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Old 10-29-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Bruce ,Pam and Brooklyn Bear cruise NE/Canada- Mostly photos

My wife Pam really enjoys cruising, while my level of excitement is lower I still usually end up enjoying myself. Our past cruises have been in the Caribbean and Alaska, but this New England/Canada itinerary interested her, so like a good boy I said ok.

We flew to NYC to catch the ship in Brooklyn. The first night is spent unpacking, watching the city as we sail away,eating and having a few drinks. It also includes a muster drill, which is basically the emergency speech you get before taking off on a flight, however it is longer and just a pain is the a....






It turned out to be a nice evening.

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The next morning when I awoke we were in Newport, Rhode Island. Since it was the first day we did not make any specific plans. Pam slept in while I headed into port to check a out a little of the town. In Newport the ships don't park at a dock, they instead tender in using some of the lifeboats from the ship which hold about 100 people. I was the first one into a tender and among the first few people to hit town. I just walked around town for a bit.

It was a little foggy when I went out on deck, but it looked like it was going to be a nice day,which was opposite of what the forcast was. The forcast for most of the trip was cloudy, rainy and a bit cool.





I stopped at Touro Synagogue ,the oldest synagogue in the country,founded in 1658. From there I just roamed around town.








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At 10:00 I headed back to the ship to get Pam.



When we came back to town we just jumped on a bus to an area called the Cliff Walk. This a 3 mile trail that runs along the cliffs behind many of the old mansions in the area. After walking the trail we walked back to town, which took about an hour, then we stopped for a couple of beers before heading back to the ship. Next stop, Boston









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Excellent pix.
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We arrived in Boston around 9:00 am. No specific plans other than to walk some of the Freedom Trail and to hit Quincy Market.It was a beautiful day, so I was gald I had brought a couple pairs of shorts and some polo shirts inspite of the weather forecast.

We grabbed a cab outside the ship and asked to be dropped off at Boston Commons. We walked a bit and met a young couple who we chatted with a for a bit. I took a number of photos of them with their camera which made them quite happy. The Common is a nice park right in the heart of town.







We then were about to start walking the Freedom Trail when I noticed on the map that the Cheers Bar (Bull and Finch) was only about 4 blocks away. We thought, why not? Had a couple of beers and chatted for about an hour with some others that happened to be on our ship. We also walked out with some Cheers beer mugs, hats and sweatshirts.





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It was a really interesting day spent walking Boston. So much history,especially compared to Minnesota. We took our time walking part of the trail, had some lunch at Quincy Market and then hung around the harbor for a bit before heading back to the ship.









We then sailed out of Boston heading for Portland Maine.

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It was another beautiful morning as we pulled into Portland.



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Your photos are increadable! Thanks for sharing
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Portland was a short stop, with the ship scheduled to leave port at 4:00, but the previous night they announced we were going to leave an hour earlier because of the tides. This meant we were going to have to be back on board by 2:30. I had a rental car reserved so we could drive down to Kennebunkport.

We first drove to the Portland Head Lighthouse.



We then drove to Kennebunkport. Pam did some shopping and we had our first lobster rolls. In reality they were just lobster sandwichs, but they were awesome.









The residence of the first President Bush.



We headed back towards Portland knowing time was a bit of an issue. We had to be back onboard by 2:30 and we got back to the car rental office about 2:10. The agents were helping other people, but I apologized as I broke in and told the agents we needed a ride back quickly. As it turned out one other couple who was there were on our ship also. We were nervous as we headed to the ship because they will not wait for anyone that is late unless you are on a tour booked through the ship. As it turned out many of the ship tours were late because of the shortened day and there were hundreds of people just returning from the ships tours.

Next stop, Halifax Nova Scotia

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I am really loving your TR.....can't wait for more!
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Very nice pics, interesting....keep it coming!
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Thank you CooperMichigan and Rissask!
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Even though the weather forecast prior to the trip was for very rainy and cool weather, I brought a couple of pairs of short and a few polo shirts just in case. Since the forcast way way off I had worn all my warm weather cloths by now, but luckily each deck on the ship had a self service laundry room. I think this was first time on any vacation that I washed clothes.

I had a rental car reserved in Halifax also because there were a couple of things I wanted to see outside of town. I did not want to rush out of town though because I knew a number of tour buses would be heading to one of the spots we wanted to visit,so I asked the car rental agent for a suggestion of something to do before we headed out of town. He suggested the public garden in town so we took his advice and drove over there. It was another beautiful day, so it was perfect for a nice walk in a beautiful park. We probably spent an hour there and then did some shopping and had a light snack before heading out .

If I back up a little bit to the first night of the cruise, this is where Pam meets the Brooklyn Bear. When we arrived at the cruise terminal in Brooklyn the tourism board had a booth set up to promote the city. Pam liked the little bear so I bought it to bring with us on some of our adventures.








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