Inspection Cruise... Day #5: Sydney, Nova Scotia... Arriving in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island...
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Day #5: Sydney, Nova Scotia... Arriving in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- We had a great day in Sydney. We were the typical-American-tourists and didn't take full advantage of this stop. We were kicking ourselves as we heard story after story how cool the excursion to the old fort was. So that trip is a must-do for our trip together next year.
We opted to just walk the main street of Sydney. It's not entirely unlike Franklin , Tennessee - - except everyone adds "eh" to the end of everything they say!
We spent most of our time in a music store the I dubbed: "The biggest Music Store in a Small Town" that I had ever seen! The town is proud of their musical roots as is evidenced by the large violin at the pier....and the permanent stage where, I assume, they hold regular concerts. Our ship was, again, greeted by a piper - - always a nice touch.
In an earlier blog I mentioned that this "might be" my favorite Holland America ship. Well....it's official! We are really loving this beautiful ship. In addition to the heated pool and hot-tub in the center of the ship - - there is a beautiful pool up one level at the back of the ship. While the Library/Game Room remains out favorite indoor hang - - the Seaview Pool has become our favorite outdoor meeting spot.
Many of the people we are meeting on this cruise are similar to us in that they have been on several other cruises and were looking for that "magical itinerary" that they hadn't been on yet. They, like us, are so thrilled to have found this particular option. I'm not sure, apart from an opportunity like this, how/when I would ever visit a place like Prince Edward Island. Taking nothing away from past itineraries....this trip is legitimately more of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity than anything we've ever done. OK...OK...OK...for me it's a twice-in-a-lifetime!!! But to share this experience with MWS, Jeremy, Franny and YOU - a ship full of fellow Believers - THAT will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience I would NOT want to miss!
Capacity on the ship is my only concern. I guess the reason the ship doesn't feel smaller to me is that none of the common areas have been compromised. It's basically a ship similar to what we are used to - less one level of rooms. So the Math is simple: We took over 2000 to Alaska....this ship holds 1400....and we are approaching 50% capacity with 12 months remaining.
Like Smitty often says in concert: "I'm the worst salesman in the world", but I DO want to encourage you - IF you are considering taking this trip or IF you have already booked but are considering bring other family or friends - please book as soon as possible. The real "selling season" for cruises starts now (people tend to start booking about a year out). There aren't 700 cabins remaining - - there are only 700 SPACES remaining. That will represent about 250 - 300 reservations (of 2 or more to a room).
So - while I don't want to turn into a salesman - I also don't want you to miss this opportunity. With Michael's very busy fall and winter tour schedule - where we'll be showing the video and talking about the cruise - booking soon is the only way to guarantee your spot on this cruise.
SO.....I'm signing off from my balcony here aboard the Maasdam. Off to visit Charlottetown, PEI!!! (How cool is THAT!?!?!?!)
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