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A Diary & Photos for our 2018 Cruise - Quebec City to New York!
An 11 day cruise with an optional 3 day New York City stay

Below is some information on where the 2018 Spirit of the West Cruise is going. We hope you enjoy the diary as we head from Quebec to New York City. See the map below (or scroll down). We will sail on Royal Caribbean's "Adventure of the Sea" - below is a photo showing what she looks like.

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Go to the Itinerary below (or scroll down).

Kathy and Mark
on holiday! Kathy and Mark on holiday
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Royal Caribbean's Adventur of the Sea   We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Adventur of the Sea

Royal Caribbean's "Adventure of the Sea"

Diary for September 14th to October 2nd, 2018

We're on our way ... The following photos will all enlarge if you click on them.

September 14th and 15th

First things first ... Kathy got her hair done in Kamloops

Then we got off on the right foot with wine in Montreal

and the Poutine, French Onion Soup and beer in Quebec

No suitcase - no shorts - 30 degrees and humid

Le Chateau Frontenac ... amazing hotel - really nice

Vieux (old) Quebec City
- people everywhere

Really cool old buildings and walls all over

One of the gates to Vieux Quebec

September 16th

inside the footings of the Chateau - an archeological dig

The stairs up the wall that surrounded the Citadel

The view from the Plains of Abraham - our ship and our hotel

Inside the outside walls of the Citadel

Kathy worked at the airport with Jim & Karen

while Mark visited with a friend, Sabrina, and her family in Quebec

Then Mark got a private tour with Sabrina up the St Lawrence where the bridges cross the river

This huge rail trestle is in a small town called Caprouge

September 17th

Our 1st group tour took us to the Sugar Shack for lunch - yummy!

Karen with a wine and Kathy with a maple beer - also had maple whiskey & wine

"maple toffee over snow" they pour maple syrup on ice ...

... you roll it up off the ice on a stick as toffee

and then it sags off while you take more photos ... hmmmm ...

The maple trees at the back of the Erabliere le Chemin du Roy

The stairs we took the day before to the Plains of Abraham and the Citadel

Our 1st happy hour on the Adventure of the Seas in a lounge

September 17th & 18th

Au revoir Le Chateau Frontenac and Vieux Quebec

One of the murals we saw in Quebec - the whole end of the building

Dog fix! Daphne a retired guide dog now the Ambassador for Le Chateau Frontenac

The dining room ... a measly little three story room

September 18th & 20th

The 1st jam ... the Spirit of the West Band in the ice arena

Charlottetown PEI ... beautiful red beaches and lots of farm land

Gus, Spud Island Tours, our guide and driver for the day

The whole island is on red soil, sand, gravel ... all red

Rossignol Winery a local winery ... fruit and grape wines

Very good and informative wine tour - really nice wines

We are a couple weeks early for the fall colours but we found one!!

We will look back at this beach from the lighthouse in the background

Kathy showing the size of one of the old lighthouse lights

Mark climbing on things he probably wasn't supposed to, for a ride

Newfie fries and taco fries at Red's roadside food stand - delicious!

Ambyr at Brudenell Stables had all the horses ready for us

Ambyr leading out Cody for Kathy with the other's horses waiting behind

Through the trees and alongside the Atlantic Ocean in Brudenell Park

Ambyr took some photos of us, horseback in the Atlantic Ocean

Mark on his sports model with Hugh trying to catch up on his one ton

To see a short video of the beach race click here. Thanks Ambyr!!

A great scenic ride through the Provincial Park even though it rained

Woohooo!! Back on the Adventure of the Seas!

The sing-a-long by the pool was a little cooler than we're used to

But folks bundled up and never missed a single song or poem!

September 20th & 21st

Back in the room we found this guy waiting for us ...

Sydney, NS ... some of the pretty neat old houses as seen from the ship

Kathy by the sign as we headed for Timmy's to upload the show & diaries

Kathy by the mini fiddle on the dock - need it & Don for the sing-a-longs!

September 22nd

One of the many big barns at Oulton's Farm, Halifax, NS

2 walls with tons of harness shows they used to use draft horses

This team of Clydes is the only team left on the farm

An irresistible photo ... the King and Queen of the rock

Yaks ... one of a large variety of animals we saw here

Another irresistible photo ... such a cute little guy!!

