Colonial Cruise - Quebec City to Tampa: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by rdavidnann

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Colonial Cruise - Quebec City to Tampa

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Other
This cruise had an interesting itinerary starting in Quebec City (QC) with a two day time-span to embark. We started in Orlando taking an Air Canada flight on a 11 hour two stop (Toronto & Montreal) & arriving in QC at 5PM. The taxi driver only spoke French & tried to drop us off at the Emerald Princess but we had him turn around as we were passing the Dawn. Not sure if he was playing us for extra fare! Embarkation was set up in a huge tent next to the ship & it seemed a lot of cruisers were arriving at the same time but signing in went very smooth & we were on the ship by 6PM.

We at dinner in the Aqua dining room & went to the 1st show (Greg London - Singer-Impersonator) who was very good. Went to the Atrium & listened & danced to "Jose & Patti", a nice singing duet with a variety of songs. A nice start to our cruise. Took pictures of the lights of QC from the ship.

Since we had a night layover we spent Saturday walking in the upper city & then took a city bus to More "Montmorency Falls". During our return bus trip we were running a little late & confused on which stop to get off & a local resident riding next to us heard our conversation & told us when to depart the bus. She got off with us & with her friend walked us the mile or so back the the Dawn. we were back to the ship by 2:30 for our 4 PM sail-away party with our CC group. Our CC hosts had a forward 2 balcony suite that gave us a nice view of the upper St. Lawrence Seaway as we left QC. Had a "Meet & Greet" get together on the 1st sea day with a 110 or so to meet the captain & staff who welcomed our group on board. We also had a "Cabin Crawl" which ended up at the 6,000 SF 3 bedroom "Garden Suite" in the top of the Dawn. Met a lot of new friends through our CC group.

Our outside room was located on deck 4 next to the medical center in a back hallway which led to the crew only entrance. There were only 7 porthole cabins & at mid-ship next to the elevators & the gangway so very convenient for us the whole cruise. We had a very nice cozy cabin with plenty of storage, nice size shower with sliding door, separate toilet nook with door. Also had two desks at opposite sides. We really liked the layout of the ship & tp us was very classy. Enjoyed dining a few nights at the "Blue Lagoon" 24 hour restaurant fight above the "Atrium" on deck 8.

The entertainment was very good & a nice variety including the magic & juggling "Justino", & a new Norwegian Dawn Production Cast that did "Bollywood", a Cirque style show well worth the wait since it was the 2nd to last night.

We want everyone to know that the dining in the Venetian Restaurant was very nice & nice ambiance. Enjoyed sitting in the back by the aft windows where we could watch while we sailed away from different ports. Food portions were just right & the steaks (juicy, tender & favorable) & fish (mild & tender) were cooked for us just the way we wanted. Liked the Garden cafe for lunch & nice variety of food. Don't get the people that complain about food being cold, etc.. Our selections were always hot & fresh. Some people expect way too much.

The band "Jump" was a highlight for us as we love to dance & like to be up front where we had great interaction with the band. They were very personable & a nice variety of music for which we got a lot of dancing in. Especially enjoyed their show "Blues Brothers & soul Sister Tribute" in the Spinnaker lounge.

Debarkation was fairly easy & found our luggage quickly. The line to customs was a little confusing but we were only 10 to 15 minute wait. Less

Published 12/02/12

Cabin review: OF4626 Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window

Nice outside porthole cabin with plenty of storage, nice size shower with sliding door, separate toilet with door, two opposite side desks which made it very convenient, a nice comfortable king bed. The room was located on deck 4 & off a dead end hallway (except for crew entrance) with 6 other outside cabins. This hallway was right next to the medical center & right by the mid ship elevators & the gangway to leave the ship while in ports. Great location for us. we really enjoyed our room.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We decided to ask a security guard how to get to Fort McHenry & he sent us it seems the long way. We figured about 2+ miles where we visited the Fort. Got a all year pass for $10 for both of us to visit any national park anywhere we want rather then the $7 each ticket to get into the fort. Was worth the walk. We then picked up the free "Circulator"(4 different routes) bus to the inner harbor where we saw the Constitution Sailing Ship & vicinity. Picked up the Circulator bus & went to Federal Hill, John Hopkins Hospital, & all around Baltimore. Nice day for us at no expense.

Our first time to the Northeast so enjoyed Boston. We took the city bus rather than the shuttle buses which cost quite a bit more to ride, which was just around the corner from the pier. That bus turned into an electric trolley as we entered the tunnel which then took us to South Station to pick up the subway to the center of the city. We got confused & got off with others at South Station. We went outside the gates & found out we would have to pay the $2.50 to get back in to the subway. Talked to a transit person & found out we were only a few blocks from the freedom trail. We walked all the way to North Church & then rode our 1st subway ride ever back to south station where we transferred to the SL2 line back to the Dawn.
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Took the free trolley around Charleston & then took the ferry to Fort Sumpter. Trolley back to the city to walk around the historical part of the city.

Did a walking tour of Halifax Going all the way to the Fort & Botanical Gardens. Enjoyed seeing Halifax. This port was not planned but a change due to Hurricane "Sandy". We did not get to see Portland, Maine or New York.
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We walked the city on a quiet Sunday morning. Saw Douglas Arthur Memorial & Statue, St. Paul's Church & stuck cannonball, by the Naval Base & Battleship Wisconsin, & Nauticus Submarine, Mose Meyer House & historic Old Freemason District. Then back to the Dawn.
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In having a night stay over in Quebec City, we had a chance to see the city at night & a day to walk the upper city. Did not take a tour, but had a free shuttle from the Dawn to the a drop off point in the lower part of the city. Walked up to the upper city to see everything above. Then went to the tourist info center & found a city bus -$10 Canadian($16 US) round trip- to Montmorency Falls 40 minute bus ride which was a highlight of the day.

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