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Sail Date: September 2019
The ordeal started in port. The boat was six hours late to dock due to tropical storm Dorian...Ok, not much can be done about that except, maybe a heads up from NCL. Too much to ask for I guess. This trip was booked by a cancer foundation ... Read More
The ordeal started in port. The boat was six hours late to dock due to tropical storm Dorian...Ok, not much can be done about that except, maybe a heads up from NCL. Too much to ask for I guess. This trip was booked by a cancer foundation as a “wish” for my son who is battling leukemia. To console everyone for the late arrival of the boat, they offered a free bag of chips and a bottle of water. We decided to get out and walk around the city. After six hours of waiting, we were finally able to board the ship. After boarding the ship, we were told that we could not access our cabins because they were still cleaning them and they didn’t anticipate them being finished for another hour and a half. Again, okay, we’ll just try and find a place to dine.....of course, EVERYONE has the same idea which made some halls impassable and getting an elevator almost impossible (my child uses a wheel chair to get around). We finally get to a dining area and find out that if you don’t buy a drink package, a cup of soda is $3 per cup. I expected it to be a little inflated but goodness (I’ll chalk that one up to my own ignorance). So, we finally leave port and head out to sea at about 10pm. First night in the books and all seems well. Next day, we all awake and lounge in the cabin for a while and decide to get brunch, by this time breakfast is over. We head to the complementary taste restaurant and order. My son gets the shrimp pasta with red sauce (another round of 3$ sodas). We take my son and his brother up to the teen lounge and let them “lounge” while I go back to the room to fill out paperwork in anticipation of Canada, when I get the call that my kid isn’t feeling well and has been vomiting. We get him back to the room and try to use some of him medications brought from home to see if that would do the trick. Unfortunately, he was still vomiting and using the bathroom. In fear of dehydration, we take him to the medical floor. They give him IV fluids and insist on going thru their base clinic in Cleveland who instructs them to give him an antibiotic we’ve told them several times he is allergic to. My wife makes them call his on call dr (via Satellite phone) to direct them on exactly how to treat him bc technically once he developed the 102 fever they wanted him in a hospital asap but they keep him overnight. The next morning we are ferried off the boat to the post hospital for observation. The ship calls and instructs us to come get our baggage and disembark because they don’t believe he should be on the boat. All the while, we are in Bar Harbor, Maine and basically have to figure out how to get home only to receive multiple notifications that they’ve charged and MAXED OUT our credit card for their medical services and the 8 cups of soda to the tune of $8,000. I will NEVER take another NCL cruise again. I expected better! Beware, the shrimp and pasta with red sauce is a doozy! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2019
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No ... Read More
They have absolutely nothing for the kids to do. Besides the closet sized room for the tots. My daughter is 3 and was nervous about going to the kids section and they wouldn’t even let me walk her in and say goodbye.. ridiculous. No activities.. nothing. Rooms are small. Workers are nice except for a few that seems miserable. Carnival pride is definitely a better choice. Their dining room is ok. Breakfast is the same food every morning. The crowd is mainly older and get mad when the kids are being kids.. just a warning. Our cabin is right above the door they open to let people off the ship so my kids get woken up in the morning and from their naps. Soda cans are $4.. they have ONE. pool open for public and if your kids are not potty trained they can’t go in.. so my one year old had nothing to do.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2019
Loved the ports of call. Love the size of the ship. We wanted to sail up the eastern seaboard. You feel like you belong to a family when coming on board an Oceania cruise ship. The crew are very helpful and can’t do enough ... Read More
Loved the ports of call. Love the size of the ship. We wanted to sail up the eastern seaboard. You feel like you belong to a family when coming on board an Oceania cruise ship. The crew are very helpful and can’t do enough for you. Embarkation was very easy and the ground staff were very friendly and helpful. One criticism is that the cost of the shore excursions are disproportionately expensive. The cabins are fairly well appointed but the balcony on this particular cabin was very exposed and it was extremely noisy and disturbing when the anchor was activated especially first thing in the morning.. At breakfast there was only an option of vegetarian sausage once in the ten day voyage. Generally the food was excellent. We love cruising with Oceania and will always look to cruise with them as our first option. Your cruise director was very entertaining and kept you well informed of what was happening on and off the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Would not recommend to others. Food and service only fair. Overall rating on scale of 1-10 would be seven (7).Cruise director attractive and friendly but inefficient. Made a number of mistakes for our group on excursion scheduling. Hotel ... Read More
Would not recommend to others. Food and service only fair. Overall rating on scale of 1-10 would be seven (7).Cruise director attractive and friendly but inefficient. Made a number of mistakes for our group on excursion scheduling. Hotel director inexperienced as was the entire crew. Cabin service was ok but not great. On two occasions room was not made up until the afternoon and then only after a request (complaint) was made. Turn down service missed on one occasion. No keys in room upon arrival. Took about an hour to get resolved. Sometimes food was very good-other times poor to fair--overall just average. Dining room service was similar-sometimes good (not great) --other times fair. Drawers in stateroom furniture would not stay closed when ship was at sea. Balcony's too small to enjoy. Tender procedure poor, especially for those with mobility problems. Good things were luggage handling on embarkation and debarkation. Complimentary beverages, including happy hour and wine and beer at meals and all day soft drinks and snacks is nice perk. Staterooms and bathrooms clean and comfortable. Fell short of "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly" motto and was therefore disappointing in many respects. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Just went on Adventure of the Seas to Maine and Canada. Just loved this cruise! Aside from the excellent ports-of-call, the ship was also great. Though not a new ship, it was very well maintained. Our accessible room was very ... Read More
Just went on Adventure of the Seas to Maine and Canada. Just loved this cruise! Aside from the excellent ports-of-call, the ship was also great. Though not a new ship, it was very well maintained. Our accessible room was very spacious, and our stateroom attendant kept it very clean and accommodated all of our requests. We enjoyed the shows, and especially the ice show. We thought that the food was excellent in the main dining room. The service was also excellent, with the wait staff going out of their way to please us. Our one complaint was that there were no excursions offered for individuals in wheelchairs. There were many onboard using wheelchairs and scooters and in all 3 ports, not one accessible tour was offered. RCI needs to do better here and pay more attention to all of its guests. Overall, and excellent cruise and we loved the ship!! Would go on it again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Where do I begin? My wife and I just returned from a six night sailing on Adventure of the Seas. This was her 12th cruise and my 10th. We've sailed NCL, RCI, Carnival and Celebrity. Of all the ships we've been on, Adventure ... Read More
Where do I begin? My wife and I just returned from a six night sailing on Adventure of the Seas. This was her 12th cruise and my 10th. We've sailed NCL, RCI, Carnival and Celebrity. Of all the ships we've been on, Adventure is my favorite without a doubt. We booked this trip when we were on Enchantment last September. I was excited about trying a Vision class ship because it has all the amenities of the Freedom class ships but is slightly smaller. Adventure, as far as I'm concerned, is nearly perfect. It's beautiful and in great condition inside and out. We stayed at the Newark airport Doubletree which was ideal. Uber to the port cost us a total of $16.00 and it simply could not have been easier. We walked out of the Uber, through the terminal and were on the ship within 10 minutes. I thought Port Canaveral was easy but Bayonne is even more so. I figured out a few cruises ago that wearing swim trunks onto the ship means I can jump on the slides and the Flow Rider while everyone else is in the Windjammer. I got to spend nearly an hour by myself flow riding in the back of the ship before lunch! (I'm 50, BTW!) We had My Time Dining with a reservation each night at 5:15. Our MDR servers were Danny and Rudolfo - both terrific - and we enjoyed them more and more as the week went on. Food was very good. RCI's food isn't our favorite but it's very tasty and of course, I left more than full every night! Nicole at the check-in stand was delightful and started the dinner experience off on the right note every night. There was only one formal night on the cruise and although we brought clothes for it, we didn't feel like changing so we opted for dinner that night in the Windjammer. Speaking of the Windjammer, I have to say it was spacious and very well organized. I was a bit surprised that it closed relatively early each night but pizza and other tasty things were available 24/7 on the Promenade (another feature of the ship we loved). Overall, the Windjammer exceeded my expectations and the staff there was very accommodating. They have packed the space tight with tables and it was often crowded. Still, it was well organized. We happened to go upstairs one night only to stumble upon the chocolate fountain and dessert bar. They never advertised it but I guess we just got lucky. I probably consumed 5000 extra calories that night! I did use the fitness center each day and was pleased that it opened on time daily. Unlike other ships, it was never packed and the machines were in good condition. Our stateroom was 9307 and Kevin, our attendant, did an excellent job taking care of us. We seldom ran into him but he knew our names when we did. We have grown accustomed to interior cabins because the cost savings allow us to cruise more often. The room was cool and dark when we needed it to be. There isn't a lot of space but it had everything we needed. The bathroom was tiny but also provided us with everything we needed. Overall, we were very pleased with the room and our towel animals! Entertainment was very good. The singers were better than most and the variety of shows was strong. There were two comedians on the ship - one early and one late in the cruise. We attended the family friendly shows but not the adult versions because for us, that gets old quickly. The one show I did not care for was Impact. They are three dancers/singers who do a high energy show. The audience seemed to love them but that kind of entertainment just isn't my thing. The Adventure of the Seas band was excellent. Our ports of call were St. John, Bar Harbor and Halifax. In St. John we did the pink hop on hop off bus which was great. It was just enough and the drivers/narrators were excellent. Honestly, we weren't taken with the city but the cooler temperatures and length of our 90 minute tour were ideal. Bar Harbor is fantastic - but crowded. It was the only one of the three ports where we were with another ship - the Queen Mary 2. It made for a lot of people in a small space. We took an Olley's Trolley tour to the top of Mount Cadillac and the views were spectacular. The driver/narrator was excellent there as well. Some people raved about the tender boats and others complained because they were too big and it took a long time to board. For us, it wasn't an issue. I don't really mind