Boston is a great city to start a cruise. We came in 2 days early and enjoyed a duck tour, dinner in the south end, walking the freedom trail, lunch in the north end and 76 degree weather on disembarkation.
We arrived at the pier about 11:45 and were on board in our cabin by noon. Much to our surprise, all the staterooms were ready at noon. We loved our SJ family suite on deck 12. It is spacious and the bathroom with the dual sinks is fabulous. The closet space is oddly shaped and there were not enough hangers for two of us. Our wonderful butler Gary got us more hangers and had a maintenance guy come fix the A/C. Our bottle of champagne was already on ice and the mini bar emptied. The afternoon treats were scrumptious.
We had lunch at Cagneys. The service was slow and my meal was not hot. The restaurant manager did come by and ask about our meals and had mine warmed up. When we got back to the room at about 2:00, our bags were waiting for us. The muster drill was around 4:15 and in the main theater. The drill went quickly. We then went to an informal meet and greet with cruise critic cruisers. It was a nice turn out considering we were about to sail and the weather was beautiful.
Word had spread throughout the ship about the Maine lobster being served in the dining rooms. We couldn't get a seat until well after 8:00pm. We went to the Venetian which was clearing out by then, but the wait for dinner was well over an hour. The lobster was fine, but it was 9:30 by the time we ate. Our waiter was not normal - he acted like he was on something. We did get served, but had to repeat ourselves often. We didn't go back and much preferred the service in the Aqua dining room.
NCL hosted a Meet & Greet on our only sea day. The turnout was good for the space and I was really glad the officers introduced themselves briefly. I missed the Latitudes party, but did make it to the VIP cocktail party in the Garden Villas - what a treat to see both of those suites!
We ate at Bamboo, Moderno and La Cucina - all were good and worth the additional fees. We saw a couple of the shows in the theater and really enjoyed the Jose & Patty Neil Diamond show. The trivia and game shows were very fun. I even won a little money during Deal or No Deal.
Most mornings in port were early starts so we had room service for breakfast most days - wonderful! We ate more lobster in Portland and in Halifax when in port - delicious. We had great weather both days and loved the small van tour in Halifax with a local guide. Charlottetown was a nice stop except there were two other ships in that day so the island was swarming with tourists. It was very cold in Gaspe and La Baie. I enjoyed seeing Perce although it was a long bus ride out there. There isn't much to see in La Baie/Saguenay and I wish I would have stayed on the ship - it was too cold to be out and about.
Disembarkation in Quebec City took hours - we should have used the concierge. The Dawn docked far away from old town. There were 3 other ships in that day. We checked into our hotel and them explored the lower and upper town areas. What a beautiful city. And the Auberge Saint Antoine is an amazing hotel in the perfect location!
We enjoyed the cruise and thought the Dawn was in great shape. The service was outstanding.