Background Myself 58 Husband 59 and Daughter 31 flew from London Heathrow and stayed at the Newark Airport Renaissance Hotel on the 6Th of March. This was our second Cruise but first with RCI. The Hotel was excellent,the weather was very kind no rain or snow and quite warm.
At 12 midday we boarded the bus to take us to the Ship, this took about 40 minutes. There was some delay at the port and it was 2.30 before we were actually on board.
The ship itself is magnificent, and after having a snack at the Promenade Cafe we had a wander round taking some snaps as we went. We then went up to our Stateroom. Our luggage had still not arrived but we did not worry, we were intent on admiring the view from our Balcony, we looked straight across at the Statue of Liberty.
Muster drill was next and when this was over we went back down and managed to get our unpacking done. There was plenty of storage and even towards the end of the cruise we were still finding more hidey holes. We met our Stateroom Attendant and found him helpful and very friendly. Our towel animals every night kept us all amused.
This cruise the ship was sailing full but to be honest you were never really aware of it being packed, maybe the only time you saw crowds would be going in to the Ice Show and the Windjammer.
The Dining Room was beautiful on three levels we were happy where we were placed for dining so had no reason to change. We sat with a family of three from England. Mary the Grandmother had Cruised once before as well.
We alternated between the Windjammer and Dining Room for our evening meal,and did not feel the need to use any of the specialist restaurants as the food was very good in both venues. There was only one item in the dining room I could not eat over the length of the holiday.
The Cafe Promenade served us well for morning coffees and also light snacks at lunchtime. The food in here was also wonderful, lovely little savoury pastries and fantastic cakes.
The ship has many activities to keep you amused all day long and into the night, from Jewelery making to Arts and Crafts. Karaoke to Shows, Ice Skating to Rock Climbing.
The Ice Skating Shows are a must as are some of the Shows in the Theatre, we saw a fantastic Violinist who happened to be from Staffordshire in England.
Each and every staff member went above and beyond to make this Cruise one we will remember for a very long time.
Everybody on board were there to have a good time and I never heard one complaint a nicer group of people you could not hope to meet.