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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 measely 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 proabably 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

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!

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


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!!

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