We boarded last Friday in Boston after having flown up from NC on Thursday. We left 95+ degree temps and landed in 52-degree weather. It has been cool to cold the whole voyage, with today, as we cruise the Gulf of St. Lawrence being the coldest. I don’t think it got out of the 40’s today.
The first two days, in Bar Harbor and Halifax were sunny. Charlottetown and Sydney were mostly cloudy and windy. Today as we were at sea was sunny, windy and very brisk on deck.
The good, the bad and the ugly so far.
Embarkation was easy, much easier than an NCL cruise that I have been on which includes Miami and New Orleans and Tampa. No boarding group numbers as you check in, they direct you to chairs, in order of arrival, and they board the ship that way. First day lunch had three venues open, one of the main dining rooms, O’Sheens, and the buffet.
Our excursion have been through NCL (I know). The excursion themselves have been good, but long. We had three back to back to back excursion that were each over 7 hours. That is a lot of bus time. It would not have been so bad if people had been on time, and not asked for special privileges like extra stops for pictures. I blame this on NCL as some of the crew encourage this to happen and were part of the delay.
We have tendered twice. The waits have not been too bad, and they haven’t packed the tenders too full.
We missed our M&G because it was scheduled on a port day when most of us were ashore.
The ship is in good shape though a nice sand blasting and repainting outside is in order. I haven’t noticed any repair issues inside the ship, but if you know what you are looking for you can tell that it has been a while since carpets were changed.
We have had some issues with our room steward, the details of which are unimportant but NCL seems to have jumped right on it and resolved the issues. Nothing big, but just a series of little things that keep adding up. Time will tell if the issues are resolved. The officers and supervisors have done there best to resolve the few issues that we have had, and really that is all you can ask.
Food in Cagney’s and Moderno was nice, and the pacing of the meals was perfect. I’m not sure where the people who complain about Cagney’s have been eating but it is not the same place we dined. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about La Bistro. Bad food and bad service.
Tomorrow we have another seven-hour excursion, but it is on a boat, so we won’t be stuck in bus seats.
Some random notes. The NFL was on Sunday and Monday nights.
The Internet is slow but bearable, just barely. I could not connect for my two online classes, but email, and most web sites including CC are working OK. I can easily upload pictures to Facebook using my phone, but it is next to impossible using the laptop.
I will try to get back and answer any questions.
The cruise ends in Quebec City Friday, well it does for most people, we stay on for the return to Boston.