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  1. You can get to Citadel walking in just over 20 minutes, mostly up a nice sized hill. Try to get there prior to noon, they shoot the cannon daily at that time. They have a little demonstration. I've never done Acadia and my understanding is that you would need to drive there. The local bus wasnt running yet on our trip, not sure if that would get you there either.
  2. I forgot to include disembarkation in my review. The guide said self assist was to leave between 7:30-8:00. I know some cruises they completely don't allow you on deck 4 at all until it is cleared. I did a scouting mission at 6:30 to check the lay of the land and people were already lining up. I went back up, grabbed the family and bags, and was in line about 6:45. There are 2 lines, we were about 10th in line in one of them. Bad news was that we didn't start getting off until 7:45, good news I was first to pull out of the parking lot and on way home by 8 AM. I believe the delay was a medical issue, there was an ambulance and police cars down below. That Key Club thing and other high level priority must have met on 1 or 2. I can see some leaving at the same time down below.
  3. Next closest is Enterprise on Crown street. 1 mile away if that is something that could work? Or keep checking for those cancellations at Avis/Budget. Good luck. Other thing about the tour operator saying 600 steps, that could refer from walk from bus to area to view caves from afar. All 3 buses I saw down there parked at the visitors center and not to the lot closer to the caves, narrow road, wondering if they don't fit. Walk around visitors center is paved and flat.
  4. Yes we were in port 7:00 to 3:30 as well. Rental Car company opens at 8:00 but I was there at 7:30 and they let me get my car at 7:40. Low Tide was at 8:30 so we were able to catch that, the tide didn't seem to be coming in too fast, we explored the areas and shops until 11 before leaving to head back to Reversing Falls. Those 2.5 or so hours it really didn't look a whole lot different. If I did it again I would probably view the Reversing Falls first and then go to St. Martin. I do not recall going down any "steps" for the Sea Caves, we parked in the lot next to the restaurant. There is some walk over to the caves that is flat but you need to be careful as it's rocks and uneven. Even at low tide you will get your feet wet if you want to go in to the actual cave, I would equate it to a small creek, few steps across and a few inches deep, we went for it!! If you don't get out of car you will still see cave from the lot and be able to see your family out there. They did the 50th anniversary parade the last formal night. We dine pretty quickly and our wait staff didn't tell us there was anything going on so we left, we saw there was something going on while sitting in the Centrum so didn't see that up close or a cake. The dessert menu was same as always.
  5. Here is Bar Harbor and the US Ports... The Ports of call were very nice, we love going up here and it was our 3rd time. We like to explore on our own and do a lot of walking while in port. Boston is such an easy city to walk around if in good health. This time we walked about 2 miles to Boston Common via China Town. Chinatown was very nice, must stop and eat at the Dumpling King, see the gate, park with locals, etc. This trip we rode the Swans for a few bucks and a nice little ride. Freedom Trail is easy to pick up from Boston Common in you want to see the history. Prior time we walked to the Aquarium(1.7 miles) did a Harbor Cruise and then Hop On/Off to see all the sites. Portland another stop that is easy to get around. Last two times we did a visit to the Holy Donut for their famous Maine Potato Donuts. Get the Coffee Cake, it is out of this world. After that we like to take the Casco Bay Mail Run. It is about a 3 hour ride out in to the bay, that is narrated so you learn some history, see some beautiful scenery and islands. It is a working boat so you can watch them take the cargo on and off the boat as they work through it. runs about $16. Bar Harbor is another easy to walk. They have a map of like 25 sites that you can follow the signs and the trail. My favorite is always the land bridge, see it at low and high tide and be amazed. Takes you around the city and you learn alot about the heritage and city. Of course walks goes through all the shops and eateries as well. Feel free to ask any questions that you have.
