Jorge found us a Tim Horton’s and a McDonalds. Tim Horton’s is the Canadians Fast Food. They have their own special coffee, beautiful pastries, soups, sandwiches, etc. Fun stop and nice to check it out. Good to stretch our legs before heading on.

After our break, Sue announced the winners of the trivia contest that only 1 couple participated in. Actually, Don and Darlene turned in their answers on the bus but Sue had to tell them they were too late. But kudos to them for answering. Karin and Ed were the winners. Karin answered all the questions correctly.

We then sat back and relaxed for the rest of our journey. Jorge got us to the airport and we checked in with Delta. Montreal is a pretty awesome airport. It was actually pretty quiet. We were checked in and the “monster bag eater” ate our checked bags. It was pretty cool! Bill got fairly good at putting the bags in the machine.

Then it was off to concourse C where we quickly went through security and through US customs. Boy was that easy! A nice way to get all of it done at once. Now we don’t have to go through customs in Minneapolis.

We then all gathered at our gate to hurry up and wait. Some went off for a bite to eat and some just picked up some snacks. They changed our gate so we moved down the concourse and waited some more. Our flight ended up leaving about a half hour late. The plane arrived late but they certainly turned it around quickly.

Our flight was pretty uneventful and we arrived about a half hour late. We quickly met up in the baggage claim area. It was now time to say goodbye to all the people who joined us at the Minneapolis airport. Hopefully, we will meet again.

The rest of us headed to our waiting motor coach for the trip back to Owatonna and Albert Lea.

Don, our driver, was waiting for us and had the luggage loaded. It is cold and has been raining in Minnesota. We sat back and were quickly back to where we started.

We had a wonderful cruise to New England and the Canadian Maritimes. We traveled 4506 nautical miles which is the equivalent of 5185 miles from New York to Quebec City. We unpacked once and moved each night to our next port of call. We visited 8 different and interesting cities each with their own special things to do and see.

Day 10 ~ Wednesday, October 1~ Quebec City, Quebec

October 4, 2014 by

To visit Quebec is to experience France without crossing the Atlantic. The architecture, the ambience, and the animated conversation on the street confirm the impression that a bit of France has been permanently imbedded in North America. Stroll along the streets of the atmospheric Latin Quarter and explore the historic stone and brick houses of Old Quebec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. Visit the Place Royale and Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, and marvel at the turreted Chateau de Fontenac.

Our last day of visiting a port and what a city to end with! It is a little chilly but the sun is out and it will warm up. Again, we had a little jaunt to get off the ship to the terminal.

Bev and George studying a map of the city trying to get their bearings

Bev and George studying a map of the city trying to get their bearings

Many chose to do shore excursions to see as much of the city as we could in a day. We did Grand Exploration of Quebec & Lunch; Historic & Modern Quebec; Montmorency Falls & Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre; The Beaupre Coast, St. Anne Canyon & Winery Visit; and Walking Tour of Historic Quebec.

Quebec City is truly a little bit of France. The architecture has a true European flavor. Place Royale is a restored square in the heart of Lower Town boasting 17th and 18th century stone architecture. It is home to Notre Dame des Victories, the oldest stone church still standing in North America. The cobblestone and uphill streets were somewhat difficult to navigate.

A mural depicting the history of Quebec City including the seasons and founding to the present day

A mural depicting the history of Quebec City including the seasons and founding to the present day

More Place Royale

More Place Royale

Norita, Bill, and Sue listening to our guide and hearing history regarding Place Royale

Norita, Bill, and Sue listening to our guide and hearing history regarding Place Royale

Place Royale buildings

Place Royale buildings

A shop in the Place Royale

A shop in the Place Royale

Chateau Frontenac (it's a hotel) from Place Royale

Chateau Frontenac (it’s a hotel) from Place Royale

Funicular Railroad which takes people from Place Royale to the historic, walled Upper Town.

Funicular Railroad which takes people from Place Royale to the historic, walled Upper Town.

