Cruising the East Coast – Portland, Boston & Port Canaveral

Our fall cruise of the Saint Lawrence left Canada and headed down the coast of the United States.  We made 3 stops before finishing in Ft. Lauderdale.

Portland, Maine

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Portland was fogged in.  We could hardly see the end of our ship so it’s no wonder we saw next to nothing in Portland.  We listened to a few travelers who were terribly disappointed.  A lesson for cruisers – Cruising is a great way to “taste” many ports but you can’t be too particular.  Weather or wind can change a ship’s itinerary.  If you have your heart set on seeing a particular place you should just go there and spend a few days.   

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We had time for a quick walk in the Old Port district in the drizzle…. 

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Then the heavens opened up and luckily it was time for our bus tour to Kennebunkport. 

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We were told that this is normally a spectacular view of the bay.

This is near Walker’s Point where the Bush clan has a compound.  Their homes were hidden in the fog.

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We felt the village of Kennebunkport was underwhelming – obviously the weather didn’t help.  We did have a wonderful cup of clam chowder with busloads of our “closest friends” and there was a little time to walk through a few shops.

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Boston, Massachusetts

We’ve been to Boston several times but I’m sorry I have not done a blog on Boston (yet).  Our port stop here was very short.  Boston definitely needs a visit of several days or even a week!

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We walked into town from the port and met up with an old college friend of Will’s.  He took us to a former Federal Reserve Building which is now the Langham Hotel.  They have some interesting old maps of Massachusetts hung in some of the public areas.  They also have a beautiful reception room with two large murals by N.C. Weyth, the father of Andrew Weyth.

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George Washington and Alexander Hamilton

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Abraham Lincoln

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On our walk to lunch, an Italian restaurant in the North end, what should we come upon but elephants having lunch too!   The circus had just arrived in town.

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Boston is a pretty city with lots of picture ops.

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Here’s a lucky shot of two flyers – a jet & a sea gull


Port Canaveral, Florida

The ship stops here so tourists can go over to Orlando for Disney World and other amusement parks.  The Kennedy Space Center is also nearby. 

We took a shuttle into the town of Cocoa Beach.  Isn’t this where Jeanie and her astronaut husband lived on the TV show “I Dream of Jeanie”?  Hmmm, it looked different on TV – maybe a little more like southern California.

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There’s not much of a town but there is a huge beach with a boardwalk in the dunes.

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DSC06602 C (2) crop  And that was the end of our cruise.

Next up – Villa Vizcaya, near Miami, and a few days in Key West.

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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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2 Responses to Cruising the East Coast – Portland, Boston & Port Canaveral

  1. Janet Freeman says:

    thank you again Gracia. Beautiful pictures in Boston.

  2. graciamc says:

    Thank you, Janet.

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