We came to Quebec City the night before the cruise by train. Unfortunately our hotel did not have a reservation for us so after a lot of calling around we ended up spending the night at the Chateau Frontenac at double what we intended to pay.
The next day we boarded the ship around noon which took about 1/2 hour & seemed a little disorganized. We were able to go to our cabins right away.
We really liked the decor of our inside cabin & the size of the shower. We met our steward Rainhard who called us by name & was super the whole week, best steward I've had on any ship. He made us a lot of different towel animals.
We enjoyed dining at the Venetian & Aqua except for the long waits. The lobster on the return from Boston was really nice, a whole fresh one not just a tail. The Chef's Table was a fantastic experience. We ended up having room service breakfast quite a bit since we had to meet early for most of the 8 shore excursions we'd booked through NCL. We also More
ate at the buffet a few times mostly for breakfast or lunch.
The entertainment on the Dawn was really great. We loved the piano player Ariel, the singers Jose & Patti & the shows. The comedians were funny & the game shows entertaining. The CD Ken Mills & his staff were very visible & friendly. I'd never seen "Deal or No Deal"played on a ship & that was fun too at only $19.99. The Bingo was very expensive starting at $39! One thing I must say is the theatre seats are very bad with hardly any leg room so we tried to sit on the couch type seating on deck 7.
The ports were interesting & the ship's tours fine,I find how good depends on the guide you get & most were very good.We were really welcomed at La Baie Quebec which is a good place to take their HOHO bus to see more of the countryside & some museums. It was $15 & offered 2 routes one 60 minutes, the other 75. Sometimes we were welcomed back to the ship with bouillion, soup or hot chocolate, sometimes with dancers, very nice & fun.
We had purchases slot play coupons so used that up in the casino & a bit more money too. I found the casino to be smoky but still stayed for a bit. My friend did better than me altho' neither of us spend much.
NCL put on a great meet 'n greet with the captain & others officers attending. It's always nice to meet people from the roll call you've been chatting with before the cruise.
The photographers were really nice & friendly & there were lots of photo opportunities.
We were lucky to have nice weather & pretty calm seas too. This was a great cruise & we really enjoyed it. Less
We went to a lobster museum, the University of the Atlantic garden & through Acadia National Park so there was a few opportunities to walk around.
We had a nice day for it. This was a tender port so instead of walking around the cute little town we went back to the ship.
This tour was pretty good but I was disappointed that our guide did not have a
"Boston Rob"accent. There was quite a bit of walking & standing around involved on this tour too. We did see some interesting places.
We went to the cemetery where 100+ victims are buried & stayed there quite a while.
Next we went to the museum where we had a guided tour & some free time. Because we had time left our guide took us to the public garden which was really beautiful,assorted Dahlias were in bloom & ducks were diving in the stream.
We drove around Portland a bit, stopped at the lighthouse for a while then headed to Kennebunkport which has some lovely homes & buildings. We had a couple of hours to spend there. I got a lobster roll from the Crab Shack who had won best one from "Food Wars". It was good but pricy at $16.95
Quebec City is a beautiful old,charming piece of North America & the only walled city. We stayed at Auberge St Pierre in lower town the night after our cruise & really loved it for it's ambiance, location (walking distance to the ship) & food. The desk clerk was very helpful too. We booked a tour there that took us to Montmorency Falls, a chocolate place, a bread & maple butter place on Ile d'Orleans, then a copper business that prepared us for the fine work the owner had done on Ste Anne de Beaupre Basilica. This was a lovely tour that cost about $50.
The clerk at the hotel recommended a bistro which was Cafe le St Malo which was like being in Paris. The food & ambiance was very good.
There's a lot more to do in Quebec City but this was not our first time there.