Day 5 – Bar Harbor – Lobster and Blueberries
Day 5 – Bar Harbor, Maine – Acadia National Park, Lobster and Blueberries!
I have just been mesmerized by the sunrises we have experienced during this Canada/New England cruise. The sky has been waking up with its bright colours dancing all over the place.
The Oceania Insignia has been sailing with us throughout this cruise. It is here with us again in Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is such a scenic destination. I’ve visited this part of Maine with tour groups many times over the years and its always a favourite.
Todays weather – perfect – a sunny, fall day – temps hovering around 60F.
This is a tender port of call. The Zuiderdam has a number of new state-of-the-art tender – very nice.
This destination has attracted the very wealthy for many years. It competed with Newport, Rhode Island. Today many of the mansions have been turned into beautiful, Bed and Breakfast Inns. I noticed the innkeepers had all displayed “sold out” signs. It is a holiday weekend in the USA – Columbus Day.
During our tour through Acadia National Park we were surrounded by fall beauty everywhere we looked. The Park was very busy with tourist. The producer from the television series, “Law and Order” has built a beautiful mansion cottage close to the park and celebrity, “Martha Stewart” also lives here. We were told she is very well respected by the locals.
Years ago Maine Lobster was a poor mans food. It was ground up for fertilizer and also served to inmates in jail. How things have changed! Today its a delicacy. We enjoyed a melt-in-your-mouth, Lobster luncheon in the elegant Bar Harbor Club, a private members facility. We were served a whole lobster (not just a tail) with melted butter, sweet corn on the cob, red skinned potatoes, mussels and as a sweet finish – wild blueberry tart. Gentleman staff members walked from table to table in the chandelier filled ballroom, offering to remove the lobster meat from the shell so we didn’t have to struggle with it and were they ever quick.
The Main Street in Bar Harbor is filled with touristy shops, restaurants and ice cream parlours. It was a beautiful day for strolling and picture taking.
After we arrived back on the Zuiderdam I basked in the sun on my stateroom Balcony and ended up with a sunburn! My passengers have been making good use of their balconies during this cruise.
At dinner my passengers expressed how happy they were with this port of call. Everyone had a wonderful time in Bar Harbor.
Tonight’s cooking class was themed – Chocolate – how delicious!
There is a storm 130 nautical miles from us so the Captain warmed that the waters may be choppy around midnight.
Time goes ahead by 1 hour at 2am.
Tomorrow is Canadian Thanksgiving Sunday and we’ll be spending it in Halifax, NS.
How appropriate that we return to Canada on Thanksgiving!