It seemed like a good idea coming from Florida to see the leaves changing at their prime. We booked the last cruise of the season for the New England/Canada trip and started the cruise off from NYC with gale force winds. Many people sick but the Captain did a fabulous job keeping the passengers informed to the great enjoyment of the comedians. Embarkation was great. We arrived early (about 11:30) and were in the statetoom before 12:30. Since you should arrive between 1-4, we were pleased. We had lunch in the Coral Dining Room and it was slow and food mediocre. Due to the bad weather our 1st port of call was cancelled. We had looked forward to Newport but will enjoy it at another time. Our room was clean and pleasant but showed wear. Our cabin steward did a good job but the TV remotes were intermittant. Storage in the mini-suite was super. Bathroom spacious.
The entertainment in the Princess Theater was very enjoyable. We had no trouble finding a seat but didn't come late. The singers/dancers were entertaining. The comedians that we saw were not very funny. Did enjoy the bagpipe show in Halifax.
Food in the dining room (anytime dining) was uninspiring. We did enjoy the steak restaurant-it was absolutely worth $25 upcharge. HIGHLY recommend the Chef's Table. It costs $75 per person and is worth that and more. It exceeded our expectations. What a treat. Don't miss it!
Unfortunately most of the deck area was unusable due to the cold and bad weather.
We ate dinner in the dining room 3 times (the lobster on Thursday night was delicious), the buffet 2 times, the steak restaurant 1 time and Chef's Table. The cookies in the Caribe Buffet were always delicious.
Had a couples massage and thoroughly enjoyed it. Expensive but very relaxing.
Ports of call were Boston (we took a cab from pier to Quincy Market (about $12) and had lunch at the Union Oyster House. We shopped the market and did the on & off tour on our own. Bar Harbor: took tender to town. Walked around shopping. Beautiful area. Very scenic. St. John: walked to shopping. (free internet on the 2nd floor of the shopping area if you have your own laptop.) Halifax: Did tour through Princess to Peggy's Cove. Pleasant trip & tour. Paid for on & off tour but were too tired to participate.
All in all we would highly recommend Princess. We met many wonderful, interesting people. Great crew - wonderful Giorgio (head maitre d), the Captain, Chef, Lotus spa people, cabin crew, wait staff, bar employees.....all were spectacular. Other than the rough seas (which you can not predict) it was a very enjoyable week.