Halifax, Nova Scotia – blending the old and the new

Cruising into the mouth of the harbor of Nova Scotia’s capital city harkens back to the first English settlers who began a town here in 1749. You’re also taking the same route as that of the World War I and II “war brides” who arrived from England and other parts of Europe, after having met their new Canadian servicemen husbands during the war years. Halifax was the official starting point for new immigrants to Canada. In fact, you will be anchored at an ocean liner dock that adjoins one of Canada’s most famous museums, Pier 21, which is most easily described as our northern neighbor’s Ellis Island. From 1928 to 1971, over a million immigrants looking for a new life in a new country were pro

Bar Harbor, Maine – an unlikely presidential haven

Maine is not only known for lobster, the novelist Stephen King and the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – get ready - it’s also where donut holes were invented. Isn’t that worth a mention? You’ll be anchored off Mount Desert Island, the largest island off the state’s coast, but with only about 10,000 people living there. However, it is very famous -- and has been for over a century. The last sitting president to spend a vacation on Mount Desert Island was Barack Obama in the summer of 2010, and he wasn’t even the first! He was the fourth US president to escape the city heat of Washington, D.C. for a cool respite on this Maine treasure. The island has also been known as home to Acadia National