Leaving out of NY City was painless, except the parking for the 5 day cruise was $150. There was 5 of us, two adults and three teenagers. We booked two inside cabins. We were on deck 10 Panorama which was very convenient to the pool area and great for us because we love to spend the day sitting at the pool reading.
There was not long lines checking in and we got on the ship about 1:00pm within a half hour of arriving. Parking lots at the terminal were full so they had you parking also on the street above the parking lots.
You are not allowed to the cabin until 1:30pm. When we went to the cabin we were greeted by our steward Hery who was wonderful and the remainder of the cruise called us by our names and also kept the kids room clean. We had plenty of room and storage space for all of our clothing there are three closets one with shelfs and a dresser drawer with shelfs. You are allowed to bring one bottle of wine each adult on board but only when you embark; which we did, and every night our steward would have our ice bucket filled and we would have a glass of wine while we were getting ready for dinner.
We had the early seating for dinner. The dining room was great we were assigned to the Golden Dining room and a table next to the window so we always had a great view of the ocean and sunsets. The food was always hot and very tasty, we had lobster at the captains dinner. The waiters put on a little show each night singing and dancing. OMG, the chocolate melting cake was outstanding. The waiters extremely professional and very friendly. We were always out of the dining room by 7:30 in enough time to go out on deck and watch the sun set. There were beautiful sunsets.
In Halifax we went to the boardwalk and walked along the Harbor, we went to the Maritime Museum and the girls were bored. They have a nice exhibit of the Titanic and it was very interesting.
In St. John we went zip lining over the reversing falls. We had a blast. We were high and it was scary at first, but after you go the first time it was ok and we weren't scared anymore. The cruise doesn't offer this excusion, we found them online, stjohnadventures.com and booked directly via email with them. It was $60 for an adult and $50 for kids under 18, and you get a family discount too. We later just walked around the town of St. John which was ok.
The weather was wonderful very sunny and in the 80s, unusual they said for Canada. There was fog only on one day. We love to sit by the pool listening to the reggae band and watching the huge screen TV and reading books which we seldom get to do while at home.
The casino was good to us one night and bad the next. The photographers were wonderful and took great pictures. You don't have to buy them but it's free to take and we got some of the best family pictures ever. The drinks are expensive but since we had brought some wine we didn't have much of a bill for alcohol. My daughters each went to the spa and got a massage, they said it was the best massage they ever had (they haven't had many). It was 100. for 50 minutes plus a tip for each. Gym was always packed and machines always taken.
Any time we don't have to work is a great vacation for us. We love cruising and being waited on. So far we have been on RCL, NCL and Carnival. The staff on Carnival is much nice and friendlier than on NCL and the cabins are bigger too. The entertainment was wonderful, the shows are a bit revealing with the costumes, thongs and bikini tops, would have been just as nice with regular costumes, the illusionist was really good and the comedy shows were good too. So all in all I would give my cruise a 10.
We are looking at going on another cruise, we have a pre=booking certificate on NCL but I think I'd rather go on carnival.