Halifax Journals

Cruising on the Queen Mary II-Labor Day Holiday

An August 2007 trip to Halifax by Sandy Goes

Lovely view of Manhatten as the Queen Mary II sets sail for a Labor Day Weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Photo, More Photos
Quote: Four nights at sea on the world's largest most expensive cruise ship and a chance to enjoy old world cruising elegance.

Cruising on the Queen Mary II-Labor Day Holiday

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Overview

Lovely view of Manhatten as the Queen Mary II sets sail for a Labor Day Weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Photo,
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What a great chance to savor old world style cruising on the Queen Mary II with one port of call. Built in 2004 as the most expensive, largest and tallest ship; the ship is large! After two days we were still exploring. The only Planetarium at sea was truly exceptional. The ship is decorated with fabulous artwork and photographs and memorabilia from early sailing days when cruising was in its prime. Especially nice was the bottle of champagne in our nicely furnished inside cabin #5090 which was a bit smaller than some previous ships. Robes and slippers were provided for our use. Cabin service was great. The room always attended to with fresh towels and much appreciated bucket of ice. Ou...Read More

Historic Properties

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Attraction

Historic Properties Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia. The city's history is steeped in maritime heritage. A good starting point is the preserved old waterfront area called Historic Properties with shops and restaurants. This is an easy walk from the cruise terminal, about 15 minutes along the water. Along the way pass a huge monument to Samuel Cunard founder of Cunard lines. He played an important part in the shipping industry from the age of steam, cargo ships to elegant passenger liners. The information center directly across form the Maritime Museum provides much helpful information. They directed us to the free bus FRED that runs around the city every 40 minutes where you can hop on and off at several la...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2007

Historic Properties
Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Photo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Really interesting look at Nova Scotia's maritime history. Especially interesting was the exhibition on the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917. Two ships collided causing an explosion killing 2000 people. There was also an exhibit of artifacts from the Titanic disaster of 1912 that took over 1,500 lives. A deck chair was on display from that fateful voyage.An interesting display of the age of steam thought various ships from cargo ships to elegant Cunard passenger lines. I particularly enjoyed the display depicting the history of pirates correcting many incorrect myths about pirates.Entrance cost was approximately $7 with a Senior Citizen discount. The museum was on the wate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2007

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1S3
(902) 424-7490

Peggy's Cove

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Approximately 1 hour bus ride from Halifax is this beautiful quaint fishing village established at the beginning of the 19th century. One of the most popular sights in Nova Scotia known for its picturesque and lone lighthouse and the rugged granite coastline worn away by years of erosion. This spot is a favorite of artists because of its natural beauty. A solitary granite slab honors the 229 victims of the 1998 Swissair Flight 111 and the heroic local fishing families who helped during the recovery effort. A 3 1/2 hour tour driving along the winding coastal road to Peggy's Cove was offered by the cruise company for a cost of $44PP. Because the weather can change in a minute, it is suggested to b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2007

Peggy's Cove
(45 minutes down the Halifax shoreline)
Halifax, Nova Scotia