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Norwegian Escape – Day Four – Bar Harbor

by Patrick O'Halloran
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Bar Harbor

Norwegian Escape is moored offshore from Bar Harbor. It’s not possible for a ship this large to moor anywhere else and so today we have to tender ashore.

It’s an early start with the alarms set for 6:30am. We shower, dress and head to the Garden Cafe for breakfast. It’s relatively quiet at this hour and so we get some coffee, juice and I have some really good Eggs Benedict as they have a station just for those up here. Once done we head down to the Manhattan Room to pick up or tour today which is to Cadillac Mountain.

When our tour is called we head off the ship and onto one of the small ship’s tenders that take us ashore. It takes about 10 minutes until we arrive in Bar Harbor proper. Once there we join our bus before heading out of town and into the Acadia National Park. It’s a chilly but beautifully sunny morning and some of the scenery we see is stunning. It’s a little early but some of the trees are started to change colour as Jack Frost has clearly started painting some of them, especially the Red Maples.

We climb higher through the park to the top of the highest point in these parts, Cadillac Mountain. It offers amazing views down over Bar Harbor and the Porcupine and Cranberry Islands. We can see Escape moored patiently down below us. We don’t have long here but enough time to walk the circuitous route around the Mountain top before heading back to the bus.

We drive back down to Bar Harbor where we leave the tour. We head toward the Seashore Walk Path which we are told is a must-do. It’s a nice walking giving us some nice views of our ship at anchor as well as some nice houses that line the shore. The path loops back toward town which we explore further stopping for a coffee en route. We buy some Saltwater Taffy to take back home.

We lunch at the West Street Cafe after a recommendation from our friend Karen. It was a good tip. Service and food were really great. We couldn’t resist the chance to eat some more Maine Lobster which I washed down with some local Moosehead Beer.

After lunch, we return to the tenders and make our way back to the ship. I take this time to tour the public areas of the ship videoing for our YouTube Channel as it’s much quieter with people being ashore. I manage to walk one whole length of the ship to realise I am in photo mode and not video. Foolish, so I have to walk all the way back again.

It’s pleasantly warm now the sun has done its work and before long that last of the tenders bring folk back to the ship. It takes a little time before the tenders are stowed and we head out to sea. The whole area is covered with Lobster Bouys of different colours which bob prettily in the late afternoon sunshine. 

It’s a little chilly this evening so we have some drinks inside rather that on the Waterfront. Tobacco Road is a favourite starting place as they make a really nice Woodford Old Fashioned for me. Sugarcane the Mojito Bar is next before we head to Le Bistro for dinner.

This classy French restaurant is a favourite of ours. I order the crab salad salad to start with the Dover Sole for main. Peter has scallops to start with Veal Tenderloin for main. We both enjoy very much. Service is very attentive with staff always checking everything is ok. I finish with profiteroles covered in runny chocolate sauce and Peter has Tarte Tatin.

It’s getting late now and we have another early start tomorrow in Saint John so we wisely decide to head back to the cabin. After all the nice food and wine I am a little tired anyways.

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