Adventure of the Seas Canada & New England Cruise – Day 6

Adventure of the Seas Canada & New England Cruise – Day 6

Adventure of the Seas Canada & New England Cruise – Day 6 in Halifax and Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Adventure of the Seas Canada & New England Cruise – Day 6

By WAVEJourney

 

WJ Tested: Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Day Trip to Peggy’s Cove

 

DAILY CRUISE LOG

DAY 6: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Wednesday September 12, 2018 – partly cloudy and 75F
Ship’s arrival in port: 9 AM
Expected ship’s clearance: 9:30 AM
All aboard: 5:30 PM
Dinner dress suggestion: Casual/white attire for party

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia is the capital of the province, a destination many Canadian and American passengers’ ancestors passed through at some point way back in time. The population is close to 404,000, and main industries in the area are national defence, universities, Halifax shipyard, agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry, and natural gas. The city is located within the Mi’kmaq ancestral lands – home of the indigenous people known as Mi’kma’ki. Halifax Town was established in 1749 and named after the 2nd Earl of Halifax.

WAVEJourney - Viv and Jill - at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

WAVEJourney – Viv and Jill – at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia during a Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas cruise

We didn’t pre-book shore excursions, but knew we wanted to make it out to Peggy’s Cove to see the village and lighthouse (one of Canada’s most photographed lighthouses).

Halifax Cruise Terminal Taxi Prices

Halifax Cruise Terminal Taxi Prices

So, once we got into the cruise terminal and figured out that the best way for us would be to hire a taxi (the taxis come to the terminal to take cruise passengers on this and other tours for a flat rate fee), we started looking for a couple of fun people to share the fare with for the three-hour trip.

Taxi hired for tour to Peggy's Cove

Taxi hired for tour to Peggy’s Cove

It took us about 30-minutes to find the perfect couple – Diane and Paul from New York – as they didn’t want to do too much walking but wanted to explore.

Peggy's Cove Map

Peggy’s Cove Map

The taxi fare for the ride to Peggy’s Cove (1-hour each way) was CDN$152.25 (a steal of a deal divided by four). The driver waited for an hour while we wandered around and took in the sights of the tiny village, and lighthouse perched on the rocks with splendid views of the ocean.

Fishing boat at Peggy's Cove

Fishing boat at Peggy’s Cove

Lobster traps at Peggy's Cove

Lobster traps at Peggy’s Cove

The scenic drive through downtown Halifax took us through streets lined with beautiful Victorian era homes, past the university and out into the countryside.

Buy fresh lobster at Peggy's Cove

Buy fresh lobster at Peggy’s Cove

An hour at Peggy’s Cove is the minimum amount of time to spend – longer is preferable if you want to grab a lobster lunch there from one of the local lobster trucks or huts serving it up fresh to order.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Peggy’s Cove and seeing the lighthouse is a popular tourist destination on a visit to Halifax

Coach (45+ passengers) tours offered by cruise lines are about US$80 per person for the same amount of time to Peggy’s Cove. The big bus tours are narrated by a local guide, but we were quite happy doing a Google search for information about the area while just having the four of us in our mini-van.

Garrison Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Garrison Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Garrison Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia - Craft Beer Brands

Garrison Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia – Craft Beer Brands

After we arrived back at the cruise terminal we went to Garrison Brewery (at the cruise terminal) and did a beer tasting.

Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market

Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Then we wandered the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (longest continuously operating farmers’ market in North America) across the street before walking the waterfront into the heart of downtown.

Halifax Waterfront

Halifax Waterfront

We stumbled upon Alexander Keith’s Brewery, and not having enough time to take in the 1-hour brewery tour before all aboard, we opted to do our own beer tasting in the Red Stag Tavern next door. We sat at the bar and enjoyed sampling some of the local Keith’s brews.

Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery

Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery

Red Stag Tavern in Halifax

Red Stag Tavern in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Red Stag Tavern in Halifax

Red Stag Tavern in Halifax – Beer Samplers

Red Stag Tavern in Halifax

Red Stag Tavern in Halifax – Flight of three beer samples

Next time we visit we want to explore more of the city – especially the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (right next to the cruise terminal), visit the Citadel National Historic Site at Citadel Hill, experience the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and a whole lot more. It’s a great city to wander and explore at a leisurely pace.

Samuel Cunard Statue in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Samuel Cunard Statue in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Back on board we had time to play a couple of trivia games before dinner in the Windjammer and more trivia afterwards.

 

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NOTE: WJ were guests aboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas in September 2018. All information was correct at time of writing, but be sure to check for current details. All opinions and recommendations are completely our own. Read our full disclosure statement to see our review policy.

 

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