We booked this cruise for several reasons, but we did have a large credit from a covid canceled cruise and needed to use it soon. The itinerary was interesting and our daughter and grandkids live in Connecticut.
We had sailed Viking once before and this cruise was great like the first one.
Staff was friendly and hardworking. Ports were fun! Captain and crew had to work around our big change in itinerary due to Hurricane Fiona. When we left Boston, we already knew that the port of Halifax was closed. We were diverted to Sydney NS and were initially told we could get off for a couple of hours. When we arrived, it was decided that they would just do the paper work and leave. Took off and moved quickly to the St Lawrence Seaway to get out of the path of Fiona. Seas were a bit bumpy, but we have been on worse in the Caribbean.
Other than a long way to the stairs or elevator--and the laundry, no complaints.
We did the included tour--guide was good, but our guide in NYC was great! The ship ran a shuttle on the hour to a spot near the Aquarium and return was on the half. On the second day, we walked most of the freedom trail, did a few other stops, and got lost finding the Cheers Bar. At that point, we just took Uber back to ship by the time we walked to the pick up for the bus we would have just missed it and had to wait. Uber was $16 with tip.
Excellent tour guide! What a story teller and a Hamilton specialist. Most of the included tour was on the bus but we had 30 minutes at the 9/11 Memorial.
We had an extra day so on our own we did the funiculare up from port area (about a 10 minute or so walk).. Went to the Fort and took its included one hour walking tour. Ate lunch at Chateau Frontenac. It was rainy and cold (55 is cold for us), so we went back to the ship to dry out and use the spa. Our second day there, we had a wonderful retired school teacher as our guide. Just really excellent and saw lots of the city and learned lots of history of the area.
Again we did the included tour but once again had an outstanding guide. During our stop at the Cathedral there was an organ concert--such spectacular sound from it. We saw lots of the city, the different districts and had a couple of stops the last at a large overlook on the local "mountain".