Day 28 - The Cruise - Bar Harbor, Maine

Trip Start Sep 16, 2013
Trip End Oct 18, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Maine
Sunday, October 13, 2013

We sailed back into US soil this morning and this meant one thing - immigration.  Like everything on this cruise, everything was well organised and went like clockwork. We were given our paperwork last night and this morning at our designated time, we met with the immigration officers, were cleared to re-enter the US and were allowed to go ashore.  One of the cabin stewards was telling me that they have a lot of problems with both crew and passengers alike, going ashore and skipping off, never to been seen again.  Apparently Canada is an easy route into the USA this way.
So once cleared, Laetisha and I boarded the tender boat and set off for Bar Harbor. We didn't have any fixed plans today given our tour was cancelled but as it was such lovely weather, we decided to simply explore the area and see where the day took us.
Bar Harbor is a beautiful coastal town, full of historical homes and churches and lots to see and do by way of whale and puffin watching, eating lobster, Arcadia National Park (the one that's closed at the moment), eating lobster, sailing, eating lobster, scrimshawing and did I mention lobster yet?  Seriously, I know that lobster is divine, but you can't move in this town without some dude dressed as a lobster wanting you to have a photo taken with him, restauranteurs standing on the sidewalks trying to entice you to come and try their lobster and shops selling every sort of ware you can imagine with a damn lobster printed on it.  It really was getting tiresome after a few blocks.
We walked along Main Street, stopping from time to time to do some shopping (a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do) before finding a place to sit and enjoy a lobster roll for lunch, followed by soft serve custard.  I didn't know this existed and although we both ordered the small cone, what came out was larger than any cone I have seen before.  I would have hated to see what they would have given us if we ordered the large.  I couldn't come close to finishing it but it was so lovely and the perfect way to finish off one of my favourite meals of their trip.  I will also mention that it was at this point we also discovered people from Maine also eat lobster ice cream - yes, they actually have chunks of lobster mixed in with their ice cream.  I will leave you with that thought while I continue...
We explored the streets some more to try and walk off that enormous cone and soon found ourselves down by the beach.  When the tide goes out in the morning, a natural sandbar appears between Bar Harbor and Bar Island, so along with several others on this warm and sunny day, Laetisha and I wandered across the sandbar and back again.  It was surprising to note just how much the tide had come back in on our return trip, and even more about thirty minutes later when we sailed passed on our tender back to the ship. And while we were in no danger of being stranded, a guide did tell us how just last week a group and their car did get caught out there.
We headed back to the ship for our afternoon rest and daily episode of the Love Boat.  Yes folks, the Love Boat!  We even have Captain Stubbing on our screens each day telling us a little about what activities we have in store for us that day.  It's a mix of kitsch and a whole lot of fun.  Laetisha is getting an education on retro TV and now understands why I keep suddenly belting out refrains of "the love boat, soon will be making another run..."  Prior to that the only reference she understood was when I would lean over the edge of our balcony with my arms spread wide yelling "I'm the king of the world".  I'll bet you're all lining up to travel with me next time aren't you?
Thus ends another enjoyable day at sea.  It's bed time now as we have a full day ahead of us tomorrow seeing Boston and Salem.
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