Today's post is all about our recent cruise to Canada to celebrate Bob's 50th Birthday. We cruised on NCL's Dawn up the New England coast line to the St. Laurence River and then down through Quebec. It was beautiful and we had a really fun time.
Our cruise attracted mostly retired people. We were one of the youngest people on the ship (which is kind of funny since Bob is about to turn 50!) We enjoyed it though. The retired people on our ship were energetic, friendly and fun, but it wasn't a party all night kind of environment. That was actually fine with me. Below are a few photos from the ship itself. The Dawn was recently renovated and holds @2,200 passengers and another 1,000 crew.
We enjoyed the stops in the US and Canada. We started in Boston MA, then stopped in Portland ME, Halifax NS, Charlottetown PEI, Gaspe Quebec, La Baie Quebec and then got off the ship in Quebec City (I'll have another post on Quebec City later this week.)
My favorite stop was Halifax Nova Scotia. We rented bikes and rode all around the beautiful city. There was some fun shopping in the downtown area (I got a new top and running skirt at Lululemon) and we had a nice lunch of sushi in town. It was cold, but not bitter. The city had a beautiful city center park and the flowers were all still in bloom. Halifax had a lot of Titanic memorial things. I guess many of the people who died in the Titanic were buried in Halifax. Can you see the little Titanic ship in the pond in the photos below?
They also had a darling tug boat from a children's book. It was so sweet cruising around the harbor with the big ships.
All the welcome people were retired. Isn't this handsome Canadian mountie a riot!
We also rented bikes on Prince Edward Island. We biked all over that island and probably clocked over 20 kilometers that day. The map showed some 'scenic overlooks' but we found that it was pretty industrial and farm land. We enjoyed the ride, but the best scenery was by the coast with the red clay dirt and lighthouses.
We also stopped at a small town off the St. Laurence river called Gaspe. Every stop we made further north got colder and colder. Gaspe started to get quite chilly and they were saying a chance of snow while we were there. It was a pretty town, but once the rain came we headed back to the welcome center early.
So before I end today's post let me leave you with a cruise director joke. The cruise director was walking along the top deck of the ship on a windy day. A senior citizen woman was also out on the top deck. She was grasping a very fancy hat on her head with both hands because it was windy. A gust of wind whipped her skirt up in the air exposing her entire lower half. The cruise director approached her and said 'do you not know that your dress is flying in the wind and all your lower half is showing?' She said 'sure I know, but Mr., everything down there is 86 years old. This hat is brand new.' Yup, we all laughed at that one and several others like it just as bad.
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