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Sabin’s on the Sea 2023 - First Port Bar Harbor, Maine Day #2

by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog


After our first restful sleep in our cabin, we were ready for our first port on our Voyage, Bar Harbor, Maine.

This is my first time to visit Maine. The last time John visited Maine was in the 1970’s when he was just a “wee” little boy. 


As the ship approached the port, the visibility was almost zero from the unbelievably thick fog. 


It took about an hour for the fog to lift. Once it did the views were amazing. 


We started our routine of having breakfast served in our room. It is so awesome to have a leisurely morning and not even have to get out of our PJs to enjoy our morning meal. 

The ship had to anchor near the port because the channel is too small for large ships. Therefore, we had to tender into the port. 

John always does an unbelievable job with our itinerary. This trip is 41 pages of detailed information and plans for each port. 


Once off the tender we began our hike around Bar Harbor. My main goal was to have lobster in Maine. 

The weather was just perfect. In the 70s with no humidity.


The only downside is I have been struggling with back and leg pain. 

So had to adjust our tour just a little, with taking extra stretching breaks and not walk quite as far as we planned. 


Information about this port. BarHarbor sits on Mount Desert Island, just off the rugged coast of Maine. It is surrounded by Acadia National Park, where beaches, forests and granite cliffs make up some of the country's most beautiful scenery.

So many things for visitors to do such as: cruise Frenchman's Bay, join a whale-watching adventure, or enjoy a New England lobster bake. There are plenty of shops, museums, and art galleries to explore. 


Though we aren’t much into shopping, we did pick up a couple of souvenirs. We truly loved the views of the bay and cruise ship.  We also took advantage of enjoying a refreshing drink while using the internet at Chocolatte coffee and more shop. 


Bar Harbor was the world’s most exclusive and illustrious resort and stately Victorian mansions belonged to fabulously wealthy summer residents trying to outdo each other with lavish parties. 

The highlights of our trip to Bar Habor were walking on the Sandbar. If you get caught on the sandbar at high tide you could get stranded for nine hours, waking along the shore, having a delicious lobster roll and clam chowder soup at Geddy's. Yeah! I ate lobster in Maine and they even had a gluten free bun.

The rest of the afternoon we enjoyed the beautiful weather from sitting at the shore and then on our balcony, went into the hot tub and sauna. We couldn't ask for a better day.


Tonight we will watch the first of many wonderful shows on the ship and enjoy another delicious meal in the dining room.


Tomorrow is our first sea day. That being said it may be a couple of days till I can't post again.


Our next port is on Tuesday, we will be in Nova Scotia.

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