2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
As Quebec Tourism says, "So Europe, So Close." We walked the upper and lower city, enjoyed the scenery and had a delicious lunch on Rue St. Jean at Les Trois Garcons gastropub. We ate right on the sidewalk and enjoyed the people ... Read More
As Quebec Tourism says, "So Europe, So Close." We walked the upper and lower city, enjoyed the scenery and had a delicious lunch on Rue St. Jean at Les Trois Garcons gastropub. We ate right on the sidewalk and enjoyed the people watching. Endless charm. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
We had two full days here so decided we would go to Montmorency Falls the first day. We looked at trips, but decided against them as they seemed to spend very little time at the falls. We knew we could get a public bus there and got some ... Read More
We had two full days here so decided we would go to Montmorency Falls the first day. We looked at trips, but decided against them as they seemed to spend very little time at the falls. We knew we could get a public bus there and got some good advice from a tourist information advisor at the port. She suggested walking along the riverfront to the bus stop for the number 800 bus in the direction of Beauport. The bus stop was near the train station and luckily she had marked it on a map. We went into the farmers market on the way to the station. The train station itself was an old, very ornate building which was worth seeing in itself. We decided it would be easier to get a two day pass for the local buses, (approx. $13 each), and we were able to buy them in a convenience store in the train station. The store was not easy to find, but a local person helped us. We enjoyed the 20 minute or so bus ride to the falls, which are very near to the bus terminus. There was a footbridge over the top of the falls giving good views. We crossed the bridge and followed the path a short way along to a large flight of stairs down the cliff. We went down the stairs to the bottom and were then able to walk towards the tourist building at the bottom of the cable car. We bought a drink and a snack here before getting the cable car back up to the top of the cliff, near to the Chateau, (which is a short walk from the top of the falls). I think the cable car was about $10 single and $11 for a return. We could have got the return from near to the chateau and skipped the long flight of stairs, but are glad we did use the stairs as it gave more views of the falls and the walk was enjoyable. The chateau had a small display area and pleasant gardens. People who went on organised trips to the falls were very disappointed as they had very little time by the falls and could only see them from above. On our return to Quebec we found that we could use our bus passes to get the bus back to the port, (it is bus number 1 and does a circular route around Quebec city). From the port you need to get the bus going to the right to go into the city. We used the bus that evening to go up to Grande Allee where there are a lot of bars and restaurants which are popular with the locals. We enjoyed walking through the city down to the port that night. The next day we went into the city a couple of times using our bus passes on the number 1 bus for some journeys. Without the passes the bus costs $2 per journey. We had a soup and a beer in Chateuau Frontenac. The main hallway of the building was worth seeing, but the bar could have been anywhere in the world, so nothing special. The area down by the port was the best area from our point of view as it was quieter. We made the mistake of walking up the wooden stairs from near Chateau Frontenac thinking we could get up to the Fort. We walked, and walked……… and ended up to the far side of the Fort and unable to access it from there! We gave up. The centre of Quebec was nice, but was rather touristy compared to the quiet, unspoiled ports we had seen previously. Montmorency Falls were more impressive from our point of view. I think we felt that way because the city was very European in style, but impressive water falls like that are not something that we see in Europe. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
We rented Enterprise cars in each of our Canadian ports. Was a terrific was to see the area and have the flexibility of our own car. Quebec City was beautiful.
