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Sail Date: July 2008
Loved Bar Harbour, rented a car, toured everything on our own time, drove the whole island. At at a lobster shack right by the water away from the touristy area. Renting a car in the american ports was easy, most times they had the car ... Read More
Loved Bar Harbour, rented a car, toured everything on our own time, drove the whole island. At at a lobster shack right by the water away from the touristy area. Renting a car in the american ports was easy, most times they had the car waiting for you or picked you up from the dock. FANTASTIC   Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2009
This is a great town just to walk around. A lot of unique shops to explore. We did a mile ocean walk starting from the Bar Harbor Inn into town. Very exjoyable. We did not visit Acadia National Park as we had been there previously. But, ... Read More
This is a great town just to walk around. A lot of unique shops to explore. We did a mile ocean walk starting from the Bar Harbor Inn into town. Very exjoyable. We did not visit Acadia National Park as we had been there previously. But, that is also a great place to hike and explore. I wish it was easier to walk or get transportation to the park from the town, but the ship did offer a number of tours to the park. Since we went to Acadia last time, we did not look into going there this time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
This is one of the coolest places in America. It's a fresh seaport town with so many cool little knick knack shops and eateries along the water front. Go up to Cadillac mountain or kick back and enjoy an expresso in one of the cafes. ... Read More
This is one of the coolest places in America. It's a fresh seaport town with so many cool little knick knack shops and eateries along the water front. Go up to Cadillac mountain or kick back and enjoy an expresso in one of the cafes. College like atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
Pronounced "Ba Haba" by the locals, this was the first port that we had to tender to. We chose a later excursion so we could sleep in a little bit and not have to rush to catch a tender to make it on time to the excursion. We ... Read More
Pronounced "Ba Haba" by the locals, this was the first port that we had to tender to. We chose a later excursion so we could sleep in a little bit and not have to rush to catch a tender to make it on time to the excursion. We were able to walk up and down Main St. to check out the shops prior to. Unfortunutly this excursion was cancled last minuite due to weather. We were a little suprised because the weather was great. So we went back to the ship to have lunch. No sooner had we caught the tender then the fog rolled in (fast). So the locals new something we didn't. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
Another drenching downpour day. Luckily we had also been to Bar Harbor on a previous driving trip. We literally ran from shop to shop and then settled in for a delicious lunch at the West Street Cafe (recommended by the ship). A few ... Read More
Another drenching downpour day. Luckily we had also been to Bar Harbor on a previous driving trip. We literally ran from shop to shop and then settled in for a delicious lunch at the West Street Cafe (recommended by the ship). A few workers and other passengers from the ship were also dining thereso we had a feeling it would be good. It was spectacular. My husband had the lobster special which came with clam chowder and blueberry pie. He paid $10 extra to get a larger lobster. I had an exceptional lobster bisque. Finally had enough of the rain so we took the tender back to the ship (a somewhat rough ride but at least it was fast). Bar Harbor was the only tender port on this cruise. Fellow cruisers were disappointed because they had a hard time experiencing the beauty of Acadia National Park in the rain. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
The ship anchors and you "tender" to Bar Harbor. The only disruption this day was going through customs now that we're back in the USA before we could leave the ship. We got a map from the BH visitor's center and caught ... Read More
The ship anchors and you "tender" to Bar Harbor. The only disruption this day was going through customs now that we're back in the USA before we could leave the ship. We got a map from the BH visitor's center and caught a free bus ride that would take us to the visitor's center at the Acadia National Park. We then took a free park bus that made several stops in the park and came back to pick up every 30-40 minutes. We stopped at Sand Beach. The weather was gorgeous! We rolled up our jeans and put our feet in the sand. The kids had a great time! We definitely would like to go back. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Beautiful scenery. Bus tour of Acadia National Park. Great tour guide and not a lot of walking although they did let us out of the bus a few times.
Beautiful scenery. Bus tour of Acadia National Park. Great tour guide and not a lot of walking although they did let us out of the bus a few times. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
We did not go on a Shore Excursion offered by Princess. Walking through this quaint town, shopping, visiting the museum and eating a wonderfully prepared lobster was enough of a day for us.
We did not go on a Shore Excursion offered by Princess. Walking through this quaint town, shopping, visiting the museum and eating a wonderfully prepared lobster was enough of a day for us. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
For first time visitors (like me), you have to tour Acadia National Park, the coastal scenery & the view from Cadillac Mt. are worth seeing.
