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  1. Will you be sailing from a US port or European or other? The answer depends on the itinerary.
  2. 1. I have experienced wifi on MSC and NCL. They are comparable in terms of speed. MSC costs less. You may pre-order it online before you sail. 2. Yes, you can expect colored tags. We had a late flight out of Barcelona and stayed on the ship in a public area a little while after all the colors were called. No one rushed us off the ship. 3. Imho staying on the ship is very enjoyable. I met some folks who had taken a relatively cheap HOHO bus and enjoyed it. Maybe that would be a comfortable option?
  3. Yes, there was an Orange Party in the Crow's Nest. We saw the waiters setting up for it, but we did not stay. Some other passengers were early. They were wearing casual clothing. My son went to the Crow's Nest during the party. He was offered a small lobster roll.
  4. The kitchen tour was listed in the daily planner, and it was complimentary. There was no registration for it. People gathered on the lower level of the MDR. We were asked to fill out a health form and then divided into groups of 20 people. It looked like about 70 people took the tour. Have a great trip, and safe travels!
  5. This was our second Canadian/New England cruise. My husband and I went on the Little Blue Boat 20 years ago. I may be biased because we live in Maine, but it really is a lovely area with lots of friendly people.
  6. While we really liked the service and food quality on HAL, I doubt we would book another cruise with them in the near future. The limited hours and activities at the kids club, The Loft, was a deal breaker for us. Coupled with the poor condition of our cabin, we feel we could get a better value from other cruise lines. Thanks to everyone who posts on CC. Your advice was invaluable for planning this trip. And feel free to ask me any questions as well. 🙂
  7. That evening included packing, our last wonderful dinner in the MDR, and a final drink at the Crow's Nest. There was no towel animal to say farewell. HAL allows guests to select their disembarkation time. We tried to have breakfast in the MDR, but was told it would be a wait since they were out of tables. So, it was the buffet for the final breakfast. I liked that HAL allows you to keep your carry-ons in the cabin while you have breakfast. Our actual departure time was exactly as planned. Uber and Lyft service the Boston port. There is also a cell phone waiting lot if you have a friend picking you up. We took a Lyft ($11) to North Station and used Amtrak's Downeaster to travel to Portland, ME.
  8. The tender docks very close to the main area of Bar Harbor. Once you walk off the deck, you are already in the thick of local shops. Keep in mind that it is an uphill walk to find the ice cream, lobster rolls, and popcorn!
  9. Our last full day on Zaandam was Friday. Because Bar Harbor is in the US, all passengers were required to present to customs on board. We were assigned a group color, and when our color was called, there was nearly no line at all. It was a very easy process, and we were given a slip of paper so that we could qualify for a tender to Bar Harbor. This meant that disembarkation in Boston was incredibly fast. Grab your luggage and go! Just my son and I tendered to Bar Harbor. We are all New Englanders and had been to Acadia National Park, etc.
  10. Now here's where my photos trail off. If I remember correctly, this evening was the second Gala night. After 10 pm there was about 15 minutes when the serving staff provided a Chocolate Surprise on deck 5. Delicious! And a brontosaurus claimed our cabin for the night.
  11. I should mention that the Citadel is very close to the Halifax Public Gardens. For various reasons we did not tour them this trip, but they make a nice companion to the Citadel. Leaving the Citadel and finding the waterfront is very easy. Just walk out of the main entrance/exit and head down the hill. We walked through a public park in which a band was playing and enjoyed the sites along the way.
  12. We learned some details about Canada's contributions to significant wars in the 20th century. They has a relatively new exhibit on D-Day that was particularly interesting.
  13. We spent over an hour exploring all of the exhibits located throughout the Citadel. We also watched some training exercises before the noon cannon was shot.
  14. Ha! Good catch, HAL4NOW. There are so many US states beginning with M; it's easy to mess up the abbreviations.
  15. In Halifax, we decided to visit the Citadel. It is within about 1.2 miles from the ship, but because it is on a hill, we decided to take a taxi there and walk back. A taxi was available as soon as we stepped out of the port building. It cost us $11 cdn including tip, and the taxi was metered. At the Citadel, we paid for 2 adults, one senior and our son who is under 17 was free. Total cost was $33.45 cdn.
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