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My wife & I are going on a Canada / New England cruise this fall on the Serenade with stops at Bar Harbor, Maine; Portland, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick & Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Does the Serenade dock close enough to the city to allow exploring on our own?  

Or would we be better off booking a shore excursion to the port?

Any port or Serenade suggestions welcome!  We are Diamond Plus but it has been 10+ years since we've been on the Serenade or other Radiance class ships.

Thanks!

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Yes in all cases, although you will tender, not dock, in Bar Harbor. It's also very easy and economical to rent a car in both Halifax and St. John and simply go it on your own. We did this to see Peggy's Cove and the tidal changes in St. John. Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor would require an excursion of some type and isn't all the expensive if done privately. 

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4 hours ago, Steve79 said:

My wife & I are going on a Canada / New England cruise this fall on the Serenade with stops at Bar Harbor, Maine; Portland, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick & Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Does the Serenade dock close enough to the city to allow exploring on our own?  

Or would we be better off booking a shore excursion to the port?

Any port or Serenade suggestions welcome!  We are Diamond Plus but it has been 10+ years since we've been on the Serenade or other Radiance class ships.

Thanks!

We also will be cruising on Serenade this Oct to Canada and Maine. If you are interested in shore excursions, there are a lot of them on sale now in the Cruise Planner. I rebooked 3 of ours and saved $120. I've found a lot of good suggestions for restaurants and tours on both Yelp and Trip Advisor.

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6 hours ago, DocLC said:

Yes in all cases, although you will tender, not dock, in Bar Harbor. It's also very easy and economical to rent a car in both Halifax and St. John and simply go it on your own. We did this to see Peggy's Cove and the tidal changes in St. John. Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor would require an excursion of some type and isn't all the expensive if done privately. 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I had not thought of renting a car or checking out Yelp / Trip Advisor.

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Hi Steve,

We are doing a similar cruise on Vision Of The Seas on the 11th October.

We have booked hire cars in most ports through enterprise as they seem to have the most offices in many of the stops. 

Would be very interested to hear any feedback or advice you have when you have traveled assuming you are going before us. 

We have booked an independent wine tour in Nova Scotia through nova scotia wine tours, the only official tour we have booked is Mount Washington from Portland Maine, as it looked really tight to try and do it by car. 

Hope you have an amazing time and look forward to any tips or thoughts you come across.

 

 

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On ‎8‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 6:42 AM, NJB Surrey said:

Hi Steve,

We are doing a similar cruise on Vision Of The Seas on the 11th October.

We have booked hire cars in most ports through enterprise as they seem to have the most offices in many of the stops. 

Would be very interested to hear any feedback or advice you have when you have traveled assuming you are going before us. 

We have booked an independent wine tour in Nova Scotia through nova scotia wine tours, the only official tour we have booked is Mount Washington from Portland Maine, as it looked really tight to try and do it by car. 

Hope you have an amazing time and look forward to any tips or thoughts you come across.

 

 

We had an amazing time.  I hope you will as well.

 

We ended up not scheduling any shore excursions & just walked around every port. 

 

Bar Harbor was our favorite.  In Bar Harbor, we found an amazing photo gallery (Katahdin Photo Gallery / https://katahdinphotogallery.com/).  The guy had some awesome photos that we bought.  He even takes care of shipping them home to us.

 

We also visited the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. 

 

If you like local t-shirts, check out Debbah’s Bar Harbor shop.  I’m a big guy & was pleased to find some 4XL shirts!

 

In Portland, I would recommend Gritty’s Brew Pub for lunch (http://grittys.com/).  One of the local shop owner’s recommended it to us.  My wife enjoyed her burger & beer, while I loved my fried shrimp basket. 

 

We found some amazing coasters with local photos from Peter Cordice (https://www.facebook.com/petercordicephotography/ ).  He was selling them on a street corner on Commercial Street (I think it was Commercial Street). 

 

Both Bar Harbor & Portland had local ice cream shops that my wife & I meant to stop in after lunch but we never got around to that.  Don’t make the same mistake we made . . . stop in!!!!

 

St. John’s was OK.  We explored there in the morning & went back to the ship to take a break.  We ended up staying on the ship. 

 

Halifax was our 2nd favorite port.  We walked all over the city.  We stopped at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic & had lunch at Salty’s.  If you go to the Maritime Museum, go up the second floor to see how crowded the Titanic exhibit is.  We made the mistake of exploring the main floor first.  When we were done with that a Titanic excursion group walked in & the Titanic section was crowded. 

 

We meet a couple who enjoyed their visit to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.  My wife & I are going to go there on our next visit.  Bring your jacket, that couple said it was extremely windy . . . I got the impression that it may always be windier up there than it is around town.

 

They also stopped by the Halifax Central Library that was just recently built.  They were really impressed with it.  We’ll probably stop there too at our next cruise.

 

Be prepared for evening fog.  We had 2 or 3 nights of dense fog at night.  I thought it was actually a cool experience.  We had fog almost the entire day on our first sea day. 

 

I hope you have as great of a time as we did!

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