Beautiful Bar Harbour

Trip Start Sep 10, 2004
Trip End Oct 01, 2004

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Monday, September 27, 2004

Today was a beautiful warm day.  We motored in to Bar Harbour as Tom and I were having breakfast in the Kings Court.  

We were on the first tour off the ship to the National Park (Cadillac Mountain), followed by lunch at a lobster bakehouse "Downeast Lobster Bakes".  The Acadia National Park was formed by the Rockefeller and Ford families donating land and has a splendid coastal drive up to the mountain. The scenery is just beautiful.  We watched lobster fishermen checking their pots (they can have up to 800 pots, and the lobsters have to be between 1-3 lbs).  

The little town of Bar Harbour has a population 20,000 but it swells to 3 million during summer.  

The lobster bake was great.  A man came around and tackled the critter for me, and showed me where the meat was.  Tom had a steak.  The view was spectacular and the food delicious.

After lunch we were taken back to the town, so Tom and I did some shopping.  So many of the shops had "Welcome QM2" signs and offered us special discounts.  There were people everywhere.  The park that overlooks the shops had picnickers, tents and porta-loos.  There were roads blocked off to cater for the coaches and the pedestrians.  Local businesses were selling sightseeing cruises for $15/p to cruise right around the ship, and some people for that accidentally got on our line to get back on the ship!!

When we got back on board we caught up on our emails from the girls and then watched our interesting departure from Bar Harbour.  We had pre-dinner cocktails in the Commodore Club and then a lovely dinner of lobster and salmon.  We were given our souvenir menus and the waiters did their Baked Alaska thing.  
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