We rented Enterprise cars in each of our Canadian ports. Was a terrific was to see the area and have the flexibility of our own car. Quebec City was beautiful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2014
We had organised a private tour with Tours Voir Quebec, and had Marie as our guide, she was exceptional and so caring toward my elderly Mum. The tour was extensive, taking us to Saint Anne de Beaupre, magnificent basilica out of Quebec ... Read More
We had organised a private tour with Tours Voir Quebec, and had Marie as our guide, she was exceptional and so caring toward my elderly Mum. The tour was extensive, taking us to Saint Anne de Beaupre, magnificent basilica out of Quebec City, also to Montmorency Falls, a drive over to the island with the wonderful vineyards and around Old Town Quebec. We specifically needed a tour that offered mostly driving and little walking due to my Mothers inability to walk long distances and Marie delivered that well, I would highly recommend this company to anyone, especially for mobility challenged people. It was not cheap, but well worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Spent 3 nights in Quebec City pre-cruise, plus the overnight onboard Ruby Princess. Thoroughly enjoyed Quebec City - the history/culture, great town for foodies, friendly people. Would love to spend more time there again as part of a ... Read More
Spent 3 nights in Quebec City pre-cruise, plus the overnight onboard Ruby Princess. Thoroughly enjoyed Quebec City - the history/culture, great town for foodies, friendly people. Would love to spend more time there again as part of a summer time cruise and/or land vacation.Spent one day doing Frommer's walking tour of Lower Town and shopping at Marche du Vieux-Port.Spent one day doing Frommer's walking tour of Upper Town including the Citadelle.Took the Old Quebec Tours shuttle to Montmorency Falls - quick trip outside the city limits and well worth it. Beautiful countryside, wooded trails, and the falls are spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We arrived in Quebec City a day early because we were travelling from Seattle and wanted to account for any unplanned delays. (good thing too because the "Chicago Fire" was still messing up air travel two weeks after it happened) ... Read More
We arrived in Quebec City a day early because we were travelling from Seattle and wanted to account for any unplanned delays. (good thing too because the "Chicago Fire" was still messing up air travel two weeks after it happened) We took a charter bus in from Monteal (Orleans Express) which was a good option. It cost $55.00 each and took about 3 pleasant hours, very comfortable. From the bus terminal it was an easy cab ride to our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel 71. It is very close to the cruise ship terminal and comes with a free breakfast and complimentary baggage delivery to the ship. It is a very nice place. Plenty to see and do in QC just walking around. We did not take any guided tours as there is plenty of markers and plaques telling you what things are. The vistitors center is world class I must say! The Chataue Frontenac is very impressive and worth the walk up. We thought it would be very expensive to stay there but some other people said they got a room for about what we paid at the Hotel 71. It is further away from the ship dock but if you've always wanted to stay there you should investigate. All in all, Quebec City is AWESOME! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
My wife really likes to come to Quebec City. We have already seen Mount Morency Falls, The Plains of Abraham, The Citadel,
My wife really likes to come to Quebec City. We have already seen Mount Morency Falls, The Plains of Abraham, The Citadel, Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
Amazing City with classic old buildings, great shopping, restaurants, historical sites and far too much to see in a single trip. Loved the old town area by the ship and the walled city above. Parliament buildings area was beautiful. Would ... Read More
Amazing City with classic old buildings, great shopping, restaurants, historical sites and far too much to see in a single trip. Loved the old town area by the ship and the walled city above. Parliament buildings area was beautiful. Would have liked to seen the Citadel (fortress) in its historical condition but it is still being used as a military base. Plains of Abraham area was unimpressive. Overall, a friendly and constantly interesting city. We were here for a day and a half which was great as we enjoyed an full evening and most of the second day just wandering through the area. Lots we did not see and the walking tours beat out the organized excursions, but next time will leave enough time for both. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We had 2 days here -- one was HOT (shorts weather), one was COLD -- jacket, hat, umbrella, etc. It was an unbelievable 25 degree difference! We enjoyed ambling the city and shopping. Quebec has great artsy shops and restaurants. We went in ... Read More
We had 2 days here -- one was HOT (shorts weather), one was COLD -- jacket, hat, umbrella, etc. It was an unbelievable 25 degree difference! We enjoyed ambling the city and shopping. Quebec has great artsy shops and restaurants. We went in the Parliament building which was open for tourists the day we went and also went in the Chateau Frontenac. We didn't take any excursions, just did our own thing. We utilized the shuttle that the ship offers between the city and the ship, especially on the cold day. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
(This also appears in my main cruise review.)Since we also came here in 2009, we also knew this was another place to shop and take pictures. Beautiful old place, such lovely colors and everything you could expect of Old Europe. So no tours ... Read More
(This also appears in my main cruise review.)Since we also came here in 2009, we also knew this was another place to shop and take pictures. Beautiful old place, such lovely colors and everything you could expect of Old Europe. So no tours for us here, either. However – yes, I have a complaint. Just one, though. The shuttle service from the ship is a complete ripoff. For $5 per person (one way), you are taken to a spot just over the bridge (which you could walk to) and are dumped off there and expected to walk all the way to Upper Town, or purchase tickets to take the Furnicular incline elevator halfway up the hill. Members of my family who had knee problems were annoyed and upset to have paid for transportation that was anything but what was expected, but we all made it up to the top, going slowly, and enjoying the cobblestone streets and beautiful shops. After shopping ourselves silly and burning up our camera cards, we hailed a cab, piled all five of us in it, and were taken right up to the ship’s gangway for $10. So do the math, and hail a cab instead of taking the shuttle. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
The most beautiful place we stopped in the 7 days cruise.The other ports of calls was not really great.
