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Jun 24th, 2002, 01:17 PM
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lynn
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harbour cruises, etc.

whats Westin Harbour Castle Hotel like? Are the harbour cruise dinners recommended - is the food ok and which cruises are best to take. Booked Niagara trip with Tornoto tours any input here. In fact any advice would be welcome - coming Sept 20th for five nights.
 
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Jun 24th, 2002, 01:36 PM
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The Westin harbor Castle is a genuine Wstin hotel, with the standards of any big Westin hotel.It's right by the Toronto harbor of Lake Ontario, and is a farther walk than it might appear on a map to get to the main downtown part of Toronto. But ...
there's a special streetcar service that stops right outside the hotel that will take you to the nearest subway station.

The hotel is beside the ferry docks, and a trip to Toronto island is a good bargain.

Vrious people I know and reports I've read say that Captain John's Restaurant Boat, permanently moored near the hotel, is not very good.

The food on other harbor tour boats, where the boat actually leaves the dock and floats around is better, but it it was me, I'd take a boat tour that does not involve dinner, and then I'd eat on shore, where it is easier to manage a good kitchen.

About Niagara: In converstation with a hotel concierage last Friday, where he knew he was not going to succeed in selling me anything, we discussed tours to Niagara. He reports the tours from his hotel cost $130 each, plus tips. And he says that you are limited to visiting the attractions and points of interest included with the specific tour.

He recommends, instead, renting a car for $40 - 60 depending on the car and the rental company and whatever deal you can make, and setting your own itinerary.

And when you do get to Niagara Falls, make sure you take the Maid of the Mist boat tour to the bottom of the falls. It's a financial bargain, and a spectacular experience, and not scary or dangerous.

Back to harbour tours; there was an accident in Ottawa on the weekend where some people drowned on a boat tour; the Hippo Boat in Toronto bears no resemblence to the tour boat that sank in Ottawa. The Toronto boat is bigger, subject to different inspections, etc.

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Jun 24th, 2002, 02:43 PM
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Hi,

I agree with Brian about catching a meal on land and then enjoying a cruise through the harbour. There have been previous posts on this matter. Just type in Harbour Cruises in the search field.
As you'll see in the posting that I used to work for one of the cruise companies, so I may be somewhat biased. If you are looking for an evening cruise, Toronto Tours offers them hourly as long as they have paying customers. The cruise is to music after 6PM, but you can still see a lot, and if you go at 8 or 9 you get the city skyline by day, the sunset, and then the skyline by night. Details are in the posting I mentioned. Don't know if they'll give you a discount if you tell them I sent you as I no longer work there, but feel free to try.
I hope you enjoy Toronto,
Gil
 
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Jun 24th, 2002, 02:45 PM
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Hi,

I agree with Brian about catching a meal on land and then enjoying a cruise through the harbour. There have been previous posts on this matter. Just type in Harbour Cruises in the search field.
As you'll see in the posting that I used to work for one of the cruise companies, so I may be somewhat biased. If you are looking for an evening cruise, Toronto Tours offers them hourly as long as they have paying customers. The cruise is to music after 6PM, but you can still see a lot, and if you go at 8 or 9 you get the city skyline by day, the sunset, and then the skyline by night. Details are in the posting I mentioned.
You mentioned that you booked a Niagara Tour through the same company. I'm pretty sure they still have the offer of a discount on the Harbour Cruise with the Niagara receipt. Double check with the concierge at your hotel or check out their booth one block west at York St. in the little blue building on the side.
I hope you enjoy Toronto,
Gil
 
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Jun 25th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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I used to live in the terminal building (a big green building with a clock on top) that is where the boats are. I agree with the evening cruise, not paying for the food part. There are plenty of nice restaurants in this area for a mere $5 taxi ride. And fun bars as well.

I love Niagara on the Lake which is extremely close by Niagara Falls. That's where we decided to get married. Quaint with nice shops and restaurants and a couple of theatres that have fun plays. I also like the casino at Niagara Falls for a fun evening.

Theresa
 
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Jun 25th, 2002, 11:26 AM
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thanks so much to you all, some really useful advice there - we will take notice of it. Cheers Lynn
 
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