What a wonderful and awe inspiring beginning to our cruise! Thanks to the "powers that be" we were privileged to have the best seats in the house for viewing the spotlight beams blazing into the sky in remembrance of those who so tragically lost their lives on 9/11.
Travel and Embarkation: Smooth sailing from start to finish. We drove from RI straight down 95, took the Henry Hudson Parkway south (9A south)straight to the pier. We recommend going straight to parking an not to the drop off point. Baggage handlers are at the parking lot to help. We processed through at about 1130 and got aboard at about 1230. Went to eat and dropped our stuff off at 1330.
Cabin: Superb! Clean and more than enough room for the two of us. We really enjoyed the balcony. The steward from Indonesia was efficient--probably the best we have ever had.
Food: Not a clinker in the bunch. The last time aboard I had little success with the beef dishes. This time was just the opposite. All meals, to include appetizers and desserts were great. I just can't figure out why people can't find something they like on the menu. The menu was extensive and varied. If you don't like something, send it back and try something else! The wait staff was superb and was the Maitre 'D. I also recommend getting one of the wine packages. It's a great deal if you enjoy wine.
Entertainment: The juggler was great! The ventriloquist was not, but not for lack of effort on his part. I just didn't get fired up. Ticket to Ride was great as was the Generations show. One of our production shows got cancelled due to Maria. I didn't watch the comedians--way past my bedtime.
Physical plant: The crew went out of their way to keep up with all of us messy folks. No complaints from us on cleanliness or availability of necessities. They took good care of us.