Norwegian Jade/North Atlantic
My Australian friend and I took The Nowegian Cruise Line, The Norwegian Jade across the North Atlantic from Southampton to New York in Autumn of last year. Our first port of call was the Shetland Islands. Very Celtic houses, some steep hills and we visited the Town Hall (which reminded me of a masonic hall) and its magnificent stained glass. We had overnight in Reykjavik and visited a museum on the history of Iceland and learnt that the Icelanders came from Scandinavia and Norway. We've both done The Blue Lagoon before, so on the second day we went to an outdoor heated swimming pool. After lounging in the hot tubs, it was possible to lay out in the freezing cold with just a bit of sun to keep us comfortable. We had slight stormy seas across to Canada but nothing compared to what we've had in The South Atlantic and off the coast of Chile. St. Johns, Newfoundland next where we did not have to clear immigration. Lovely friendly people and the colourful houses and steep hills reminded me of a mini San Francisco but obviously nowhere near as grand. We said a prayer in a couple of churches in St Johns. We'd both done Halifax, Nova Scotia before so we caught a local bus to a Walmart at an out of town shopping centre where Richard got his glasses fixed. There are lovely tree lined avenues in Halifax and an old war ship is permanently docked there as a museum piece to wander around. And...into Portland, Maine, USA. It's noticeably richer in money terms the USA. We had a lovely sunny day although it's a shame one cannot enjoy a cigarette on the outside cafe tables and watch the world go by. In this part of America, they were puritans 400 years ago and they're still puritans today. But it's always great to be in America! Art and craft shops adorn the streets of Portland and the architecture on some of the streets is so north-eastern USA. With regards to the actual cruise line. Well....the food was not the best I've ever had cruising. It did have a small smoking room inside which was handy during cold weather and one could smoke inside the casino. The casino did not pay too well - quite hungry. Richard did a lecture on Bonnie Prince Charlie - I was so proud of him. So at least the cruise director gave him his 15 minutes of fame!
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