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  1. My mom and I stayed at the Hilton near Faneuil Hall. It was very walkable if you are in good shape. It's also not too bad a walk to the ferry which is by a Marriott. Mom can't walk long distances any more (she's 82), so walking the Freedom Trail was out for us. We did take an Uber up to Warren Tavern for brunch and then walked over to Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution - she was exhausted by the end of that. But then we took the ferry back and then had a couple glasses of wine at the Marriott before we walked back to the Hilton.
  2. My mom and I had an aft cabin on our cruise this past Sept/Oct on the Serenade. We loved having it. It was a bit cool, but we still got out there for sail aways and as we were coming in to port. It was really great being out there as we sailed away from Portland, ME and we could see Portland Head Lighthouse. I got some great pictures. Of course I'm a balcony girl - I just have to have one or I don't sail!😂
  3. Saint John, New Brunswick you can take a 2 hour tour on one of their City Transit buses for $25 US. Harold was our driver/tour guide and he was a fount of information. It was a great tour! In Bar Harbor, we actually did 2 tours with Oli's Trolley. The first one is of the downtown area for 30 minutes and cost $15. The second was the 2 1/2 hour Acadia National Park tour which was $40. In Halifax, we rented a car and drove up to the Wolfsburg area and toured a winery and had lunch there. We also drove to a couple of the Titanic cemeteries. All totaled, I think it was about $125 for car rental and gas (which I just had them refill since I didn't want to drive around finding a gas station - way more expensive or I could have done the entire day for about $100).
  4. We were in Bar Harbor on 10/4 and the tender to town was nice and smooth, but the tender back at 3:30pm was rough. There were waves that we hit that broke over the top of the tender and water came in through some holes. The people that were sitting up front got so wet. It took almost 30 minutes to get from the pier back to the ship because of the rough water. I was so thankful I had taken my Bonine or things could have gotten really ugly.
  5. Just an update - we made our flight with plenty of time to spare. We did not do self-assist, we were in Group 3 & 4 which was right after the self-assist, suites, and those with RCL status. That being said, we had some luck in that a group from Atlanta that were on the same flight as us let us cut in line so that saved some time. They had said they were in line for an hour when our group was called. The other thing that saved us some time was that we got a porter to take our luggage to the taxi area and we were able to bypass that line as porters got priority status from the guards. We made it to the airport and were through security by about 9am. Would I do this again? NOT EVER if I can possibly avoid it. It was just too stressful - although some of that could be the angst I felt from my mother.
  6. Could be. I haven't responded to it. I just didn't want to take chances that it also might be legit if someone did actually lose something. Yeah - well I am an Ole Miss Rebel for a reason I guess! :)
  7. This is a long shot, but I just received an email about an item found in Cabin 9256. I was in this cabin 9/29-10/6. The item is not ours as my mother nor I lost anything. If you were in this cabin and lost something, here is the email I received: Thank you for choosing to sail with us on your recent cruise vacation. We hope you had a wonderful time! Our records indicate that an item has been found on your recent cruise that might belong to you. If you left an item(s) when you disembarked, please visit www.chargerback.com and create a Lost Report, providing a detail description of your lost item(s). This will initiate the mailing process of your lost item. Please note, in general ships store found items for 30 days. Thank you for cruising with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Sincerely, Lost and Found Team Royal Caribbean International CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: This message may contain confidential or legally privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or taking any action in reliance on these contents is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by responding to this e-mail and then delete it from your system. Hope you can get your lost item returned to you. Cross posted on the Roll Calls for the 2 cruises prior to mine and the one after mine.
  8. Not sure if it's the best, but my mom and I are doing a Lighthouse Tour in Portland through Portland Discovery Tours. Guess I'll find out in October if it's the best port for tours.
  9. My mom and I are doing a tour of Portland on a fire truck. Check out portlandfiretours.com. We are then going to eat lunch and then take a Lighthouse Tour through Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours (portlanddiscovery.com). In Saint John, NB (I assume that's where you are talking about) we are doing a tour on one of the city transit buses. Check out thinktransit.com. It's only a 2 hour tour, but we're going to play the rest of the day by ear and just see what we can find to do. As someone else mentioned, Trip Advisor is a great resource for finding tours such as this. It is actually where I found these tours. No they aren't private, but they are also not a cruise ship excursion so they are much smaller.
  10. My mom and I are doing this tour this fall. I can come back in October and let you know how it was. As for websites, try thinktransit.com and then click on City Tours. I found the tour via TripAdvisor. They don't take advance reservations and payment is only via cash, but for $25US, mom and I thought it was worth trying. The pickup/drop off point is "just up the street from the cruise terminal on Water Street".
  11. Guess I'm going to have to build in a little extra time to turn in my rental car and get back to the ship then. Might have to cut one of the Titanic cemeteries.
