We had a fabulous time on our knitting cruise. I have complied a list of best things about our vacation.
No. 1 – Friends
What I enjoyed most about our cruise was the group of friends who traveled with us. Anytime you travel with other people (including your own family) you sometimes return not wanting to speak to one another. Not this group! We all so enjoyed each other’s company that we can’t wait to do it again. There were fourteen in our group and every day was such a good time.
No. 2 – Jane Thornley & Ilga Leja
A workshop with two amazingly creative knitters at the same time was incredible. They had beautiful designs to pick from and gorgeous yarns. I think our knitters picked them clean! Fortunately I found yarn at other stops to bring home to share.
No. 3 – Shopping at Port
Portand, Maine was our first stop. The yarn shop in Portland wasn’t open on Mondays, but we found lots of other nice shops, cobblestone streets and really cool historic buildings.
Saint John, New Brunswick was our next shop, and it was cold and rainy that day. Several in our group signed up for outdoor excursions and nearly froze. We took a taxi over to a nearby shopping center and visited Cricket Cove. Everyone there was quite lovely, and we brought home quite a bit of yarn. Since it was rainy we didn’t get to see too much else there, but it was a beautiful town.
Our workshop with Jane and Ilga was in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It rained a bit that day too. The gals spent most of the day at the workshop while the guys went fishing. Some took out early for the Maritime museum, which was interesting but a little depressing. Halifax was the closest seaport to where the Titanic sank, and the artifacts on display were what washed up shore or recovered shortly afterwards.
The last stop on our tour was Sydney, Nova Scotia. I actually did more shopping there than any of our other stops. The port terminal was filled with crafty things, which aren’t really my thing but we ventured into the town and I found all sorts of cool stores (and yarn). I tried to make it to Moraffs Yarn and Crafts, but it was too far to walk and I couldn’t get a taxi to take me there. I think a few in our group managed to get a ride. That’s okay, it isn’t like I need yarn.
No. 4 – The Weather
It was really, really hard to come home to this heat. The weather was lovely. We had a bit of everything – warm days by the pool, rainy days, cool and foggy days. I even enjoyed hot chocolate in July! Because of the fog, the foghorn would keep us entertained (and awake)! Some other passengers complained, demanding that they stop blowing the foghorn. Considering we were in the same part of the ocean were the Titanic sank, our opinion was MORE FOGHORN!
No. 5 – The Food
The joke onboard became “it’s time for my hourly feeding”. They had an impressive assortment of food, with something for all. I was especially impressed, oddly enough, with their hamburgers and pizza. A lot of warm chocolate melting cake was devoured, but I am not at liberty to divulge how much and by whom. They had a really nice salsa bar…with no tortilla chips. I found that odd. I’d bring my own bag of chips next time, if I could figure out how to get them there without being crushed into small pieces.
No. 6 – The Staff
The staff aboard the ship was exceptional. They were genuine, helpful, nice and really fun. It was a bit like the United Nations – I have never seen such an international gathering of people, pretty much from every continent. With few exceptions, they all were truly wonderful.
Unlike my co-travelers, I brought home a few bags of yarn that I will SHARE with you. The others, well they’re not sharing. Most of what I brought back has already been snatched up. This is all I have left. If you see anything you like, email me and I’ll give you the skinny and cost.
Before traveling again, I may have to take a course in big city bus riding. There is a possibility you may see our faces on a wanted poster in Boston. The hotel concierge recommend taking the bus. Later I discovered how high the cab fare would be to transport 10 people to the harbor and I realized why! We found our way to the restaurant via the bus, but getting home was another story.
People in Boston are the opposite of Okies when it comes to giving directions. Here we go into great detail, including stories about all of the things you’ll pass but are otherwise irrelevant to finding your way from point A to point B. In Boston you’re lucky to get three words out of them. Our return instructions were “go inside, costs $2”. When you ask for additional information, the standard response is “just ask anyone, they’ll tell you” – which really means “stop asking me questions, go bother someone else”.
Well there was no one to ask inside the empty bus terminal. So we bought $2 bus tickets from a machine and they wouldn’t work. Some would, some wouldn’t – we were running through the gates when they would open, alarms were going off, it was wild. We finally got everyone through, hopped on the bus and made it back half expecting for the bus police to chase us down.
We all had a fabulous time and can’t wait to travel together again. As soon as I catch up, I’ll get hard at work on our next big excursion. Perhaps next time you will join us. Stay tuned!