Author: Raven Mai

In Saint John, New Brunswick

Posted on Sep 18th 2015

This was the last stop, before the ship would turn around and head back to New York. I’ve never been to Saint John before. Have to say it was a nice little town. And as I have learned later in the day, we had the Europeans to thank for the beautiful architecture.

Arriving at Saint John, New Brunswick

Carnival Splendor docked in Saint John, New Brunswick

The view of Carnival Splendor

The architecture of Saint John, New Brunswick

Buildings on the docks in Saint John, New Brunswick

Park in Saint John, New Brunswick

Carnival Splendor sails from Halifax to Saint John

Posted on Sep 17th 2015

Sailing off to the last stop on this cruise, Saint John, NB.

Map route from Halifax to Sait John

In Halifax, Nova Scotia

Posted on Sep 17th 2015

We have docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Population of 390,095.

Carnival Splendor ship docked in Halifax

Map of the Halifax Harbourfront walt

Halifax harbour

Carnival Splendor sails from Portland to Halifax

Posted on Sep 16th 2015

In a few hours we will be leaving the US waters and will be arriving in Canada.

Map of route from Portland to Halifax

Ride the Polar Express

Posted on Sep 15th 2015

If you’ll be visiting the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum make sure to ride the narrow gauge train. For a total of $10 you’ll get admission to the museum and a ride on the Polar Express. The train ride takes about 40 min traveling the 1.5 mile long railroad along the waterfront of Casco Bay.

The locomotive of Polar Express train

Car on the narrow gauge rail

Polar Express cars connecting

Inside the open car Polar Express

Inside the closed car Polar Express

Polar Express car at a stop

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum

Posted on Sep 15th 2015

Located in Portland, ME, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum has a number of artifacts from 19th century and early 20th century, including several rail cars from that era.

The gauge is defined as the distance between rails. In the US the “standard” is 4′ 8.5″. Any distance less than that is considered “narrow” gauge. From the late 1800s through the 1940s Maine had five common carrier two-foot narrow gauge lines.

Inside Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Inside the passenger car

Another passenger car

Phillips and Rangeley Parlor Car from 1901

Newspaper inside the Parlor Car from 1901

Desk at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Exhibit at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

Portland Observatory

Posted on Sep 15th 2015

The Portland Observatory Tower

Portland Observatory build in 1807

The Portland Observatory was build by Captain Lemuel Moody in 1807 as a maritime signal tower. Captain Moody asked the local business man to create a logo in the form of the flag. For a fee of $5 a year, he would fly the flag when the ship with supplies for that business was approaching. When their flag was up, they would know to line up the dock and the workers and be prepared for the arrival of the ship.

Until he developed that system, a lot of chaos was happening when ships arrived. They were not seen as they were approaching and practically were suddenly appearing in the harbor. Having the flag signals in place announcing the ship arrival greatly increased the efficiency of the harbor. During that time the Portland Harbor became the 4th busiest on the East Coast.

The tower remained family operated until 1923, the year when a two-way radio was invented. The tower was turned to the city in 1939 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. To this day the Portland Observatory offers panoramic views of the city.

Portland Observatory Timeline

Portland Observatory stairs

Portland Observatory window

Portland Observatory looking glass

City of Portland view

View out of the window Portland Observatory

View of the City of Portland

View of streets of Portland

Panoramic view of Portland from the Observatory

Raven Mai at the Portland Observatory

Carnival Splendor seen from the Portland Observatory

In Portland, Maine

Posted on Sep 15th 2015

We’ve arrived in Portland, Maine. Population of 66,318.

Carnival Splendor docked in Portland, Maine

Portland Ocean Terminal

Streets of Portland, Maine

Carnival Splendor sails from Boston to Portland

Posted on Sep 14th 2015

On the way to Portland, ME.

Map of the route from Boston to Portland

Docking in Boston

Posted on Sep 14th 2015

The first stop was Boston, at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. We decided to stay on the ship and enjoy a less crowded environment.

Approaching Boston

Raven Mai approaching Boston

Watching small ships near Boston

Approaching Boston on Carnival Splendor cruise ship

Docking at Boston Black Falcon Cruise Terminal

Raven Mai near Boston on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship

The sign of Boston Black Falcon Cruise Terminal