Embarkation at the Brooklyn Cruise terminal was quick and efficient.We were in out cabin, along with our luggage within 45 minutes of arrival at the terminal.
We were dining in the Brittannia dining room for lunch and dinner and at the Kings Court for breakfast.
Yes the Kings court does get a little crowded, but we were always able to find a seat, the food was good and the staff helpful.
We were on a table for 8 at dinner. There were three other interesting and engaging couples at the table which always helps to make the dining experience more pleasurable. The menu was extensive and the food excellent. We, or the other couples at the table, had any complaints about quality,quantity or presentation of the food throughout the cruise. The service and attention to detail by the wait staff at our table was truly excellent.
Lunch was an opportunity to meet other people as there is no fixed seating. Again a full and varied menu and good food.
The entertainment in the Royal Court Theater was very good with two extremely talented musicians.
A violinist and a Flautist, both wonderful acts. The "headline" entertainers were West End/Broadway (Chicago/Les Miserables)singer Ruthie Henshaw who gave two outstandanding performances (although she did seem to talk about herself a lot between songs)and a British comedian/TV celebrity Roy Walker. Although his act was essentially British Humor, he was very funny.
The Cunard singers and Dancers gave some very accomplished shows.
We normally arrange our own excursions but this year we used the ship provided excursions (yes they tend to be expensive)and we we not dissappointed. Especially memorable was the scenic railway ride in St Kitts.
On the return to New York and in view of some serious inclement weather forecasts, the Captain decided to speed up to arive in New York before the storms arrival.We arrived a 11 pm with the intention of starting disembarkation at around 8 am. That night the storm droppes some 10 inches of snow on New York with the subsequent disruption to transport links it caused. Disembarkation started at 9am and went relatively smoothly considering that not all the terminal staff, including immigration personnel had been able to make it into work that morning. by the time we were on the road all the major road links into Manhattan were relativley clear so we we alble to get home without much hassle.
For us this was an excellent cruise, good food, good company and a relaxed "refined" ship. No "in your face" selling, NO excessive PA announcements and an attentive and polite crew from the catain down to the deck staff.