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    Nova Scotia Canada
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    travel, skiing, bridge, food & wine, and much more
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  1. This doc outlines the route towards Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for Cruise Visitors I have added a map showing the drive to Keltic Lodge in Ingonish Beach which is at the entrance to the park. You would need to allow over four hours for this so you could barely do it with six hours in port.
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    20 September 2018 cruise

    Your walk to the cemetery where the Titanic victims are buried would have taken about an hour: https://goo.gl/maps/c3s47aTVKpA2 To help others here is a good resource for Halifax: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BjAtDscML-9Ce3VWUUsOrsVhPL7KIxb7Go_9SRi82dE/edit
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    donair: your fav place halifax/st john

    Be careful to heed the warnings at Peggy's Cove. The warning about wet rocks is about rogue waves hitting them. You do not want to be near the ocean and especially rocks wet by the sea.
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    donair: your fav place halifax/st john

    This is a list of the best donair places as decided by a poll by a local newspaper: https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/best-donair/BestOf?oid=10344910 The particular sauce for our donair was developed in Halifax but there are now a few places elsewhere in Canada.
  5. I have been to both Erice and Segesta which we saw on our independent driving trip to Sicily. If you have been to Mont St. Michel and Eze in France then Erice is more of the same, a bit bigger than Eze and smaller (or less crowded) than Mont St. Michel. It is attractive and touristy and the view on a good day is lovely. You certainly should not need a tour to get there. Take a taxi to the funicular (gondola). When you go back down you will see a taxi stand right there. We also saw the Valley of the Temples in Sicily which is spectacular and not reachable on a cruise stop. We have been to Athens as well. Segesta is great because you can walk all around the temple and very close to it. It is worth taking the bus up the hill to see the ampitheatre which is in a great setting.
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    west of peggys cove. what to do

    Have a look at going to Lunenburg which is on what we call the South Shore, southwest of Halifax on the Atlantic Coast. Alternatively you could go to the Wolfville Area, perhaps on a winery tour and maybe have a look at the Bay of Fundy, though you would not have time to see the tide change. The area along the Atlantic coast northeast of Halifax is called the Eastern Shore. It has some wonderful beaches and other attractions. Halifax for cruise ship visitors Learning about the South Shore Annapolis Valley, etc. The Eastern Shore
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    Pubs in Halifax near the cruise port

    You may have a better chance of traditional music at the Old Triangle. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants-g154976-Halifax_Halifax_Region_Nova_Scotia.html
  8. I have been on two Azamara cruises and loved them. Then we were on G Adventures ship Expedition to Antarctica. This spring coming we are going on Expedition up the coast of Norway and then spending three days in the high Arctic. You really want a smaller ship even than the Azamara ones even if you don't care to go out on zodiacs (which were an amazing part of our Antarctica trip.) We will get into smaller places more easily and all excursions are included on this trip on Expedition. We were amazed by the food while in Antarctica. There was some high level cuisine and amazing variety. We could all be seated in the dining room at one time and, more importantly in the lounge for debriefings and other events.
  9. https://www.gadventures.com/trips/norwegian-fjords-arctic-discovery/XVBLNX/ We went on this ship to Antarctica in 2016 and had a fantastic trip. The ship is great and the professional staff and crew could not be better. This sailing is almost sold out so I know others are going.
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    Best shopping in Canadian ports?

    Halifax has a large selection of shops as you exit the ship. Some are local arts and crafts. Next door is the Seaport Farmers Market with even more. Along the waterfront you can find more and up Spring Garden Road there is Jennifer's which has nothing but local products.
  11. Thank you so much for this great report. I learned a lot. I could handle a trip like this but my years are just about gone.
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    Regal princess canada/new england ~ exploring

    This information may help you for Halifax: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BjAtDscML-9Ce3VWUUsOrsVhPL7KIxb7Go_9SRi82dE/edit It is very easy to find lots to do within walking distance of the ship.
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    Charlottetown and Anne--better by tour or renting a car?

    Thanks for the update on Budget/Avis However it is worth checking if they will pick you up which they used to do.
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    Charlottetown and Anne--better by tour or renting a car?

    This is a bit out of date but has a fair bit of information. I think you would be fine renting a car and touring on your own. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dQmCeyoqaFBmQjUnV-zhqh6LhrnW1ZXPIbKLOTIahmY/edit?usp=sharing
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    Foliage timing on New England/Canada Cruise?

    It is abnormally dry in Nova Scotia and it was abnormally hot. These things are great stressors for trees.
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