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Quebec City

Quebec City

My recent Royal Caribbean Cruise started at Quebec City and ended at magical New York. Quebec City is superb, quintessentially French and worth two or three days to explore if you can manage the extra time. I was cruising on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas and the ship was berthed on the St Lawrence River just below the promontory on which the iconic Chateau Frontenac is located, one of the classic hotels of North America. The old town (since 1985 a UNESCO World Heritage site) is div

RogerAllnutt

RogerAllnutt

Shore excursions during your cruise

Shore excursions during your cruise

Cruise ships offer many options for shore excursions during their cruises and they can often be a highlight of your cruise. However I have found that the prices when booking on the ship are often excessive. At many ports of call local entrepreneurs line up on the dock to provide alternative tours. One consideration you need to be aware of is that if something goes wrong with a locally organised tour and you are late back the ship will not wait for you and it could lead, as it did on a recen

RogerAllnutt

RogerAllnutt

Onboard Shopping Stores

Onboard Shopping Stores

The shopping arcade on any cruise ship is a mecca for many passengers. Most ships have a range of shops selling goods ranging from clothing, watches, jewellery, souvenirs to cameras and duty free alcohol. In generak I have found the quality of merchandise is good with brand names a feature. Often there is a gallery selling ( or auctioning) art works although in my view much of it is pretty ordinary. It is fascinating to watch the passengers searching for that special item to take home. Ther

RogerAllnutt

RogerAllnutt

Fixed seating or MyTime dining

Fixed seating or MyTime dining

Most cruise ships offer a choice for evening meals between fixed seating or the ‘freer’ MyTime dining arrangement. I don’t really like dining at 6pm (too early) or 8.30pm (too late) so the flexibility of choosing my dinner time is welcome by me. Fixed seating times usually also mean being with the same table companions the whole cruise. I like to have the option of dining with my wife or joining other couples or individuals we meet along the way. MyTime dining also provides a more flex

RogerAllnutt

RogerAllnutt

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