Waiting for my first cruise to begin in a month.

Hi Friends! I am very excited to say that I will go for my first cruise in a month. :) I have just confirmed all the plans for my trip has been set and ready. I will reach NY on August 25, visit a few places there and will be ready to begin my cruise on a Ship named Grande Mariner. It's a 14 day trip that ends in Montreal, Canada after visiting many awesome places including Troy, Kingston, Quebec city and many others. I am sure this will be great experience for me. After finishing the cruise in Montreal, the travel company let me take me spend 2 days in Montreal, then take me to Toronto. They have booked me a luxury apartment by Mac Suites in Toronto. I have 2 days there to visit nearby places and then I will return to BC, where my trip will end. I am already dreaming about this awesome trip. This will be the longest journey I have ever gone for in terms of number of days and distance covered. Hopefully I will have enough energy to enjoy it all. I would like if anyone have piece of advice for me while I prepare for this dream vacation.

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Ok, you're not talking about Mariner of the Seas, you're traveling on the Blount Tour ship. Let us know how it goes, please. I am curious, well, look.......don't let this be your opinion of the entire cruise industry. It's a small, (98 passenger ) niche ship. Cabins are small, less than 100 sq ft. Very informal. No alcohol served ( bring your own ). Here is one part of a review I found:

The tiny cabins, which may take a bit of getting used to for first-timers, range from 72 to 96 square feet, with both inside and outside rooms in several different configurations. The least expensive cabins have no windows and double beds with single bunks above. Outside cabins -- with portholes or windows that open -- may lead out to a central corridor or the open side promenade (for quick access to the scene outside). These cabins come in a variety of sleeping configurations: single double beds, twin beds arranged side-by-side or at right angles to one another, or one upper and one lower berth each. The ship is fully air-conditioned.

Closet space is sufficient for what is an always-informal dress code. Some bathrooms have small single compartments for showers, sinks and toilets with accordion-type doors, while others have separate shower stalls and spaces with sinks and toilets.

This is quite different than what most of us are used to, however, you will get to cities on tributaries we can't see.

Enjoy the cruise.

Please take pictures of the ship areas and your cabin. We are interested in this type of cruise with American Cruise Line out of Connecticut. Thanks.

Oh, I'm guessing one of your stops will be West Point.


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