2013 - Grand Slam Adventures
What a GRAND ADVENTURE we are planning on the Silversea's cruise ship:
May 4th to 16th 2013 from
New York (with optional boarding in Halifax) to Southampton England
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Ports of Call for the Silver Whisper 12 Day Transoceanic Cruise
|4-May||Sat||New York, New York||5:00 PM|
|5-May||Sun||Day at Sea|
|6-May||Mon||Halifax, Nova Scotia||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|7-May||Tue||Day at Sea|
|8-May||Wed||St. John's, Newfoundland||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|9-May||Thu||Day at Sea|
|10-May||Fri||Day at Sea|
|11-May||Sat||Day at Sea|
|12-May||Sun||Day at Sea|
|13-May||Mon||Foynes, Ireland||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|14-May||Tue||Cobh (Cork), Ireland||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|15-May||Wed||Fowey, Cornwall, UK||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|16-May||Thu||Southhampton, UK||7:00 AM|
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax is an intimate city that retains the ease of a small town. From harbor front life to Victorian public gardens, it is large enough to have the trappings of a capital city, yet small enough that many of its sights can be seen on a pleasant walk downtown. It's on the second-largest natural harbor in the world and was once the point of entry to Canada for refugees and immigrants. The port remains a busy shipping center, with a flow of container ships and tugboats. Pleasure boats and yachts tie up alongside weathered schooners at the Historic Properties Wharf. Pubs, shops, museums, and parks welcome visitors and locals. In summer, jazz concerts and buskers, music festivals and sports events enliven the outdoor atmosphere. Art on exhibit, crafts sales, live theater, and fine food bring people here in all seasons.
St. John's, Newfoundland
When Sir Humphrey Gilbert sailed into St. John's to establish British colonial rule for Queen Elizabeth in 1583, he found Spanish, French, and Portuguese fishermen working the harbor, all fighting for a spot in Newfoundland's lucrative cod fishery. For centuries, Newfoundland was the largest supplier of salt cod in the world, and St. John's Harbour was the center of the trade. As early as 1627, the merchants of Water Street—then known as the Lower Path—were doing a thriving business buying fish, selling goods, and supplying alcohol to soldiers and sailors. Today, old meets new in the province's capital (population just over 100,000). Modern office buildings are surrounded by heritage shops and colorful row houses. St. John's mixes English and Irish influences, Victorian architecture and modern convenience, and traditional music and rock and roll into a heady brew. The arts scene is lively, but overall the city has a relaxed pace.
Foynes is a tiny little "one street down" on the West Coast of Ireland. Normally, cruise ships dock within walking distance of the town center. No shuttle service is needed. However, in the unlikely even that we should be docked/moved to the second pier, the port does put on a little mini-bus to get into town.
There are no facilities on the pier and in town there are a few Pub's and some local shops. Within walking distance of the pier is the "Flying Boat Museum".
Cobh (Cork), Ireland
The major metropolis of the South, Cork is Ireland's second-largest city—but it runs a distant second, with a population of 119,400, roughly a tenth the size of Dublin. Cork is a spirited place, with a formidable pub culture, a lively traditional music scene, a respected and progressive university, attractive art galleries, and offbeat cafés. The city received a major boost in 2005 when it was named a Capital of Culture by the EU—the smallest city ever to receive the designation. The result was a burst in development; one of the lasting legacies is a striking but controversial redesign of the city center (Patrick Street and Grand Parade) by Barcelona-based architect Beth Gali. Outside the city, the rolling countryside gives way to rugged coastline hosting tiny villages, each with their own piece of history. Many set sail for the New World from here; some were destined not to arrive.
Fowey, Cornwall, UK
Nestled in the mouth of a wooded estuary, Fowey (pronounced Foy) is still very much a working china-clay port as well as a focal point for the sailing fraternity. Increasingly, it's also the favored home of the rich and famous. Good and varied dining and lodging options abound; these are most in demand during Regatta Week in mid-August and the annual Daphne du Maurier Festival in mid-May. The Bodinnick Ferry takes cars as well as foot passengers across the river for the coast road on to Looe.
Southampton may not be in every tourist brochure, but this inland city and its environs hold all kinds of attractions—and not a few quiet pleasures. Two important cathedrals, Winchester and Salisbury (pronounced sawls-bree), are found in Hampshire, the county that contains Southampton, as are intriguing market towns, and hundreds of haunting prehistoric remains; Stonehenge, the most famous in nearby Wiltshire, should not be missed. However, these are just the tourist brochure superlatives. Like those who migrate here from every corner of the country in search of upward mobility, anyone spending time in the South of England should rent a car and set out to discover the back-road villages not found in brochures. After a drink in the village pub and a look at the cricket game on the village green, stretch out in a field for a nap.