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Serenade of the Seas

October 2015 - Serenade of the Seas to Canada, New England, New York

Just my thoughts

The crew of the ship were professional and friendly as we expected.  One of the reasons we took this trip was to view and photograph the fall foliage.  I was disappointed in that regard.

The lack of brilliant color in the foliage in the US portion of the is certainly beyond the control of all humans but my disappoint lay with the lack of opportunities to take photos while on the RC excursions.  The buses used were clean and most of the tour guides were competent, a few were even outstanding, but overall there were too few stops and shooting quality photos thru bus windows is not the preferred method for acquiring quality photographs.

Two excursions in particular were very disappointing. 

The tour thru Boston was a complete waste and the guide was poor at best.  Too few stops, virtually no stops at historic sites, probably because the roads were too narrow, and gridlock traffic. 

Secondly the tour of Acadia with a trip to the peak of Cadillac Mt. was disappointing because the park was so full of people the bus driver was unable to use his regular stops. Additionally I would not have taken this tour if I had known, prior to booking, that tour buses, and hence its passengers, were only allowed to spend 20 minutes at the peak of the mountain.  The driver was very good and the guide was outstanding. 

I think we were spoiled by the wonderful excursions we experienced on the RC Alaska Land and Sea cruise we took a couple of years ago.

 

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keejr1's Tips

Quebec City, Quebec - Avoid the bus tours and take the guided walking tour of old town. We did this after disembarking the ship. Just outstanding!
Boston, Massachusetts - check to ensure you are not there on the eve of a holiday weekend. take your own tour, probably the Freedom Tour from the NPS.
Portland, Maine - We took the lighthouse tour. The guide was outstanding. The final lighthouse was extremely crowded. Plenty of photo ops.
Bar Harbor, Maine - I believe the NPS has hop on and hop off buses in Acadia. I would explore using that option instead of an organized tour.
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Get yourself to Peggy's Cove. Just Beautiful. The guide we had was outstanding.

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