We spent a day in Montreal walking near old town while our fellow passengers took a longer walk further afield. We chose not to take trips that meant a lot of walking, so enjoyed reading or knitting on the ship and talking with fellow passengers from around the states… 108 in all.
A day in Quebec between the two legs of the cruise was spent at Chateau Frontenac loafing in the lobby, nosing around the many tourists shops or walking around the deck surrounding the Chateau enjoying the view and the buskers. We were above where our ship was docked, so when it was time, we rejoined the new batch of cruisers and began to introduce ourselves to new faces for the second leg of the trip to Portland.
New faces, new lecturers and as we cruised along new weather. It had been sunny and warm and now the winds and clouds arrived and delayed our ship in Matane, Quebec. Our cruise director spent the rest of the trip trying to find dock space, arrange for new buses and tour guides as he had to alter the planned program. The ship rock and rolled down the coast. The lobster feast was worked into the program by an off shore meal. We did miss Baddeck, where we had been 46 years ago with the kids. Finally the sun came out as we landed at Booth Bay Harbor Maine and a bus ride to the Bath Maritime Museum ended our trip. It was fun to see New England at its best. Again nice people, nice lectures, great food and several new books plus finishing four pair of socks brought an end to our cruise.
Then the plane ride home. Why can’t we close our eyes and vanish into space and arrive at home.
Sea has the ship board cold and I have a mound of pictures to sort though. We have done loads of laundry and restocked the fridge. But we did have a good time and enjoyed the cruise. Now to settle in to the usual routine.