The meat store right here on the farm with a line up of locals

This sign shows the huge variety of products raised by the Oulton family

Mark's bus, Kathy's bus, Karen's bus, and Jim's bus - almost ready to roll

Another irresistible photo ... as we pulled out of the driveway

ah ... old tractors!! We went to the Hant's County Fair

and a Ford Jubilee!! at the oldest continuously running fair in Canada

This old steam engine belt drives a saw that was cutting off rounds

Kathy watching the chainsaw carver at work behind his displayed work

Sailing out of Halifax, Nova Scotia en route to St John, NB

the first show we took in ... amazing talent ... great show

September 22nd & 23rd

We entered our room to a bat flying above the bed !!

Rockwood Park in St John NB on a taxi tour with Jack (driver)

860ha total, one stretch in the park has sites for each Province

A gorgeous old house that belongs to the Red Rose Tea family

Fort Howe guarding St John since the American Revolution, until 1914

This house belonged to a shipping captain - 360 degree glass lookout

The Reversing Rapids - a 28 ft vertical tide every 6 hours pushes the river

looking from the ocean side - in another 6 hours it will be the reverse

Wooden statues of famous people - and a beaver (glad ours aren't that big)

Owned by a single lady that rents it to cover the cost of maintenance

Carleton Martello Tower was built as a defence tower during the war 1812

Exiting Irving Nature Park as we head back to the ship after a great day

September 24th

Bar Harbor, Maine. One of many huge old houses, this one a ciff hanger

Who is this girl? She's smiling in front of a camera!!

A tender port so we're in the harbor with a pile of other moored boats

Trying to get enough shade to upload the diaries to the Internet

Ha ha this one for you Sabrina :-) sorry, couldn't pass this one up

Bar Harbor has done an excellent job of keeping everything old & clean

A very nice, and very interesting port - so much history!!

The walking trail & the sign says it all - truly a museum in the streets

We found this cool restaurant hiding in the back of an alley

Route 66 Restaurant ... full of antiques and great food

We swapped favours (photo taking) with the guy next door (from Austria)

A whole lobster, a beer, a wine, & a much needed bib - yummy!!

try and gather 178 people for a group photo, it went well, great photo

Hard to see the bouys, we heard there was about 1 million lobster traps

September 24th ... celebrating our 30th anniversary at dinner!!

Kathy says a dog and I say a sheep, waited on our bed that night

September 24th & 25th

Irene Wasylik telling us how to make another 30 years :-)

It's not often you'll find us on the dance floor but we did have a couple

Lyn learned how to use my camera and then I didn't see it all night

Boston, MA - this is the road that Kathy's Mom used to live on

September 25th

We walked over 18,000 steps & saw all of Boston Common Grounds ...

... and a whole lot more!! A beautiful area in the middle of the city

Here the leaves were just starting to turn colour (sorry color) :-)

Quite a few burial parks, some dating back to the mid 1600s

Kathy babysitting Kian so Kayla and Mark could talk & enjoy a cup of jo

The niece of a friend ... we met Kayla a few years back in Victoria.

Kiril trying to help Mark get Internet access for picture uploads

One cute & happy kid!! It was great to meet him & see K & K again.

September 26th

Portland, Maine. Our ship behind this 9 foot, 1951 tug boat prop

An engine in the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co & Museum

A 1926 Ford Model T converted to a track inspection car

One of the cars in the railroad museum that you could walk through

The engine that pulled us on the Narrow Gauge Railway ride

Catherine was the Conductor on the Narrow Gauge Railroad ride

These are the wood fired ovens in the pizzeria where we had lunch

The beer looked so good we forgot to take a photo before 1 3/4 was gone :-)

September 27th

A sea day and we finally get a chance to look around the ship ...

Someone described inside the ship as the Vegas strip - amazing

Hard to believe this is on a ship in the strip mall

One of the many bars ... we hardly spent any time here ;-)

It goes on & on. We think we might go for sushi at Izumi in the mall today

and yes, we did end up eating lunch at Izumi Sushi ...

