Day 12 – Quebec City, Quebec
We docked in Quebec City early. The “Rotterdam, another Holland America vessel was already in port. Holland America dominates the Fall Canada/New England cruise departures with a number of ships allocated to this route.
I didn’t suggest a specific tour for my passengers today as we are docked next to the Old City and its so easy to navigate on your own.
I started strolling at 9am and didn’t arrive back to the ship until 4pm! I enjoyed a relaxing lunch break at a fantastic bistro – Boulay – I highly recommend it. The two course lunch special that I selected was $17.00 – very reasonable for this part of town. Boulay is rated as one of the best in the city. I found it quite by accident. It looked appealing when I saw it and after reading its excellent reviews I had to try it. I was lucky that they could accommodate me as this restaurant was very full with reservations.
Other than my lunch break I was basically exploring the rest of the time. Even my iwatch was impressed – it told me that I broke a personal fitness record today!
Quebec City is beautiful. It is tastefully decorated for the fall season – many large displays. Most of the charming boutiques are unique and have a French flair to them. Yes, I did some shopping between snapping pictures.
I came across my Room Steward on my journey back to the ship. He had collected a pile of fall coloured leaves and had surrounded himself with them. I was able to take his picture using his phone so he could share this fall scene with his family. He then asked me to leave him my email address as he wants to keep in touch. He is a true gentleman plus he kept my stateroom immaculately clean.
Tonight’s Farewell Dinner on board ship was as excellent as always.
I was very impressed with the Zuiderdam and this cruise itinerary. A cruise is great way to visit especially Eastern Canada’s ports of call which are all unique and wonderful. A cruise day visit allows you to explore the main highlights.
The staff onboard the Zuiderdam is excellent. Most are from Indonesia. They are very caring and work extremely hard. The Zuiderdam is in great shape and spotless clean. The entertainment was diverse and well received. The cuisine was top notch in all venues and that is so important for a cruiseline. There was always more than enough variety, everything always arrived hot and typically in a timely manner. The speciality restaurants are reasonably priced and I thought their cocktails are fairly priced too. There are ample ship board activities offered and daily afternoon tea is a nice touch, so is complimentary replenished fruit in staterooms and even shoe polishing service. Little extras count. I therefore look forward to bringing future groups on Holland America vessels.
Pictures to follow…