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10 Night Canada & New England Cruise from Quebec City

10 Night Canada & New England Cruise from Quebec City

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Quebec City
  • Day 2
    Quebec City
  • Day 3
    Saguenay Fjord
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
  • Day 6
    Sydney (Nova Scotia)
  • Day 7
    Halifax
  • Day 8
    Bar Harbor
  • Day 9
    Boston
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    New York (Manhattan)

Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: August 2019
My husband and I started this cruise with a princess transfer to the NY Hilton midtown. That was a very good choice as Laguardia is a mess and the weather delays rolled in after we were safely ensconced in the hotel. We were happy with ... Read More
My husband and I started this cruise with a princess transfer to the NY Hilton midtown. That was a very good choice as Laguardia is a mess and the weather delays rolled in after we were safely ensconced in the hotel. We were happy with our decision to come in a day early as the first port was Halifax. Embarkation was very quick with the medallion, lots of staff to help. We were also very pleased with our choice of a port balcony mini-suite. The balcony provided lots of natural light to the suite area with a couch and tv. The bed lives up to its comfy reputation. The extra space in the tub and shower area were also much appreciated on this 16 day cruise with a lot of sea days. The itinerary, Nova Scotia, Greenland, St. Johns NL was outstanding and we had smooth sailing even though the fog horns were often going, In St. John’s NL we were docked city side and it seems like the whole town showed up for our sail away with car horns honking and lots of folks waving as we sailed out and past the impressive fort at the mouth if the harbor. Unforgettable! In spite of all the good experience onboard, we have to say we are not fans of the Caribbean princess. She carries too many passengers compared to the public spaces. It was always crowded. If you wanted to go to a show you had to go 45 min ahead, we tried 30 min and no it was 45. And to those creepy people who save seats, shame on you and shame on princess for not supervising. There were never seats in any of the public areas. I think our fellow cruisers slept in some of them Anytime dining was frustrating, i labeled it no-time dining. We were shuffled from one dining room to another and always a wait. The wait staff seemed rushed. The buffet was also very crowded and mismanaged. No seating. On noodle day the line went out the buffet and into the pool area. It is a shame as the food was really good, with lots of choices. I think it was a bad decision to convert the back area of the buffet area to buy up restaurants.The Crown grill and Sabatinis were wonderful. We purchased internet, they had one poor tech support person and always a long line. It wasn’t seamless and the pricing wasn’t transparent. Granted I knew going in that there were few days where there would be no service. But it seems everyone needed help setting it up. The medallion also needs a little work. We got locked out of our room and no one could get in, they finally used a key Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise because of the Greenland destinations. Greenland has almost no tourist infrastructure and traveling both to there and while there is difficult. We wanted to compare Greenland with Iceland. The embarkation process ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Greenland destinations. Greenland has almost no tourist infrastructure and traveling both to there and while there is difficult. We wanted to compare Greenland with Iceland. The embarkation process was very smooth. I did notice they took our pictures twice, once at the service agent counter, and again three minutes later upon entering the ship. We had obtained our Medallions by mail prior to the cruise. Our balcony cabin was OK, and we noticed they had relocated the room TV to high in a corner instead of on the wall directly in front of the bed. That made it somewhat easier to navigate the narrow passage between the bed and the wall, but not as convenient to view. We liked storing suitcases under the bed. The large open closet area was nice. The bathroom was tiny tiny, as was the shower. But everything seemed to work, and we soon learned to leave a towel on the floor to keep it dry. But all was not rosy. First, the few pros: Food was OK- variety, quality, presentation, etc. Deserts, especially baked goods, uniformly taste a little "off", probably because there are few if any American trained chefs working on the ship. Open seating in the dining rooms was generally prompt. All the food service staff were aware of and knowledgeable about gluten free diet requirements, and very helpful in preparing gluten free versions of many menu items. Cabin service was simply great. Some of the many cons: The ship simply was not matched for the demographic profile of the passengers. There were basically no children on the ship, and average age was certainly in the 60's. The ship is a "newer" vintage, and recently remodeled to boot. But remodeling reduced or at best retained the size of common areas, using the space gained for more cabins. More passengers might enhance Princess's bottom line, but it made this ship CROWDED. The buffet area was always packed with people uncertain about their selections. This produced traffic jams within the food service areas. The seating areas were always generally full, resulting in lots of looking for space to sit while food cooled in your hands. Shows were OK, but finding seating for them was tedious. The theater only held 725 people, and generally only two showings were offered. Do the math. Roughly 1/2 of the people wanting to see shows were turned away. The non-answer provided by the smug cruise director responding to complaints was "go earlier". Princess made a delayed response to withering criticism by finally scheduling repeat matinee showings for some of the shows. There were few-to-none enrichment lectures. No lectures on Greenland culture, habitat or history. No lectures about upcoming ports. There is basically no tourist infrastructure yet in Greenland, so no opportunity to see anything inland. There are basically no interior roads. The few extraordinarily expensive excursions offered were limited to guided walking tours in town, or small boat trips up the fjords. The shortage of excursion space was exacerbated by Princess allowing Ships Officer's families preferred access, bumping paying customers who wanted a seat with a terse "sold-out, you should have booked your tour