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    Thumbs up Halifax - Hop On/ Hop Off

    We chose the Hop On Hop Off tour as we have been here before and have done Peggy’s Cove, The Titanic Graveyard, etc. If you stay on the Double Decker Bus and don’t get off at any of the stops, the tour is about 1 ½ hours long. We began Right at Pier 21 and our first stop was to have been Blackrock Beach but we skipped that and moved on down to Point Pleasant Park - nothing but a park to walk through. From there we passed through the South End were there are some pretty pricey houses ($1 million and up). We then passed by St Paul’s Cemetary on our way to Citadel National Historic Site. The Citadel is a large star-shaped masonry built between 1828 and 1856 to defend the city and harbor. There are exhibits and restored rooms that depict the fort’s significance as a key naval station within the British Empire. It took us nearly 1 ½ hours to view the musketry gallery and vaulted rooms.

    We had excellent views of Halifax and the harbor from the ramparts. There are interpreters dressed as members of the 78th Highlanders regiment that re-enact military drills. They fire the guns at noon -- we missed that. We didn’t stay for the 50 minute audiovisual presentation: “The Tides of History”.

    We got the next bus and rode past the Museum of Natural History and chose to get off at the Public Gardens - takes about 20 minutes walk through them (very beautiful) and then you arrive at the next 2 stops: The Spring Garden shopping district. Not much here -- restaurants, fur shops, clothing, etc. We weren’t interested in shopping so we got the next bus and continued on our journey. We rode past a couple more cemetaries and passed by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, some historic buildings, the Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery on our way back to the ship.


    This tour is run by GreyLine Tours. So it doesn't matter whether you purchase it on the ship or in the terminal. It is the same price. If you wait and purchase it in the terminal, the cost will go on your ship board account.

    You can get on and off the bus all day long for the same price.
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    Actually the price does change depending upon the cruise line you are with and what they have negotiated with Grey Line. When we were in Halifax we asked the ticket people what difference it made and they gave us a $10 difference quote between the HAL and Celebrity price (We quickly showed them our Celebrity ID cards)
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    KK, you are right, the public gardens are beautiful and a wonderful way to pass several hours on a nice day, as it was when we arrived at Halifax.
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    Whoops, missed the one with the wrought iron sign.
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    Here are pictures of one of the guards and the fort. You are right, the view from the fort is spectacular. Were you there when they fired off the cannon?
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    More on Pier 21. Not only is that the spot that the cruise ships dock at, but Halifax has turned it into a memorial for all the immigrants who entered Canada from there. Thank of it as Canada's Ellis Island. The pier has been totally redeveloped so the upstairs section (which is still being expanded and enhanced) shows the paths of the immigrants, the places that they came from and where they settled in Canada. It shows what the newcomers experienced in great detail with sympathy and respect and is a wonderful tribute to all the people who fled Europe after the war and went to Canada.

    Downstairs there is an assortment of stalls for shoppign with lots of neat Canada merchandise. We picked up the obligatory key rings but also got several scarves from one dealer who has some gorgeous designs. Moose stuff was all over the place. As you can see it was a good collection both of touristy type stuff and authentic Canadian merchandise. Oh yes, books. Lots of books on Halifax and the events that shaped Halifax history. And cookbooks. I think we walked away with only one book from all the stalls.
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    KK and Neal .... Thank you both! We'll be there in September so this is great information for us!
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    Much of Halifax's history ties to the two big trajedies. KK already commented on the fact that many of the people who were lost in the Titanic were buried in Halifax. The other major tragedy in Halifax history was the 1914 explosion which did significant damage to the city. The disaster struck when a ship hauling emergency supplies collided with a munitions ship that was being loaded. The ensuing explosion was the biggest total explosion prior to the two atomic bombs that destroyed Nagasaki and Hiroshima and resulted in hundreds of dead in the city. Medical resources were stretched so thin that emergency teams came from as far away as Boston to help the rescue efforts. To this day, in appreciation Halifax sends a Christmas tree to Boston every year in thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nealberk View Post
    Actually the price does change depending upon the cruise line you are with and what they have negotiated with Grey Line. When we were in Halifax we asked the ticket people what difference it made and they gave us a $10 difference quote between the HAL and Celebrity price (We quickly showed them our Celebrity ID cards)
    I asked as well - no price difference for HAL passengers.
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    No - we weren't there when they fired the cannon.

    Seems like we are never in the right place at the right time.
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