We boarded the Carribean Princess October first with high hopes for a beautiful cruise. Boarding the ship in Brooklyn was efficient and easy, however, more complicated than boarding a ship in Manhattan. An expensive cab ride from Manhattan is required to reach the ship. Our cabin was very worn-furniture was worn out and scruffy. We had good weather for our first port Newport RI and a pleasant trolley tour we arranged ourselves at the visitor information center. Second port was Boston where we had to pay $30 to get shuttle from ship to to town. There was a lot of crowding and poor information about getting into city at the terminal. We took the subway to JFK Library -a cab is probably better because we had to wait a long time to get the shuttle from the train to the library.
Next port was Bar Harbor-a tender port with pouring rain. Princess can't help rain but the terminal at Bar Harbor is almost nonexistent and there was no place to get out of rain. Again we took a trolley tour and saw almost nothing because of weather.
Next port was supposed to be St. John, however, the captain decided not to go into St. John due to weather, however, there was not much motion on the ship so we were surprised at that decision.
Next port was Halifax with about 6 big cruise ships in at the same time. It was chaos and all hop on hop off ALL tours were booked. We had never experienced that anywhere before. Seems like poor scheduling! Adding to that issue was the COLD -about 38 degrees with a lot of wind. We finally got a cab to the citadel and nearly froze even tho we were dressed fairly well. We walked to the Maritime Museum and then walked back to the ship because there was no public transport available.
Food on the ship was pretty good except the beef was terrible and very tough.Desserts are probably their best item. Dining rooms were extremely crowded and shows were extremely crowded. You had to go wherever you were going very early in order to get a seat-certainly not ideal. Also, this ship has the smallest internet and library space I have seen on ANY ship. It is ridiculous for 3,500 people. One small wall of books and 4 chairs in the same room with about 12 computers.
Princess is too interested in selling STUFF-paintings,tours, drinks, Photos and not as interested in customer service as they should be.