Montreal was the embarkation port. That is a lovely city and one must walk into the Vieux Montreal and see the Notre Dame Cathedral and cobblestone streets. I had lunch along the riverfront.
I took HAL’s hotel, the Hyatt Regency downtown was quite pleased with the service. I do not recommend the hotel’s over-priced restaurant. If possible one can get cheaper foods in the mall food court next door.
*Quebec City is a medieval jewel which looks more like a European river city than anything in North America. I did not one, but two walking tours of the old town, one culminating in high tea at the Chateau and the other a ghost tour.
*Charlottetown Prince Edward Island…Like most, I took the Anne of Green Gables tour. This is a lovely island.
*Sydney Nova Scotia…My tour took me to Louisbourg Fortress which is a re-created town of the early 18’Th century. Even though my visit was out of season , re-enacters were present by prior arrangement by being on a ship sponsored tour.
*Halifax…I did the Highland Experience at the Citadel. Where I was part of a tour group of three partnered with a costumed guide. I got to play Highland soldier.
* Bar Harbor…I was part of the ship’s Best of Both Worlds tour which visited Acadia National Park and a Lobster museum.
* Boston…I took the bus tour of historic Boston which ended at the airport. We visited some historic sites of significance such the outside of the USS Constitution and the Boston Library. Historic Boston is worth the time to see.
All things considered, the Maasadam to Canada/New England is a worthy cruise for those of us who are tired of beaches and t-shirt shops as ports of call. It is the ideal cruise of those who value history, culture, and nature over tourist traps.