Bar Harbor Maine
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October 15th, 2008 – by: TravelerTom
The departure procedure was a bit hectic due to Homeland Security requirements that we go thru passport control at the first port where we return to the US from foreign (Canada) lands. The passport procedure started at 8am, and our excursion departure time was also 8am. Being good little cruisers we showed up at our designated time (7:45) only to find 500 people already in line in front of us. The line moved quickly and we made our tender by about 8:30 and got to our bus at the dock by 9:30 or so.
The Bar Harbor tour bus took us to an Oceanarium, where they are presevering and promoting lobster fishing culture and history.
Our next stop was the Turrets mansion, one of the cottages built in the late 1800s. This one had been abandoned and used by homeless people in the past, and was just starting to be restored. The outside was pristine and we took a few pictures during our 15 minute stop there.
Then it was on to Acadia National Park where we drove around the shore on a loop road, stopping at scenic overlook spots. The narrator had retired to the island with his wife ten+ years ago and told us stories of island history as well as life on the island now.
The views were awesome. We went to the highest point on the eastern seaboard of the US, Cadillac Mountain, at about 1500 feet, and took as many pictures as we could in the 10 minutes we had there.
The tour bus then took us back to town, arriving about 1:30. We had a couple of hours to shop in the tourist stores at the port, and have a lobster lunch and an ice cream. Bar Harbor has about 5,000 residents, but gets upwards of 4 million vistors a year. We were at the tail end of that rush, and the weather was perfect. It was a great finale.
The evening dinner on the ship was a formal night with lobster and baked alaska. The waiters paraded thru the dinning room with the desserts held high, then we all sang Auld Lang Syne.
The evening entertainment was a tribute to Broadway with numbers from West Side Story, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Phantom, and Les Miserables. It was a 5 star performance. We even went back to the 11pm late show to see it again.
Tomorrow is a day at sea, then we arrive back in New Jersey and fly home on Friday.
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