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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 🙂
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Ha! Good catch, HAL4NOW. There are so many US states beginning with M; it's easy to mess up the abbreviations.
  13. 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.
  14. Thanks. I should mention that the walkways are mainly gravel. There's a lot of walking, and I suggest comfortable shoes.
  15. I like the towel animals, too. It's a small detail that sets apart a cruise from a land hotel experience, in my opinion.
  16. You're welcome! I take loads of pictures every day when we are on a trip. With digital format, I can just snap away until my heart's content.
  17. There was a large sign/banner near the dining checkin. So I'm sure something was being done for Club Orange members,
  18. Please let me clarify. The HOHO that stops near the Museum of Civilization is in Quebec City. Montreal has quite a lively port area, though.
  19. And then it was Thursday, and we visited Halifax. I often take a snapshot of the back on board time. Because this cruise was so port intensive, we tended to stay for less time in the ports so we could relax a bit before dinner. Here's a look at what the gangway from Zaandam to Halifax port looked like. For all ports, the gangway was located at the bow of the ship on either deck 2 or deck A.
  20. We drove back to the Enterprise, dropped off the car and took a shuttle ride back to the port. That evening we caught both a sunset from the promenade deck and a pig hanging out in our cabin.
  21. Then we walked back through the historical site, visited some more buildings and listened to a Native American singing. He had a beautiful voice.
  22. Some pictures from the demonstration we attended are below. When the cannon fired, I could feel it in my chest.
  23. The drive one way to the Fortress of Louisbourg was about 45 minutes. Most of the scenery was trees. It looks very much like Maine. We parked in lot 1 (one of five parking lots) and then bought tickets at the welcome center. There was a senior discount and anyone under 17 was free. Our total was under $60 cdn. The women at the ticket desk was very helpful and told us not to miss the demonstration at 11:45. It was an impressive firing of muskets and a canon. To get to the historical area, we took a short bus ride which is included in the price of admission. Then, there is a bit of a long walk to the entrance.
  24. Thanks for following along! We choose HAL and this ship specifically for the itinerary. We all wanted a cruise, but not too far away and not too hot in the summer. Canada/New England fit the bill.
  25. And then it was Wednesday, and we docked in Sydney. Prior to the cruise, I had reserved a car with Enterprise. They have a shuttle that picks up at the port and takes you about 15 minutes to the Enterprise office. With the exchange rate, we paid $84 for the car and half a tank of gas. We probably could have bought just 1/4 tank to go roundtrip to the Fortress of Louisburg.
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