We saw the Chateau Frontenac, a palatial hotel built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It hosted Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and MacKenzie King when they met to discuss strategy during World War II. We enjoyed views of the St. Lawrence River, the town of Levi’s on the opposite bank, Ile d’Orleans, and the Laurentian Mountains.

Chateau Frontenac

Chateau Frontenac

A horse drawn carriage near Chhateau Frontenac

A horse drawn carriage near Chhateau Frontenac

Ruby from the courtyard outside Chateau Frontenac

Ruby from the courtyard outside Chateau Frontenac

Bill and Sue waiting to reload the bus after visiting the area around the Chateau Frontenac

Bill and Sue waiting to reload the bus after visiting the area around the Chateau Frontenac

A high light of Quebec City is Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, a landmark temple that honors Sainte Anne, the patron saint of sailors. The basilica is beautiful and attracts many visitors every year.

The color was really popping in Quebec City and the surrounding area … it was lovely and a reminder that autumn is here!

The color was really popping in Quebec City and the surrounding area … it was lovely and a reminder that autumn is here!

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine

Mary with Jesus at the crucifixion

Mary with Jesus at the crucifixion

Inside the shrine are examples of miracles and headings artfully displayed on the pillar

Inside the shrine are examples of miracles and healings artfully displayed on the pillar

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica

The Montmorency Falls were breathtaking at 272 feet high. Many of us would have enjoyed another day in Quebec City!

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls

A view of the bottom of the falls from above

A view of the bottom of the falls from above

The suspension bridge over Montmorency Falls

The suspension bridge over Montmorency Falls

walking over the Montmorency Falls

walking over the Montmorency Falls

A view of the Montmorency Falls from above

A view of the Montmorency Falls from above

We all took some time to get our packing done and then joined for our last dinner together. We will miss sharing our stories each evening and all our choices for dinner.

The show this evening is “La Compagnie de dance Migrations”, a folkloric show including French Canadian folk dances, traditional music, jigs, square dances and song. It was very good and a treat to see. After the show, everyone was off to their favorite spot or to finish their packing. Our last night on the ship. So sad!

Day 9 ~ Tuesday, September 30 ~ At Sea

September 30, 2014 by

Good Morning! No one needed a wake up call today. There was an announcement for medical assistance at about 5:00 am. Our first day to sleep in! Hopefully it wasn’t anything serious and the person is ok. (Later in the day, we found out that the gentleman passed away in his sleep. Our sympathies to his family.)

It was a pleasure to have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy our coffee or hot chocolate. A wee bit on the chilly side again today. However we can stay inside and enjoy what the ship has to offer. We are traveling today on the Saint Lawrence River.

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For whatever the reason, the ship has become a bird sanctuary. We welcomed on board many small birds. They were on the balconies, in the pool area, on all open decks, even in the hallways on some decks. Hopefully they will enjoy their holiday and find their way home.

Many went to the cooking show in the theater with the Executive Chef Paolo and Maitre d’Hotel Nicolas. They were very funny showing off their cooking skills. At one point the Maitre d’ tossed the pasta over his head and over the wall behind them. They used an unusual amount of garlic and you certainly could smell it throughout the huge theater. It was very humorous. You really wouldn’t want to eat what they prepared today.

It's a culinary cooking show (not sure we should eat the food they cook!)

It’s a culinary cooking show (not sure we should eat the food they cook!)

Cooking Show

Cooking Show

They also had an “Insiders Guide” – Meet the Cast and a look backstage. A few joined in on that tour and enjoyed it as well. It’s amazing what they do on the ship. There was also a wine tasting event in Michelangelo Dining Room.

Bill at Tuesday's Wine Tasting Club event

Bill at Tuesday’s Wine Tasting Club event

Many of us relaxed and enjoyed the ship. There wasn’t a lot happening outside. A bit chilly.

