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Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

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Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

This will be our first cruise to the Canada & New England. Instead of spending a lot of money going through NCL for excursions for the following stops, can anybody give any suggestions for places to see, are there easy transportations to take for sight seeing and a must do or see. We have no interest on sailboats. Especially, info for Salem MA

Stopping at the following:

on 07-Oct 8:00 am Mon 07-Oct 5:00 pm HALIFAX, CANADA

Tue 08-Oct 10:00 am Tue 08-Oct 6:00 pm SAINT JOHN, BAY OF FUNDY, CANADA

Wed 09-Oct 8:00 am Wed 09-Oct 5:00 pm BAR HARBOR, MAINE, US

Thu 10-Oct 8:00 am Thu 10-Oct 6:00 pm BOSTON

Fri 11-Oct 9:00 am Fri 11-Oct 6:00 pm NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, US

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again

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1. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

I f I am reading this correctly you dock in Boston at 8 a.m. and take off again at 6 p.m. You could certainly get to Salem, MA either by commuter rail or a ferry but then you lose time due to travel. Are you sure you want to go there rather than hang out in Boston?

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2. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

We have cruised to Canada a few times, twice out of NYC and once out of Boston. (We will be taking another cruise this summer out of Boston.) We never do the paid cruises excursions. We tour the cities on our own.

In Halifax visit the Citedal - it is walkable from the cruise shop. (We also go to their casino but that is something we personally enjoy.) Our other ports of call were a little different than your itinerary.

I agree with Mahj, Boston might be a better bet than Salem but Salem is doable although time will not be in your favor. If the cruise ship offers an excursion to Salem than that might be a better option than a do-it-yourself tour.

Enjoy!

Edited: 9:12 am, July 20, 2013
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3. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

Tried to edit but autocorrect was too quick - tried to type Cruise 'ship' not cruise 'shop' :)

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4. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

Is your interest in Salem because of Haunted Happenings, the month-long celebration of Halloween? If so, the following link may be helpful:

http://www.hauntedhappenings.org/

If not, you may want to reconsider and stay in Boston for the day. October weekdays in Salem are usually not crazy crowded, but the 10th is before the Columbus Day long weekend and will likely be busier.

If you decide to go to Salem and don't want to take the ship's excursion as suggested above, I'd suggest taking the train as it's a little faster than the ferry (and you're already spending plenty of time on the water ;-). Take a taxi to North Station, then a train on the Newburyport/Rockport line to Salem, a trip of about a half hour. Salem's attractions are within walking distance of the train station. The trains run on a fixed schedule and are not too frequent so be mindful of the schedule.

http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=NBRYROCK&direction=O&timing=W&RedisplayTime=Redisplay+Time

Edit: Cut and paste the above link, or start here and navigate to the Newburyport/Rockport line:

http://www.mbta.com/

Edited: 9:47 am, July 20, 2013
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5. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

Hershey -- I also am heading for Boston in early October and have been reading the Massachusetts Forum faithfully. I am finding ALOT of posts about Salem, so if you haven't scrolled down through the Forum and read the previous posts ... for a past few weeks ... you should. Great information.

I, too, recommend the Citadel in Halifax. I hope that your ship is greeted by bagpipers in full regalia. So cool.

In Bar Harbor, the draw is Acadia National Park. http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

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6. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

I guess not if the travel time is that long to get to Salem. Any suggestions what to do in Boston, have never been up the new England coast?

Edited: 12:40 pm, July 21, 2013
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7. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

BLBL thanks

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8. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

The travel time to Salem from Boston is less than an hour and can be done by rail, ferry or driving. I wasn't sure whether you considered that too long or not, so thought I would give you that number.

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9. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

I think that will be too long. Thanks, but if you have any suggestions for Boston that we should do, please let me know. Thanks.

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10. Re: Norwegian Gem Canada & New England Cruise out of NYC

If I'm reading correctly, you have not been to Boston before? There are hundreds of things to do, but it depends on your interests. Perhaps for one day, I would either walk or take one of the sightseeing trolleys and have a short tour of the city. You can walk the Freedom Trail, spend a half-day at the Museum of Fine Arts or the Gardner Museum, go visit the USS Constitution (at the end of the Freedom Trail), visit the State House, walk through the Boston Common and the Public Garden, tour the Boston Public Library, the Mapparium at the Christian Science Center, or any number of other things. Your tour can be as general or specific as you want.

It all depends on your interests.