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  1. Looks like aiport and cruise terminal fairly close. What's the need to knows about terminal if any? Any recommendations on hotels near the port or central location to see any sights the night before(what did you do when there?). Preferably one that offers shuttle to port or walking distance to. Thanks in advance.
  2. Correct, the Panama Canal. Have to assume more to come, just odd pretty much nothing listed now. I find it helpful to read through those for research and ideas what we will see/do.
  3. I'm booked on the Norwegian Sun in October 2020. When I look at the cruise planner it only shows 16 totals excursions for a 14 day cruise with a decent amount of ports. Obviously I'm sure many more will be added, when does NCL normally start to populate their full selections?
  4. I've done a Partial Transit from the Atlantic, under the bridge, into the locks, into Gatun and back out. Fascinating and had a great time. Doing I full transit starting from the Pacific next. What stands out from this direction? What sites to look for, etc. Thanks.
  5. Couple questions for everyone. Freestyle Dining sounds similar to anytime dining on other lines. Can you request tables for 2 or is it show up and they fill table by table like they would do MDR lunches on other lines. Internet, how is it generally on NCL? I do need to be connected so will want more than social. Is there a big difference in standard versus premium? Hoping its faster and more consistent than Carnival.
  6. About to book my first cruise on NCL. Not new to cruising so dont need the cruise basics, but looking for any tips and need to knows specific to NCL that you think will be helpful. My main question to start is how do they handle price reductions? If it goes cheaper do they reimburse, give credit, etc. Thanks in advance for helping me get a good feel for NCL. Thanks.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Actually going to give the run down of that in a few minutes. Stay tuned....
  15. 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.
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