An August 1998 trip
to Nova Scotia by Beth
Quote: Nova Scotia, one of the Canadian maritime islands, offers a wide range of outdoor (and indoor) activities surrounded by beautiful scenery. It's also relatively cheap to get and stay there.
Hotel | "White Point Beach Resort"
Rates vary widely depending on where you stay. There''s a main lodge and there are several smaller lodges scattered around the property. My room allowed for parking right outside the front door and a balcony off the back overlooking trees and the beach in the distance. The balconies have two big Adirondack chairs to sit back and enjoy the scenery from. There are also cabins along the beach, ideal for families or groups.
The most unique thing about this resort were the rabbits everywhere. I saw several kids carrying them around but I had trouble getting too close. I did get a few photos, though.
This resort is one of the package deals you can arrange through the Scotia Prince ferry. We got round-trip ferry cruise and 3 nights at White Point for about $250 each. Not bad considering almost all the activities here are free.
Go to www.whitepoint.com for all the information.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2001
Avalon Excalibur Acapulco
COSTERA MIGUEL ALEMAN 163
Acapulco, Mexico 39670
I thought everything served was great and although it looked like fine dining, you'd fit in wearing just about anything except a swimsuit.
The ship itself is not the most modern, but it does have a selection of bars, casinos, and places to eat. It also has a regular show at the Dolphin Lounge. Heading to Yarmouth, we had a couple drinks and then went to sleep so we'd be ready for our arrival at about 7am. The cabins were just like any other ship -- small!
Our return trip did not go as smoothly, however. I'm sure this doesn't happen often but due to weather and engine trouble, we wound up getting into Portland about 8 hours late. Fortunately, we signed up for a cabin so we had a place to crash. Getting a cabin for the Yarmouth-Portland leg is optional so there were quite a few people camping out around the boat because of the long delay.
Go to www.scotiaprince.com to learn more about the ship, rates, and package deals.
Lunenburg also is famous for its shipbuilding history. Canada's most famous tall ship, the "Bluenose" was considered a classic tribute to Lunenburg's shipbuilding expertise. The Bluenose II, a replica, is Nova Scotia's "Ambassador of Goodwill" and can be visited periodically in the home port.