We cruise often: RCL, Celebrity, HAL, Princess ( previously Renaissance, Orient Line, others). Crown Princess has been one of our favorite ships, but we were never aboard when it was full (about 3100 passengers) which creates unique problems(see below): We arranged our own air and took the fixed-fee cab from the airport to a good hotel in downtown Quebec, with a $10. cab ride the next morning to the cruise terminal. Embarkation at the well-designed Quebec Cruise terminal at noon was efficient and fast, and we had lunch on the ship that day. The next day we took the Princess walking tour of Old Quebec. Several of the churches we were to visit were locked up and closed, so it was more of an outside architectural tour of the older buildings, to the guide's surprise. We sailed up the estuary to CornerBrook but the winds were so great that the Captain did not want to anchor or tender for fear that the winds would create subsequent problems, so after looking at CornerBrook from the deck we sailed out into the Atlantic. We were able to visit all of the other ports on the itinerary.
The Port lecturer only talked about several ports. He said he is a former bus guide. His information was not helpful at all, incomplete, occasionally inaccurate (compared with the guidebooks in the ship's library)and misleading.
The enrichment lecturer is an astronomer and presented astronomic information and observation. May have been interesting to other astronomers, but we and many others walked out due to lack of interest.