Diane and Dave enjoy lunch and each other's company in Horizon Court

Diane and Dave enjoy lunch and each other’s company in Horizon Court

Marjean and Roger enjoying lunch after the galley tour

Marjean and Roger enjoying lunch after the galley tour

Dinner of course was a highlight. We all gathered together to enjoy the culinary skills of the staff. Feature tonight was Baked Alaska for dessert. Many of the dining room staff and kitchen staff did the big parade of “flaming” Baked Alaska. We certainly have enjoyed our time on the ship!

Day 8 ~ Monday, September 29 ~ Charlottetown, Canada

September 30, 2014 by

While Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest providence in terms of area and population, it more than makes up for this with the friendliness of its people, it’s natural beauty, and for being known as the birthplace of Canada.

The island’s landscape is dramatic and features rolling hills, pristine forests, reddish-white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil. The capital of Charlottetown offers a small town feel and a relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair. The town has evolved into a dynamic city without sacrificing its historic charm. One certainly cannot think about Prince Edward without mentioning the author Lucy Maud Montgomery who once lived on PEI and drew inspiration from the land during the late Victorian Era for the setting of her classic novel “Anne of Green Gables.” PEI also has another claim to fame with the Confederation Bridge built in 1997. The world’s longest bridge over ice-covered waters provides a connection from PEI to the mainland Canada.

Well the fall weather has caught up with us. It is about 20 degrees cooler then yesterday. So we are at about 52 degrees. The big deal is the wind. Pretty blustery. But we are sturdy souls.

The pier at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The pier at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Again the day is full with lots to see and do. Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island is best known because of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved “Anne of Green Gables” books. So many of us headed to Cavendish to see where Lucy grew up and the setting for her books. We did Anne of Green Gables Historic Site & Island Drive; The Ultimate Anne of Green Gables Experience; Charlottetown by Horse-Drawn Trolley; Panoramic Island Drive & Confederation Bridge; Anne of Green Gables, Island Scenic Drive & Lobster; and A Taste of Charlottetown-Culinary Tour. It’s neat to see what a wide variety of interests our group has.

The Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush

The Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush

Lake of Shining Waters

Lake of Shining Waters

Birthplace of Lucy Maude Montgomery author of the "Anne of Green Gables" series

Birthplace of Lucy Maude Montgomery author of the “Anne of Green Gables” series

Green Gables (a Canadian National Park)

Green Gables (a Canadian National Park)

The fable Haunted Woods as written about in "Anne of Green Gables"

The fable Haunted Woods as written about in “Anne of Green Gables”

As we blew back onto the ship, it was time for our formal dinner at Botticelli Dining Room. Again everyone dressed up in their finest and we had a lovely dinner. Many had lobster which was very appropriate since we certainly are in lobster and seafood heaven.

The harbor at PEI

The harbor at PEI

The show this evening was “Broadway Ballroom” with the Ruby Princess Singers & Dancers. It was very good and the staging and costumes are spectacular. Evidently John and Roger finished the night helping Carl Andrews in the Explorers Lounge. They were participants in his show “The Amazing and Amusing Mental Comedy of Carl Andrews”. Probably John and Roger will be offered a contract and we will see them on our next cruise!

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Another great day on a lovely cruise!

Day 7 ~ Sunday, September 28 ~ Sydney, Nova Scotia

September 30, 2014 by

Cape Breton is fabled as a magical travel destination and the Port of Sydney is the gateway. Known for its beauty and unique Celtic music and culture, Sydney puts some of the Island’s greatest sights and attractions at your fingertips when you disembark into the Joan Harris’s Cruise Pavilion.

The dockside pavilion offers an array of Shopping Boutiques, a Craft Market and the World’s Largest Fiddle. You will also find wireless Internet services, a Visitor Information Centre, and the Cape Breton Island Exhibition Centre featuring artifacts, images and an overview of the rich culture and heritage of the historic Island. Or you can simply sit and savour our local seafood cuisine at the Range Light Cafe, or enjoy a glass of wine on our second floor balcony.

The city of Sydney has a deep history and was originally founded in 1785 by British Loyalists fleeing the perils of the American Revolution. The rich natural resources led these new settlers to establish prosperous coal and steel industries, which attracted immigrants from a myriad of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. To this day, Sydney remains a haven of multiculturalism.

The Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion is just a short drive from the community of Baddeck and the breathtaking Bras d’Or Lake where Alexander Graham Bell lived, worked and studied. On the east coast of Cape Breton lies the largest historic reconstruction in North America, the Fortress of Louisbourg. The Fortress is a Parks Canada National Historic Site and is described as a Williamsburg-style attraction that is not to be missed.

My goodness our weather just keeps on coming! It’s beautiful. A bit windy but we can deal with that.

Today many decided to be on their own in this quaint little coastal town. We had to tender in to the wharf and were greeted by the lovely dockside pavilion. Lots of local vendors with handcrafted items made in Canada. Some walked the boardwalk which we think was about 2 miles. It was a little walk up to the shops and stores outside of the wharf area.

Sarah with the World's Largest Fiddle

Sarah with the World’s Largest Fiddle

A Ruby Prince Tender with the Sydney Pier and terminal in the back

A Ruby Prince Tender with the Sydney Pier and terminal in the back

Again several participated in shore excursions. Big Pink Sydney Highlights and Coastal Drive; Highland Village and Museum & Gaelic Experience; and Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Lots to do and see.

Fortress of Louisbourg

Fortress of Louisbourg

The Fortress of Louisbourg Lighthouse

The Fortress of Louisbourg Lighthouse

The solider barracks at the Fortress of Louisbourg

The solider barracks at the Fortress of Louisbourg

We had our group photo taken tonight before dinner. Everyone met in the Piazza and the photographer quickly lined us up for our photo. He knew what he was doing and hopefully, it will turn out well.

Darlene and Don waiting for the photographer

Darlene and Don waiting for the photographer

The group waiting in the Piazza to have a group photo taken

The group waiting in the Piazza to have a group photo taken

Everyone then went to dinner and enjoyed hearing about each other’s day. The show this evening is Michael Barron, Magic & Illusion. He was very entertaining and we saw a great show. The rest of the evening was filled with whatever everyone chose to do.

Sunset over Sydney Harbor

Sunset over Sydney Harbor

Day 6 ~ Saturday, September 27 ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 28, 2014 by

The capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, Halifax was once Great Britain’s major military bastion in North America. The beautifully restored waterfront buildings of Halifax’s Historic Properties recall the city’s centuries-old maritime heritage. Stroll the waterfront, and you may find Nova Scotia’s floating ambassador, the schooner Bluenose II, tied up to Privateer’s Wharf, just as old sailing ships have done for over 200 years. Halifax is also the gateway to Nova Scotia’s stunning scenery, including famous Peggy’s Cove, where surf-pounded granite cliffs and a solitary lighthouse create an unsurpassed scene of rugged natural beauty.

What a fabulous day! It is beautiful. We certainly aren’t needing our cool weather clothes.

The color just keeps getting more and more beautiful.

The color just keeps getting more and more beautiful.

While eating breakfast, we saw Theodore the Tugboat sailing by our ship. He was so cute. He had a round little nose, big eyes, a smiling mouth, and a rust colored baseball cap. He looked like such a jaunty little fellow. Later we found out he does Harbor cruises.

Theodore Too a tugboat from a popular Canadian cartoon

Theodore Too a tugboat from a popular Canadian cartoon

We got off the ship in Halifax right into the terminal which was also a market with lots and lots of shops and vendors with local products to sell. It was a shoppers paradise. There was a big tent near the terminal yesterday in Saint John. These Canadians know what they are doing.

Again many of us were off to do shore excursions. Each day is busy. There is so little time to enjoy what the ship has for us to do. Many of our people did Peggy’s Cove & Coastal Scenic Drive; Peggy’s Cove, Historic Fortress, Titanic & Lunch; Peggy’s Cove & Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour; and Historic Halifax Sites Scenic Drive. Some relaxed and some went shopping. Norita met up with a friend in Halifax and Myrna went to church and met some local people who showed her some of the sights. So everyone was busy.

