HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForum
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > My City Photos

Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #1  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 4:03 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
"Voyage of the Vikings" cruise - July/August 2018

I went on Holland America Line's "Voyage of the Vikings" cruise from July 18-August 25, 2018. This was my first ever cruise, and it was a one-in-a-lifetime trip. Over the 38 days, we stopped at about 20 ports in New England, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Ireland, and Scotland.

Here is a map showing all of the ports, and I'll mark our path as I post pictures from each city. It was a round trip, so we visited Iceland, Greenland, and Canada twice, stopping in different ports on the return trip.

2018-08-29 (2) by Rob K, on Flickr




A few disclaimers before I start posting:
1) I used my middle-of-the-road cell phone for all of my pictures. I wish I had something better, but it is what it is.
2) I went with my parents, so you may see them in these pictures. As the third person, I only paid $2000 + $500 in fees. Crazy deal!!
3) Some of these ports were very small villages, but I think it's worthwhile to showcase them.
4) I took a lot of nature pictures, along with urban ones. Hope you don't mind if I mix in some pictures of waterfalls, boiling mud pits, geysers, mountains, and other beautiful things.
5) Every day or two, I'll post a few cities. I'm hoping to have this done in 2-3 weeks, but it's a LOT!

Enjoy!

Last edited by robk1982; Aug 30, 2018 at 4:23 AM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #2  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 4:11 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
We drove from Michigan to Boston (where the cruise started), but stopped in Rochester, NY overnight. We walked around town, then went to the Rochester Red Wings baseball game. This was my first time in Rochester - I've driven past it many times on I-90, but have never had time to stop.

Original by Rob K, on Flickr


20180716_172140_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr
We parked by the National Museum of Play

20180716_172917 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_174359 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_174732 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_174917 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_180412 (2) by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_180643 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_180737 (2) by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_182818 (2) by Rob K, on Flickr

20180716_183206 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #3  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 4:18 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
We continued to Boston the next day, stayed at a hotel in Revere, and went into the city the next morning. We dropped our luggage off at the ship, checked in, and then went walking around town for a couple hours. The boat departed at 10:30 PM.

Boston by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_132432 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_132646 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_133337 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_134857 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_135126 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_135227 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_140108 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_144119 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_151614 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_152122 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_154344 (2) by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_155848 (2) by Rob K, on Flickr

20180718_221402 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #4  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 4:32 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
Our first port of call was Bar Harbor, ME. We took the buses around Acadia National Park, stopping and walking a couple of the trails. We then walked around the town of Bar Harbor before returning to the ship.

Bar Harbor by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_092108 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_103651_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_124115_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_124718 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_135735 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_142230 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_142449_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_154838 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_154926 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_155007 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_160101 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_160111 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_160233 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_160251_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180719_164338 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180720_235355 by Rob K, on Flickr
Beautiful sunset that night!
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #5  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 4:48 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
Our next stop was Sydney, Nova Scotia - a city of 31,000 on the eastern end of the province. Once a major mining and steel town, it now relies heavily on the arts and tourism. We were supposed to go on a tour of the Cabot Trail but that got cancelled, so I just walked around town and stopped at some of the historic homes and churches.

Sydney by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_121309 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_121037 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_090008 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_091630 by Rob K, on Flickr
St. Patrick's church

20180721_092219 by Rob K, on Flickr
The Jost House, the oldest house in Sydney

20180721_095706 by Rob K, on Flickr
St. George's Anglican Church

20180721_100243 by Rob K, on Flickr


20180721_102747_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr
The old Bank of Montreal is now home to the historical society

20180721_103537_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr
Performing Arts Center

20180721_110334 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_110445 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_110752 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180721_111310_Burst01 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #6  
Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 6:35 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
The next port was Corner Brook, Newfoundland and where it started to feel like we were visiting places where the average person doesn't visit. This city has a population of 20,000 and the big industry is paper. There was a great set of hiking trails south of the city.

