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  1. On 9/4/2019 at 9:22 PM, BeeSkip said:

    Hello...We have a situation that we may need to leave our cruise a few days early in Saint John's and then fly home to the states.  We inquired and our request was denied.  How can they deny?  Canada and US  citizens should be able to pass freely.  Does anyone have any reason why we would not be allowed to leave the ship?  I don't want to press the issue this week with all the Dorian issues going on.  Any information would be helpful.  Thank you.  Bee


    I wonder what would happen if I just got off my cruise ship as a Canadian in Portland and never returned, even though I was supposed to truly disembark in New York?  Honestly think about this.  We expect that Americans in Canada follow the rules of the cruise ship and the rights that our respective immigration bureaus allow cruise ships.  I'm sorry if you have a bad situation, but please realize you are entering a foreign country here under some fairly strict rules.

  2. On 9/11/2019 at 10:17 AM, Twickenham said:

    No need to worry about this at either train stations - there's a gas station with a reasonably sized dépanneur right across from the entrance to the cruise port in Quebec City. Quite easy to walk over there from the terminal.


    On 9/11/2019 at 12:34 PM, princeton123211 said:

    Theres a liquor store that I've bought things from in Montreal Gare Centrale (mostly Cuban rum) but they do sell bottled water in cases. Just off the main waiting area by the food court.


    Thank you so much to both of you!

  3. 31 minutes ago, battery low said:

    Well, that settles that for customs

    • In Portland and Boston, there’ll be a U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection for all guests since we are returning to the US from a foreign port.
    • Also, some guests will need to go through a similar process with the Canadian Border authorities when we are in St. Johns, Canada.
    • We’ll provide more information on these processes once you’re onboard.


    Is this a communication you just got from RC?  And I can’t say I’m surprised at all that we’d have to do the CBP song and dance twice.  🙄


    EDIT: just got the email 😞

  4. Technically if you’re worried about this (or something changing between now and your trip) an ETA is only $7. So if you want to be 100% safe you can just apply for one. We have to pay for our health care somehow. (Jokes 😂)

  5. I'd like to pick up a package of bottled water (standard size 6 or 12) at one of the train stations prior to our cruise next week.  We will be in both stations (Montreal and Quebec) travelling between so I can get it at either one.  Do any locals know if they sell packages of water at the train station dépanneurs or if I need to find it elsewhere?


    Ideally I'd love to just get off the train in QC, grab a package there and taxi directly to the port but I'll take it with me from Montreal if need be.  

  6. On 9/8/2019 at 7:27 AM, cruisinfromtampa said:

    Our last names is hyphenated, and their system doesn't allow for hyphens.  We put both last names in the last name box without the hyphen.  Perhaps you could put "IV" in the box with your last name?  I don't know if it would solve the issue, or be allowed, but an idea.


    I have a double-hyphenated name (first and last - OMG right?!).  Any system that doesn't take a hyphen I run them together with no space and I haven't had a problem anywhere with countless travel docs thank goodness but a lot of times I have to 'try' both as I can't remember if the booking system at the time took a hyphen or not - LOL.  My passport contains the hyphens as it should.  

  7. 11 hours ago, declansdad said:

    From the Port of Halifax's webpage.


    Special Alerts

    Container terminal operations at the Port of Halifax are expected to resume later this afternoon. Marine pilots and tugs are looking at the same time frame. HPA crews are inspecting cruise infrastructure and berths to ensure cruise operations can continue as early as Monday.


    Veendam and Caribbean Princess are sitting in port right now so obviously they've got it ready to go.  If there's one port ready for things like this it's going to be Halifax.  Incredible job on the ground there!




  8. Hi - I'm looking at doing this on Sept 15th in the evening.  I'm not 100% sure yet if we're going to, but if I do I will be sure to get you answers.


    From what I see, the $18.95 would ONLY be for the Gardens Of Light.  If you wanted regular day access to the botanical gardens during the day, or the Planetarium, it's more.  I'll see what they have for food too if I go. 