Peggy’s Cove was the highlight or at least the most popular. It was pretty cool. A light house surrounded by rocks with lots of “retail therapy”. It’s actually a little village where in season they do lobstering. They have a population of 35. Not sure it’s the place to live!

The lighthouse at Peggy's cove, used to be the local post office. This is the most photographed lighthouse in North America.

The lighthouse at Peggy’s cove, used to be the local post office. This is the most photographed lighthouse in North America.

A bagpiper at Peggy's Cove

A bagpiper at Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Sue’s tour guide shared a lot about the royal family and many stories were pretty interesting. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth will not use a toilet that someone else has sat on? When she came to Halifax for a big celebration, they had to replace the toilets in the Government house.

We visited the Halifax Public Gardens which is one of the rare surviving Victorian Gardens in Canada. It was lovely. The flower beds were very colorful and we saw many varieties of trees planted by royalty.

The main gate into the Halifax Public Gardens

The main gate into the Halifax Public Gardens

Nova Scotia Garden Club flower bed

Nova Scotia Garden Club flower bed

University of King's College flower bed

University of King’s College flower bed

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The Titanic Memorial was very interesting and is located in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. 121 victims of the RMS Titanic sinking are buried here, more than in any other cemetery in the world. The graves have been placed to look like the hull of a ship.

Titanic section of the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax

Titanic section of the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax

Tribute to an unknown child who was later identified

Tribute to an unknown child who was later identified

The most expensive tombstone in the Titanic Section of Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

The most expensive tombstone in the Titanic Section of Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

The Halifax clock tower

The Halifax clock tower

We saw the Clock Tower at the Citadel. It was pretty impressive with the clock face on all 4 sides. The story behind the tower says that the soldiers went to the pub when off duty and were always late returning to the Citadel. So the commander decided to erect the clock so they could see it from all sides no matter where they were and return on time. Funny thing, they still didn’t return on time.

Once again we gathered for dinner. Some of us were just getting back on board. Tonight was Italian night. Our wait staff was in their red and green stripped shirts. Good food and fun conversations. We are looking forward to a great day tomorrow.

Day 5 ~ Friday, September 26 ~ Saint John, New Brunswick (for the Bay of Fundy)

September 27, 2014 by

Saint John, Canada’s oldest settlement is the gateway to the scenic wonders of New Brunswick. One of Canada’s oldest provinces, New Brunswick remained remarkably unspoiled: 85 percent of the province remained unsettled. New Brunswick boasts vast forests, purling streams, gentle hills, rich farmlands, and a spectacular coastline dotted by historic towns. Nature also blessed the area with one of her most astonishing phenomena: the reversing River Rapids. The fierce tides of the Bay of Fundy rise with such force that they actually cause the St. John River to reverse direction and its waters to flow upstream. Saint John’s history dates to 1604, when the Sieur de Champlain landed nearby on the feast day Saint John the Baptist. After the American Revolution, American Loyalists flocked to the area. Saint John became a thriving industrial port. But the catastrophic fire of 1877, declining commerce and decades of neglect gave the town a sad and careworn look for decades. That changed in recent years. Redevelopment of the waterfront and the old district has restored Saint John’s charm and it’s sence of history.

Wow! That was our word for the day. It was beautiful again. Just perfect, not too cold or too hot.

Again many did shore excursions. Our excursions were: Reversing Rapids, Old City Market & Martello Tower; Saint John Highlights, The Bay of Fundy & Light Lunch; Saint John Highlights & Reversing Falls by Trolley; and Big Pink Saint John: Hop On/Hop Off All Day Pass. Everyone enjoyed their tours and even learned lots about Saint John. Some went shopping and others relaxed on the Ruby.

The Reversing Rapids are the big deal in Saint John. Because of the tide in The Bay of Fundy, the St. John river reverses. In the morning at low tide, the river goes downstream. Then at high tide, it goes upstream. Some of us saw the Rapids in the morning and then went back in the afternoon. Unbelievable! It was awesome.

