Oct 11th, 2013 by Elise
Latitude 46° 13.89 N Longitude 063° 07.05
As we departed the province of Quebec we began our trek south and further east heading towards Prince Edward Island. PEI is its own province and you can definitely feel the lack of French influence here. It’s much more British with the buildings very similar to what we will see throughout New England. During the night we changed time zones entering the Atlantic zone and we will remain so until we arrive in Bar Harbor, Maine on October 14th.
This is a beautiful island where fishing (lobsters and mussels) is the primary industry. Tourism contributes greatly to the economy but we are here very late in the season. Many shops and restaurants are already closed for the winter. After a walking tour through Charolettetown and lunch at what was advertised by the Cruise Director as the best lobster restaurant in town, we enjoyed Lobster Rolls at the Lobster on the Wharf. Carol and I enjoyed it tremendously, Roger had the biggest Fish and Chips he’d ever seen, and Pat was still hungry after the Lobster Roll so he ordered the Strawberry – Rhubarb Pie with ice cream. That boy can eat – he’d had a double scoop of Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream just less than an hour earlier.
After lunch we negotiated with a taxi driver and toured some of the island. We thought we could see the whole island but once we found out it was 148 miles long…we modified the plan. Our driver, Betty was raised here so she was a wealth of local knowledge. We went up to the north side of the island where there is a National Park right on the beach with beautiful sand dunes. The beach stretched for miles and at this time of year, was virtually empty. Victoria Park, back in Charolettetown is a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful historical sites as well as the old gunnery positions that protected the town during World Wars I and II. Prince Edward Island is a frequent stop for the British Royal Family and their visits were much discussed by our driver.
Endless Sand Dunes on the north shore of Prince Edward Island.
These towns are all heavily into the Crafts Industry. This was taken at the Northern Watters Knitwear Shop. Had we lived in a cooler climate, it would have been very tempting to pick up one of the famous British Wool Sweaters. Hard to justify living in Florida though…
Holland America began a Cellar Master’s Dinner event since our last cruise. There was fine wine involved so naturally we signed up to attend. There were less than 30 people in attendance and held in the Pinnacle Grill. Wow! The very young Pinnacle Chef, Daniel from Spain as well as the Cellar Master, Zoltan out did themselves. We have been to number of these over the years in different places but this was by far the best. The depth of flavors in each of the eight courses was amazing and the wine choices were so well matched. It was an extraordinary evening and we will definitely participate in future cruises.