tendering. It's an adventure in itself. We did schedule a RCI excursion to Peggy's Cove in Halifax. It was a 3.5 hour tour - most of which was spent on the bus. Our tour guide was excellent but with only 55 minutes to spend exploring Peggy's Cove (charming but a place I don't need to visit again) it was a long morning. The weather was nearly perfect with 65 degree temps throughout the entire voyage. The two things that surprised me about Adventure were no outdoor seating in the Windjammer and a greater degree of smoking on the pool deck in addition to the casino. However, overall, Adventure, with it's interior and exterior beauty, spectacular venues and outstanding staff made for one of our best cruises yet. Unlike many other ships on which we've sailed, the CD, Drew, was low key and excellent. So often CD's tend to be spotlight hungry and over the top. Drew was neither. Disembarkation was easier than embarkation! We prefer self assist and left our stateroom (sadly) at 7:16 a.m. We were off the ship in five minutes and at the Newark airport before 8:00 a.m.! Honestly, the ease and simplicity of the on and off process at Bayonne makes me want to find other sailings from the port. And it didn't hurt that we sailed passed the Statue of Liberty and under the Verrazzano bridge! All in all, I highly recommend Adventure of the Seas. I would sail her again tomorrow and will most certainly look for other cruises on Vision class ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise because my husband and I needed a very relaxing vacation. Our winter, spring and summer had been very chaotic due to family illness. With that being said, we were excited to be going out of Cape Liberty, no need to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my husband and I needed a very relaxing vacation. Our winter, spring and summer had been very chaotic due to family illness. With that being said, we were excited to be going out of Cape Liberty, no need to fly. We've cruised on Royal Caribbean ships quite a few times. Upon boarding, sea pass cards are not given out anymore. You are given a piece of paper with your reservation number, name and cabin number. The seapass cards are left on your cabin door. It was nice to get through check in fast and easy. Onto the ship we went to the buffet on deck 11. It was only 12:00 noon and the line to get into the buffet was long, winding around passed the elevators making it difficult to exit the elevators, with no ship staff directing guests. We quickly left the area and went to the Atrium floor to have cold hot dogs and hamburgers, along with dried out pizza. Next we went to our cabin, where the steward greeted us. However, there were no key cards on our door. We showed the steward our reservation and cabin number. He told us it was not our cabin, another passenger was in the room. We became a little distraught and insisted that there was a mistake. He knocked a few times and an older, disheveled lady came to the door. He asked that she present her seapass card, while she insisted that she was in the correct cabin. Turns out that she had our seapass cards in hand with our credit card number, had already used the bed and ate from a plate of cookies left for us in the cabin. The steward asked her to leave the cabin, which she did. My husband and I asked for a supervisor of housekeeping to speak with and told the steward to reclean the room. He wanted to leave the cookies for us, but we insisted he remove the plate. We cannot understand how this lady who was in a cabin on another floor, took the envelope with our names off the door and made such a cabin error. Royal Caribbean's new practice of leaving seapass cards on cabin doors with vital credit card and ID info is extremely irresponsible and an unsafe practice. Not a good introduction to a vacation on a Royal Caribbean ship. We reported the incident to guest relations and they tried to gloss over our bad experience by offering us a box of chocolate strawberries which we never received. Eventually 3 days after sailing and reminding them about the chocolates did they bring us a bottle of wine. Our waiter and bus boy were terrific each night. We went to the dining room one morning for breakfast. We waited forever for our orders to be taken. We received our food cold at different times. Not sure if waiter staff were new and being trained, but have never experienced such impersonal service on a Royal Caribbean ship before. The entertainment was decent, however, the first late night comedian swore a lot, and we did not find him too funny. The piano player in the bar area each night was the best on board. Everyone who passed by stopped to listen, and all in the bar area sang along to his songs. The casino was cramped and full of smoke from cigarettes. Poorly ventilated and we never used the casino due to the awful smoke-filled air. The port of St. John was okay. Bought a trolley car excursion through the ship to Bay of Fundy, but didn't think there was much reversing of the falls. We were also not told marketplace would close early because it was Labor Day. Our tour guide told us we could get off at the marketplace but would have 5 minutes to shop. Bar Harbor was quite nice. Tendered over and walked through the town. Lots of restaurants and shops. Had a wonderful lobster roll at Testa's on the main street, overlooking the harbor. We enjoyed Halifax. Walked from the ship along boardwalk to the Maritime Museum where they have a huge exhibit of the Titanic and the disaster of the Titanic's sinking. There were exhibits of ships from WWII and Korean War as well. Very interesting museum and no need to take a tour through the ship. Very walkable with chairs/benches along the way. Embarkation was easy and quick at Port Liberty. Collected luggage. Face recognition through Customs. Walked off into parking garage, which was a big plus. We were surprised by the lack of caring presented by the ship's crew. It seemed that most of the crew did little to make us feel the cruising experience was more than okay. If we had not cruised before on Royal Caribbean , we wouldn't have known how unusual this crusing experience was on this sailing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
The food was mediocre. It was mostly flavorless. The cabin was small. The Fridge didnt keep anything cold. I am Not even sure if it was even working. The entertainment was amateurish. No name entertainers. The singer was a back up ... Read More
The food was mediocre. It was mostly flavorless. The cabin was small. The Fridge didnt keep anything cold. I am Not even sure if it was even working. The entertainment was amateurish. No name entertainers. The singer was a back up singer for bigger names. The comedian was a has been second rate actor from the 90s. The service was average. We chose "my time" dining but it wasn't. They told us we needed to go to dinner at 8pm every night. And service was slow and they made mistakes. As a result we missed the shows. The smoke from the casino wafted throughout the ship. And you could not go from the dining room to the theater without going through the casino. The ports were short. We had to be back on the ship by 4:30 each day. We couldn't eat dinner at our destinations. They screwed up the billing and we had to go to guest services twice. Boring cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We booked quite late, so missed out on a verandah cabin, we had a cabin on the lower promenade deck with a window view. The room was fine, but you do need to fully unpack suitcases because there is not room to have them out. The room was ... Read More
We booked quite late, so missed out on a verandah cabin, we had a cabin on the lower promenade deck with a window view. The room was fine, but you do need to fully unpack suitcases because there is not room to have them out. The room was super clean. The room attendants so helpful. Go to the talks on the first day, they are very helpful about shore excursions and the ship layout. We didnt book any shore excursions and so glad we didn’t. Most of the passengers are in their twilight years, elderly with walkers, sticks, wheelchairs.. and mobility is an issue. At times it seemed like a floating nursing home. Here’s my dos and donts. All the port stops are walkable into the town - dont pay $40-80 for a guided walk. Don’t pay $140 for internet per device, it didn’t work most of the time and you could only access a few sites. Don’t dress up for Gala night - its a have to get professional photos you pay for, and book the pay for restaurants. Do - be kind and polite to the staff, go to the evening entertainment, research what you want to see and do but bear in mind there will be elderly folks slowing down tours with their mobility. Dining - there are queues in the lido market no matter what time. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We flew into Newark 2 days prior to departure and stayed in New York City both nights. The morning of the cruise, we took an Uber XL (lots of luggage) from Manhattan to the port around 11:00 am arriving about 12:15 pm. Delayed about 30 ... Read More
We flew into Newark 2 days prior to departure and stayed in New York City both nights. The morning of the cruise, we took an Uber XL (lots of luggage) from Manhattan to the port around 11:00 am arriving about 12:15 pm. Delayed about 30 minutes with backup at port. We had 4 in our group and paid $125 with tip. Once we dropped bags off with the porter, we were inside in just a few minutes. Cabins were not available until 1:30 pm (Doors were actually closed not allowing access to cabin hallways. Things seemed a bit overwhelming for the cabin steward in our section the first day to the extent we gathered up our own luggage from the hallway in a different section of the boat. Overall the steward in our area wasn’t around much or “Happy Happy” like we are used to. One day he totally missed cleaning our travel companions’ cabin and we were without wash cloths and bath mat a day. We wondered if he had more cabins to take care of than he could handle. We carried on a 6 pack of coke and a dozen small waters with no problem. Also bought 2 bottles of wine (each couple) while in NY and carried those on. If you pack wine separately in a couple of carry-on bags, I think 4 would be easy to bring on. The wines were taken to the Main Dining Room and we were NOT charged a corkage fee nor were our travel partners charged. The Dining Room saved our wine for the next day’s dinner like other ships. We had an inside cabin on deck 9 cabin 9139. We hadn’t had an inside cabin for a long time and wanted to see if we were satisfied as the cost is well below the balcony. The inside cabins on the Anthem are different than most ships; there is an interior hallway between the balcony cabins with inside cabins either side. The cabin was very tight along the bed and walls, maybe 12” or less clearance. On one side you have to step around the dresser making it very tight. The virtual portal screen is ok but more of a gimmick than a clear view however it was nice to see if you were docked at port without looking it up on the TV. The cabin had plenty of storage (always need more hangers) and the bathroom with a curved shower door was fine. The phone was on night stand on the tight side of the bed making answering it a chore. There are 2 outlets and 2 USB ports at the desk and an outlet at each nightstand light. There is only one chair to sit (no sofa) and one small desk chair thus one of us had to always be on the bed. The TV is on a side wall and you can only watch from one side of the bed and at that you are at an angle. Found out on day 8 that the TV swung out on one side some which made it a little better. Layout of room isn’t optimal. If you use a walker or a CPAP machine or need a large night stand this room will not work for you. We purchased the BOGO dining package and ate at Jamie Oliver’s on Day 1. Had a good dinner with everyone ordering the lamb which was excellent. We had a number of appetizers (the meat board was to die for) and some pasta side dishes. Had dinner at Chops as our 2nd BOGO dinner. Food was very good and service was good, but maybe a little slow. We spent a little over 2 hours and were close time wise getting to show. Most at our table had bone-in ribeye which was tasty, several around us had filets and said they were good as well. Would not recommend the salmon. Sides were good and portions were reasonable. As appetizers we had crab cake and shrimp cocktail both of which were tasty. For dessert recommend the key lime pie or red velvet cake. As a bit of a negative my wife and I both had