We did this cruise and found each of the locations had something very interesting and special so hearing the description "bland" is very surprising. Perhaps you just visited the ports and not the countryside? At the Gaspe we went to Perce and I have to say that the drive there was just beautiful and the rock formation was totally awesome! One of our favorites tours. I hope you had a chance to do Peggy's Cove in Halifax. Again a beautiful area. We found that this cruise did require touring outside of the port area in order to appreciate the beauty of the location.