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Old 07-09-2012, 01:02 AM   #16
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Hope to get more up after work. It's been painful to wake up early to go to work since yesterday. But there is some comfort in returning to a routine. And what better way to fill up the cruise fund??!!
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Anxiously awaiting more - we are on the Sept 7th sailing and are very interested in the details for the jet boat tour.

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Old 07-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #19
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Anxiously awaiting more - we are on the Sept 7th sailing and are very interested in the details for the jet boat tour.

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I'll get to "Day 4 - Saint John" sometime, but until then I can tell you that we LOVED the jet boats! DH did not ride. He doesn't do "thrill". He was the designated photographer and bag-watcher. You get wet, though. It might be a bit cold in September. Well, maybe not much more cold that it was in June! It was "refreshing"! In a sort of cold water in your face sort of way! The driver spun the boat a bunch and found some "dips" that would then cause a big wave and splash. If you like mild thrills and water, don't miss it!
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:11 AM   #20
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Souvenirs!

In addition to the traditional "Day 1, Day 2" format, I'm going to do a few "sidebars" on topics of particular interest. Or, rather, on subjects that I took lots of pictures of and want to group together.

Sidebar 1: Souvenirs!

A lot of people on the DIS were interested in what special NY-Canada souvenirs were onboard. So I took pictures of whatever I found! Also a few of other souvenirs we liked (hats) and some of what we bought. Here goes:


Yes I bought these! For ME!








Statue and a christmas ornament:


I don't know about you, but I don't get why they call this itinerary Canada and New England Coast. Is Eastern Canada considered New England Coast? We didn't see any other coast that Eastern Canada and New York Harbor.




Photo album and kids' t-shirt:


Magnet:


Scrapbook and supplies, hat and shirt set, and Halifax Mickey (I liked this one!):








If I find more pics, I'll add them. Thought I'd taken more of the shirts and sweatshirts. Maybe because I wasn't excited by them I skipped them? There were also lots of "women's" designs and cuts. And some other colors and styles of the above designs.
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I wanted those sneakers!! But, they didn't have them in my size on the ship or in MK!
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Thanks, love the Halifax Mickey.

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Old 07-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #23
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Hi Tammy,
I'll get to "Day 4 - Saint John" sometime, but until then I can tell you that we LOVED the jet boats! DH did not ride. He doesn't do "thrill". He was the designated photographer and bag-watcher. You get wet, though. It might be a bit cold in September. Well, maybe not much more cold that it was in June! It was "refreshing"! In a sort of cold water in your face sort of way! The driver spun the boat a bunch and found some "dips" that would then cause a big wave and splash. If you like mild thrills and water, don't miss it!
Thank you - how did you get to the boat ride from the pier? Did you do the morning or afternoon ride? The logistics scare me - I don't want to be late getting back to the ship.

Love - the pics of the souvenirs - I hope they still have a good selection when we sail in September - maybe they will be on sale since we are the 2nd to last Canadian cruise!
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I love the Halifax Mickey!!! He's soo cute!!
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #25
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I wanted those sneakers!! But, they didn't have them in my size on the ship or in MK!
I KNEW I needed them as soon as I saw them, and thanks to the DISboard I knew to buy them as SOON as I saw them!

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Thanks, love the Halifax Mickey.

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Thank you - how did you get to the boat ride from the pier? Did you do the morning or afternoon ride? The logistics scare me - I don't want to be late getting back to the ship.
We took a cab which was around 10 dollars (12 for 6 of us). It was easy! There is a local bus, too, which we planned on doing but then we found a cab. Actually, we WERE going to walk there on the Harbour Trail, but the teenagers whined about the 30 - 40 minute walk.

Love - the pics of the souvenirs - I hope they still have a good selection when we sail in September - maybe they will be on sale since we are the 2nd to last Canadian cruise!
We took a cab - 12 dollars for the 6 of us (probably a few dollars less for a smaller group). We were going to take a local bus but the cab came first. Actually, we were going to walk (Harbour Trail, around 30 -40 minutes) but the teenagers rolled their collective 8 eyes at that one.

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I love the Halifax Mickey!!! He's soo cute!!
When we were in Halifax "our" Mickey dressed in this outfit (forget what it's called - help me out Eastern Canadians!). Therefore I call the statue Halifax Mickey!
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:10 PM   #26
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great trip report....love it....followed your ptr. We are on the august 12th sailing so I can't wait to keep reading.