cramps during the night. We paid $50.00 each for the BOGO dinners and felt it was a great price, for us paying full price would have felt like too big of an up charge. The only drawback was your dinners had to be on Day 1 and Day 2 – no exceptions. The main dining room menu was a bit limited, but food was well cooked and tasty for the most part. Not many long lines at our times which was mostly at 7:15. We ate breakfast at the main dining room most days where you have a lot of buffet items plus menu service. We ate breakfast and lunch at Two70 and the Solarium Café. Both were ok with limited menu. Pizza at Sorrento's was good and the hotdogs at the Sportsplex were tasty. Would not recommend Two70 for breakfast unless you want a bagel not toasted and very limited toppings. On the “At Sea” days we mainly spent out time in the Solarium which was an adult only area with pool, hot tubs, café, tables and chairs all enclosed behind glass. Since it was cooler weather when we went it was nice being in there but I would imagine it gets pretty hot on a hot summer day. My wife and her cousin used one of the Solarium area tables to play Mah Jongg. There seemed to be a good number of people playing card games, etc. Actually, they could use more tables for this activity. We got a Scrabble game from Guest Services one day to play at an “at sea” day. If the Library doesn’t have any games left to use, you can get more from Guest Services. The entertainment on the ship was in my opinion “fair”. Some nights there just wasn’t anything to do except an activity in the Music Hall which didn’t have enough seats for very many passengers. We really enjoyed “We Will Rock You” – it is a must see. The show The Gift was just hard to understand but the singing was good. Everyone seemed to be confused about this production. The Spectrum Show at Two70 was very high energy and interesting. Those were the three shows you had to make reservations. They had a couple of comedians that were pretty good The old dress codes have been changed on the Anthem. “Formal” nights are now ”dress your best” which equates to smart casual. The rest of the nights everything from blue jeans up is acceptable. They say no shorts, but we saw many diners in shorts. It would be nice if the Anthem let you know this ahead of time as their itinerary still shows “Formal” night. We knew someone that was on the ship the week prior and she clued us in on this. Some people still dress up formally but most not. Nice not having to pack a sports coat. We noticed that “Star” guests are given preferential treatment on the ship with reserved seats in the theatre, special time for the North Star Ride, etc. I don’t know how much of an up charge they pay, but in the old days it was first come first serve basis. There were plenty of chairs on the open decks, not exactly at the pool but close enough. Our early September cruise had cooler weather and we had an older population on the ship so the pools were not overly crowded. The ship has lots of things to do at the Sportsplex on Deck 15 with bumper cars, roller skating, ping pong, X-box, basketball, rock wall and Rip Cord I-Fly. On the other end of the ship is the North Star which is a glass enclosed viewing boom. It seems that 10-16 year olds or so could have a good time on the deck 15 area, our cruise had very few young adults. All these activities are at no additional cost. Reservations are required for the I-Fly and the North Star. The two ladies in our group did the Rip Cord I-Fly that last day of the cruise. They really enjoyed it and the instructor is inside to make sure you are safe. In Boston and Portland ports we had friends who showed us around. We did rent a car at Portland from Enterprise who picked us up at the pier just like their ad stated and returned us to the port after we returned the car. Walked the Freedom Trail in Boston as well as other area and drove to Kennebunkport (45 minutes) when we were at Portland. In Bar Harbor we did a 2 1/2 hour tour of Arcadia Park with Olies Trolleys. This was a great tour with our driver (Dennis) who gave a lot of historical information. Afterward we had a lobster roll at Side Street Cafe, was good but pricey at $30.00 for the lobster roll and a cup of chowder. In St. John, NB we rented an Avis car and drove to St. Andrews for the Jolly Breeze whale watching Tall Ship 3.5 hour tour. Avis was a 2 minute walk from the ship followed by a 1 hour drive to St. Andrews. The rental car was $55 US and the Jolly Breeze about $55 US. We had a good trip on the tall ship and did see 3 or 4 different whales along with porpoises, bald eagles and other wild life. The crew was very informative and worked hard throughout the cruise. The ride on the boat was very smooth and comfortable. The downside was we lost an hour due to time change and then had to be up early to get rental car and drive to St. Andrews, so we were from 8:00 am till about 3:30 pm to catch 8 or 10 glimpses of whales. Whales were not breaching. At Halifax, NS we did a tour with Aberdeen Charter Tours that included a tour of Halifax and Peggy’s Cove. The tour guide, Jonathan, did a wonderful job. The tour lasted almost 5 hours and was very interesting. Cost was $55.00 Canadian about $42.00 US plus tip. Departure was reasonably easy, we had luggage tag in the last group and were called at 9:15 am. Getting luggage was easy and we were outside by about 9:30. No Uber XL available, so we got a Lyft XL ride by 9:55 am and were at Newark airport by 10:15 am. Cost was $38.00 including tip. We don’t know if the area outside the terminal would have been more hectic if we had disembarked earlier or not. But when we got outside it was crowded but not overly congested and easy to spot your Lyft/Uber driver. 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Sail Date: August 2019
We were excited about a trip to Greenland with Princess. We had not sailed with Princess in a number of years, last trip was on the Star Princess from Italy to the Greek Isles. Princess has cut expenses in every category. The experience ... Read More
We were excited about a trip to Greenland with Princess. We had not sailed with Princess in a number of years, last trip was on the Star Princess from Italy to the Greek Isles. Princess has cut expenses in every category. The experience was very mediocre. Cabin very small, shower for midgets, food that tasted like it came from Cracker Barrel, waiting 2 1/2 hours to get a tender to shore, another hour to get back on board, no port talks, 1 hour pre arrival time to get a seat for the show in the theater, very little to do other then spend money at the casino or cheap gift shops. I could go on but this is certainly enough for you to reconsider booking with Princess. Most fellow passengers were very experienced travers and expressed the same concerns. The trip to Greenland was the draw. Good bye Princess, this was such a subpar experience I am not willing to take another chance with your Cruse Line. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
My husband and I started this cruise with a princess transfer to the NY Hilton midtown. That was a very good choice as Laguardia is a mess and the weather delays rolled in after we were safely ensconced in the hotel. We were happy with ... Read More
My husband and I started this cruise with a princess transfer to the NY Hilton midtown. That was a very good choice as Laguardia is a mess and the weather delays rolled in after we were safely ensconced in the hotel. We were happy with our decision to come in a day early as the first port was Halifax. Embarkation was very quick with the medallion, lots of staff to help. We were also very pleased with our choice of a port balcony mini-suite. The balcony provided lots of natural light to the suite area with a couch and tv. The bed lives up to its comfy reputation. The extra space in the tub and shower area were also much appreciated on this 16 day cruise with a lot of sea days. The itinerary, Nova Scotia, Greenland, St. Johns NL was outstanding and we had smooth sailing even though the fog horns were often going, In St. John’s NL we were docked city side and it seems like the whole town showed up for our sail away with car horns honking and lots of folks waving as we sailed out and past the impressive fort at the mouth if the harbor. Unforgettable! In spite of all the good experience onboard, we have to say we are not fans of the Caribbean princess. She carries too many passengers compared to the public spaces. It was always crowded. If you wanted to go to a show you had to go 45 min ahead, we tried 30 min and no it was 45. And to those creepy people who save seats, shame on you and shame on princess for not supervising. There were never seats in any of the public areas. I think our fellow cruisers slept in some of them Anytime dining was frustrating, i labeled it no-time dining. We were shuffled from one dining room to another and always a wait. The wait staff seemed rushed. The buffet was also very crowded and mismanaged. No seating. On noodle day the line went out the buffet and into the pool area. It is a shame as the food was really good, with lots of choices. I think it was a bad decision to convert the back area of the buffet area to buy up restaurants.The Crown grill and Sabatinis were wonderful. We purchased internet, they had one poor tech support person and always a long line. It wasn’t seamless and the pricing wasn’t transparent. Granted I knew going in that there were few days where there would be no service. But it seems everyone needed help setting it up. The medallion also needs a little work. We got locked out of our room and no one could get in, they finally used a key Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise because of the Greenland destinations. Greenland has almost no tourist infrastructure and traveling both to there and while there is difficult. We wanted to compare Greenland with Iceland. The embarkation process ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Greenland destinations. Greenland has almost no tourist infrastructure and traveling both to there and while there is difficult. We wanted to compare Greenland with Iceland. The embarkation process was very smooth. I did notice they took our pictures twice, once at the service agent counter, and again three minutes later upon entering the ship. We had obtained our Medallions by mail prior to the cruise. Our balcony cabin was OK, and we noticed they had relocated the room TV to high in a corner instead of on the wall directly in front of the bed. That made it somewhat easier to navigate the narrow passage between the bed and the wall, but not as convenient to view. We liked storing suitcases under the bed. The large open closet area was nice. The bathroom was tiny tiny, as was the shower. But everything seemed to work, and we soon learned to leave a towel on the floor to keep it dry. But all was not rosy. First, the few pros: Food was OK- variety, quality, presentation, etc. Deserts, especially baked goods, uniformly taste a little "off", probably because there are few if any American trained chefs working on the ship. Open seating in the dining rooms was generally prompt. All the food service staff were aware of and knowledgeable about gluten free diet requirements, and very helpful in preparing gluten free versions of many menu items. Cabin service was simply great. Some of the many cons: The ship simply was not matched for the demographic profile of the passengers. There were basically no children on the ship, and average age was certainly in the 60's. The ship is a "newer" vintage, and recently remodeled to boot. But remodeling reduced or at best retained the size of common areas, using the space gained for more cabins. More passengers might enhance Princess's bottom line, but it made this ship CROWDED. The buffet area was always packed with people uncertain about their selections. This produced traffic jams within the food service areas. The seating areas were always generally full, resulting in lots of looking for space to sit while food cooled in your hands. Shows were OK, but finding seating for them was tedious. The theater only held 725 people, and generally only two showings were offered. Do the math. Roughly 1/2 of the people wanting to see shows were turned away. The non-answer provided by the smug cruise director responding to complaints was "go earlier". Princess made a delayed response to withering criticism by finally scheduling repeat matinee showings for some of the shows. There were few-to-none enrichment lectures. No lectures on Greenland culture, habitat or history. No lectures about upcoming ports. There is basically no tourist infrastructure yet in Greenland, so no opportunity to see anything inland. There are basically no interior roads. The few extraordinarily expensive excursions offered were limited to guided walking tours in town, or small boat trips up the fjords. The shortage of excursion space was exacerbated by Princess allowing Ships Officer's families preferred access, bumping paying customers who wanted a seat with a terse "sold-out, you should have booked your tour earlier" response. I'll give Princess sort of a pass on this because we didn't have high expectations going in. We did gain "bragging rights" in simply having set foot on Greenland soil. Tendering ashore is problem prone and slow, with delays getting from ship to shore approaching two hours at times. Many of the staff appeared to be simply going through the motions. But considering the conditions under which they serve, I can't blame them much for that. Non-theater entertainment was hit and miss, with some lounge shows bordering on terrible, and rewarded by large scale walkouts. The much ballyhooed "Medallion" (including Internet) needs some work. Internet is expensive and in the North Atlantic, very slow. Princess charged us for three drink services which we didn't make- which shouldn't be possible in a Medallion environment. The guest services agent we asked to reverse these charges clearly thought we were lying, and only reluctantly credited our account for the three services in dispute. There was universal dissatisfied grumbling about the cruise in virtually every conversation we overheard or participated in with fellow passengers. That cast a pall over the trip, and we probably won't use Princess again because of this stain. They could have done a heck of a lot better. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
