Having wanted to visit Quebec for several years, and living near New York, this itinerary was a natural. We spent one night at a hotel in the old city and the next night on board after embarking - staying alongside the pier until the following day. This gave us almost three days to enjoy Quebec.
The ports in Atlantic Canada: Prince Edward Island and Sydney and Halfax, Nova Scotia were delightful and uncrowded. Bar Harbor, ME has been ruined by the excess tourist development - as has been Newport, RI. Boston is a lovely city - always worth a visit. It was a port-intensive itinerary - moving down the coast - with ideal weather. A few passengers were disappointed by the lack of autumn color due to mild late summer and early fall weather (but that autumn color has been over-hyped - it is blah when compared with the amazing soft pastel palette in spring when the multi-colored buds and blossoms offer a lovelier range of color: once more, it is a matter of marketing over substance).
The MDR food was perfectly fine - no one in their right mind cruises on mass market lines for a gourmet experience - but it has clearly declined in quality, variety and preparation over the past dozen or so years. Service generally was great - HAL's traditional strong point. Sadly, there is very little live music on HAL ships these days - something that I hope management will reconsider.
Plenty of storage and living space. Well maintained.
Quebec is a lovely city - which can be enjoyed on your own after just a little research.
Just a walk-about on our own.
Also explored on our own
Having visited several times before, with Navy and on a cruise, it was nothing new.
This town has been ruined by excess tourism- the area: Mt. Desert is beautiful, but as New Englanders we have visited several times.
Always worth checking out one of several interesting areas.
Another port ruined by excess tourism - having spent much Navy time here, there was nothing new.