For first time visitors (like me), you have to tour Acadia National Park, the coastal scenery & the view from Cadillac Mt. are worth seeing. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2009
Sunday our port of call was Bar Harbor. A beautiful trip into port and an equally beautiful port town! This was our only tendering port on this cruise. It is actually a good port to tender to. The views in the harbor are outstanding! There ... Read More
Sunday our port of call was Bar Harbor. A beautiful trip into port and an equally beautiful port town! This was our only tendering port on this cruise. It is actually a good port to tender to. The views in the harbor are outstanding! There are sailboats and yachts, and coves and islands that are simply worth looking at. We wanted to be off the ship early today to go to church. The boys all went to the Windjammer for breakfast while I stood in line for a tender ticket. Our number was called just as I was filling my plate when I got to the Windjammer. We were in tender 4 and arrived ashore about 9:00. We had found a church and directions on-line for a mass starting at 9:45. There was a bit of hill to walk up into town, but the shops are so nice, we didn't notice the walk much. Once again, not many places had air conditioning, but more of the shops did here (not the church. . .) After church we walked the town a bit, got some ice cream and then headed for the Village Green to catch the Island Explorer (free bus service) to Acadia National Park. I wanted to see the visitor center and take the boys on a bit of walk to the carriage trails on a trial I had found on-line. Unfortunately we never did find the trail. Also unfortunately we missed a bus for the loop road. Then we sat in the heat for over an hour before another bus came that would take on passengers. I don't know if it was because it was lunch time, or if there is always a service stop mid-day, but our trip to Acadia was a mistake. We took the first bus that finally came back into town. We did more wandering and shopping. Wonderful little shops of all kinds, and very friendly people. There is a quilting/scrapbooking shop that is very good. Then we walked back toward the tender location and found the little park there very pretty. We also found the entrance to the shore path - this was the best thing we did all day! Do not miss the shore path. There are so many beautiful vistas and views of the ship at anchor. I could have spent all day on the shore path! This day ended far too soon - even if it was 4:30 when we headed back to the ship. This was a wonderful walking town, with so much to see! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
We had a nice time in Bar Harbor. We did an excursion that had a bus take us to Cadillac Mountain where we spent about 45 minutes taking some great pictures. We then returned back to the harbor where we boarded a scooner to take us ... Read More
We had a nice time in Bar Harbor. We did an excursion that had a bus take us to Cadillac Mountain where we spent about 45 minutes taking some great pictures. We then returned back to the harbor where we boarded a scooner to take us around the harbor for 2 hours. Overall, the excursion was good and really benefited from the great weather we had mid 70s and sunny. After the excursion, we walked around town, had lunch and did some shopping. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Bar Harbor is a lovely quaint little town with the main attraction being Acadia National Park,. We were tendered into port (no problems anytime with waiting either going out or coming back in). We booked an afternoon tour with ... Read More
Bar Harbor is a lovely quaint little town with the main attraction being Acadia National Park,. We were tendered into port (no problems anytime with waiting either going out or coming back in). We booked an afternoon tour with Oli's Trolleys which we booked easily off the boat, to take in the old mansions of Bar Harbor and then Acadia National Park. We then walked along the Shore Walk, easy walking past beautiful houses and hotels with lovely views of the ships in port and harbour. This takes you back to Main Street where the houses are wooden and shingled. We visited the local Indian museum, the Abbe Museum, which is very interesting and gives a history of the local tribes as well as information on Archaeological digs in Main. Across the road from here is the beautiful Episcopalian Church open to the public and full of the most beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows, well worth a visit. We had lunch at West Street Cafe with views over the water- clam chowder then a must have, Blueberry Pie and Ice Cream all washed down with a glass of local Blueberry beer. US$30 for 2 of us. Our trip to Acadia allowed us to see a bit more of the autumn foliage and the island.We visited Cadillac Mt, Sieur de Monts Spring and Ocean Drive and the Thunder Hole. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
In Bar Harbor we took the free shuttle bus to Jordon Pond where we sat outside and had tea and popovers for $20 (including tip). We then took the free shuttle bus around Acadia National Park and then back to the town where we walked around ... Read More
In Bar Harbor we took the free shuttle bus to Jordon Pond where we sat outside and had tea and popovers for $20 (including tip). We then took the free shuttle bus around Acadia National Park and then back to the town where we walked around and did some shopping before heading back to the ship.It was a very inexpensive day in Bar Harbor. Since the ship was at anchor, we were tendered into port. The tendering process worked fine and there were no long waits in either direction. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Tendered in. If you are not taking a NCL excursion, be on the first tender, other wise you have to wait for all the NCL excursions to go ashore before you can get on a tender. Acadia National park is well worth a tour. Bar Harbor is small ... Read More
Tendered in. If you are not taking a NCL excursion, be on the first tender, other wise you have to wait for all the NCL excursions to go ashore before you can get on a tender. Acadia National park is well worth a tour. Bar Harbor is small and easy to walk around with some nice shops. Eat a lobster roll! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
I have always loved the town of Bar Harbor with it's quaint building, and Acadia Park was as lovely as always. We used Acadia Bus tours and they were great; very funny and informative tour bus driver.