This review is being written by a husband with a scooter-bound wife. We chose this cruise for the Greenland destination. In general, we enjoyed the cruise with only a few minor issues. Note to handicapped cruisers: If you or your ... Read More
This review is being written by a husband with a scooter-bound wife. We chose this cruise for the Greenland destination. In general, we enjoyed the cruise with only a few minor issues. Note to handicapped cruisers: If you or your travelling companion are mobility impaired, understand from the outset that there are many activities you may not be able to do (e.g.; get in and out of a tender to go ashore). If you use an electric scooter to get around, the ship's carpeting will consume your scooter's battery charge at a prodigious rate - you will need to carry your battery charger with you. You will also find many spots on the ship will be a tight fit. These issues are not unique to this cruise, or for that matter, Princess - handicapped cruisers will find them on any cruise from any line. A little forethought will minimize the inconveniences. Now on to the review proper: Embarkation: We used Princess-arranged transportation and flew in on the embarkation day. I recommend other cruisers do the same, as once you get on your flight, getting you to the ship is guaranteed by the cruise line. That said, delays with getting all the luggage screened delayed the ship departure for about 2 hours. Disembarkation: Our disembarkation flight was arranged by Princess. Our originally scheduled disembarkation time was unreasonably close to our flight departure time, so I had it moved up. Our luggage did not come off with our disembarkation, causing a minor panic. In the end, we got our luggage and made our flight; we would not have done so had we kept our original disembarkation time. The Ship: We have been on the Caribbean Princess before. The ship was in good condition, clean, and everything worked. While on the subject of the ship, I took the Ultimate Ship Tour that covers the working of the ship. This tour is not heavily promoted and you can only sign up for it while on board, but it is well worth it. The Cabin: We had Rivera (deck 14) 312 - an interior handicapped accessible cabin which we got as it was the last handicapped accessible cabin available for this cruise. While we would have preferred an obstructed view cabin lower down, this cabin was good. I have two comments on the cabin: 1) the bathroom door was close to the closet, which made for fancy scooter maneuvering for my wife to get in and out of the bathroom, and 2) you only get 2 electrical outlets in the cabin. Both of them were by the desk, which meant we had to get an extension cord to allow the scooter to stay by the bed while charging. Dining: In general, we ate at the buffet, avoiding the dining rooms and upcharge restaurants. We found the quality and variety of food to be good, but sometimes getting a table near an electrical outlet was a problem (see the Note to Handicapped Cruisers above). A minor gripe at the buffet was that the carving station was frequently unstaffed. We did have two "pub lunches" - we found the food at the pub lunches to be authentic and well prepared. Entertainment and Activities: The challenge for seeing production shows in the Princess Theater was getting into the theater in the first place. You had to be in your seat at least an hour before the performance start. To Princess's credit, they scheduled extra performances so eventually everyone could see the shows. The shows themselves were of high quality. Also good was the magician (Michael Barron), who also did a demonstration on how to perform some simple tricks. As is true of any cruise line, many of the onboard activities involved trying to sell you things. I have mentioned the Ultimate Ship Tour showing the working of the ship; do take it. In lighter entertainment, the cruise director lampooned the elevator situation with a game called "Elevator Roulette". Service: We put in an extra shout out for our cabin steward Dexter Dineros for service above and beyond the call of sanity. Other service folks were equally nice and helpful. Ports and Shore Excursions: Since my wife is scooter bound, we were limited to bus tours in Canadian ports (Halifax, Sidney, and St. John's). These tours were excellent. Greenland is very hilly and was largely inaccessible for scooter-bound people like my wife. She did get off the ship and onto the pier at Nuuk, but to go any further would have involved a long hill climb. The ports we visited in Greenland were small, and our cruise ship essentially doubled the ports' population for the day. As for the tours themselves: Nuuk: I took a walking tour that started in a Greenlander's house, we then went to the center of town where our tour guide gave us maps of the city and turned us loose. Qaqortoq: This was a tender port, so my wife stayed on the ship. I took a walking tour of the town, and this tour guide stayed with us the whole time. This tour was nice. Nanortalik: This was a tender port. Unfortunately, my wife and I had developed colds and so stayed on the ship. We heard from other cruisers that the local elementary school had sent its students to the landing to practice their English with the cruisers. Would we go on this cruise again? Yes Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
Greenland has always been on my bucket list and when Princess announced they were doing a round-trip from New York with three port stops in Greenland, the price was a little high but I signed up immediately. We did get a substantial price ... Read More
Greenland has always been on my bucket list and when Princess announced they were doing a round-trip from New York with three port stops in Greenland, the price was a little high but I signed up immediately. We did get a substantial price drop, at the expense of my husbands AIB package. We have sailed the Caribbean Princess several times, she is and older ship and she tends to show her age, but Princess is attempting to update he with the implementation of Medallion class in May this year. We utilized Princess EZ-Air from FLL to LGA, never again! LGA is under major construction and our Princess Transfer from the airport to the port took close to 3 hours, one hour to get out of the airport alone. Once at the port Medallion made check in a breeze. We visited Halifax and Sidney before heading to Greenland to visit Nuuk, Qaqortog and Nanortalik, with a stop in St. Johns NF on the way back. Princess offered limited excursions for all the Greenland stops and we were very disappointed that there were no enrichment lectures in regards to the ports. There was one lecturer on board who talked about Hollywood, Disney and film. The demographics of this cruise were mostly seniors who are elite Princess cruisers who are very demanding (as said by several crew members), we are also elite members but much younger then the average on this ship. While we heard that the production shows were excellent, we did not see them as they began to line up 1 1/2 hours before each show and the theater was always full when we arrived at the 1 hour mark, we refuse to go any earlier as we find it absurd to go any earlier. We were able to catch the simulcast of guest entertainers in the lounge and did enjoy most of these shows. There was a lack of evening entertainment, no deck party, no theme parties, guess they figured that most guests were in bed after the show. Ports: Halifax - We did a private excursion "Halifax Titanic Historical Tours with Paul McNeil". We found this small group excursion through our CC roll call. Paul was so knowledgeable of the history of Halifax and proud of his city and this showed through his narration through the whole tour, he also had photo's and videos that were shown on a large display in the front of the van. We were able to hit all the highlights of the city well before all the tour buses returned from Peggy's Cove. We visited two of the Titanic cemeteries with a drive by the third which no longer allows visitors, Paul was very respectful while viewing the sites, insisting we not walk on the graves. We also visited the Memorial to the Halifax Explosion, where he explained several hidden facts throughout. We finished off the tour with a stop for a fabulous lunch in a small uncrowded fishing village which served the best fish & chips we have every had. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to get away from the crowds and tour buses. Sidney - we did a ship tour to the old Gaelic Village which we found very interesting. This is an interpretive village with several "players" who were in character for their era in time. We found it quite interesting the changes they went through over the years. After the tour returned we walked through town and enjoyed a local brew and some lobster poutine at a local pub. Greenland - Our ship stopped at three ports in Greenland, Nuuk, Qaqortog and Nanortalik all three were scheduled as tender ports, however at the last minute we were able to dock in Nuuk. Princess offered limited tours in all three ports and most were quite expensive for what they offered so we opted to walk all but Nanortalik on our own. My research showed that they all offered museums, churches and were quite walk-able on your own. In Nuuk we were off the ship early and able to get to the church, memorial and museum well before the tour buses from the ship dropped off. We enjoyed the beautiful city with it's quaint colorful houses. We walked the waterfront and climbed what appeared to be newly build stairs up the bluff. After we found a local brewery and enjoyed a local brew. Qaqortog was a tender port and did not offer much more than Nuuk, we visited the Museum which was much smaller than the one in Nuuk. Again we walked the town, enjoying the stone art carvings that were displayed throughout town, we visited the fish market and church before we went off the main road and found a path to the top of lookout that provided a great view of the ship in the bay, the town and a nearby lake. Our last stop was Nanortalik, this was also a tender port. We had an excursion so we were one of the first off, but we heard later that some without tours waited for almost 4 hours to tender off the ship. We booked our excursion through the ship as I could not find any private excursions, I felt the price was very over inflated when I booked it and still fell the same. We took a small boat (six people) to the glacier where we were able to walk on the rocks and had a shot of scotch over glacier ice. Our tour guide and boat driver were locals and provided us with a wealth of information about their small town of less than 1000 people. After our tour we walked through the small town and visited the museum before getting in line for the 2 1/2 hr wait to tender back to the ship. We felt that this small town was not prepared for the 3000+ people from our ship, although we were happy to donate to the church and school which seemed in need. St Johns, NF - Our last port, we booked a 2 hr harbor cruise with Iceberg Quest, while we did not see any icebergs or whales, we did see the lighthouses, caves and I spotted a puffin. We then leisurely walked through town, we stopped by St. John the Baptist Church, but it was Sunday and they were having services. We stopped by the YellowBelly Brewery and enjoyed a local brew before heading back to the ship. Upon our return to New York disembarkation was a breeze. We can now cross Greenland off our bucket list, but we consider it a one and done, we won't go back there is not much to see and do, excursions were few and over priced. We will however visit Halifax, Sidney and St. Johns as there is so much we did not get to see. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We left from NYC my home port and it intrigued me to go on a cruise which did not require a plane flight. The ports were in Nova Scotia, Greenland and Newfoundland, a very unique and interesting itinerary. We boarded the ship in record ... Read More
