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edward Apr 17th, 2003 02:07 PM

New York to Halifax cruise in September
 
I'm considering a 7 day cruise out of New York in September. The cruise stops along the eastern coast - Boston, Halifax, etc. Have any of you taken this type of cruise & did you enjoy it? I'm also wondering if the water would be rough in that area. I'd love to hear your opinions.

ParrotMom Apr 17th, 2003 02:51 PM

Took the trip to Halifax from Boston, St. John and Portland from Boston and it was absolutely wonderful. Halifax is the most beautiful city, St. John is charming..and what can I say about my Boston.. Will be glad to give you more info if you write..<BR>[email protected] As for the waters being rough...is it the beginning of end of September...It's always a gamble, but I'd take the first trip out of NYC rather than wait until the end of the month myself..

Frank Apr 18th, 2003 05:05 AM

Halifax is frequently shrouded in fog, so don't expect Caribbean weather. We went in August and it is definitely sweater and jacket season up North. If you are going in late September, Hurricanes are always a possibility. Having said that, the ports are interesting, with the exception of the &quot;reversing falls&quot; in St. John NB. I don't remember the waters being particularly rough, we were on the Carnival Victory which is 100,000 tons so that helps.<BR>

JimM Apr 18th, 2003 07:30 AM

Late summer and fall in New England can be gorgeous...lived there for 25 years. What cruising I did was on my father's boat and on the Scotia Princess, the ferry from Portland to Yarmouth, NS. The water is not usually rough but you can get storms including hurricanes. Cruise ships especially do their best to avoid these however.<BR><BR>Parrotmom makes sense. The weather is likely to be better in early September. However, late September gets into the fall folliage season which can be awesome.<BR><BR>Halifax is a delightful city with 300+ years of history. You can also take day trips out of Halifax to some of the quaint ports along Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Trail...Chester, Lunenberg, Peggy's Cove. If you get up to Sydney, the Cabot Trail is one of the prettiest drives you can find.

AC Apr 18th, 2003 10:24 AM

Edward:<BR>I am also thinking of taking the 7 day cruise in September<BR><BR><BR>Frank: What is your impression of this cruise on Victory?

AlFayNV Apr 18th, 2003 12:32 PM

You might consider a NY-to-Montreal NCL cruise which we took last Oct. 13-20. In a word, it was fabulous! We tried to time the cruise with the fall colors and were lucky. Port stops were Boston (did not get off there since we visited in a recent year), Bar Harbor (fantastic esp. Acadia Nat. Park), Halifax (wonderful), Quebec City (interesting and Old World charm though it rained and, in fact, snowed a bit) and Montreal (also very interesting). But for the cold weather in Quebec City, sweaters and a light jacket sufficed - despite the fact that we are from southern desert NV. It was sunny during most of the cruise but we were well aware of the vagaries of the weather in those areas at that time of the year. In addition, we did not encounter rough waters in the slightest - neither in the Atlantic nor in the St. Lawrence. <BR><BR>After a few extra days in Montreal, we took the AmTrak 10-hour train through the Adirondacks back to Penn Station, NY - gorgeous fall colors and general scenery much of it along the periphery of Lake Champlain. The fare, by the way, is very inexpensive. (Nat. Geographic rates this train route as one of the most scenic in the US). <BR><BR>Whatever itinerary you settle on in that northeast region and good weather are the ingredients of quite an awesome trip, I would say.<BR><BR> <BR><BR> <BR><BR>

ParrotMom Apr 18th, 2003 02:00 PM

We must of lucked out on our trip we got to Halifax the day after the Tall Ships and it was sunny and HOT. We were told by a cab driver if we lived or had ever been to a fishing village not to go to Peggy's Cove..and those that did found the fog rolled in very quickly. He did take us on a tour of Halifax with those lovely colorful homes and to the graves of the Titanic victims which I found extremely moving and to the Citadel, and of course we had lunch on the waterfront. Next time we will go to the Maritime Museum at the pier. St.John we had been to before and still found it charming and a warm welcome is given by the Mayor of St. John complete with bagpipers.. On the way back to the ship we discovered across from the docks a little lobster shack... It is very difficult to time the foliage only mother nature can figure that out. As it is now we in N.E. are having today 30 degree weather and two days ago it was 84. As for not getting off the ship in Boston because you had been here before..You have missed so much.. finally as a native Bostonian we took the Duck Tour with cruise friends who stopped in Boston and I can only say I wish I hadn't waited so long...what a fun way to see my city. At least now in Boston you can see the Big Dig and perhaps it will be completely finished by the time you stop here. Don't know enough about Sydney..will have to ask my neighbor who is from there.. Actually, there are many cruise ships who are doing that itinerary and hope to do it from Boston again...this time all the way up to Montreal and back..

Frank Apr 18th, 2003 04:22 PM

AC: We took the 4 day Victory cruise to Halifax and really enjoyed the ship. Huge ship with lots to do, probably 10 different bars/lounges. We had an outside with balconey for a very reasonable price, booked through cruise411.com. The food was good with lots of dining options. We had previously taken a 5 day to Halifax and St. John also on Carnival (Facination maiden season). Enjoyed both cruises. The first we had beautiful weather, the second lots of fog up in Nova Scotia as is frequently the case. The day(s) at sea are chilly, even in August, nothing like sailing the caribbean. But definitely an enjoyable experience.<BR>

AC Apr 19th, 2003 04:10 AM

Thanks for all your insight!<BR><BR>I look forward to booking a Cananda/NE cruise!


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