If you enjoy active, independent shore excursions, you have something in common with the increasing number of cruise passengers who do not want to sit on one of the long line of buses in each port.
"Over the past three or four years, independent arrangements increased, because the younger audience wants something more than sitting on a bus," – said Joe L & # 39; Episkopi, on the tour manager for Holland America tours in Maasdam. "Some are well prepared with all the maps and literature and are ready to come on board."
As a "young" 60-year-old cruiser, I prefer to arrange their own tours and I think that it usually costs less. While many passengers focus on the "good life" on board the ship for me to serve as a comfortable hotel, which also provides the most convenient and affordable transportation to the place where I want to travel.
Last month, I chose the Maasdam to visit five of the most popular ports in Canada under the Canada / New England Bar Harbor, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Quebec; and Boston, where the cruise started.
Here are a few tips to help you plan a separate event, to be used every day as much as possible on the coast on a cruise Canada / New England. Sidebar "If you go" includes contact information and prices.
Start planning at home
o Check out the information about each port on http://www.towd.com (World Directory World Directory). When people search on Google, you are likely to get someone, but the resources of the official tourist office approved.
o «study carefully to know the whole area and the port restrictions Do not try to do too much", says L & # 39;. Episcopo.
o After reviewing the information, compare what you are interested in, and that there is on board the ship.
o Be sure to bring home information with all contact information – names, phone numbers and email addresses.
o If you do not have enough time to study at home, your mobile phone and the Internet on the ship do not have much value.
o While sipping high hot frothy cup of cafe latte in a new research Maasdam cafe, cyber cafe / library, fun to browse the network and view the tourist guides for more information.
o Before you arrive in each port of call to confirm time, location and the cost of shore excursions.
o Every time you make your own arrangements, always be sure that the operator has adequate insurance and equipment.
Bicycle tour on the ship turned out to be my best bet. There were only eight of us (instead of 25 – 30), who wanted to ride on the gravel paths of the national park Akadyi.
Fortunately, our guide was a naturalist resident naturalist, who also recorded the chain at a certain steep slope of Mount Cadillac, the highest point on the east coast.
After that it was just enough time to talk to a few locals about a cold beer and a sandwich on Gaylinse, popular get-together on Main Street.
My local contact recommended the "Big Three": "Pier 21, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, as well as a tour of the city of Halifax Deluxe Victorian gardens, the graves of the Titanic and the Citadel.
Interactive museum exhibits Pier 21 recreated sharp stories about millions of Canadian immigrants who came to the same pier, where the Maasdam entrenched. It was a shame that most of the passengers of the ship passed him, not knowing what a wonderful experience they have missed.
Sea kayaking was the option, but for some unknown reason the ship is no longer offered a bicycle tour of the peaceful countryside of the island kanfederatsyynay trail. But a taxi was easy to get to the Trailside Café at Mount Stuart, where my friend and I rented a well-maintained bikes and helmets.
Be careful not to risk sending a ship at 1:30 pm, we have not gone too far in the field of rock excellent field surface. If we had a failure and was unable to contact the ship, we probably would have left behind. If the delay author tour was delayed, however, he waited.
Quebec is almost entirely French in feel. Lower Town Old Town is just across the street from the ship, and you can easily wander through the narrow cobbled lanes of the charming bistros and cafés pedestrian Petit Shamplayn. After this 12-minute funicular ride invites you to visit a fabulous castle hotel Chateau Frontenac. Nearby, in a large city park called the Plains of Abraham, there are more opportunities to assess the culture, history, and sports activities. Horse riding, rafting and cycling – and other attractive adventures outdoors in Quebec. To explore the countryside, organize private minibus to meet you at the dock. Of course, the price is right.
Kostanay and dripping
After dropping off the ship in Montreal, I went back to Boston to meet up with my sister for a long Memorial Day weekend.
Our hotel was conveniently close to the Boston community and the public garden, the perfect place for a quick morning walk. Later on we went to Long Wharf Boston to catch a high-speed ferry in 90 minutes Pravinstaun, Cape Cod. The tourist office at the end of the pier Pravinstauna gave us directions for a trip on the trolley to the island, bicycle rental and a tour of the national seashore.
Back in Boston, we decided against participating in the popular town of Duck Tour in landing ship of the Second World War, painted so as to appear like a carnival. When he drove right into the river Charles, the guide urged passengers to continue to "quack-canopy".
Instead, private guide met us at the hotel for "Boston Your Way" tour is more attractive for the audience of National Public Radio. While Meryglena Vincent excursions do not have a lot of glare, she knows exactly what his "thing" and can drive a car through the narrow streets of the North End and Beacon Hill, where a long line of tourist buses do not go.