New England & Canada Excursions

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Aug 27th, 2009, 09:00 AM
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New England & Canada Excursions

We are a group of four and are planning a 10 day cruise starting on September 30, 2009 and ending on October 10, 2009. We will be going by NCL Jewel. The cruise starts and ends in NYC. We will be visiting Boston, Halifax, Quebec City, Charlottetown and Sydney.

We would appreciate any recommendation you may have on the land excursions. Is it better to take the excursions that NCL offers or are there any excursions we can do on our own.
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Aug 27th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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Peggy's Cove is a must! I did not travel on NCL, but did book an excursion thru our ship. Since there are 4 of you, you could consider renting a car and traveling out to Peggy's Cove. By the way, sometimes you can search YouTube for destinations and get a 'feel' of what you will see. We also stopped at the Citadel and enjoyed that.
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Aug 31st, 2009, 09:36 AM
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Dear ACDB,

Thank you for your advise. We will definately keep that in mind.

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Sep 4th, 2009, 07:24 AM
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Any information on excursions in Quebec city, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) and Sydney (Nova Scotia) will be appreciated.
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If you live near the ocean..FORGET PEGGYS COVE...because if it's foggy you wont see a darn thing. . What we did the first time.. hired a taxi and he took us on a tour.. and we were shocked when he mentioned the graves of the Titantic victims..but it is a beautiful, beautiful site..very moving.. and then the Citadel where we got there in time for the cannon to be shot off at noon. You can also take a "duck tour"..not as good as the Boston Duck Tour.. and at the port in Halifax is a maritime museum. Halifax is a beautiful city, a college town, hilly and very colorful.. make sure you see the gardens and all the pubs.. The meandering walkway from the terminal is fun.. musicians, artists, etc. Boston..now your talking..you can walk Boston.. even though we are Bostonians we were surprised at the fun the Boston Duck Tour is...we learned things we had never heard before.. Then there is the F reedom Trail.. that goes allthe way from if you want the Quincy Market into the North End with the most fabulous italian food and pastry..
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Sep 9th, 2009, 04:13 PM
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ParrotMom..2 votes for "FORGET PEGGYS COVE"..On a cruise ship or ships day...Sept /Oct..some days 5 ships...150 or more buses..90% of them going to Peggys Cove ..last place on the Planet you what to be.. BUSES and a Lighthouse...Theirs a Lighthouse on Georges Island.(exactly th same style) your ships Dock right by it...A real 300 year old fishing village is only 20 min away ..Eastern Passage (Fishermans Cove) ..NO BUSES....Lobster..off the boats ..in the pot ..on the plate..When you arrive in Halifax..Check out the Limousines staged outside the Pier..All Limos.. 8 pass Stretchs..6 Pass Lincoln Navagitors..4 Pass Lincoln Town cars or Cadillacs..ALL offer..3 hour NARRATED Tours of a very Beauiful and Historic City..in comfort...For as low as 50.00$ per person...Stop for pictures when you want and were you want.. See every thing but Peggys Cove..
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Sep 10th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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We will seriously think about avoiding Peggy's cove. Your sugestions about Boston and Halifax will be very useful on our trip. Any idea about Quebec city, Charlotttown and Sydney?
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Sep 15th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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Here is a video of Peggys Cove Lighthose during Hurricane Bill..5.54 and 9.29 ..of the 10 minute video show an awesome display of Mother Natures fury..once you watch it there will be no reason to go to Peggys Cove..unless you need over priced souvenirs and a crowed /lousy restaurant..Spend your short time in Halifax exploring what Halifax has to offer ..you wont be disappointed..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQzdUW7xqmI
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Sep 16th, 2009, 07:45 AM
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Here is a link to a LIVE webcam of the Lighthouse at Peggys Cove..... http://www.peggyscovewebcam.ca/live/
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Sep 16th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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You actually have two good choices in Sydney. You cab go to the home of Alexander Graham Bell and tour the very interesting displays of his work and life. On the way, you will see some great landscapes and there is an interesting town very near the site. Alternatively, you can take a tour to Louisberg, which is the site of an old French fort. It now contains live displays of what life was like back when the fort was active. Either trip is worthwhile. I suspect you can do either by using the ship's tour or a private tour. We used what the ship offered, and the guides were excellent.
Also, in Halifax, there is an immigration museum right next to where the ships dock. Halifax was the Ellis Island of Canada, and this museum was fascinating with its detail of people immigrating to Canada.
Finally, in Quebec, if you only have one day, you might just want to tour the city by foot and horse carriage. There is a tremendous amount to see there. If you want to venture outside the city, there is a good tour of a waterfall and beautiful Catholic church that we took. The names of these places escape me now.
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Sep 18th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Thank you ARVNSTL. You convinced me not to go to Peggy's cove.

Also, thank you therenaissanceman for the sightseeing tips for sydney and Quebec City.
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Sep 20th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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Thank you hakna for your inquiry and all the respondents. My wife and I are taking Princess cruise from Quebec to NY with same stop-overs. I find all the provided info very useful to me.
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hakna..Good choice on Oct 1 /09...Halifax will be welcoming..4 ships...Carnival Triumph.3340 pass...Caribbean Princess.3100 pass...Jewel of the Sea.2000 pass..Massdam 1200 pass.. http://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/index.html ...Thats 9640 passengers..at least half or more will be on BUSES to Peggys Cove...
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