We left from NYC my home port and it intrigued me to go on a cruise which did not require a plane flight. The ports were in Nova Scotia, Greenland and Newfoundland, a very unique and interesting itinerary. We boarded the ship in record time, although the cruise was fully booked, there were no lines and we were able to access our room before noon. Our luggage was not quite as lucky as us, it arrived sometime during the 8:30 show. The entertainment was spectacular! The production shows were technologically advanced adding to the artistic scenery and effects. The musical performers hit all notes and the dancers stretched their bodies beyond limits. The other nights guest performers singers, comedians and a ventriloquist were talented and exceptional. The only issue was there was not enough seating in the theater. We found that we needed to go an hour early to get good seats. Activities on board were eclectic and appealed to a wide number of tastes. The only thing missing was a destination lecturer which the cruise director tried to make up by interviewing the ship's pilot who was from Greenland. The cruise director managed to add several matinee performances and a concert which hadn't been performed before by the cast. He went above and beyond to make the activities enjoyed by all. We had a large balcony which permitted us to have lounge chairs, this was lovely. Additionally our bed, bedding and pillows were all very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space, the only thing missing was a nice sitting area. Our cabin steward couldn't be more efficient. The cabin was made spotless twice a day and soap, lotion and paper products replenished. The dining experience was less desirable than any other component of ship life. The dining room decor and furniture are old and tattered, as are the menu covers and even some of the linens. The service is very uneven, some servers are extremely efficient while others required reminders to serve pepper or refill water glasses. Most are unaware of menu item components so when questioned they needed to run to the kitchen to ask. Sometimes never to return with an answer. There is plenty of food but the quality is poor. Everything is doused in heavy sauces or gravies, quite possibly to cover up the poor quality of the fish. My husband was happy with the beef and lobster, requesting no sauces before the preparation. The one item which was wonderful at all times was the dinner rolls. Lunchtime, the buffet had nice salad fixings and a large variety of hot foods. The staff kept the serving areas and the seating areas exceptionally clean. Overall we had a wonderful time and would recommend that you try this ship and line, keeping in mind that minus the rich sauces some of the entrees could be prepared well. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We decided to take this cruise to visit Greenland which we have never visited previously. Embarkation went smoothly and we were whisked aboard Caribbean Princess quickly with their new Medallion Class. Greenland was an amazing place. ... Read More
We decided to take this cruise to visit Greenland which we have never visited previously. Embarkation went smoothly and we were whisked aboard Caribbean Princess quickly with their new Medallion Class. Greenland was an amazing place. Fortunately, we had sunny days with high temperatures in the low 50s. My wife and I enjoyed touring the three ports and cities where we stopped in Greenland. The people were friendly and always greeted us with large smiles. Caribbean Princess' staff went above and beyond in all areas of service which you would expect on a cruise. Our cabin was terrific and kept ship shape by our outstanding Cabin Stewart. Dining on the Caribbean Princess was outstanding. The food was high quality and delicious and varied during the cruise. Entertainment was terrific and ranged from production shows, comics, singers,and instrumentalists throughout the cruise. I would recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to visit Greenland. My wife and I would definitely take this cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We received a Princess brochure which included Canadian Maritime Provinces and Greenland. It peaked our interest, particularly Greenland which is an unusual destination. We felt it would be an ideal place to visit before it shows up ... Read More
We received a Princess brochure which included Canadian Maritime Provinces and Greenland. It peaked our interest, particularly Greenland which is an unusual destination. We felt it would be an ideal place to visit before it shows up on more itineraries and gets overrun with "tourist" shops; jewelry stores and t shirt shops etc. The itinerary was 16 days, but only 6 ports, so a lot of sea days which are relaxing. We sailed on Caribbean Princess before and enjoyed the ship. Good weather and enjoyed the ports taking 2 Princess excursions in Canada (Halifax and Sydney). We opted for a Hop-on-off in St Johns which was excellent and inexpensive. Greenland tours were extremely expensive and limited so we decide to explore on our own and were pleased with that decision. Tendering at 2 Greenland ports was awful, taking over 2 hours or more. Princess did a dreadful job handling this and they have been to Greenland before so they should have planned better. Very interesting places and very glad we took the trip. Rustic. Almost like a glimpse into the past! Overall meals were very good but not great but we did opt for a few specialty restaurants and these were great. Princess buffet dining is OK for breakfast or lunch but not really as well organized as some other cruise lines. Entertainment was probably excellent however seating was far too limited because of the show times of 6:30 and 8:30pm wherein many people ate at 5pm and went to both shows. Really good music is lounges with something for everyone. Finally, this was a Medallion Class ship. Princess loves this concept but frankly it is much like the cruise card with more chances to buy drinks and gamble, and might be fun for kids. I didn't think much of it. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
I wanted to visit Greenland and since the ship was going right out of NYC near where I live, I thought it was an easy choice. I'd gotten an upgrade from obstructed to unobstructed view but they'd forgotten to mention that it ... Read More
I wanted to visit Greenland and since the ship was going right out of NYC near where I live, I thought it was an easy choice. I'd gotten an upgrade from obstructed to unobstructed view but they'd forgotten to mention that it was right above the forward gangplank so whenever we got to a port, we were woken very early. :( The ship was well maintained and comfortable. However, I have a number of complaints. 1) The food was only okay (even the specialty restaurant we tried was okay) and I think Princess needs to work on making the food more flavorful and their steaks less tough. 2) The entertainment was good (the last show was excellent) but we had to get to the theater an HOUR plus before the show just to get any seats. It was standing room only for the productions shows and we didn't even see one because of the crowding. They really need to have other things going on during the shows so that more people would have something else to do. 3) The tender situation in Greenland was awful. The two GL ports with tenders had hours long lines to get in and out. We waited 2 hours to get off the ship and about an hour to get back on in one port. The other GL port, Nanortilik, was worse. If you go, get off as soon as the ship docks early in the morning. That being said, Greenland did not disappoint. I was sooooo glad I went. It was gorgeous and the people friendly. 4) Back to the ship. There were NO port talks at all so except for the printout for each port, there was no way to get information as to what to do there. This was completely unacceptable especially since GL had very little info online anyway. 5) And don't even get me started on the excursions. I waited for months for the GL excursions to come up so I could book them but much as I checked, they never appeared on the Princess website. So by the time I got to the ship, everything was booked and there were waiting lists. Since I'd gotten frustrated 5-6 months before the cruise, I did book a trip with Viator in Nuuk on my own and I'm very glad I did because I'd have been very frustrated otherwise. 6) They are starting a new thing with medallions. I really didn't like them and found them creepy (your face came up on the room screen before you got into the room and other places, too - the privacy issues were a problem for me). Also they didn't work if you were ordering drinks since the bar staff had to take down your name and room number anyway. The not complaints The embarkation and disembarkation were very easy. The ship was lovely. The ports were great. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We just came back from our first cruise ever and Adventure of the Seas met our expectations. We had the spacious balcony Stateroom deck 8. It is very convenient if we wanted to walk up 3 levels to deck 11 for the buffet- Windjammer or walk ... Read More
We just came back from our first cruise ever and Adventure of the Seas met our expectations. We had the spacious balcony Stateroom deck 8. It is very convenient if we wanted to walk up 3 levels to deck 11 for the buffet- Windjammer or walk down 3 levels- deck 5 for the Royal Promenade. The ship is beautifully and well maintained. We ate at the Main Dining Room early every night and went up to the buffet later for deserts. We decided to have early dinner 5:30 pm so we could do any shows, activities at night. It worked out perfectly. The food at the Main dining room and the buffet is good. I am a picky eater but I always find something that I enjoyed. We didn’t buy the drink package because we don’t drink enough to justify the price. My husband had a beer and my son had a mock tail every dinner. With the onboard credit $100, I ended up paying $5 for the drink on this trip. The entertainment is good. We like the comedy shows and the ice show. We did one trivia at the Imperial Lounge one night about Superhero & Villains. It was fun. My son likes the rock climbing wall, Flowrider. We saw so many amazing sunset on this trip. The staffs were friendly and dedicated. We tipped them a little extra for our room attendant and the two waiters in the Main Dining room. We bought the Key program and it did enhanced our experience. We will absolutely pay extra for the Key program on our next cruise. We like our first cruise experience and plan to do another in 2021. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
My family and I embarked on this ship on August 17th, 2019 for a 6 night Canada/New England cruise. This was our 5th cruise overall, but our 2nd with Royal. Our first cruise with Royal was back in 2005 on the Voyager of the Seas for our ... Read More