  9. Actually looks like there's a Holland America ship looking to dock tomorrow (Monday).  I know you have serious power outages though and I hope you're restored soon, outage map shows that restoration near the port is estimated to be tonight.  I hope those ships can still dock as the local businesses will want to get back to normal ASAP.

  10. Are you sure about 4 days?  Which would mean from today (Sunday) through Wednesday?  You've got 3 ships coming Tues/Wed (Princess and two RC).  None of those have indicated that they are not stopping in Halifax as of right now so I wonder if it's more that the Farmer's Market and shopping are closed today/tomorrow but the port itself will accept these ships.  



  11. For a real view on the ground, check out the webcam of Merlin The Talking Parrot in the Museum Of The Atlantic in Halifax.  You can hear the rain lashing outside the window but he seems in good spirits, chatting away and saying "peek-a-boo".  Also the occasional happy squawk.  


    Stay safe Halifax and all of Atlantic Canada and see you soon!



  12. Is this Sept 14?  We're on the Adventure Monday Sept 16, overnighting and leaving Sept 17 but the ship arrives on the 15th.  It looks like us booting you out as we are at Dock 22 - and in true Canadian fashion I say SORRY 😞




    This is where 103 is, you can't really tell in relation but...




    Below is a better map... and in 'real' life it is closer to the Quebec Yacht Club (I hope this works but check a Google Map if it doesn't - it's directly south of a church called "Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde" if you can't use the link)




    This is not really that far from the Old Quebec at all, actually.  It's just on the other side of the Citadelle, and it's actually closer to the  Grande Allée (literally Big Street - https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/quebec-city-and-area/grande-allee) which is actually almost better than Old Quebec for restaurants and nightlife, and closer to the National Assembly of Quebec which is absolutely beautiful (http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/visiteurs/index.html) if you get the chance to see it.  The only thing is you are at the bottom of what essentially is a mountain, so you don't really have a direct way to walk up there, but a taxi or bus will take you up there in about 10mins.


    Take some time to explore the Grande Allée too - old QC is pretty tiny actually and you won't need more than that first day there to get your fill there.  Not sure if the ship will provide a shuttle but like I say it's still very close so maybe do old QC when you're at 22 and Grand Allée/Plains Of Abraham/Citadelle when you're at 103.  Either way, enjoy!

  13. On 7/25/2019 at 6:25 PM, arl_nocaps said:

    anyone have an idea of what the weather might be like in early september.  what to wear ??

    going nyc to montreal --



    Being from Florida you will be used to hot weather, but layers are the best.  It can be anywhere from 50-80 in Montreal at that time, so be prepared for anything.  Unless you are out at night you probably won't see 40 but 60 is very likely.

  14. On 8/8/2019 at 2:33 PM, Kartgv said:

    Back in 2013, we visited Portland and my sister (living there at the time) took us to a great place called Ri Ra Irish Pub for lunch.   Apparently it's an authentic Irish pub, dismantled in Ireland and rebuilt in Portland.   I've Googled it and apparently it's still there, but never comes up in recommendations on where to eat.    Does anyone know anything about it currently?   We're visiting again in September and their website isn't very clear on whether it's open for lunch.   


    If I had a dime for every Irish pub claiming their bar was "built in Ireland and rebuilt piece by piece in (INSERT NORTH AMERICAN CITY HERE)", I'd be rich.  Usually blarney in the truest sense.  😄 

  15. 37 minutes ago, blackshirt said:

    You don’t go through customs until you disembark, if even then. So why is Bar Harbor cancelled? I’m on the north bound cruise prior to yours and hoping Bar Harbor isn’t going to be missed on that one.


    I’m sure I’ll have to go through immigration as a Canadian at some point to be allowed off the ship for good in the US at the end of the cruise - it is a one-way 😉


    Bar Harbour was canceled due to port congestion- there were 3 other ships in port already the day we were due there.  Looks like you have 3 too (Sept 8?) but maybe they are smaller ships? 




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