... a Saki & Sushi combo for two - $15 each & really good

At the farewell party Kathy selling the group photo for J & K

Charlotte Preston won 2 Kamloops Cowboy Festival weekend passes

Our tour guide speaking to the group (88 people) in New York City

One of the first stops was the World Trade Center & Ground Zero

Kathy & I standing in front of the Survivor Tree at Ground Zero

We had a bag lunch supplied and ate it in the Brookfield Place

The Atrium was absolutely huge ... and really nice

"The Sphere" dug from the rubble under the WTC after 9/11

We saw this "High Line", an old elevated railroad, and walked it later

In memory of John Lennon, in Central Park, near the spot of his assassination

Some of the horse and carriages in Central Park

A glance at some of the highrises that make up NYC

Kathy checking out the routes and info for the subway

Robert ... a whole store of nothing but M & Ms !!

Times Square ... in a city that never sleeps - so true!!

and most of the group went to the Broadway show ...

... "Come From Away" ... a very good show that everyone loved

New York's first subway station - built in stone so it wouldn't burn

One of the entrances into Central Park (over 800 acres in NYC)

In Harlam, the only place that the subway is above ground in Manhattan

Dignitaries everywhere as the UN was in session in NYC

Some of the many privately owned mansions that we saw in NYC

We saw a lot of differently dressed girls as we walked by the convention center

Jim points out our route as we start to walk the High Line

The start of the High Line, before the part with the beautiful gardens

The view from the High Line looking across the Hudson River

Looking back at the High Line as we left and walked by it

We stopped for lunch with wine and beer at Andrew's Coffee Shop - good!

We heard more people were burried here than lived here (in Queens)

Citi Field Stadium in Queens ... home of the New York Mets

David Wright with press and family as he is about to play his last game

The 3rd Baseman hadn't played in about 2 years and he's a crowd favourite!

Oh no ... someone went shopping ... and she's coming out with a bag in hand

The Empire State Building - Kathy had been when she was young & insisted I go up

From 86 floor - an amazing view of all the skyscrapers and the Hudson River

I don't like heights but this was amazing - a whole new look at NYC

Ground level in the middle of the city - the triangle building is The Flatiron

The Golden M - what ... we ate next door, in Chinatown, & it was great

This was just funny - a DC dog with a real taxi cab balanced on his nose!

Karen and Kathy bring up the rear as 86 of us enter Del Frisco's Steak House

Didn't take long to find this little bottle of wine! Our last night together :-(

Joanne sent this photo from home where we'll be tomorrow ... great!

For more photos see the Spirit of the West web site diary page at: www.Hugh-McLennan.com.

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Day 1

Sept 14th

Vancouver, BC

Drive to Kamloops. Spend some time with Red and Helen, Kathy will get her hair cut then we fly to Vancouver at 10:00 PM and get a midnight flight to Quebec.

Day 2

Sept 15th

Quebec City

We fly into Quebec City at 10:00 am. We're hoping to meet a friend, Sabrina, who was a tour guide in Quebec City. She has offered to tour us around if she is there. We're a day ahead of the group so really looking forward to this!!

Day 3

Sept 16th

Quebec City

The Spirit of the West Cruise group arrive today. Jim and Karen may have Kathy and I meeting air arrivals and directing them to their hotel shuttle bus. Ha ... never thought I'd be a tour guide, especially in Quebec ... my French is zero - good thing we're only escorting our own group :). Hope we'll be able to spend more time with Sabrina today, too. We over night in the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac (the world's most photographed hotel).

Day 4

Sept 17th

Quebec City

We check out of the Frontenac after breakfast and transfer to the Sugar Shack. 11:00 am local entertainment and lunch. At 1:30 pm we transfer to the terminal and board the Adventure of the Sea. Now hopefully we will have time for a third day exploring Quebec City ... and hopefully another day with Sabrina. She has offered to tour us, Karen and Jim, and Billie and Hugh around the old city ... maybe others will join us and she'll have her hands full of Westerners. 5:30 to 6:30 Welcome reception in the Imperial Lounge.

