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Cruise excursions

Meridian, MS
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Cruise excursions

Planning on a cruise in September and we stop in Bar Harbor. Any suggestions as to how to spend the day...go on an excursion from the ship or go out on our own? Would like to go to Acadia park but would like to see other things too if possible

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Thought maybe someone who knows Bar Harbor better than I do would jump in, but don't want you to go without an answer....

Depending on what kinds of options the cruise line is offering, you could take one of their excursions, or simply pick up one of the Ialand Explorer free shuttle buses and see much of the area on your own. They operate several different routes, so you could pick the attractions you'd like to see and plan your route from there..... one major note: Island Explorer vehicles do not go to the top of Cadillac Mountain, so if that's something you'd really want to do, you might want to consider some other option. More info on the Island Explorer is available at exploreacadia.com....

Oli's Trolley offers tours of Bar Harbor and Acadia in a couple of different versions/lengths. Biggest difference between these and the island Explorer is that Island Explorer is free and Oli's is not.... but you'll likely get more history and narration aboard an Oli's trip.... plus they include Cadillac Mountain.... Google OlisTrolleyBarHarbor for more details.

It's tough to make a specific recommendation without knowing what your cruise line is offering in its excursion(s), but my guess is you can see much of Acadia and Bar Harbor for less money with Island Explorer or Oli's.... Unless you see something on the ship's excursion that you really want to do, I'd consider taking one of Oli's trips and then spending the rest of the time poking around Bar Harbor proper on your own....

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Thanks so much!! Very helpful information

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