Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by nhguy: Fantastic Cruise!
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Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We arrived in Brooklyn at noon and were on the ship within 15 minutes. Easy check-in. Everything was ready for us. We had the buffet lunch and did the scavenger hunt that the gets around the ship to check things out and enter the free drawings. It was a great way to see the spa and find out about possibilities.
Food- Wonderful! the meals in Coral Dining room were great. we had traditional dining time of 5:30 and they were a little flexible on that timing. Excellent service. I found the cuts of steak below average but everything was superb. The Caribee Dining Room on Deck 15 offered great meals in the evening if you just wanted to go at your own pace. Never had to wait for a seat in the Horizon Court or Caribee Dining areas. Though the ship was at capacity you never felt crowded.
Shows- the theater shows were great. we went to the Piano Man show twice because it ws so great. Tracy in the dance troupe was a great singer. There was always something going on in the More evening and we always had great shows or games to go to. Great variety in the music styles.
Accommodations: We had an inside cabin and it was fine. We didn't spend much time there and the steward was always thorough.
Staff: were always pleasant and friendly.
Disembarkation: You don't have to be out of your cabin until 8:00 am and we were off the ship and at our car in 10 minutes! Less
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Cabin review: IA-611
Small but fine! No rocking or sounds. Good location (just a bit of a walk from either corridor)
Port and Shore Excursions
Very foggy when we arrived. We took Olie's 2 1/2 tour of Acadia National Park which was very interesting. (tour guide was very good except for when he berated a passenger for being late very unprofessional)You can arrange those tours on line and pick up your ticket right at the dock for $29.00 pp.
Bar Harbor is very beautiful town and the park is magnificent. Be sure and take some kind of ride into the park. Bar Harbor was our favorite stop.
The port in Boston is off the beaten path. There is a metro bus (Silver Line 2) that you can take for $2.00 cash and then transfer at South Station to other lines. You cannot walk from port to anything really. We went to the Adams National Park in Quincy to see the President John Adams and John Quincy Adams homes. Very interesting if you like historical homes as the most the objects in the home are the original belongings of the Adam's.
So much to do in Boston.
Ship docks in town and it has a very nice boardwalk along the shore with shops and tour posibilites. Went to the Maritime Museum which is along the boardwalk and saw Titanic exhibit. We walked by the Citadel (fort) and up to the public gardens. They are very beautiful and great place to stroll. Town was very pretty and tourist friendly.
We took the tender ashore and walked to the Breakers (1.8 miles) A little long walk but we got there by 9:30 am. We purchased the 5 mansion ticket for $31.00 ea. (best value if you are going to see at least 3 mansions) You have to see inside at least on of the big mansions (or cottages as the owners called them.) The outside is grandiose but inside will take your breathe away! It's worth the time to see at least one of them. We saw 4 (Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House, the Elms)Each was magnificent. We walked to each one which was about a 4 mile walk in the day. There is a metro bus that goes to each one and costs $1.75 per ride. Just jump on and off as you wish.
The port is right in town and you can walk to many things. Not as an attractive downtown as other places but people make you feel welcomed. Nice little tent with booths for shopping in as you arrive or depart.We walked to the Loyalist House which was interesting.We checked our email at the Library for free.
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