  6. Just returned from this trip today. Here is what we did in the Canadian Ports. I did a quick review of the Grandeur on the RCCL Forum if that interests you. St. John we did something a bit different, we rented a car. The Avis/Budget is pretty much right there. So for about $120 Canadian for car and gas for the 5 of us. We drove out to St. Martin to see the Sea Caves at low tide, went in the caves. Very odd feeling seeing no water there, the boats in the fishing village just sit on the base until tide comes back in. See lighthouses, covered bridges, the locals at information center and locals shops extremely friendly. Visitor Center is a replica lighthouse that you can climb to top of for a great view. Headed back in to town and went to the reversing falls. Ran a couple errands and still enough time to get my Beavertail and browse the shops for a bit, about 5.5 hours. Really proud of this one, ship price is $95 a person US for essentially the same thing, only difference is you get a bowl of chowder at a place famous for it in St. Martin. Easy, easy to do on your own. Halifax was cold and windy, early season so a lot of waterfront activities and shops not opened yet. We have been before so just did a quick walk around the town, big hill to climb but manageable if in ok shape. The highlights here that are easy, cheap or free to do on your own. Walk up to the Public Gardens for a nice stroll through the park, head over to the Citadel to see the fort, they shoot the cannon off at noon every day, a few dollars and some interesting history there. Walk back down the hill and you can watch the guys do glass blowing by the Ferry Terminal. If you want take the Ferry Ride across the bay and back for a couple bucks for something to do, good view of Halifax coming back in. Walk the Riverfront back to the ship, stop and read the signs and placards along the way, some very good history. Another Beavertail if you didn't get one in St. John or need another. Once again we pride ourselves and do it our selfers, there is a Halifax walk and Ferry ride excursion for $40 a person, you can do it your self for like $4, you don't have narrator but you can research the history before and just read the signs. Lastly right before the ship there are some shops, restaurants, farmers market, brewery very close if you don't want to venture far. Nice thing about New England/Canada ports and adventuring is that it is very, very safe. Very easy to navigate. Most cell plans include Canada. In US ports if you get tired call an Uber, or find the local bus schedules by using Maps. Maps and bus routes work well in Canada as well. Let me know if you have any questions.
  7. Now on to the Canada Ports... St. John we did something a bit different, we rented a car. The Avis/Budget is pretty much right there. So for about $120 Canadian for car and gas for the 5 of us. We drove out to St. Martin to see the Sea Caves at low tide, went in the caves. Very odd feeling seeing no water there, the boats in the fishing village just sit on the base until tide comes back in. See lighthouses, covered bridges, the locals at information center and locals shops extremely friendly. Visitor Center is a replica lighthouse that you can climb to top of for a great view. Headed back in to town and went to the reversing falls. Ran a couple errands and still enough time to get my Beavertail and browse the shops for a bit, about 5.5 hours. Really proud of this one, ship price is $95 a person US for essentially the same thing, only difference is you get a bowl of chowder at a place famous for it in St. Martin. Easy, easy to do on your own. Halifax was cold and windy, early season so a lot of waterfront activities and shops not opened yet. We have been before so just did a quick walk around the town, big hill to climb but manageable if in ok shape. The highlights here that are easy, cheap or free to do on your own. Walk up to the Public Gardens for a nice stroll through the park, head over to the Citadel to see the fort, they shoot the cannon off at noon every day, a few dollars and some interesting history there. Walk back down the hill and you can watch the guys do glass blowing by the Ferry Terminal. If you want take the Ferry Ride across the bay and back for a couple bucks for something to do, good view of Halifax coming back in. Walk the Riverfront back to the ship, stop and read the signs and placards along the way, some very good history. Another Beavertail if you didn't get one in St. John or need another. Once again we pride ourselves and do it our selfers, there is a Halifax walk and Ferry ride excursion for $40 a person, you can do it your self for like $4, you don't have narrator but you can research the history before and just read the signs. Lastly right before the ship there are some shops, restaurants, farmers market, brewery very close if you don't want to venture far. Nice thing about New England/Canada ports and adventuring is that it is very, very safe. Very easy to navigate. Most cell plans include Canada. In US ports if you get tired call an Uber, or find the local bus schedules by using Maps. Maps and bus routes work well in Canada as well. Let me know if you have any questions.
  8. Actually going to give the run down of that in a few minutes. Stay tuned....
  9. The Ports of call were very nice, we love going up here and it was our 3rd time. We like to explore on our own and do a lot of walking while in port. Boston is such an easy city to walk around if in good health. This time we walked about 2 miles to Boston Common via China Town. Chinatown was very nice, must stop and eat at the Dumpling King, see the gate, park with locals, etc. This trip we rode the Swans for a few bucks and a nice little ride. Freedom Trail is easy to pick up from Boston Common in you want to see the history. Prior time we walked to the Aquarium(1.7 miles) did a Harbor Cruise and then Hop On/Off to see all the sites. Portland another stop that is easy to get around. Last two times we did a visit to the Holy Donut for their famous Maine Potato Donuts. Get the Coffee Cake, it is out of this world. After that we like to take the Casco Bay Mail Run. It is about a 3 hour ride out in to the bay, that is narrated so you learn some history, see some beautiful scenery and islands. It is a working boat so you can watch them take the cargo on and off the boat as they work through it. runs about $16. Bar Harbor is another easy to walk. They have a map of like 25 sites that you can follow the signs and the trail. My favorite is always the land bridge, see it at low and high tide and be amazed. Takes you around the city and you learn alot about the heritage and city. Of course walks goes through all the shops and eateries as well. Feel free to ask any questions that you have.
