Eurodam Review: Canada/New England cruise, Halifax #HALCruises

We jumped an hour ahead last night when we left Bar Harbor. Welcome to the Atlantic time zone. That was like experiencing daylight savings again.

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Our arrival in Halifax came at 8a when the captain gave us an all clear. I scheduled Peggy’s Cove lighthouse with Lobster Bake for my excursion.

There was a breast cancer walk in Halifax this morning so it made all the excursions late, which backed up a lot of people in the show theater. Pack in a couple hundred people in there and it gets hot hot hot!

The weather in Halifax was amazing though with temps in the 50’s throughout the day. The ride out to Peggy’s Cove took about an hour on the motorcoach but was narrated by our guide Rick, who lived in Halifax since 1969.

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The lighthouse itself is said to be one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Coming up on it I can see why. The lighthouse only stands 44′ tall but used to serve as an active post office at the base of it, until the storms eventually forced a location change.

There is also a bagpiper who plays at Peggy’s Cove. I interviewed the tour guide and asked why he is there, he told me because it’s tourist season and he’s making a pretty penny playing for tips in his Scottish kilt. Very underwhelming. I was expecting an answer like he playing in memory of those lost at sea or something.

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Paired up with the lighthouse tour was a lobster bake, which was absolutely amazing. We sat down in a seaside restaurant and the brought us out a whole lobster. Living in Florida we are used to Florida lobster, the meat tastes much different up here, much sweeter.

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Since our excursion was delayed a little bit we were delayed arriving back to the cruise pier, but nothing too bad. We still had an hour to hangout on the boardwalk and explore. I opted to board the ship and start editing some audio files. I was in Halifax last year on Carnival Glory, not much in the way of change.

Dinner was in the Pinnacle Grill again and it was another awesome experience. We did a sit down experience that had a wine pairing with each course. I am not one for wine but I’ll have to say that this was worth it. It seems that I only drink wine on cruises though, and it’s usually white wine. It still tastes pretty bitter to me.

After dinner we checked out the music scene. They had line dancing lessons in Northern Lights (disco) and then the BB King Blues Club was open for a little while. I’ve probably watched the BB King guys play four nights so far and each night they really do get better and better. Working in radio I hear a lot of bands or opening bands that just aren’t in sync with each other, these guys totally rock it! It’s amazing that they’ve only been together for a two sailings and sound that tight.

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They had the SFO football game and the Dodgers baseball game on in the sports bar (casino bar)  so we watched some games and then eventually called it a night.

Tomorrow is Sydney, Nova Scotia, I don’t have an excursion planned but hope to get to an internet cafe to upload some photos of the trip so far or grab so local food. I found a good BBQ joint online that I want to check out. We are in port with Norwegian Dawn tomorrow. Hopefully we have the pier and they have to tender in!

Til then…

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