We had taken the Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas out of Boston on a 7-day New England-Canada cruise (Oct 2013).
HALIFAX - 10/18: We had a great guide for a look at the city, and trip to Peggy's Cove. Mr. Al DesLaurier met us at the terminal, and six of us fit fine in his van. We toured the historical spots in the city, hit the sugar shack (Acadian Maple Products) for a small tour/tasting and buying frenzy, then to the Titanic Grave Sites, where Al explained the who and the why of Titanic sinking and the relationship to Nova Scotia.
We then stopped in Indian Harbor at Ryer's to order 2lb lobsters each for lunch, and while Ryer's prepared them Al took us to a fishing shack for an up-close and personal visit with his friend Peter Dodge, then we were off to Peggy's Cove. Terrific! Then back to Ryer's picnic tables to eat some lazy-man lobsters (all broken down for us by Mr. Ryer and Al). Al was very engaging and personal. As a native Nova Scotian, we were delighted to hear Al talk about his upbringing in NS - just the kind of cultural background that you can't get from the big bus outfits. In fact, this was yet another plus - Al managed to keep us ahead of the buses at our stops - no small feat.
On our return to the ship, Al offered us the option of visiting The Boardwalk in town, and take a easy walk back to ship (and wear off the lobster), or he'd happily take us back directly to the ship. Outstanding guide, and HELLUVA human being!
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