Canada & New England
The musical evenings on Maasdam were the best ever. Despite the basic story line's impossibility, Goode Company was a fun, lively, musical parade of songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. The "your Hit Parade" evening was a lot of fun--the band is quite good and the singers are way above the norm. I especially enjoyed the Encore evening production. The male tenor singer was Pavarottiesque! The soprano was also good and the way that they moved through the performance was well directed. Congratulations to cast and musicians!
The food has always been good on HAL ships. This time we were a little disappointed in some of the desserts. The brownie/cake combination sounded good, but did not deliver. With a blindfold on, you would be hard pressed to recognize that it was chocolate. Their fruit desserts were good. The Madagascar chocolate dessert in the Italian dining area called Canneloti, was fabulous! I heard that the sugar-free ice cream was freezer burned. Still, no one was More
deterred from eating dessert!
The staff is always considerate and clever. Our tour was well served by all and much appreciated.
Graciously, the ship offered worship times for many faiths. Much appreciated.
Crafts were fun and creative and useful.
The schedule had so many ports that were fascinating that it was difficult to find time to participate in all of the on-board activities. Excellent cruise! Thanks HAL! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Tender into the harbor. Immigration comes onto the ship and was handled as expeditiously as possible. Sometimes vacationers are their own worst enemies.
Not much to this picturesque town. Some lovely homes to stroll past and a shore walk that is charming. The town itself is very small, which is OK, not much in the way of history. Lots of lobster!
Boston was disembarkation point. Loads of history on the Freedom Trail and Concord and Lexington. Before attempting the subway, try to get some info first. Not all stations sell special tickets that are better deals. Rather than pay high prices, do your homework. We didn't.
Citadelle was enjoyed and full of history. The period dressed employees were WAY above average in their kindness, politeness, knowledge and joy of sharing what they knew with others.
The Public Gardens were a restful spot full of beautiful flowers. Dahlias galore!
The Maritime Museum sounded boring to me, but it was fascinating. Covered the explosion in the Halifax harbor and the Titanic accident very vividly and well. Interesting exhibits of ship models (really),
Loads of learning happens there.
Found a fun restaurant there called Paper Chase.
Great city with a lot of sites to see and shopping and food and history! You had to come at least a day before the cruise to enjoy it, though.
Quebec is beautiful and very accessible to the port. We walked, we took the bus, we tried to take the subway. Beautiful churches, interesting Citadelle experience--please take the road to the entry of the Citadelle and don't climb the embankments like we did! Exhausting.
Chateau Frontenac was disappointing. It is an active hotel, so there are many limits to your roaming.
The old town square is quaint and historical, obviously, with churches, stores, memorials, murals, shops. Unfortunately, it was a record heat day when we were there and that curtailed our outdoor activities somewhat.