You are right, it shouldn't be called the New England Cost.....I am from that area and the ship doesn't make any stops there and you can't see it from the ship because you are in the middle of the ocean...I wondered the same thing.

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I'm in big trouble. I want it all! Sept 12th can't come fast enough! hahaha
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Thanks

Thank you for answering my questions, and for the great photos of souvenirs.

May I ask about the Jewish museum in Saint John? We are hoping to spend at least part of our day there.
Also, did you notice how much the Shutters Photo CD (all photos)cost?

Thanks again for all of your helpful comments.
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Thank you for answering my questions, and for the great photos of souvenirs.

May I ask about the Jewish museum in Saint John? We are hoping to spend at least part of our day there.
Also, did you notice how much the Shutters Photo CD (all photos)cost?

Thanks again for all of your helpful comments.
You're welcome!
DH went to the Jewish Museum. It is located at 91 Leinster Street (a new address, some of the maps led him first to the old site near King St.).



He really enjoyed seeing the place though he said that if you are from anyplace that has a significant Jewish population the findings in the museum itself are not that impressive. For him it was more the experience of being a guest at the only Jewish museum in the province. He enjoyed talking to the two young people who were working there and were members of the Saint John Jewish community. He also enjoyed the walk there and felt like he saw Saint John in a way that we who stayed by the pier probably did not. He was out for about 2 hours and that included all the walking.
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June 17th, Embarkation Day

I was up and ready to roll at 5:30 in the morning! It was finally June 17th! We had arrived in NJ just under 2 days ago, so I was still a bit jet-lagged. But excited! I had some last minute errands to do at the early opening stores. 7:30 on a Sunday morning and I was the first one in the door at the CVS! Bonine, Sharpies, and a power strip. Phew. Things I "forgot". My other whoops – you'll never believe it. Later, though.

Pushed the last bits and pieces into the suitcases, gave positive reinforcement for those complaining but complying with the Mickey t-shirts they "needed" to wear, and we were out of the door at 10:45! My parents were driving us (two cars) and within 1/2 hour we were at the port!!!! We drove across the George Washington Bridge and then down the West Side Highway … 79th street and THE BOAT!



Just the smokestacks, as some other large tennis-shoe-shaped cruise vessel was blocking our view. By the time we got to the 50s, we had a great shot of our Magic.



Wow. We unloaded quickly. There was some "pressure" at the curbside drop-off to "move it move it" but we got the bags out, gave our kisses and hugs to the grandparents, and handed our luggage over to the porters. It was just 11:30! Our port arrival time exactly! The boat was RIGHT THERE! On the other side of the glass (?plexiglass) window! Yes, we had to take lots of pictures of it already!



Isn't she lovely….?! DH was not so sure about just walking away from our luggage like that. Not something you do in Israel, and probably not so often in NY either. But we made it inside. Security check (passport, tickets) and check-in. Security pictures, health form, signature form (that doesn't mean they really care how you sign your name; they want to know you agree to everything including paying). KeysTTW! Boarding number 7! "Is that good" asks DS15? "Excellent!" I declare! (Everything would be excellent on that day!).



11:40. The waiting room was very full. No seats free. And loud. They hadn't started to call boarding numbers yet. Statue of Liberty Minnie was receiving guests, but we were not going to stand on that line.



DH was getting a bit frazzled with the crowd. It was intense, but brief – 'cause at 11:52 our boarding number was called and we were on our way! The Royal "We" weren't in the best mood for the first picture, but it actually turned out nice. They stand you in front of a big 2012 sign. We didn't buy it, though, mostly because it reminded me of DH's mood during that 1/2 hour. But that changed SO fast as soon as we'd had our KsTTW swiped! We were dockside, in open air, with no one but a friendly Mickey-handed CM waving us by, and Mickey and his handler approaching us from the other direction!



Life. Is. GOOD!

No Mickey Ears to walk through, but no one but me knew to miss them. Up the gang-plank and poof! We're boarding! The Disney Magic Welcomes the Herman Family! We were directed to Parrot Cay but as we approached we were re-directed left to the elevators to go up to the Topsiders buffet on the 9th floor as PC was getting full. That was lucky timing. We were among the first up at Topsiders. The buffet was a welcome sight! We met our first DISgroup friend by the dessert station –EStewart, also known as Elizabeth, with her daughter Julianne. How cool?! Looking for some open space we opted for a table out by the Mickey Pool.





At this point, I think I started to breathe more normally. We were onboard. ...
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