The Fortress at Louisbourg
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We woke to a truly dismal day; low sky & rain and the ship's arrival was greeted by a lonely and probably very wet bagpiper. As yesterday, we met the folks for breakfast, and then I called Avis to arrange a ride to the airport to pick up a car. The driver suggested we visit Louisbourg but the girl at the counter said it would be a terrible place given the wind and rain. She suggested a mining museum in Glace Bay. However, she called & found it was closed for Canadian Thanksgiving so we set off for Louisbourg anyway. The drive down was pretty depressing, especially given the weather. We had to park at a visitors' center and take a bus to the fortress. I suspect the drive would be nice on a clear day but in our case, the bus' windows were covered in mud! Whether this was a good day to visit is a matter of perspective.
I spotted one solitary soldier up on one of the walls so I climbed up & had a very pleasant chat with him. Not a lot of people were stupid enough to climb up to endure that wind so I think he was glad for the company! The wind was actually strong enough that we both had to occasionally struggle for footing! After I rejoined the others, we did a bit more exploring, then grabbed the shuttle bus.
We ate lunch at the only place in town open for lunch, the Fortress View. After dropping the car & being delivered to the ship, Mom & Dad went aboard while Lin & I shopped at the craft market on the dock. Lin bought a very nice pendant of fossilized wood. By the time we were ready to board, the rain was coming in sheets. We dashed aboard during a brief lull, had some chili & nachos in the Seaview Café, then BOTH took a nap! By the time we awoke, we were at sea and being bounced around pretty well. Dress code for the evening was casual. Once ready for dinner, we took a look around. What was especially cool given the rough seas was the gyro-stabilized pool table.
By this time, we were being tossed around pretty well. One sure sign of bad weather is the stacks of barf bags everywhere! I fully expected the dining room to be empty but it wasn't. Eunice was missing once again but Chris & Faith had joined us; they'd switched from main seating. After dinner, we all went to the Vortex because we expected "Romantic Dance Music" but that's not what was playing. We danced a bit & then moved to the Safari Club for the "50's & 60's Party". Dancing in both places was a riot because of the ship's motion. Finally, we sat in the Schooner Bar listening to "Barry from Boston" until he quit at 12:30.
We were to learn later that the wind reached a sustained 60 to 70 kts. with waves of 25 feet. Lin didn't sleep all that well but I slept like a baby. I really like it when the sea's a bit rough. No sense going to sea if it's going to feel like a hotel on land!