My family and I embarked on this ship on August 17th, 2019 for a 6 night Canada/New England cruise. This was our 5th cruise overall, but our 2nd with Royal. Our first cruise with Royal was back in 2005 on the Voyager of the Seas for our honeymoon. Since then, we have tried a couple of other cruise lines, and we must say it was fantastic to return to Royal this time around and find out for ourselves that we still enjoyed the Royal experience as much as the other lines we have tried in the past few years. The service was impeccable, beginning with our room steward, as well as with the main dining room staff. We are a family of 4, my husband and I and our 2 children sailed with us, ages 9 and 11. Our stateroom was #1690, which was an aft balcony. We spent much of our time here, in between busy mornings either out on an excursion on a port day, or participating in onboard activities. The balcony was spacious, and the previous reviews I had read about soot from smokestacks leaving residue on the aft balcony did not bother us one bit. Mid way through the cruise on a port day the crew actually notified us they would be cleaning the balcony, of which they did. The sail away views from each port were breathtaking on our balcony and made the experience in having booked this stateroom worth it. Based on reviews we had read about complaints that the main dining room quality of food had gone down, my husband and I disagree. We have sailed 2 other lines in the past 5-7 years and we feel that all the lines are moving towards the same changes, but we do not feel quality of food has gone down in the main dining rooms. In fact, we were quite satisfied with both quality of food, amount of food choices, and quality of service in the complimentary dining venues onboard this ship. Ports of call included Bar Harbor, St. John New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. We did 2 shore excursions through the cruise line on this sailing and neither disappointed. We did the Acadia National Park and Lobster Bake in Bar Harbor. This was a fantastic taste of the area being it was our first time here. A beautiful port. We did the hop on/hop off pink bus tour in St. John, as our time in port was a bit shorter than what we had hoped for. We left port by 3pm and so had to be onboard for 2:30 that day. Regardless, the hop on and hop off bus gave us a nice taste of the major highlights of the area. We did end up visiting the reversing rapids and paid extra to experience the SkyWalk which was neat.Overall, we were satisfied with this entire cruise, the ports, and the service. Again, despite certain signs of the ship showing its age, and despite the fact this ship is a bit smaller than the megaships we have sailed in the last 5 years, we felt we enjoyed this cruise very much. Even our kids agreed. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I really wanted to do the east coast of Canada. And the departure from Montreal was very appealing. The destinations did not disappoint. I was totally charmed by the east coast, and will ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I really wanted to do the east coast of Canada. And the departure from Montreal was very appealing. The destinations did not disappoint. I was totally charmed by the east coast, and will definitely return! The reason that I felt compelled to write the review was because of the outstanding service and dining on this ship. I have been on many different cruise lines and am an experienced cruiser. Up until this point my favorite cruise line was Celebrity. I have to admit that Holland American Lines lived up to it's hype. The food was amazing, and the service was impeccable! I especially want to give a shout out to our dining room staff, Mahendra, Subatra Smith our waiter, and Jonathan our wine steward! The cabins were larger than I have experienced on other cruise lines, which was a nice surprise. They were also kept spotless by our cabin stewards. The shower allowed enough room to shower and shave comfortably! The entertainment was geared more towards an older crowd and would probably be my only slight criticism. Although we enjoyed the trios, quartets, and piano man...people on the younger side may have found it boring. And the shows although well performed, were definitely a little dated. But that would be my only complaint. We took two ship excursions, one in Sydney and one in Bar Harbor. The Sydney one was the hiking tour to Ban Usige Falls, and was very picturesque. I fell in love with Baddeck. And the tour guide Wendell was a very spry 78 years old! The other excursion was the small group guided tour of Acadia National Park. Once again our tour guide was very knowledgeable. I did go to the gym once, and attended a body stretching class. The instructor was quite good and was constantly checking to see that everyone was doing the moves properly. Overall I would rate my experience on HAL as 5 stars, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We are frequent Princess Cruisers and booked this ship and itinerary with a few friends, this one beginning in Quebec City, ending in New York. The plan originally was for my husband and I to rent a car and drive to Quebec City, but Air ... Read More
We are frequent Princess Cruisers and booked this ship and itinerary with a few friends, this one beginning in Quebec City, ending in New York. The plan originally was for my husband and I to rent a car and drive to Quebec City, but Air Canada had $99 fares, too good to pass on. My brother generously offered to pick us up at 4:30 in the morning for the ride to Boston’s Logan airport. I don’t know if I could have done the same AND have been so cheerful at that hour. Pre-Cruise, Quebec City: We booked two nights pre-cruise at the iconic Hotel Chateau Frontenac. Imagine our joy when the desk clerk at check-in announced that we’d been upgraded to Gold Class, with access to the VIP lounge with free breakfast and more. The trade off was a room on the scaffolding side of the building being renovated, not a problem if you don’t mind workmen appearing outside your window and loud sandblasting starting at 9 a.m. The only time it was a bother was the last morning when we were re-packing the bags and spent a significant amount of time in the room. Otherwise, this beautiful and magnificent hotel lives up to its expectations, and you can feel the history within its walls. The room was luxurious and classy, though a little dark due to construction apparatus blocking a good amount of natural light. The hotel’s location, however, couldn’t be better for seeing Quebec. In all its glorious state overlooking the city, restaurants, shops and attractions are located just a short walk away, and if that’s not enough, an invigorating hike or the funicular down the steep hill to the Old Town is not far away. A stay at a classic, historic hotel calls for an activity of equal class, so four of us signed up for the Frontenac’s High Tea, complete with singer, piano accompaniment, a variety of teas to choose from and delicious finger food served in fine china by a friendly waiter. It was all so Downton Abbey-ish, except with a French flair instead of British. Even my husband, who has never shown any love for tea, seemed to be getting a big kick out of the whole experience! While we were in town, we took a 2-hour guided walking tour with a local guide for a good overview of the city, starting at the Frontenac, and downhill past Citadel, Place Royale, and ending in the lower Old City. The day was not the best, as it was hot, humid and rained heavily nearly the entire trek down the hill. Fortunately, we came prepared with rain gear and enjoyed the tour and the exercise nonetheless. Still, we were tired, wet and not willing to make the steep uphill climb back to the hotel, so we boarded the funicular and were whisked up the hill back to the Frontenac in just minutes. I definitely would love to return and spend more time here. From the Frontenac we had a beautiful view of the Caribbean Princess on the St. Lawrence river below, awaiting our arrival. Embarkation: It was time to board the ship, which had been docked for two days in the Port of Quebec. We checked out of the Chateau Frontenac, and after a fairly long wait for a taxi to accommodate the four of us, we were finally on our way to the ship. Traffic was backed up all the way down the hill, but it was a nice way to people-watch along the way. Besides, our driver, a kind and patient woman, seemed amused by the lively and comical commentary coming from her customers eager to get started on their cruise. Princess had recently rolled out their new Medallion Class cruising on the Caribbean Princess, featuring an actual round medallion (replacing the old key card) and a bazillion electronic ways to enhance the cruise experience. Our medallions arrived by FedEx about 2 weeks before the cruise, encased in enough paper and cardboard to destroy a forest. A small padded envelope would have been sufficient. After some frustrating trial and error, maneuvering the disk into the lanyard holder, downloading the Ocean READY app, and syncing the medallion with our passport info and photos, as instructed, we were finally ready to rock and roll. Embarkation and getting through security was a breeze - you still need your passport, because the security agents don't give a hoot about your medallion. Wearing our new fashionable bling - and carrying a backup copy of our boarding passes just in case - we stopped briefly to check in with a crew member and were on board in no time at all. Ship and First Impression: We are no strangers to Princess, and they have always been our favorite ships, so we pretty much knew what to expect when we boarded. Still, we last cruised Caribbean Princess in 2005 and would have to dig through photos to remember specific details before the recent makeover, but we were really impressed with how bright and shiny the public spaces appeared when we boarded. The ship is beautiful! The Piazza has been spiffed up and looking better than ever, and my favorite part of any Princess ship of this class is the full Promenade Deck, which did not disappoint. Since cabins were ready to receive guests, we headed right for ours to unload our stuff and headed out to explore the ship. Balcony Cabin L251: This is a standard balcony cabin located forward of the pools on Lido Deck 15, and we would definitely book it again. 10 flights of stairs going down to dinner and shows became part of our daily workout; going up 10 flights was something else, and I did this just once after Muster, while my husband waited with the masses for an elevator. We really appreciated the cabin location, super convenient to the main pools, buffet fare, ice cream/specialty coffee station, and the fitness center and spa just a deck above. Best of all was the short walk to the bar and our favorite bartender, Rocky, located just around the corner. Because it was located forward of the elevators, as well, there was very little traffic and it was quiet most of the time. But the real bonus is a door all the way forward that opens to a viewing deck that sits over the bridge, available from sunrise to sunset, as the hubby and I found out one evening when we were quietly escorted off by a security guard after hours. However, at times when it was fine and legal to be up there, the view was fabulous for arrivals and departures, and, in fact, the view coming into New York at sunrise was absolutely amazing and drew quite a crowd at 5:30 am. The standard balcony cabins on this ship are fairly roomy. There was no sofa, which I did miss from the deluxe balconies or standard balcony cabins on the NCL ships I’m used to. There were two chairs - and for us, that meant one for sitting and one for resting feet upon - and a desk that we found useful for storing gadgets, papers, and all the other stuff accumulated over the course of a cruise. Night tables with drawer space on either side of the bed was also helpful for storage. The closet area came with a ton of hangers and plenty of space for hanging clothing, but the shelf space was a little skimpy. The large screen TV was a big improvement, with a large amount of cruise related programs and a fair number of free movies to choose from. Other than that, there were just a couple of news stations and old TV show episodes, including The Love Boat, of course! The bed - because everyone asks - was super comfy, with Princess still having the best beds at sea in my mind. The balcony was adequate, with a small table and two chairs with reclining backs. Free WiFi Minutes - Now you see them, Now you don’t! With platinum status, we each had 250 free minutes of WIFI. Sadly, they disappeared in a flash after not logging off correctly. Just shutting the browser won’t disconnect it, and I should have remembered that fact from past cruises. On port days or when we were within cell service I used my International Day Pass from AT&T to keep in touch, post to social media, browse, text and check emails. On the two sea days, I swore that I would