The most beautiful place we stopped in the 7 days cruise.The other ports of calls was not really great. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
What a beautiful City. Most European.....the people were fantastic.....the food was fantastic.....the weather was wonderful. We have been to Quebec City several times and it never seems not to amaze us. The history, the shops, the little ... Read More
What a beautiful City. Most European.....the people were fantastic.....the food was fantastic.....the weather was wonderful. We have been to Quebec City several times and it never seems not to amaze us. The history, the shops, the little restaurants on the street, and of course the Funicular going from upper old town to lower old town. Can't wait to go back! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2013
Absolutely charming city - so French! This port was an overnight stop and we could have used another day here.
Absolutely charming city - so French! This port was an overnight stop and we could have used another day here. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2013
Fabulous city - just take funicular to top and quebec tourist info office across from Frontenac hotel. Very helpful, free wifi and tours 1/2the ship price.
Fabulous city - just take funicular to top and quebec tourist info office across from Frontenac hotel. Very helpful, free wifi and tours 1/2the ship price. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Quebec City is beautiful and a highlight of this itinerary. Unfortunately, the day we were there, it was pouring rain and windy with hail, so we ended up running in and out of shops. There are fabulous little Bistros, stores and amazing ... Read More
Quebec City is beautiful and a highlight of this itinerary. Unfortunately, the day we were there, it was pouring rain and windy with hail, so we ended up running in and out of shops. There are fabulous little Bistros, stores and amazing views of the Chateau Frontenac. This is wonderful city. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Yay, Quebec City is on the list of options! Anyway, the old town of Quebec City is beautiful, feels like Europe in many places. Thank goodness for the Funicular because walking up and down those steep hills is too much for me. How do they ... Read More
Yay, Quebec City is on the list of options! Anyway, the old town of Quebec City is beautiful, feels like Europe in many places. Thank goodness for the Funicular because walking up and down those steep hills is too much for me. How do they do it in the winter?? Anyway, loved Quebec City. 100% charm. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
This was definitely the crown jewel of this cruise!!!!!! The Walled City and the lower city are cobblestone narrow roads full of restaurants, shops and artist show their works on the sideways and alleyways. The Citadel tours is worth ... Read More
This was definitely the crown jewel of this cruise!!!!!! The Walled City and the lower city are cobblestone narrow roads full of restaurants, shops and artist show their works on the sideways and alleyways. The Citadel tours is worth the $10.00 fee. Starting in Mid June, tourist are able to watch the changing of the guard. There are two museums within the fort walls and if you are luck to take the 11:45 English speaking tour you will have the privilege to witness the noon gun be fired. The view from the Citadel walls of Quebec City, the harbor and river is breathtaking!!!!! After the Citadel, head out the walled city and over to the Parliament House see the the 24 life-size status of some of Canadian most famous citizens which stand along the walls and windows on the four stories and four walled building. When you walk back through the gates of the walled city you have to remained yourself your are in Canada and not Europe. We also visited the Open Market next to the harbor. It's a foodie's dream come true. Fresh meat, seafood, fruit, veggie, honey, maple syrup, cheese, bakeries, and spices that offer wonderful tastes, sights and smells for your senses. The Jewel of the walled city the Le Chateau Frontenac hotel which towers over the city of Quebec during the day and at night. Also be should to visit the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral it's a beautiful architectural vision. Three days is not enough to see all of Quebec city but you do get to see a lot of the lower section and walled section to make you would to come back again. The view from the ship's deck 12 departing from Quebec is a chance to see the Montmorency Falls (1 1/2 times higher than Niagara Falls) if you didn't get a chance to see it up close. Also to see the small towns and working farms along both sides of the river is a wonderful way to enjoy the sunset as you head back to sea. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
In having a night stay over in Quebec City, we had a chance to see the city at night & a day to walk the upper city. Did not take a tour, but had a free shuttle from the Dawn to the a drop off point in the lower part of the city. ... Read More
In having a night stay over in Quebec City, we had a chance to see the city at night & a day to walk the upper city. Did not take a tour, but had a free shuttle from the Dawn to the a drop off point in the lower part of the city. Walked up to the upper city to see everything above. Then went to the tourist info center & found a city bus -$10 Canadian($16 US) round trip- to Montmorency Falls 40 minute bus ride which was a highlight of the day. Read Less

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