I have always loved the town of Bar Harbor with it's quaint building, and Acadia Park was as lovely as always. We used Acadia Bus tours and they were great; very funny and informative tour bus driver. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Even though we had to tender to and from the ship, that was part of the quaintness of the locale. This small town provides for the summer traveler and cruise individual with outstanding service. We went into a souvenier shop and asked if ... Read More
Even though we had to tender to and from the ship, that was part of the quaintness of the locale. This small town provides for the summer traveler and cruise individual with outstanding service. We went into a souvenier shop and asked if they had a certain item we were looking for but they didn't have one - but, they took us outside and directed us to one of their competitors up the street. Its that kind of helpfulness and positive personality that oozes out of this community. Arcadia Natl Park and the famous historical summer visitors is what makes this locale so interesting. The BH Sports and Yacht club restaurant facility, where we were served our Lobster bake was outstanding. The service there and food preparation was fantastic, for serving so many tourist each day. Yes, this port and the town deserve the 5+ rating. We also highly recommend making the Arcadia Natl Park tour and Lobster bake one of your on-shore tours, and do it fast as they get booked up quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
It was foggy and rainy for the first part of our day in Bar Harbor so we decided to stay around the town area. We waited for all of the crowds to get off the ship and then made a very easy disembarkation. The town was very nice with lots ... Read More
It was foggy and rainy for the first part of our day in Bar Harbor so we decided to stay around the town area. We waited for all of the crowds to get off the ship and then made a very easy disembarkation. The town was very nice with lots of quaint shops. There were trolley tours available on the waterfront with 1 hour or 21/2 hours trips. We decided that due the fog and rain we would not be able to see much so we just walked around the town. We had a lobster lunch on the waterfront and then took the tender back to the ship. That was a little disorganised but we eventually made it back. People on ship who took the organised tours said that they could see almost nothing so we did the right thing. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Tender, tender, tender is all that comes to mind for Bar Harbor. It was a quaint little town. Walked around for a while, went in and out of the shops and went back to the ship.
Tender, tender, tender is all that comes to mind for Bar Harbor. It was a quaint little town. Walked around for a while, went in and out of the shops and went back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
The bus trip and tour through the Acadia National Forest and Cadillac Mountain is wonderful. We saw some of the most dazzling scenery of the vacation.
The bus trip and tour through the Acadia National Forest and Cadillac Mountain is wonderful. We saw some of the most dazzling scenery of the vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
This was quite possibly, for me, the best stop of the cruise. I wasn't thrilled about tendering out, but once I got there, shopping and walking around made this worthwhile. The only beef I have with this port is that I wish we could ... Read More
This was quite possibly, for me, the best stop of the cruise. I wasn't thrilled about tendering out, but once I got there, shopping and walking around made this worthwhile. The only beef I have with this port is that I wish we could have stayed a little longer. I did this port on my own, my companion stayed behind due to being unable to tender in her wheelchair. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Bar Harbor is nice except for the climb up the hill to see all the shops. It was a little difficult for me with my walker. There is a seat on my walker so I was able to stop and rest every once in a while going up the hill. A lot of nice ... Read More
Bar Harbor is nice except for the climb up the hill to see all the shops. It was a little difficult for me with my walker. There is a seat on my walker so I was able to stop and rest every once in a while going up the hill. A lot of nice stores to shop in. There is a very good seafood restaurant on the pier. Lots of pictures Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2009
Another darling community. Here we had pre~arranged an Oli's Trolleys tour which gave us a great tour of the town and took us out out to Cadillac Mountain. It was a fabulous day and the tour was another great tour to see a lot of the ... Read More
Another darling community. Here we had pre~arranged an Oli's Trolleys tour which gave us a great tour of the town and took us out out to Cadillac Mountain. It was a fabulous day and the tour was another great tour to see a lot of the area in a small amount of time. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Our favourite port of the cruise. Very easy to stroll through town. Very pretty location. Able to get great deals on coats, hooded sweatshirts, and hats here. Had to have a famous fresh Maine lobster meal for lunch. DELICIOUS! Very ... Read More
Our favourite port of the cruise. Very easy to stroll through town. Very pretty location. Able to get great deals on coats, hooded sweatshirts, and hats here. Had to have a famous fresh Maine lobster meal for lunch. DELICIOUS! Very picturesque view from the restaurant overlooking the bay. One of the highlights of the cruise. Next we went on the whale watch tour and saw about 6 whales. Dress warmly if you go, it does get chilly.   Read Less

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