  12. It was 9 years ago that this happened, and I thought I had read somewhere that back then there was no priority boarding for Jr. Stes. I know Coastal Kitchen didn't exist on the AOS 9 years ago. Good to know for future reference though if I'm ever sailing with other friends or family.
  13. I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they are "loosening the purse strings" a little more trying to keep shareholders happy.
  14. But mine was a refundable deposit! I wanted the refundable deposit because my mom is 82 and "just in case" something came up and we had to cancel. So far so good, doesn't look like we'll have to cancel. In fact, my mom is renewing her passport so hopefully we'll find ways to use it over the next 10 years! 😀
  15. Gosh I hope so! We continue to be shareholders for a reason. I would think they would make it worth our while...even if we don't sail with them often.
  16. I originally submitted via email about 6 months before the cruise and then again via snail mail 5 months before the cruise. I guess you could submit right after you book the cruise if you wanted.
  17. No! That's why I was so surprised. I booked online direct with RCCL and it was part of the booking deal. I don't remember what the sale was - 30% off each guest and $100 OBC or something like that. I booked it 18 months ago and I've watched a lot of football since then and consumed much alcohol drowning my sorrows, so my memory isn't quite what it used to be. 😄
  18. It's been 9 years since I've sailed RCCL, but at that time, the Jr. Suite wasn't considered a true suite. Is that still the case? Or did RCCL change things so that those in the Jr. Suites get early boarding and the same perks as a "full" suite? I didn't think the Jr. Suite was bad, then again, I just like the priority boarding. 🙂 I can remember my former inlaws telling the people at check-in, that they were in a suite and arguing with them at check-in when they were told that it wasn't a "true suite". My former inlaws I guess eventually got their point across, because they were allowed to board with us as we were in a Owners Suite (and no, our reservations weren't linked).
  19. Ok I have to say, given the fare I booked and that it came with $100 OBC, I totally did not expect to get my Shareholder OBC. But, ever the optimist, I submitted the paperwork anyway (well twice - once via email (no response in over a month) and once via snail mail) and then a couple weeks ago I finally got an email that they are giving me the $100 OBC!!! WOOHOO Yes, I've printed the email so that I have proof when I get on board ship, if it doesn't appear before then. Just wanted to share with everyone. Not sure if I just managed to slip through or if RCCL has changed a policy or something, but maybe it will give others hope for the same. 116 days till sailing and Mom and I will make good use of our $200 total OBC!
  20. YIKES! I would hate that. Check the Bar Harbor Port Authority (or something like that) to see if there are any changes. From my understanding, they can only take 3 ships and when those berths are gone, that's it. RCCL needs to get their act together and make sure those berths are booked before they publish the itineraries. Praying that there will be no more changes to your itinerary. Heck, I'd better double check for myself just to be sure since I now have all of my excursions booked. Here's the site I found. About halfway down the page is a link to a PDF file of the 2019 Cruise Ship Schedule. https://www.barharbormaine.gov/190/Cruise-Ship-Information
  21. My mom and I are doing the Portland Fire Engine Company tour on a vintage fire truck. If you check their website, they may have a tour that picks you up at the dock where your ship will be. It will be the first tour of the day, but that then frees you up to do something else if you want. We are also doing a cruise of the lighthouses through Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours. Between the 2 tours, we'll be done with our excursions by 12:45pm which gives us time to have a leisurely late lunch and do some shopping before heading back to the ship.
  22. My mom and I opted for the 2 1/2 hour tour. We are also doing the 30 minute tour of the town. Having to tender, we didn't want to have to rush off the ship and we have enough time between the 2 tours that we can have a leisurely lunch and then after the 2nd tour we can take our time either shopping a little or heading back to the ship. We just wanted it to be a somewhat easy day. Mom is 82, so the easier the better.
  23. When we went to Alaska, my son broke his foot 3 weeks before we left and was in a cast. When we got to the terminal, we just asked if we could get a wheelchair for my son and they came right over with one. Now we were not anywhere near the first to board the ship and there was no one in the terminal at all, but it sure was nice for my son to not have to "crutch" his way onto the ship.
  24. My mom and I are doing Ollie's Trolley in Bar Harbor - twice! The first one is a tour of Bar Harbor itself (30 minutes) and the second will be the 2 1/2 hour tour to Acadia National Park. We'll find somewhere to eat lunch in between the 2 tours. In Saint John, we are taking the City Transit tour on one of the city transit buses. 2 hour tour for $25. The rest of the day we're going to kind of take it easy. In Halifax, we are renting a car and driving up to wine country to taste some wine and get some lunch. We are also going to tour Grand Pre Historical Site - interesting to us because we lived in Louisiana where the Acadians ended up. We are also going to stop at the Mount Olivet and Fairview Lawn Cemeteries to see the Titanic graves - something my mom is fascinated with. This will probably be the busiest day of our cruise, but it's toward the start, so we can relax more afterwards.
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