We chose this cruise so we could see as much of Canada & USA in one cruise - 9 ports (one with an overnight stay) on an 11 day cruise is pretty much unheard of as most other cruises of this duration would have at least 3/4 sea days included so to see so many different places the cruise was great value for money. It was our first time sailing with RC (we have approx 15 cruises under our belt) and had recieved some negative feedback prior to the sailing in both to the ship and RC's attitude to selling and upgrading. I am happy to say that both were unfounded.
Prior to the cruise we did upgrade to the 5 night gourmet package which is worth its weight in gold - the Chops grill is excellent followed closely by Giovanni's. When we booked the cruise it included a free standard drinks package (which was discontinued 6 months ago), on the first night one of the bar staff advised that for $10 pppd (plus 18% gratuity) it could be upgraded to the ultimate package - again worth its weight in gold as this was by far the least expensive end of cruise bill we have ever had so very happy of RC's phylosophy to trading up.
The ship is 'old' being aunched in 1998 but we found it very smart and tidy and have been on much younger ships that were in a poorer state. The staff/crew were great across the whole ship and we ate and drank in every resturant & bar (on quiet a number of occassions) and did not have any need to groan or moan (unlike some of our fellow American travellers who seemed to enjoy doing so for no reason). Every one was helpful and anything we requested was provided so what more can you ask for.
Cabin was tidied twice a day, had a great cleaner with a superb sense of humour especially on the last night when his 'towel' skills made us cry with laughter - won't spoil it for any future clients.
Mixture of new and old buildings
Old famous town but has seen better days - many closed down shops
Very deceiving from the port - you need to explore to see the lovely parts of the city - use the tourist board at the port for assistance - very helpful - Halifax Citadal well worth the visit
Lovely port town - must try the local brewed flights (4 x different beers)
Another quaint port town
Lovely old town
Neither of us are fans of the large USA cities as too overcrowed for us but we did enjoy our time there with the freedom trail, Quincy market and Cheers bar
Loved it, loved it, loved it - will definately visit again