Reversing Rapids at low tide in the morning

Reversing Rapids at low tide in the morning

another view of the rapids in the morning

another view of the rapids in the morning

View of the bridge and split rock in the morning

View of the bridge and split rock in the morning

Looking toward the Bay of Fundy

Looking toward the Bay of Fundy

Another view of Split Rock looking toward the Bay of Fundy

Another view of Split Rock looking toward the Bay of Fundy

A view of split rock in the morning

A view of split rock in the morning

A view from the bridge of the reversing rapids in the afternoon.

A view from the bridge of the reversing rapids in the afternoon.

Reversing Rapids in the afternoon during high tide

Reversing Rapids in the afternoon during high tide

A view of split rock during high tide

A view of split rock during high tide

Another view of the reversing rapids during high tide when it is safe to fish in the area.

Another view of the reversing rapids during high tide when it is safe to fish in the area.

Bill saw a cow moose and 2 babies at the covered bridge in St. Martin. What good eyes he has!

Fishing boats in the "harbor" at St. Martin during low tide

Fishing boats in the “harbor” at St. Martin during low tide

The tide is coming in as we leave St. Martin Village

The tide is coming in as we leave St. Martin Village

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Moose in the St. Martin Fishing village

Moose in the St. Martin Fishing village

A popular stop was the City Market with retail therapy and local treats galore. There was locally made jewelry, food, clothing and art work.

Butterflies made by Saint John school children hanging in the City Market

Butterflies made by Saint John school children hanging in the City Market

City Market

City Market

Soon it was time for dinner and we gathered together to share our stories from the day. Everyone is having such a nice vacation and we are getting to know each other. It is such a nice group of people.

Day 4 ~ Thursday, September 25 ~ Portland, Maine

September 27, 2014 by

Portland was founded in 1632 by the British as a fishing and trading post and named Casco. In 1658 the name was changed to Falmouth and Portland was put on the map in 1786. While Portland’s name has changed over the years the essence of the area has not changed. Today, Portland still remains a vibrant fishing and commercial port, Maine’s largest city, and it’s cultural, social and economic capital.

From the renovated Old Port with its brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets to the quaint seaside village of Kennebunkport, the summer home of President George H. Bush, Portland and the surrounding area have something for everyone. Photographers are sure to delight at the photo opportunities including the Portland Head Lighthouse and the picturesque White Mountains on the Cog Railway. Shoppers will enjoy the Old port and the downtown area that feature many unique boutiques, shops, galleries and restaurants. Outdoor enthusiast will surely want to visit the world-renowned outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean and the many other brand name outlets in nearby Freeport, Maine.

What a lovely night’s sleep. Hopefully everyone is enjoying the calm waters. However, some had a very early morning. It is a lovely day again.

Ruby Princess at pier in Portland Harbor

Ruby Princess at pier in Portland Harbor

Cathedral Hall near the waterfront in Portland

Cathedral Hall near the waterfront in Portland

Another busy day with shore excursions. Sue decided that just walking off the ship and going to the terminal was a shore excursion! Some did the Portland Highlights & Lighthouse; Mount Washington & The Cog Railway; Portland Highlights & Schooner Adventure; and Maine Foodie Walking Tour & Shipyard Brewery. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Some walked on the wharf in Portland and enjoyed the sights.

Bill and Sue waiting for the Cog Railway to take them to the peak of Mount Washington.

Bill and Sue waiting for the Cog Railway to take them to the peak of Mount Washington.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

Dorothy and Bill enjoy their box lunch on the railway on the way to the top!

Dorothy and Bill enjoy their box lunch on the railway on the way to the top!

Sarah at the entrance to Mouth Washington State Park which was just yards from the peak.

Sarah at the entrance to Mouth Washington State Park which was just yards from the peak.

A view near the peak of Mount Washington.

A view near the peak of Mount Washington.