earlier" response. I'll give Princess sort of a pass on this because we didn't have high expectations going in. We did gain "bragging rights" in simply having set foot on Greenland soil. Tendering ashore is problem prone and slow, with delays getting from ship to shore approaching two hours at times. Many of the staff appeared to be simply going through the motions. But considering the conditions under which they serve, I can't blame them much for that. Non-theater entertainment was hit and miss, with some lounge shows bordering on terrible, and rewarded by large scale walkouts. The much ballyhooed "Medallion" (including Internet) needs some work. Internet is expensive and in the North Atlantic, very slow. Princess charged us for three drink services which we didn't make- which shouldn't be possible in a Medallion environment. The guest services agent we asked to reverse these charges clearly thought we were lying, and only reluctantly credited our account for the three services in dispute. There was universal dissatisfied grumbling about the cruise in virtually every conversation we overheard or participated in with fellow passengers. That cast a pall over the trip, and we probably won't use Princess again because of this stain. They could have done a heck of a lot better. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
This review is being written by a husband with a scooter-bound wife. We chose this cruise for the Greenland destination. In general, we enjoyed the cruise with only a few minor issues. Note to handicapped cruisers: If you or your ... Read More
This review is being written by a husband with a scooter-bound wife. We chose this cruise for the Greenland destination. In general, we enjoyed the cruise with only a few minor issues. Note to handicapped cruisers: If you or your travelling companion are mobility impaired, understand from the outset that there are many activities you may not be able to do (e.g.; get in and out of a tender to go ashore). If you use an electric scooter to get around, the ship's carpeting will consume your scooter's battery charge at a prodigious rate - you will need to carry your battery charger with you. You will also find many spots on the ship will be a tight fit. These issues are not unique to this cruise, or for that matter, Princess - handicapped cruisers will find them on any cruise from any line. A little forethought will minimize the inconveniences. Now on to the review proper: Embarkation: We used Princess-arranged transportation and flew in on the embarkation day. I recommend other cruisers do the same, as once you get on your flight, getting you to the ship is guaranteed by the cruise line. That said, delays with getting all the luggage screened delayed the ship departure for about 2 hours. Disembarkation: Our disembarkation flight was arranged by Princess. Our originally scheduled disembarkation time was unreasonably close to our flight departure time, so I had it moved up. Our luggage did not come off with our disembarkation, causing a minor panic. In the end, we got our luggage and made our flight; we would not have done so had we kept our original disembarkation time. The Ship: We have been on the Caribbean Princess before. The ship was in good condition, clean, and everything worked. While on the subject of the ship, I took the Ultimate Ship Tour that covers the working of the ship. This tour is not heavily promoted and you can only sign up for it while on board, but it is well worth it. The Cabin: We had Rivera (deck 14) 312 - an interior handicapped accessible cabin which we got as it was the last handicapped accessible cabin available for this cruise. While we would have preferred an obstructed view cabin lower down, this cabin was good. I have two comments on the cabin: 1) the bathroom door was close to the closet, which made for fancy scooter maneuvering for my wife to get in and out of the bathroom, and 2) you only get 2 electrical outlets in the cabin. Both of them were by the desk, which meant we had to get an extension cord to allow the scooter to stay by the bed while charging. Dining: In general, we ate at the buffet, avoiding the dining rooms and upcharge restaurants. We found the quality and variety of food to be good, but sometimes getting a table near an electrical outlet was a problem (see the Note to Handicapped Cruisers above). A minor gripe at the buffet was that the carving station was frequently unstaffed. We did have two "pub lunches" - we found the food at the pub lunches to be authentic and well prepared. Entertainment and Activities: The challenge for seeing production shows in the Princess Theater was getting into the theater in the first place. You had to be in your seat at least an hour before the performance start. To Princess's credit, they scheduled extra performances so eventually everyone could see the shows. The shows themselves were of high quality. Also good was the magician (Michael Barron), who also did a demonstration on how to perform some simple tricks. As is true of any cruise line, many of the onboard activities involved trying to sell you things. I have mentioned the Ultimate Ship Tour showing the working of the ship; do take it. In lighter entertainment, the cruise director lampooned the elevator situation with a game called "Elevator Roulette". Service: We put in an extra shout out for our cabin steward Dexter Dineros for service above and beyond the call of sanity. Other service folks were equally nice and helpful. Ports and Shore Excursions: Since my wife is scooter bound, we were limited to bus tours in Canadian ports (Halifax, Sidney, and St. John's). These tours were excellent. Greenland is very hilly and was largely inaccessible for scooter-bound people like my wife. She did get off the ship and onto the pier at Nuuk, but to go any further would have involved a long hill climb. The ports we visited in Greenland were small, and our cruise ship essentially doubled the ports' population for the day. As for the tours themselves: Nuuk: I took a walking tour that started in a Greenlander's house, we then went to the center of town where our tour guide gave us maps of the city and turned us loose. Qaqortoq: This was a tender port, so my wife stayed on the ship. I took a walking tour of the town, and this tour guide stayed with us the whole time. This tour was nice. Nanortalik: This was a tender port. Unfortunately, my wife and I had developed colds and so stayed on the ship. We heard from other cruisers that the local elementary school had sent its students to the landing to practice their English with the cruisers. Would we go on this cruise again? Yes Read Less
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