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Old 07-27-2007, 03:34 PM
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As RCI has changed the itinerary on some of its Canada/New England cruises to include New London, I thought I'd start a thread containing information on this relatively new port of call.

I've been there several times (mainly for shopping), so I can probably answer some questions, too. Please, everyone, feel free to add to the thread to help our fellow cruisers with this change.

City of New London visitor information

Shaw-Perkins Mansion - for the history buffs

Hempsted Houses - ditto

and a personal favorite...

Mystic Seaport

I'll come back later with more...
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:22 PM
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You can go across the Thames River to Groton-the Naval Submarine Base Museum allows you to tour the first nuclear sub-the Nautilus. Additionally, there are tours to the Indian Casinos-Foxwoods and/or Mohegan Sun. Mystic Seaport is a wonderful diversion.

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Old 08-24-2007, 05:17 PM
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Lisa- Have you been to Olde Mistick Village? I hear it's a $30 cab ride. Is it worth the trip...Or should we just walk to:Ye Ancientist Burial Ground, the Hempstead House,the Shaw Mansion, Nathan Hale's Schoolhouse and Antique shops on Bank Street?
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:18 PM
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Lisa- is the Mystick Seaport near the Olde Mistick Village because it's off 1-95 Exit 90 also.???
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:39 AM
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Hi Shari. Olde Mistick Village is pretty much just a shopping area. I've been there a few times, mainly dragged there by family who wanted to shop and buy ice cream. Seriously, if you have limited time, I'd spend it at Mystic Seaport or the places you mentioned above.

Also, while they share the same highway exit, the Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Seaport aren't all that close -- you'd need another taxi ride.
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:41 AM
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Lisa- you're the best! I've missed talking to you! Have you been cruising lately?
Okay with Mistic Village off the list-
The other two choices:
What do you suggest?
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In New London you can also tour the U.S. Coast Guard Academy-A very good way to spend a few hours!

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You know, the great thing about the Coast Guard Academy is that you don't need a politician's appointment to attend. Midshipmen are selected by an exam and their personal merit. It is indeed a great place to visit.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:14 AM
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My word, how could I have forgotten about the Coast Guard Academy. Click HERE for more information.

There's also the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, but this might be better done through a ship excursion, if offered due to the distance from New London. This features the submarine USS Nautilus.

I also forgot about Mystic Aquarium. My son loved the live shows, as did we.

Cousins, sorry if I am now making this more difficult...
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:40 PM
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Lisa- you didn't answer my question above.
The Aquarium we'll skip. Being from So. FL we see enough "fish" etc.
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