FOOD - We have sailed Princess many times and the food in the Horizon Court was bland and repetitive. Nothing special.Also, the wait staff in the Horizon Court were surly and complained amongst themselves about their " contracts" and how they were being treated by the cruise line. We chose anytime dining at night in the Da Vinci dining room and there we had great service and food. Ate one night in the Crown Grill. Husband had 22 oz Porterhouse and I had Brazilian lobster tail. Very good. The pizza and cheeseburgers were good also. Free ice cream.
FYI - Folks, you have to have your cruise cards whenever you get off and on the ship. It is a given. However, it amazed me how, at every port, people held up the lines, on search and rescue missions, for their cruise cards and got crabby with the ship's staff for asking for them. If you ain't got it, step aside and let the other passengers who have intact short term memory skills, pass thru.
If you are flying thru Newark, take plenty of hand sanitizer. That is without a doubt, the dirtiest airport in the US.
We did the Duck Tour in Boston and it was good. Getting off the ship in New York was interesting ( especially how you retrieve your luggage) however the bus driver to LGA was beyond rude and let 40+ passengers off a good city block from the American Airlines terminal as he refused to go there. See other port reviews.
Saguenay - This "new" port is trying its hardest to lure cruise passengers but it is, well, boring. There is just nothing here. We took the Craftsman Road excursion and went to a farm where they make cheese and that was good but the other 2 stops ( that were actually within walking distance of the cruise ship )a soap maker and glass blower, were not very good. We were off the boat at 10:00 and back on by noon. The townspeople here were very kind and all came out to see sailaway.
We did not book shore excursions here but walked off the ship and walked about town on our own. Good shopping right at the pier. Ate lunch at the Governor's Pub and had tasty fish and chips.
We did not book shore excursions here but walked about on our own. If you choose to walk to the Citadel be aware it is about 6 blocks from the ship and straight up a very steep hill. The Maritime museum is nice and don't miss the Titanic exhibit. Had the worse meal I have had at the Waterfront Warehouse Seafood Restaurant. Run, don't walk by this place.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Nicest people we met at any port. Again, we did not book an excursion but walked about by ourselves. Went to the City Market and the other recommended shopping areas and the park. Very nice and clean.
All in all, we had a grand time and the ship is magnificent and very, very big. Won a jackpot in the casino one night so that made the trip even more sweet. The scenery and views are the highlight of this voyage. I recommend warm clothing, binoculars and a balcony or unobstructed view while sailing.