Welcome to rainy Bar Harbor, Maine

Even though we left the curtains a bit open, we still didn’t wake up until after 7 am this morning.  This was not good since our excursion was meeting at 8:15 am!  We quickly got ready.  It was raining so we opted to shower later in the day when we returned.  A quick breakfast at the coffee shop was all there was time for.  We then met in the theater for our group to be called to get the tender ashore.  Once in Bar Harbor, we waited for our bus and then got onboard.  We were going for a tour of the town, Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain.  Afterwards we would go to the Bar Harbor Club for lobster and blueberry pie.

Even though it was pretty rainy all day, we still had a good time seeing Acadia and hearing about its history.  We stopped near Thunderhole to take photos.  It stopped raining enough to get out and take some photos.  After we started to make our way up to Cadillac Mountain.  Unfortunately the rain was blowing sideways and the fog was much too thick to see anything so we didn’t even bother to get out of the bus.

Our lobster lunch was very good and then we had a bit of time to shop before heading back to the ship.  I decided to explore the ship a bit more and made my way up to the kids club.  It’s not just coincidence that we haven’t seen very many kids.  There are actually around 20 onboard and only 10 are participating in the kids clubs.  They do have four different rooms for the different ages.  There are organized activities, both indoors and outdoors for the kids.  The staff will take them down to lunch.  Hours in general are from 8 or 9 am to 5 pm with a break for lunch and dinner.  There are some additional hours in the evening as well, until 10 pm.  After that, they do offer a babysitting service which is $5 per child per hour until 1 or 2 am.  All of this depends on the port schedule for the day.

I pretty much have explored most of the ship.  This is a big ship, with lots of public areas and lots of activities for everyone.

Just as we were getting ready for dinner and also for departure from Bar Harbor, the Captain came on the speaker to tell us that we would have a rough ride up to St John.  We were expecting 40 mile per hour winds and 12 foot seas.  We looked at each other and wondered why this was going to be so bad, we have been in much worse conditions.  Even after dinner we saw paper bags by all the elevators for guests to use if they couldn’t keep dinner down.

Tonight we were going to be having dinner at Sabatini’s.  This is an Italian specialty restaurant.  The service fee for this restaurant is $20 per person.  It is a very nice looking restaurant with an open kitchen design.  The menu sounded very wonderful.  It, however, was not as fabulous as it read.  Don’t get me wrong, the food was very good, it just wasn’t outstanding.  I’m not sure if this was because of the Chef’s Table meal we had the night prior or if it just wasn’t up to par.  We did leave full however.

When we got back to our room, we did have a message that our shore excursion for tomorrow was cancelled.  Now we only hoped that the weather wasn’t so bad that we couldn’t enjoy town a bit.

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