Corner Brook by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_103409 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_103432 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_105734 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_110510 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_111353 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_115316 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_125425 by Rob K, on Flickr
The trail took us a couple kilometers south of town, so we had to walk along the Trans Canada Highway for a bit.

20180722_134415 by Rob K, on Flickr
The town was extremely clean, and all the houses had new windows and white trim.

20180722_134507 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_134654 by Rob K, on Flickr
Most houses had new siding as well.

20180722_135233 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_135430 by Rob K, on Flickr
Even the Tim Horton's!

20180722_135542 by Rob K, on Flickr
Nice cozy downtown.

20180722_135617 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_145123 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_145411 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180722_145858 by Rob K, on Flickr
View from the top of City Hall.

20180722_145935 by Rob K, on Flickr
You can see the logs for the paper plant on the far right of the picture.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #7  
Old Posted Aug 31, 2018, 12:51 AM
DetroitSky's Avatar
DetroitSky DetroitSky is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Detroit
Posts: 1,293
Great tours so far! Sounds like a truly amazing trip. Looking forward to the rest!
__________________
My Emporis photos.
My Instagram.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #8  
Old Posted Aug 31, 2018, 4:00 AM
xzmattzx's Avatar
xzmattzx xzmattzx is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 4,965
Looking forward to all the other ports of call!
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #9  
Old Posted Aug 31, 2018, 10:23 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
Thanks! I'll post the next 3 ports tonight (which is really just 1). Then the real urban excitement begins with Reykjavik, Alesund, Rotterdam, and Dublin.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #10  
Old Posted Aug 31, 2018, 11:19 PM
mousquet's Avatar
mousquet mousquet is offline
that prick
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Nimbyland Paris, Museum France
Posts: 3,161
Certainly a great and fine trip, but they could have added Normandy, France to the extensive thing to be fully comprehensive, if they had had any honest sense of history.

You know, like William the Conqueror's homeland. Trust me, it has a lot to offer, like the smelliest and tastiest camembert cheese and the finest recipes of filet of sole on Earth.
Smooth crème fraîche and tasty spices, ha! You wouldn't regret trying their stuff.

But it was a subject of France's king, which may still be disburbing to many.
__________________
psst... A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)
I like bass. Give me some.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #11  
Old Posted Aug 31, 2018, 11:32 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
They do change the itinerary slightly each year, so maybe they do stop in Normandy on occasion. Many people on the ship had done this cruise multiple times because the ports change - one lady had done it 8 times! I think next year stops in Bergen, Cork, and Belfast instead of some of the ones we stopped at.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #12  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 1:43 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
The weather took a turn for the worse as we headed towards our next port - Red Bay, Labrador. This was a tender port, and there was too much fog to attempt to bring people ashore. We anchored off-shore for a while, so we were able to take a few pictures. Having a population of less than 200 people, Red Bay was the smallest port on the entire trip. It was once a major center for Basque whaling, and the main attractions in town are the whaling museum and Saddle Island, where the whale carcasses were brought to be processed.

I admit I was a little disappointed, mainly because I wanted to be able to say I had been to Labrador.

Red Bay by Rob K, on Flickr

20180723_105018 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180723_105014 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #13  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 1:58 AM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
The weather got much worse after we left Red Bay, and the fact that we now had 2 full sea days (instead of 1.5) to get to our next port didn't help since it merely prolonged the misery. Fortunately, I don't get sea sick.

I also think this is when the norovirus outbreak started, and we got constant reminders to wash our hands. After a few days, they eventually went into a "Code Black" and shut down all self-service at the buffet and started doing deep cleanings of the ship. It took about 2 weeks, but they eventually stopped seeing new cases.

Our next port of call was supposed to be Paamiut, Greenland. However, due to high waves we were unable to do the tender operations here either. We did anchor for a bit outside of the port, but were unable to really see the city.

Paamiut by Rob K, on Flickr

Paamiut by Rob K, on Flickr
You can barely see some buildings in town. It was cold, too!