  10. Just got off the ship today if any one has questions. Overall a great experience. Ship is small so lacks some of the amenities of the larger ships but makes up for it with the great personalized service. Embarkation Day was so easy, pulled in to the port at 10:15 and was eating my first Ice Cream at 10:45. Didn't even have to sit and wait at any point. Emerald so had a priority lane but didn't look like any lanes were backed up at all. John and Katrina do a great job and have an amazing team working for them, especially Michael and Melissa. The activities were well ran and very entertaining. They were fun and engaging but not over the top. RCCL singers and dancers were very good, way higher quality than Carnival. The Headliner acts were very good, Olympian Lance Ringnald did a acrobat/variety show that was so entertaining, nothing like I've seen on other ships.Chris Dugdale did a great magic/mind control show. The comedians both phenomenal. Clint Holmes and another lady sang, I was ok with those but not blown away. Food and service in the Main Dining room was really, really good. Shereen/Nikola our wait staff was excellent, efficient, courteous, kind and very attentive. If you go on RCCL definitely get the Warm Dark Chocolate cookie, it puts their own Lava cake and Carnivals WCMC to shame. Very nice to go on a cruise in the main dining room and not have people grossly break the dress code. Buffet was so so, met expectations and it is what it is. Service was real good. Park Cafe was a big disappointment, never any glasses, ice, napkins, etc. Seems like the forgotten area of the ship, needs some more love and attention. The one event I have never seen on any other ships is the Grandeur Fair. That was very nice event. Carnival games with staff from all the departments, they were fun and having a good time with the cruisers. Plus you had a chance to win some prizes. Being the first trip to Canada/New England the weather was not great so kept a lot of people in doors. Any popular events that were at Centrum, Schooner, South Pacific lacked seating. A lot due to nature of cruise but also self inflicted as seats removed for art, picture stations, etc. that they could consider other options for versus removing seating. Those are the quick highs and lows. Solid 9 out of 10, would definitely sail this ship, itinerary and with this staff again.
  11. Planning on renting a car and driving down. 2 questions. 1. I saw online there is a scenic parkway that has a toll? Can you get to Sea Caves without taking that parkway and paying? 2. Any other points of interest between St. John and St. Martin's that's not too time consuming? Main things we want to see is Sea Caves, Tidal Harbour, Light House and Covered Bridge. Thanks in advance.
  12. Internet(premium)is trash on every Carnival Ship that I've been on, Sunshine, Pride and Magic. Set the bar and your expectations very, very low. You should be able to do what you need to do but takes much longer. I try to download prior days emails at times I wont be needing it, overnight, etc.
  13. This cruise would be over Holiday which may help the case, leaves on the 20th for 10 days. Unfortunately over the Holiday only dates that we can cruise together this year. I have a very similar option on Norwegian an 11 day over both Christmas and New Year that costs about $2,500 more so trying to avoid that although based on feedback more similar to a Carnival demographic. Island Princess does have a Basketball Court, 21 yo easy going, just likes to find a small group to hangout with and ball. Really good insight, I appreciate the reply.
  14. I am very comfortable with RCCL/Carnival. Considering Norwegian for a Panama Canal Itenerary I like. Be wife and I in our late 40's. Son 21. We are pretty simple, easy going. Like to be active on board, trivia, games. Etc. Looking for people that have sailed both lines and can compare and contrast the two. What should be expect versus RCCL/Carnival? TIA
  15. I am very comfortable with RCCL/Carnival. Considering Princess for a Panama Canal Itenerary I like. Be wife and I in our late 40's. Son 21. We are pretty simple, easy going. Like to be active on board, trivia, games. Etc. Looking for people that have sailed both lines and can compare and contrast the two. What should be expect versus RCCL/Carnival? TIA
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