This was our second cruise. We took an Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Millenium in June and that ship was far superior in atmosphere and service. That being said, we had a very good cruise from Boston to Montreal. We originally booked an oceanview but were able to upgrade at the last minute for $299 each to a vista suite. I'm so glad we did because it was a great room and actually better than the balcony we had on the Millenium. It helped that we had beautiful weather with the exception of Sydney
Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly.
The tenders at Bar Harbor and Charlottetown though were very unorganized and time consuming. Especially Charlottetown. We had booked a rental car but weren't able to get off the ship until 11:00! As a result, we were not able to do everything we planned. We took a ride to the north shore/Prince Edward Island National Park and the scenary was spectacular. We had time for a quick lunch back in town after and the people were very friendly.
Bar Harbor was very pretty and we took the free LLBean shuttle into Acadia. Very convenient.
Quebec City is amazing. Our only disappointment there was thatwe had to be back on the ship two hours before the original scheduled time. Quebec City is one of the prettiest cities I've ever seen. We also rented a car and drove to the St Anne's basilica and then to Mont Ste Anne's and took a gondola ride up. The foliage was the nicest I've ever seen.
Sydney was a disaster. We were on the Mountains, Bays and vistas excursion and the bus broke down on the way back. I felt very bad for the elderly people on the bus who had to transfer to the replacement bus in the pouring rain. Regardless, the excursion was not worth it. Very rushed, very few stops, lousy boxed lunch and not as advertised. The guide was very nice and informative and professional. Holland America refunded 1/2 of the cost.
The ship is pretty small and very easy to navigate. The entertainment was all pretty hokey. The commedian/magician was pretty good though.
I don't know what people are talking about on here who say the dinner service was slow. Ours was just right. The buffet for breakfast and lunch were OK but very hectic. No service with a smile from the people dishing out the food but the other staff in the buffet area were excellent.
There seemed to be a problem with our toilet in our stateroom. It kept getting backed up for no apparent reason. They were quick to rectify though.
My husband and I are in our early 50s and we were among the youngest on this ship. Don't expect any wild nightlife. There were MANY MANY octagenarians on board but it was also 9/28-10/5 so school is in session.
So all in all, we enjoyed the cruise but, unlike Alaska, would not want to do it again. I would definitely cruise on Holland America again though.