Day 5

Sept 18th

Quebec City

Our forth day here ... very unusual for our cruise group to spend so many days in one spot - really looking forward to this! Another day touring Quebec City before we board before 3:00 pm and set sail at 5:00 pm and head down the St Lawrence towards the East Coast. 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm sing-a-long under the stars on the pool deck.

Day 6

Sept 19th

Cruising the St Lawrence

Cruising the St Lawrence on our way to PEI. Looking out for the Gaspé Peninsula that Sabrina, our Quebec tour guide, said was so nice.

Day 7

Sept 20th

Charlottetown, PEI

Arrive 8:00 AM ... enjoy the day here ... small-town ambience, maritime heritage and Victorian style. Set sail at 6:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm sing-a-long under the stars on the pool deck.

Day 8

Sept 21st

Sydney, Nova Scotia

7:00 am arrival. Sydney, the gateway to Cape Breton Island. Mostly rural Cape Breton has a rich cultural mix of Gaelic, Acadian and indigenous Mi'kmaq peoples. 3:30 pm set sail.

Day 9

Sept 22nd

Halifax, Nova Scotia

7:00 am arrival. 8:30 am our group will board a motor coach and transfer to Victor Oultons Windsor Farm. At 11:30 am we depart the farm with an expected arrival time of 11:35 pm for lunch at the Hants County Fair - the oldest continuously run fair in North America at 252 years young! At 1:30 we depart for Halifax and board the ship at 2:30 for a 4:00 sail away.

Day 10

Sept 23rd

Saint John New Brunswick - Bay of Fundy

10:00 am arrival. Famous for the Reversing Rapids at the Bay of Fundy. Home to splendid Victorian architecture, quaint shops and a vibrant arts scene. The gateway to New Brunswick's scenic villages and seascapes. Depart 7:00 pm

Day 11

Sept 24th

Bar Harbour, Maine, USA

7:00 am arrival. Explore the rugged beauty and serene parkland. Depart 7:00 pm. 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm sing-a-long under the stars on the Lido deck.

Day 12

Sept 25th

Boston Massachusetts, USA

8:00 am arrival. Explore the oldest city in the USA. Kathy's mom used to live here and she'll be looking for some family history including a visit to her mom's house. We're also hoping to meet up with Kayla, the neice of a friend who lives in Boston, and has already given us lots of pointers as to what to do / see. Depart 7:00 pm.

Day 13

Sept 26th

Portland, Maine, USA

7:00 am arrival. Explore the lively Old Port of narrow cobblestone streets and restored brick warehouses. Depart 7:00 pm.

Day 14

Sept 27th

At Sea

Cruising the East Coast of the USA on route to Cape Liberty. 2:00 to 3:00 Bon Voyage Cocktail Reception - Imperial Longe. Here we'll receive our New York City package and instructions.

Day 15

Sept 28th

Cape Liberty, New Jersey (New York)

7:00 am arrival. Those not taking in New York City will have an 8:15 am transfer to the airport. Those of us with the 3 day add on will board a coach at 9:00 am and get a guided 4 hour tour of Manhattan - including an authentic Ben's Deli Lunch Box! At 1:30 we arrive at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel. We will receive passes for the Hop On / Hop Off and have the rest of the day at leaisure. Tonight those of us that selected the Broadway Show option will take in the "Come From Away" hit in a special reserved group front mezzanine section!

Day 16

Sept 29th

New York City

The second day of New York City post cruise stay will start out with breakfast at Applebees then we'll have full day Hop On / Hop Off passes. We meet back at the hotel at 3:40 for a transfer to City Park where we'll take in the ball game - New Yorks Mets verses Miami.

Day 17

Sept 30th

New York City

The third day of New York City post cruise stay also starts out with breakfast at Applebees and full day Hop On / Hop Off passes. The day winds down with a 6:00 pm group dinner at Del Friscos Steak House!

Day 18

Oct 1st

New York City

We celebrate my birthday with breakfast at Applebees and then by flying back to Vancouver! The airport shuttle is at 8:30 am. We may over night in Vancouver and drive home tomorrow.

Day 19

Oct 2nd

Home Sweet Home

Back to reality!! ... OK the snow stopped that idea ... one more night in Kamloops!

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