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Location on wharf where cruise ship tenders put in/Itenerary

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Location on wharf where cruise ship tenders put in/Itenerary

I know this is early; however am trying to plan on our own activities at Bar Harbor off the cruise ship Celebrity Summit. Have no idea where the tenders put in. We are interested in closest lobster pounds,Oli's Trolley, Acadia Bike, and/or Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. Not planning to do all of this as we only have 8 hours, but like to have stuff close by to choose from. By the way, this is for July 2010. I'm an OR nurse, like to plan ahesd. Thanks for any assistance.

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1. Re: Location on wharf where cruise ship tenders put in/Itenerary

Stewman's Lobster Pound, Bar Harbor Whale Watch and the pick-up point for Oli's Trolley are all within a minute or two of where the tenders come ashore.

You will be landing at a point pretty much at the intersection of Main Street and West Street. Just about every place in Bar Harbor serves lobster... even Ben and Bill's Ice Cream Shop! You will be close to places like West Street Cafe which also serves a good lobster dinner.

Hope this helps.

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Hi - I just got back from a week-long vacation driving the coast between Portland to Bar Harbor and spent 2 days in Bar Harbor. Just so happens the Celebrity CONSTELLATION was in. They anchored just across from the Bar Harbor Inn (www.barharborinn.com/hotel-location.html) - check out their web site for the location map. It shows the streets relative to the municipal pier where they tender in.

Bar Harbor is easy to walk and there are many restaurant choices. The menu at Madelines looked pretty good for lobster pounds, altho' we didn't eat there. Lots of discoveries for other kinds of places off the main streets.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks so much for ya'll's help. Now, have a place to start. P Jones

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We've just returned from a 2-1/2 week trip to coastal Maine and spent 5 days in Bar Harbor.

We didn't do "Oli's Trolley", but our innkeeper did recommend it; we had lobster at West Street Cafe as recommended by Captain John of "LuLu's Lobster Boat" (www.lululobsterboat.com). Both the cafe and Cap'n John were fantastic. You go out on an actual lobster boat and get a witty and informative talk about lobsters and lobster fishing in Maine. We took a terrific sandwich (on fresh bakery bread) from "Michelle's Brown Bag"; great cookies, too. We saw whales, seals, ducks, a bald eagle, etc. Both of these are just off the dock where you will be tendered. We took the 1:30 tour, although we would have preferred the 10:30 a.m. one, but there weren't enough people signed up. There was also a 3:30 tour. It got pretty cool on the water so take layers that you can add or shed.

We went to Thurston's, a local bar, where we had some wonderful fried fish and microbrews. The haddock in Bar Harbor tasted like it had just been plucked out of the water.

There's a great walk called the "shore path" (you'll see the signs) which is about a mile long. It's a good way to see some of the houses on the water and stretch your legs without being too strenuous. Town tends to get really congested when the ships dock and riding a bike through the narrow streets with cars and people was too exciting for us. Walk a couple of blocks away from the water and you will pretty much have the streets to yourself.

The lobster boat trip was about 3 hours; I don't know how long the trolley tour is, but if you plan to eat in town, maybe plan to do that at the end of the day, just before you get back on the ship. The park, which is near the dock, seemed to be where the "cruisers" hung out wating for the tender and the West Street Cafe is right across the street from it.

Because I'm a "foodie" I just want to repeat something I was told in Maine, over and over: Boiled lobster is boiled lobster. If the restaurant isn't good, it won't stay in business. Lobster rolls were either a lobster salad mixed with mayo or like or just butter. All the rolls were the same, except one that was wheat. They were all wonderful. We didn't have a bad meal. Ever.

One more thing. We have never been on a vacation where every person we met was as friendly, helpful and thoughtful as the "Mainers".

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5. Re: Location on wharf where cruise ship tenders put in/Itenerary

We just returned from a great coastal cruise that included Bar Harbor. As others have said on here, Bar Harbor is not all that large. The little village is easily walkable, and the tenders drop you off right in the middle of everything. Ollie's Trolley, Whale Watch, etc. is all right there at the tender dock. We took the 2 hour tour with Ollie in the morning, and the 3.5hr. whale watch in the afternoon, and we had plenty of time for both.

Enjoy!

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HawkeyeII, you packed a lot into a day. Thanks for the report; I've never been sure of the logistics of doing both Oli's and a whale watch and still being able to get back to the ship.

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7. Re: Location on wharf where cruise ship tenders put in/Itenerary

CW...

Yes it was a full day, and due to the volume of visitors(fellow boat people)things were pretty crowded, but it was too nice a day not to be out on the water. We made it back in plenty of time to catch the 5PM tender back to the ship.

Our day was ... the first tender ashore around 8:15. We walked the shore path, then toured with Ollie from 10 to noon. We had about a 35 to 40 minute wait in line to board the 1:00PM whale watch boat, and that was back at the dock by "4-ish." We caught the tender probably around 4:30, and the last tender left at 6. So it can be done. However there was no lobster or cycling involved, and there is plenty of time to "relax" once you're back on the ship!

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