When I go online RCCL, Adv of the Seas, I can’t find reviews for NE/Canada, only Caribbean. I’m cruising with my husband and two couples in late July. Would love some feedback on excursions, balcony room, beverage package, entertainment. Most important, can someone look into their crystal ball to give me an idea of weather to expect so I know how to pack? All feedback is appreciated. It’s been 10 years since I cruised. Thanks!
New England/Canada Re
The reason you are not seeing any NE/Canada reviews for AvoS is because she has not been there. Since her maiden voyage, San Juan has mostly been her home port but has moved to Europe and England during the low season in the Caribbean. This year Bayonne will be her new summer seasonal port then transition to Fort Lauderdale as her late fall '18 through late spring '19 home port and should return to NJ in May of 2019.
You might try to read older reviews from these ships during the dates listed:
Anthem of the Seas 2015 - present
Liberty of the Seas 2015 summer season only
Quantum of the Seas 2014–2015
Explorer of the Seas 2006(?) - 2014
Enchantment of the Seas 2005
Empress of the Seas 2004
Voyager of the Seas 2004-2005
Not sure how often RCI sailed any Canadian route with these ships but I mostly remember only a few long fall foliage offerings in the past.
As for what to pack for weather it will be very similar to what the mid-atlantic states (NY,NJ, PA,DE,and MD) experience since the gulf jet stream moves closer to the New England and Canadian coastline in summer. So heat and humidity are the watch words. At sea expect warm to hot days with significant cooling at night. On land not only be prepared for fog and drizzle, but also days that are humid but bright and sunny. Our July '11 (Carnival) cruise to St. John and Halifax was marked by a 90 degree day in St John, that started very sunny and ended with a thunderstorm which dropped the temperature by like 30 degrees. On the overnight fog rolled in behind the storm preventing us from reaching Halifax due to its severity, but on the open water it was bright, sunny with a refreshing breeze cooling off the 80-85 degree temps. So pack as you would pack for any summer vacation in the northern hemisphere where pools are available, but bring rain ponchos or an umbrella that is easily packed for on shore.
Peggy’s Cove is a popular excursion. In Halifax, head down the pier and look for the Beaver Tail kiosk. It’s a fried dough with toppings. Most excellent. There might be a trailer in St. John that sells them too. It was in a small park right near the ship.