Rotterdam Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

NE/Canada Cruise in the Fall

Sail Date: September 24, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Rotterdam is a nice size ship, not too big or smalll, and able to dock at the pier at most ports.  Had to use a tender at Bar Harbor, ME.  With the smaller size ship, I didn't feel that the ports were overwhelmed with tourists when we arrived.  On this cruise the ports were close to the town and for those who had not been to these town, I feel that the excursions were not as necessary as some.  We did take an excursion to Peggy's Cove, which was beautiful, but on the day we went there were so many tour buses that it overwhelmed the area (and the one bathroom available).  This was our first non-Caribbean cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed it.    

Cabin / Stateroom
Only complaint with the room is the very outdated bathtub. Although it was clean, it was very faded and unappealing. I would only use it for a shower. The balcony was nice, especially as we cruise along the river.
Onboard Activities Enjoyed the digital workshops. Learned a lot about Windows 10 and photo editing. Highly recommend going to them.
Children's Programs Did not need
Entertainment We especially enjoyed the pianist and the couple that danced and performed Celtic music from Cape Breton in the showroom. "Barry from Boston" in the piano bar was fantastic.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining open dining was convenient and offered a chance to meet other travelers. Food was okay, but not over the top wonderful. We were disappointed that lobster rolls were not on the menu as we were in lobster country.
Boston, Massachusetts
Bar Harbor, Maine
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sydney, Nova Scotia Dont' go to Peggy's Cove unless you can verify how busy it is going to be.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Quebec City, Quebec
Bring your walking shoes. Very, very hilly, but historical. The Château Frontenac Hotel was beautiful.
Cruise St. Lawrence River
Montreal, Quebec
There was a lot of construction in the area if you are trying to drive, beware. Very pretty and historical town that is walk-able from the port, once the shuttle gets you to the real port instead of the temporary one.


On the trip from Boston to Montreal, I would recommend the port side if you want to be able to see land for most of the trip.

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