My family and I flew from Australia to New York, two days before the cruise. We stayed at the New York Garden Inn on 35th Street, just across the street from Macys. This was an excellent location to explore all of New York's tourist attractions. The subway was 50 metres down the street from the hotel and this proved to be an excellent way to explore the city quickly and efficiently. The hotel organised a car transfer from the hotel to the cruise ship terminal in Brooklyn. This transfer took approximately twenty minutes.
Embarkation was very orderly and we were onboard the ship in about 15 minutes. We proceeded to the Horizon buffet for lunch. There was a huge choice of hot and cold dishes, which would appeal to all tastes.
Our cabin B705 was spacious with twin beds, leading out to the balcony, which was furnished with a small table and two outdoor chairs. The floor to ceiling glass sliding door and fixed window provided a magnificent view of the ocean and it was great to wake up to the natural light each morning. Our cabin steward Ricardo was always in attendance and kept our cabin/bathroom exceptionally clean and tidy.
The "Princess Patter" kept us informed of all the shipboard activities and port information each day.
All production shows and entertainment in the Princess Theatre were of a very professional standard and most enjoyable.
We choose the Anytime Dining option, with evening meals taken in the Coral dining room. The standard of the food in this dining room could not be faulted. The dinner menu was very extensive with a varied choice of foods. Staff waiting on our tables were very professional and always made our dining experiences very memorable. Lunches and breakfasts were mostly eaten in the Horizon Buffet. Food in the buffet was always of a very high standard and most enjoyable. The International Cafe was excellent for a quick coffee, tasty snacks, cakes, rolls and desserts.
We registered to do the express disembarkation, which meant having to carry your own luggage off the ship. We were off the ship and through US customs by 8:30am. We were able to organise a transfer to La Guardia Airport at the curbside for $50.00. This made transferring to La Guardia Airport extremely stress free.
We will certainly be planning another Princess Cruise in the near future.