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August 2nd 2019
Published: August 2nd 2019
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July 30, 2019 - Boston, MA - Weather: 93.2°F/34°C, Clear skies, no wind

This cruise adventure actually started with a series of car trips: first Waterloo to Ottawa followed by a casual two-day drive down to Boston. The trip to Ottawa was necessitated, in part, by an offer from our good friends to drive us to and from Boston for our cruise. While in Ottawa we celebrated B’s birthday with a house and garden tour in Almonte followed by a delicious dinner over in Gatineau.

On our way through Boston we took the opportunity to stop at the excellent John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, before heading on to our hotel for the night in Quincy, MA., just south of Boston.

Tuesday morning saw us navigate the heavy Boston traffic and confusing one-way streets before we arrived at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. During our trip down we were notified by Holland America that we had received an upgrade to our booking and had been moved into a balcony cabin. Nice treat. Boarding went smoothly and in no time at all we were in our cabin and off to lunch. The ship didn’t set sail until 11:00 pm so we had lots of time to explore the ship, purchase our wine package, unpack, attend the “Mandatory Passenger Emergency Muster Drill”, have dinner and generally unwind. As the cruise terminal is directly across from the airport we watched planes landing and taking off all day; it was quite spectacular as we set sail.

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