disconnect, but my willpower evaporated on the last day of the cruise, and I caved and bought the unlimited day plan. Princess Medallion Class Cruising - the Jury is Still Out. The Ocean Medallion, Ocean apps and WIFi speed were great - when they worked together, which was nearly never. In a nutshell, we found them a little awkward and confusing. Why on earth does Ocean Medallion require so many apps - SIX of them to be precise? Two of the apps, Ocean PLAY and Ocean CASINO, we had no use for. We already waste too much time and money in the REAL casino. A third one, Ocean VIEW, has Princess-related videos, which didn’t pique our curiosity, either. Ocean COMPASS was useful for connecting with friends, but that only works when the friends accept on their end. The other feature of COMPASS is the ability to order food and drink wherever you are on the ship and have it delivered. A friendly crew member showed me how to do this the first day, and it worked, even though the bar was 50 feet away and I could have just gone to get it myself. In the end, though, it was just as easy and much more social to belly up to the bar and order one. That left the final app, Ocean NOW, which was handy for checking the daily schedule, when we could get WiFi to cooperate. I consider myself to be techno capable and know my way around an iPhone, but this all seemed like a bit much - a lot of trouble for a little bit of benefit. Princess did have an Ocean Medallion session in the theatre on the first day, but going to school was not part of my vacation plan. At one point over the first couple of days, my husband did seek help from the wizard at the Medallion desk, but even he was unable to figure it out. [Editorial Note: A recent report from Princess indicates that they will soon be consolidating apps, hopefully making the functions of Medallion Class a little easier to access!] If there is one positive thing about the entire Ocean Medallion program, it would be the medallion itself and the way it magically unlocks the cabin door when it senses you’re nearby. This came in handy on more than a few occasions when I had two hands juggling food and drink, and used my elbow to press down on the handle to push the door open. The medallion also works the same way when you order drinks at the bar. Your face pops up on the bartender's screen, and they know it’s you. Occasionally, they asked us to scan the medallion or asked for a room number when it was busy. On one level, it’s kinda neat, but on another I do wonder about guest safety, security and privacy with this “GPS’ feature - and how many drinks get billed to the wrong room. Lido Deck/Pools: Given our cabin's close proximity to everything on Lido Deck, we frequently found ourselves out by the pool - either in it or lounging around it. The pools on this ship are a decent size, and on this Canada/Northern New England cruise they were pleasantly uncrowded, though the hot tubs (not terribly hot, by the way) and pools did get busier in the afternoon on nice days. Word of warning: Due to dense fog, the ship’s foghorn blasted every few minutes during most of the last day of our cruise and was particularly deafening at the pool with the movie screen, at least to my sensitive ears. The adult pool, aft, was a heavenly oasis throughout the cruise, the water was warm, and the lounge chairs (only 20 of them) have comfy cushions, making it a great place to read or relax. Fitness Center: If you’re an early bird and like a treadmill workout, forget it. Even though the center opens at 6:00 am, the treadmills aren’t available until 8:00 am on this ship, apparently a result of complaints from occupants of the cabins directly below it. This was a huge disappointment for us - if we don’t work out first thing, then chances are we won’t, though we did return a couple of afternoons when we - or the gym - wasn’t busy. There are just two recumbent bikes and two uprights, which, as you can imagine, are always occupied. Early one morning my husband went to the gym and watched while a woman spent an hour on a bike, selfishly ignoring the line of people waiting to use it. There should be a 30-minute limit at peak times or when people are waiting, but we saw no signs posting that fact. The Spa - Couples Massage. We are not spa people. The last time we visited the spa on a cruise ship - or anywhere - for something other than a haircut or a facial was in 2002, our first cruise on the Grand Princess, our 25th anniversary. For some reason, my husband of 42 years thought it would be fun to pre-book a couples full-body massage on this Canada/New England cruise and booked it for the afternoon of a port day after returning from a morning tour. I was less than excited and had no inkling of what to expect, and the whole idea sounded a little weird. But what the heck. We marched down to the spa, donned our robes in our respective changing rooms, and met up in the treatment room. The two young women who worked on us were pleasant, with his masseuse being the chattier of the two, and mine seeming to be new but still capable of a good massage. It didn't take long to realize what I'd been missing all these years. She no doubt had some serious knots to work out, and it wasn't long before I was totally relaxed and my guy was peacefully snoring in the bed opposite me. I did have to ask her to back off the ankle because it's sensitive after a fracture a few years back. In the end, they did attempt to sell us some magical ointments and explain what else we would require to help us live through the next millennium, but there was no high pressure to buy anything. Strange story: While he was at the Spa, my husband made an appointment for a head shave. He went to the spa at his appointed time expecting the return of his chrome dome and was told that the guy who does hair was "MIA" and they didn't know when he'd be back. What? Huh? Did he jump ship? Plus, they told him they don't shave heads - they only do buzz cuts. Not sure why they failed to mention this when they made the appointment. Pretty weird. So no head shave. Bar Service: On every cruise, the first place we visit on any ship is the bar by the pool. Because our cabin was just steps away from cool liquid refreshment, the bar at Neptune's Pool became our "stop" on the way, and bartender "Rocky" became our new best friend. He saw us coming from a mile away, called us by name (presumably with the help of Medallion ID, of course), and was ready to serve with his best "Isaac" imitation. Other than Rocky and the Neptune Bar, I can’t remember when bar service has been so lacking on a Princess ship. I don’t know if they were short handed or if they were focusing on searching for the folks ordering from the Ocean Medallion apps, but we were hard pressed to find someone to take a drink order in many places - the theatre, in the atrium, poolside, and, most notably, Vines, the wine bar. We stopped by to chat with friends as they were sipping wine before dinner, and no one was in sight to see if we wanted anything. BUT - watch how fast they come if you try walking off with their premium Vine's stemware to enjoy elsewhere on the ship. When we finally did get service, the same missing waiter magically appeared from nowhere to chase me down in order to switch out the good wine glass for a cheaper travel version. Entertainment and Dining: We skipped more shows and performances on this cruise than usual, either because we had seen the shows before, we were busy wading through a 3-course dinner in the dining room, or we were just plain tired. We are early-to-rise, early-to-bed people at home, and old habits die hard, even on vacation. Still, we did stay awake long enough to catch some very good acts: Les Grands Hurleurs (Folklore Performance): Wow! Feet on fire! This energetic French-Canadian trio of talented musicians - guitar, bass and a foot-tapping fiddler - will make you want to dance in the aisles - or even your seat, and we absolutely loved them! Comedian, Richie Minervini: I can tell when a comedian is funny by how many tears of laughter I need to dry, and I needed half a box of tissues for this guy. He's got quite a TV and comedy club history according to his website, though I didn't recognize him and never watched the shows he was famous for ("King of Queens" or "Rosie"). In any event, he was hilarious, and his jokes hit their mark. Static - I actually left my husband behind in the cabin one night and went out dancing to this lively, high-energy dance band. The two lead singers do an awesome job taking turns mingling with the crowd and encouraging everyone to get out on the dance floor and boogie to pop, oldies and disco. Bravo - This was the only production extravaganza we experienced on this cruise. The Princess singers, dancers and orchestra came together to perform pop music with a side order of light opera. We had seen this show on a previous Princess cruise, and the vocals, costumes and choreography were as phenomenal as I remembered. It was definitely worth the re-run! The Casino - My husband is fond of slots and we had a nice discount on this cruise with a "Casino" offer from Princess, a promotion probably reserved for the biggest "losers", which was the case, again, on this cruise, flushing a lot of cash into the sea. If anything good came from that, we received another "Casino" discount to apply to the next cruise! Sabatini's Italian Trattoria. We had not planned on trying any of the added-fee specialty restaurants on this cruise, but made a spur-of-the-moment reservation at Sabatini's, and we were not disappointed. We live in an Italian/American neighborhood in our home town and have the best Italian food around, so I was a little skeptical whether cruise ship Italian could compete. Turned out it was just as good as anything back home. Service was impeccable, the food expertly prepared and delicious. Of special mention is a trio of pastas my husband ordered as an appetizer - absolutely amazing. Then, while dining on our Italian dinner, we watched as waiter after waiter brought out a quartet of delectable desserts to other tables. When the dessert menu arrived, we didn't hesitate and each ordered our own. While we were waiting for them to arrive to the table, little did we know that singing waiters were going to surprise us with a cake for our anniversary. There was no way we could do double dessert, so we had them wrap the cake and deliver it to our cabin, which was a good move, because it would have been a darned shame if we didn't have room in our bellies for these slanted glass goblets containing tiramisu, berries and chocolate sauce, panna cotta and one of the cruise line's famous Chocolate Journey creations. Positively sinful! AnyTime Dining. Sabatini's was, of course, the culinary highlight of the cruise, and Anytime Dining in our venue of choice, Island Dining Room, had some good offerings, as well. My prime rib was delicious, though I did hear several people complain it was tough. The always-available fettuccini alfredo was even better than I remember, and the French onion soup was amazing, as always. The best entree on the menu was the beef medallion, very tender and delicious. Service, on the other hand, was inconsistent, with long lags between courses, and accompaniments like butter and sour cream for a baked potato were slow in coming. One noticeable change was the steak option missing from the "anytime" menu, now replaced by a burger. On a positive note, because we were willing to share a table, we had no wait to be seated without a reservation. In fact, the only time I made a reservation was for our group of 8 on the final night of the cruise so we could enjoy a bon voyage meal. World Fresh Marketplace (a.k.a.Buffet). With the exception of room service a couple of mornings, we had breakfast here most often. However, while everyone else naturally gravitated to the first stack of plates and nearby food stations, we headed on through to Planks BBQ and adjacent Steamers, both open daily in the mornings. It was far less crowded and much quieter, though by the end of the cruise, others had discovered our secret. In fact, Steamers is also where the omelet station is located, which made me wonder how many people weren't even aware of its existence. Most of the same breakfast options were available here, and if they didn't have it, the nearby main buffet did. We found the food generally good, with a wide selection of items to choose from - both at breakfast and lunch. We also stopped by here a couple of nights to grab a snack for the room. International Cafe: This is my favorite snack venue on the ship, with complimentary salads, sandwiches, quiche