My family and I recently traveled to Maine and Canada on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas for the first time. For us, this was a new ship and a new itinerary. We normally travel to the Caribbean, because lets face it the Caribbean is beautiful, but I have been growing more and more interested in exploring the north for a change, so off we went. The dear husband took some convincing because this itinerary has never really been on his radar, and because we would be traveling on a ship which is a little bit smaller and a little bit older than the ships we have traveled on previously. Luckily, it wasn’t too hard to convince him. You see he and I think alike, any cruise is better than no cruise. He was further convinced when I was able to book the Royal Family Suite on the Adventure of the Seas. For those who have never had the pleasure of booking this room let me just say it is AMAZING!!
Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship overall and we had a great time. The crew on the ship were hardworking and very pleasant. Our room attendant JC, was wonderful! He worked extremely hard and always had a smile on his face! Yes, the ship was a little smaller and a little older than what we are used to, but our cabin more than made up for it. I will not hesitate to say that this was the nicest, most spacious room we have ever stayed in. My one and only complaint is this, we spent quite a bit of money on this room, and yet we did not receive complimentary internet. On Anthem, Allure, and Harmony, when you book a suite, the internet is free for all suite guests, not so on Adventure. My opinion is that the internet should come free with the Royal Family Suite. That said, it did not matter because we loved our room, and we loved the ship overall.
Our ports of call on this trip were Portland, Bar Harbor, St John, and Nova Scotia. Portland was ok, but we felt there was not much to do. My younger son loved it, because there were vintage comic book shops and record stores, so he had a ball adding to all of his collectibles.
Bar Harbor was absolutely beautiful!! We took the Acadia National Park bus tour and it was fun and informative. It is great way to get some great photos of the most beautiful areas of the immense park.
Next stop was St John, Bay of Fundy, but we did not disembark at this port. Honestly, I’m sure there are some nice areas, but from the ship there wasn’t much to see. We were also tired from the day before, and it was a short stop, so we stayed on board and enjoyed the ship.
The fourth and final stop was Nova Scotia. We stayed close to the port for some shopping and we also toured the Titanic exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It was heartbreaking but so interesting. I learned a lot about this horrible tragedy that I never knew before.
I had wanted to pay my respects at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, as there are a large number of Titanic victims buried there, but we were running late so we never made it there.
Nova Scotia has a beautiful waterfront area with shopping, an indoor flea market, restaurants, street vendors and entertainers, all steps from the port. It is pristine and so well maintained!
We really enjoyed our New England/ Canada cruise. We still prefer the Caribbean, but this was a nice change for us, with totally new ports to explore. The weather was perfect in July! No humidity, lots of sunshine, and just the right amount of warmth with cool breezes. Nighttime was definitely very foggy, but during the day it was wonderful!
Up next we will be traveling on Anthem of the Seas in November for a seven day, Bermuda and Boston cruise!