NY to Quebec and return (two tours)
Canada & New England
New York (Manhattan)
Since we sailed round trip from NY we never had to debark in Quebec. We were driven to the Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn and from the time we arrived at the curb until we opened our cabin door was 30 minutes. Same on departure we selected the latest departure time 10:20 and were at the curb by 10:50.
The food was generally poor, especially tough beef and pork and undercooked potatoes and carrots.
Service was by and large outstanding, from the cabin steward to the wait staff in all the dining areas on the 15th deck and the International Cafe on the 5th deck. I have generally found that the wait staff in the formal dining rooms are a bit impersonal but if you're ever on the Crown Princess and dine in the DaVinci dining room ask for a female waitress, Tatiana and her assistant Dennis. Personal, friendly, helpful and has probably the fastest knife in the dining room, when she separates the shells from the lobster and prawns.
Tours varied, Among the best were Bar More
Harbour tour of Acadia National Park and lobster dinner, which was great. Also the tour of St Johns, NB with a tour guide "blue Bonnie". Among the worst was the tour meant to immerse us in Anne of Green Gables on PEI. Spent more time seeing the mussel farms then we did visiting the authors birthplace and homestead. Less
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Cabin review: Crown Princess 416
Interior cabin, not claustrophobic, adequate bathroom and shower. No noise, great cabin Steward.
Port and Shore Excursions
Although we were totally enclosed in fog for the first two hours of the tour the guide, Roberta, regaled us with tales of the old days. We then stopped for a lobster dinner at a large restaurant (with all the fixings). Cole slaw, potato salad , hot clam chowder, hot rolls, 1 1/2 lobster with delicious corn on the cob followed by native blue berry pie. By then the fog had lifted but the rain was heavy. We took a 2 hour drive through Acadia National Park while the guide taught us the history of the park and the vital contribution made by Rockefeller. With out his personal investment in manpower and material Accadia would not be the wonderous park it is today.
Took a bus tour of the city combined with a boat tour of the harbor. A interesting guide and interesting tour. I lived in Boston for the first 23 years of my life and I was surprised at how much I learned.
The tour was meant to be a complete immersion in Annie of Green Gables. But the tour guide was more interested in touring the city and the mussel farms and the rocky north shore then she was in spending time at the homestead. The were several tour buses ahead of us and we we given just 30 minutes to visit the home where the author grew up. The line was so long that my wife never entered the house before our 30 minutes were up. When we drove past the home where she was born the bus never slowed down for a picture opportunity.
Took a bus tour of the area. Well worth the money.
Our bus tour included both the city and the reversing falls;a wonderful guide "Blue" Bonnie.
I select Sydney Australia since Sydney Nova Scotia was not an option... On the docks is a 75 foot violin. behind that violin is a two story building where on the second floor a trio put on a demonstration of Cape Breton Island music. It is only a two hour tour and it offers oak cakes, don't let the oat cakes turn you away, they were delicious. If you only want to spend two hours before your walk the city this is a good buy.