Sue had an interesting thing happen to her. While on her excursion, a lady asked her what the sticker saying Group #11 meant. Sue explained that we were on a tour. The lady said were we on a van. Sue said no, on a motor coach because we were on a cruise. The lady with a very strange look on her face, asked “Where are you docked?” Sue answered, “At the wharf.” Then she realized what she said and further explained that the wharf was in Portland. Sue forgot that we were in the mountains in New Hampshire! No wonder the lady thought Sue was a little crazy.

The color in New Hampshire was spectacular!

The color in New Hampshire was spectacular!

As we returned to the ship, we went past Becky’s Diner. It’s a very popular restaurant right on the wharf. There were several black official SUVs and lots of “black suits”. It must have been someone pretty important dining at Becky’s. It is known for having important people stop in.

Everyone is doing pretty well with getting around the ship now. However it is easy to get turned around. We should have it under control by next Wednesday!

Just before dinner we were pulling away from the wharf in Portland and got a spectacular view of the Portland Head Lighthouse.

Portland Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

Portland Head Lighthouse, the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

Dinner tonight was lovely and we had many tasty choices. We certainly are not going hungry.

Those who saw Chris Watkins’ show really enjoyed him so we’re looking forward to seeing him in the Explorer’s Lounge. Larry actually saw Chris and the piano player doing rehearsal and said it should be a great time. Many went to the Princess Theater for the show “Once Upon A Dream”. It was very good. All 17 entertainers plus 2 camels were excellent.

Day 3 ~ Wednesday, September 24 ~ Boston, Massachusetts

September 27, 2014 by

Hailed as the “Cradle of American Independence,” Boston is filled with historic sites. Boston was America’s first great city. In the 19th century, Boston was rightly described as the “Athens of America.” Today this city of 800,000 retains it’s vitality, combining historic districts with revitalized urban centers while remaining faithful to its venerable roots. It is a city every American should visit at least once. Follow the Freedom Trail along three of the most historic miles in the country. See the site of the Boston Tea Party, trace the route of Paul Revere’s famous ride, and stand on the bridge where Minutemen fired “the shot heard ’round the world.” In the old Charleston Navy Yard you can see the USS Constitution, the nation’s oldest commissioned warship.

We were able to sleep in. Excursions and getting off the ship didn’t happen until 10 am. With so many options for breakfast, it’s difficult to make a decision.

The Boston Cruise Terminal at the South Boston Waterfront

The Boston Cruise Terminal at the South Boston Waterfront

South Boston Waterfront

South Boston Waterfront

Another view of the South Boston Waterfront

Another view of the South Boston Waterfront

Last night at dinner, Sue missed 4 people. Diane, Roger, John, and Lylia were missing. She wrote them a nice note saying she missed them. This morning, she saw them on deck and they informed her that they were at their table and saw her. How embarrassing for Sue. She totally missed them and then when she saw where their table was, it was even more embarrassing! They told Sue it was because they were all dressed up and she didn’t recognize them.

Roger, John, Lylia, Diane

Roger, John, Lylia, Diane

What a beautiful day again and what a busy city! Lots going on and we added to the masses. Again many of us went on excursions: many did the Boston Highlights Scenic Drive; Boston Highlights Scenic Drive & Harbor Cruise; John F. Kennedy Library & John Adams National Park, Fenway Park & Boston Highlights by Upper Deck Trolly; Boston’s North End Markets Culinary Tour; and Freedom Trail Walking Tour & Quincy Marketplace. Ed and Karin met family and did a lot of walking. So much to do and not enough time.

Boston Fish Market

Boston Fish Market

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Traffic Tunnel Administration building

Carousel on the green space where a freeway used to be.

Carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, green space and center medians where a freeway used to be.

Tonight we met up for dinner again in the Botticelli Dining Room. Sue found the missing table. Everyone was eager to share their stories from their outings. It is really fun to hear what everyone did for the day. Some went off to the theater for the show. Tonight it was Chris Watkins, “Fireworks on Four Strings”. He was excellent. Others went off to explore options or just enjoy the evening.