If you google Paamiut, there is a very cool church in town. Otherwise, it looks very similar to our next port, Qaqortok.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #14  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:44 AM
xzmattzx's Avatar
xzmattzx xzmattzx is online now
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 4,965
I think I flew over Paamiut back in June. I got a picture of a glacier north of the town.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #15  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:11 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
The weather improved dramatically and we were able to make it to our next port, Qaqortok. Qaqortok had 3000 residents, and is the 5th largest town in Greenland.

Qaqortok by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_140109 by Rob K, on Flickr
The tourist information center, and Hotel Qaqortok in the background

20180726_082119 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_082205 by Rob K, on Flickr
This is the oldest fountain in Greenland

20180726_082248 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_082559 by Rob K, on Flickr
Church of Our Savior, built in 1832

20180726_082801 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_083629 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_084639 by Rob K, on Flickr

Last edited by robk1982; Sep 1, 2018 at 3:41 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #16  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 3:42 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
Qaqortok continued...

20180726_085912 by Rob K, on Flickr
This is the "back side" of the town, which has a large lake.

20180726_105553 by Rob K, on Flickr
It was about a 10km walk around the lake

20180726_112610 by Rob K, on Flickr
Looking back at the town

20180726_114648 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_115621 by Rob K, on Flickr
Coming back into town, there was a bit of "industrial" area. There was a quarry, but no factories.

20180726_115644 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_120414 by Rob K, on Flickr
Typical Greenlandic homes

20180726_120520 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_120807 by Rob K, on Flickr
The University's new building

20180726_135308 by Rob K, on Flickr
The oldest building in Qaqortok, built in 1797. It now houses the Qaqortok Museum.

20180726_132626 by Rob K, on Flickr
Built in 1804, this used to the Blacksmith's shop. It also houses part of the Museum.

20180726_140555 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_140712 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_141330 by Rob K, on Flickr
There is an open air art exhibit, called "Stone & Man", which consists of over 40 carvings in the rocks all over town.

20180726_141043 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_143502 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180726_143736 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #17  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 3:44 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
Not trying to pad my post count or anything, but from now on I'll try to limit the number of pictures per "post" so you won't have to scroll through so many on each thread page.

edit: I think the last photo thread that I started was in 2009! I'm out of practice.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #18  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 10:11 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
The next day brought us some "scenic cruising" through the Prince Christian Sound in southern Greenland.

Prince Christian Sound by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_064329 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_073309 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_074155 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_081041 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_083034 by Rob K, on Flickr
We yielded to this Danish military ship

20180727_083513 by Rob K, on Flickr
About halfway through the sound is the very small village of Aappilattoq.

20180727_105221 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_111017 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180727_120207 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #19  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 10:32 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
After leaving Greenland we had a day at sea before arriving in Reykjavik. We were here overnight, so on the first day my parents and I did the normal tourist thing and went on a Golden Circle Tour. Craters, waterfalls, geysers, the earth being torn apart....yeah, it's all here.

Reykjavik by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_102716 by Rob K, on Flickr
Kerio Crater

20180729_101209 by Rob K, on Flickr
Can you tell we are tourists?

20180729_103332 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_111243 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_115344 by Rob K, on Flickr
Gullfoss waterfall

20180729_121312 by Rob K, on Flickr
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #20  
Old Posted Sep 1, 2018, 10:42 PM
robk1982 robk1982 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 573
20180729_124903 by Rob K, on Flickr
Did you know the word "geysir" is Icelandic? That is actually the name of this place - Geysir.

20180729_125612 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_125612(1) by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_125613 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_151751 by Rob K, on Flickr
Thingvellir National Park. This is the 5km wide (and growing!) area that is formed as the North American and European plates are torn apart.

20180729_152250 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_153502 by Rob K, on Flickr
It was also the site of the first Icelandic Parliament almost 1000 years ago.

20180729_154011 by Rob K, on Flickr

20180729_155242 by Rob K, on Flickr

Last edited by robk1982; Sep 6, 2018 at 12:31 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
This discussion thread continues

Use the page links to the lower-right to go to the next page for additional posts
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > My City Photos
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 9:14 PM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.