and desserts. The adjacent coffee bar serves up some delicious specialty coffees for a fee. Slice Pizzeria. Caribbean Princess does not have their famous sit-down Alfredo's pizza restaurant, so this pool-side pizzeria was the next best thing, and served up fresh and tasty pies. The best part? It was just steps away from our cabin, so we could easily grab a slice whenever we craved it which, I confess, was too often. To our delight, they have added deep dish focaccia and sliced stromboli to the menu, which were delicious. The Salty Dog. I don't think we tried the burgers at this poolside grill, but the hot dogs were good. Plus, maybe I was inspired by the "poutine" (fries covered in gravy and cheese curds) I tried in Quebec City, but suddenly I wanted to smother my fries in toppings, so I ordered them covered in cheese and bacon. Now, the ports ... Quebec City: Montmorency Falls and Ile d’Orleans. This was a cruise-sponsored tour which I wouldn’t do again and would only recommend to those who would be satisfied with a very brief glimpse of Montmorency Falls. The first stop was Lac-Beauport, a small lake beach resort where we got off the bus, looked at the lake, and got back on the bus. It seemed to be a lake like any other, and was nothing special. My one interesting take away of this tour, though, was the display of interesting art posters by local artists, one of which could possibly be a distant relative of mine. My dad came from Quebec, and, who knows, maybe "Pierre" is a distant cousin! The next stop was the L’En-Tailleur Sugar Shack, a place popular with the tourists but everyone should visit at least once, as Quebec prides itself on their maple sugar products. It was an interesting display of how maple syrup is made, complete with really good warm complimentary apple pie and coffee. Be sure to douse it with with the provided maple syrup - it’s delicious! The last stop on the tour was Montmorency Falls, and for those who wanted to snap a photo or two from the rear of the gift shop, I’m sure it was fine. But I am a photo nut and like to be up close and personal with my subject and make the moment last. By the time the bus unloaded, I had barely enough time to race to the falls, snap a few photos, and race back. There are other fun things to do at the falls - trails, cable car ride, zip lining, and probably more. If you’re in Quebec City on a cruise and want to spend quality time at the Falls, just take an Uber or taxi from the ship. The guides love to point out the fact that Montmorency Falls are taller than Niagara Falls. This may be true, and while the Falls were impressive, they just don't have the same breadth and scope as Niagara Falls and lack the WOW factor you get from Niagara. Saguenay/Fjord National Park - Cape Breton, NS: We pre-booked an independent small-group tour of the Fjord and surrounding areas through a local guide, an excellent tour which got off to a rather rocky start. My husband was a bit under the weather, so I ventured out alone on this 24-passenger minibus tour. Even though I prepaid, I still had to stop at the office shack on the pier, wait in line, and get a ticket which is assigned a bus number. I went to my assigned bus, which strangely had no seat for me, so back to the shack I trekked. After some confusion, I finally had a seat on another mini-bus. We finally drove off, and I happily had the seat all to myself. I am happy to say that the tour got much better after this, and I would highly recommend it. Our guide, Louise, was a real sweet French lady who spoke enough English to get her stories across with knowledge, humor and enthusiasm. Stops included a site with an assortment of interesting Nativity carvings, a stroll across a beautiful covered bridge and an hour-long visit to the lovely town of L’Anse St. Jean to have a bite to eat or just take in the scenery. But the highlight was the nature trail in Saguenay Fjord National Park, where we hiked to three separate overlooks to see the magnificent Saguenay fjord that our ship traversed to reach the port of Quebec City. The views were stunning and one of the top 10 best views in all of Canada, we were told. Charlottetown, PEI: Lighthouses of Prince Edward Island Scenic Drive. This was a ship tour, and it was very good. We saw three of the 50 lighthouses on the island. Our guide was a friendly local man who told us all about the history and culture of P.E.I. and its lighthouses. The first lighthouse, Brighton Beach, was viewed from the shore road sidewalk, but the other two, Prim Point and Wood Islands we were able to view and access from the grounds. In fact, for the third and final lighthouse (Wood Islands) my husband and I succeeded in climbing the narrow steep stairway to the top, a very proud accomplishment for us. On the ride back to the ship, our guide, who had a genuine appreciation of the local music and arts, entertained us with his harmonicas. It was a very beautiful and relaxing tour. Having never been here before, we were pleasantly surprised by the lush and beautiful landscapes of Prince Edward Island. Sydney: I organized a private 6-hour mini-Cabot Trail tour for my husband and me, plus 6 of our friends. Since Sydney turned out to be a tender port, we weren’t certain about the logistics of meeting the tour on time, but the tour office was very communicative from the get-go, arranging to meet as soon as we were able to leave the ship. We all met onboard at the Island Dining Room to collect our tender tickets and were on the first tender over to meet our tour. Our driver/guide was happily waiting for us with her roomy 12-passenger van right at the dock when we stepped off the tender, and we were on our way by 7:30 a.m, well before the ship's excursion. She showed us around a portion of the 185-mile trail loop, covering as much ground as possible, stopping for snacks and the best scenic photo ops along the way. We all loved this tour - we were able to be on the road well before the cruise ship busses, cover more ground (specifically the prettier west side of the trail, as recommended by the guide), and experience more of beautiful Cape Breton, all at a significantly lower price than the cruise line tour. Portland: My husband has a couple of friends/colleagues in Maine, and we used this day in port to meet them for lunch. They suggested DiMillo's on the Water, a floating restaurant just a short walk from the ship. Our friends recommended I try their famous lobster stew, and it was delicious. After lunch, our friends were kind enough to drive us around town and show us the sights. Halifax: I had been here before, having seen the Maritime Museum, and once again with my husband last October when we did a tour of Peggy's Cove and other attractions. We had no plans on this visit, but needed to find a pharmacy, so took a walk up the hill to check out the city streets and the historic cemetery. On the way back, we walked along the Boardwalk and grabbed a lobster roll for lunch, and headed back to the ship. Boston: We live an hour away, have been there a million times, so we used this port as an extra sea day, enjoying the aft pool and deck without the crowds, catching up on my reading, and watching the planes take off and land at Logan Airport. Brooklyn, New York: The cruise ended in New York, and even though I have plenty of previous photos of Lady Liberty and the New York skyline, I never get tired of the view. It was particularly beautiful watching the sun rise over the city, and I got some great shots from our balcony, the upper decks and that awesome view spot with limited access way forward on Deck 15. Disembarkation: The cruise was over and it was time to take our leave, which is always a little bittersweet, especially when it's been a particularly good cruise. Unfortunately, disembarkation was very disorganized and took unusually long because they were late getting the luggage off the ship. For the first time I can remember, some passengers disembarked before their luggage did. Final Thoughts: The ship is gorgeous and the destinations were beautiful, particularly Prince Edward Island and the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. The scenery and ocean views on the excursions just blew us away. Weather was a mixed bag of rain, clouds, sun and lots of fog, the most fog I've experienced on any cruise. In fact, on our final day at sea from Boston to New York, the fog was thick and the ship's horn sounded every couple of minutes most of the day. We took advantage of the Future Cruise program and used credits for another cruise from NYC in November 2020 on the new Sky Princess, a 10-day sailing to Fort Lauderdale. Hopefully, the techies at Princess will have worked out the kinks in Medallion Class cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We chose this cruise since I have always wanted to go to Quebec City and we thoroughly enjoyed that French-speaking port. We had good weather--in fact in was hot in Quebec City. Our second favorite port was Portland, Maine, an attractive ... Read More
We chose this cruise since I have always wanted to go to Quebec City and we thoroughly enjoyed that French-speaking port. We had good weather--in fact in was hot in Quebec City. Our second favorite port was Portland, Maine, an attractive and charming town. We had been to Boston and Halifax before, but enjoyed both of them again. The trip was rather port-intensive and I would have liked more sea days, which are relaxing since you don't have to get up early for an excursion. We went on an excursion in almost every port. On the sea days I missed having any enrichment lectures on board. The ship itself is very attractive and we enjoyed the variety of food, especially in the buffet, where they had gluten-free and dairy-free choices and also left out cereal for a snack or to take to your room. The dancers and singers in the production company were excellent. The party band was also excellent. The sailaway activities seemed somewhat limited until halfway through the cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2019
We wanted to try Princess, as it's supposed to be a little more upscale. We also liked the choice of ports. The first thing we noticed is that the passengers are a little older and more moneyed then other cruises we've been ... Read More
We wanted to try Princess, as it's supposed to be a little more upscale. We also liked the choice of ports. The first thing we noticed is that the passengers are a little older and more moneyed then other cruises we've been on. The average age was at least 60. Many, many of the passengers were repeat passengers in the elite category. Obviously, Princess has a loyal following. I'll break down my experiences by area. Rooms and guest services - We were very, very happy with the performance of our room steward. He was super attentive and friendly. The rooms were very clean and nicely sized. The beds are very comfortable. While the on-demand movie selection was extensive, the live tv choices were just ok. Our interactions with the front desk personnel were excellent. Entertainment - The shows were outstanding. Great job by the performers. The theater is undersized, coupled with the high quality of entertainment, meant getting to the theater very early to ensure a seat. Get there early; the shows are worth it! The other entertainers were also good (The comedian was good day 1, but so so his second show.) We also enjoyed their own inhouse entertainment - the impromptu dance contest, the Voice of the Ocean and the meet the officers shtick. All in all - kudos to the entertainment department - great job! Food - Mixed reviews. For the most part, the main dining room was very good. However, I noticed that when we ate late, while the main courses were very good, the appetizers were somewhat dried out and stale. Breakfast in the MDR's was also very good. I was very, very pleasantly surprised by the food on Lido. The selection was excellent and the quality was very good, especially considering this was a buffet. I was also very happy with the international cafe, their 24 hour food spot. It always had a nice choice of pastries and parfaits, sandwiches and croissants, and salads. The attendant was excellent. They also have a coffee bar where you can get a cappuccino or coffee; however, beware that these coffees are extra cost. We also had dinner at the steak house and Sabatini's. Both restaurants had great service and great food. However, disappointingly, the steak house apps were also dried out (again, we ate late). All in all, we were extremely happy with the cruise. Read Less

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