About to book our first cruise ever - Help!

We have decided to treat ourselves to our first cruise and have chosen Canada and New England as the area to explore. The itinerary must include Quebec and PEI and at least a couple of ports in Maine, but length and departure port are very flexible.

Two biggies with us are being able to eat by ourselves at dinner and no dressing up - no jackets, no suits, no cocktail dresses and no tuxes. This is a vacation. We want to relax, kick back and reconnect. Also, huge hoards are not our style.

Is this impossible to find? Any recommendations?

27 Answers

Actually, if a new cruiser saw the title he/she might find the information here very helpful. Maybe we did help the OP, she just never came back to let us know.Surprised

And couldn't muster up a simple thank you ?

Your choice of cruise line depends on your budget. The New England voyages are limited to a specific season so they tend to be a bit more expensive (supply and demand at work). We always recommend Princess but other lines operate through NE and Canada so just check the itinerary.

As to ports, you require "Quebec and PEI and at least a couple of ports in Maine". From what we have seen, ports include NYC (NY), Newport (RI), Boston (MA), Bar Harbor (ME), St. Johns (NB), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Charlottetown (PEI). You have to do some homework and pick the itinerary of your choice. Depending on your travel dates, you may not get everything you want, e.g., "at least a couple ports in Maine".

You can select to eat at a table for two once you have picked your voyage; it is part of the reservation process. If you find you are not at a table for two when you get on board, speak to the maitre d'. S/he can usually fix that for you. It is a fairly standard issue that gets resolved on the first nights of a cruise.

As for not dressing up, that's all up to you. Formal nights are requested dressy but you don't have to wear a tuxedo and ball gown. Some lines call it "evening chic". A sparkly top and black pants/skirt work. My husband is disabled so a dinner jacket is extremely uncomfortable for him, he wears a long sleeved shirt and tie if we dine in the MDR on formal nights. What we usually do is head for the informal Horizon Court to dine on at least one formal night. It takes the pressure off packing.

I suggest you go to the MDR on at least one of the formal nights. It is usually worth the effort as the food choices are special and it is something every cruiser should experience at least once before saying that getting too dressed up isn't something they enjoy. Try it, you might like it :)

Best of luck

They could be reading along and just not responding. Some people don't do that... not me (or you) of course. :/

One more note... the inclusion of Quebec will likely narrow your choices down considerably. As recommended, a competent travel agent is a good idea due to your requirements list.

You and I both know that is not uncommon!

We did 10 day Canada and New England on Caribbean Princess last October, New York to Quebec. Was great. Very port intensive and did Bar Harbor and PEI and overnight in Quebec. Any questions feel free to ask. Cruising is a great way to travel.

We did 10 day Canada and New England on Caribbean Princess last October, New York to Quebec. Was great. Very port intensive and did Bar Harbor and PEI and overnight in Quebec. Any questions feel free to ask. Cruising is a great way to travel.

We did 10 day Canada and New England on Caribbean Princess last October, New York to Quebec. Was great. Very port intensive and did Bar Harbor and PEI and overnight in Quebec. Any questions feel free to ask. Cruising is a great way to travel.

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