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Sep 10

A colourful historic cruise around Canada and New England | Cruise | Travel | Daily Express

These days it’s mature Quebec City parkland yet beyond it are the trenches and battlements of the Citadel, still with its military garrison.

Straight ahead is the old town, dominated by the iconic Fairmont hotel, Le Chateau Frontenac and the harbour.

Through the early morning mist I can just make out the Isle of Orleans sitting in the mighty St Lawrence River on which I shall soon be cruising in some luxury.

I am joining MS Veendam for the Canada & New England Discovery cruise taking in major cities including Quebec, Halifax and Boston as well as the small coastal towns of Charlottetown, Sydney, Lunenburg and Bar Harbor.

In winter the landscape is different with several feet of snow, frozen seas and lots of ice. But it’s summer now and the landscape is beautiful: soft and rugged at the same time.
Never having been on a cruise before I’m not entirely sure what to expect.

First impressions of the grand Holland America Line ship are of an upmarket shopping mall.

The staircase spirals around an enormous glittering crystal chandelier.

The endless twinkly, art-encrusted corridors linking the shops, bars, lounges, restaurants and leisure facilities at first seem quite overwhelming.

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