New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook)
debarkation and embarkation
Brooklyn Pier gets a 5+, We didn't tour NYC- just took Amtrak from DC- then had a Mr. Toad's wild cab ride to the pier since Amtrak broke down along the way & we were running late. HOWEVER, just another adventure & Amtrak is a great way to see scenery along the way with very comfortable & spacious coach seating , but my spouse was right- we should have booked the train earlier.
Very efficient passenger boarding at Brooklyn Pier & a breeze to get on ( especially after 3pm for the tardy set) not to mention a few fleeting moments of being mini-royalty via a plastic stemware of cool champagne upon boarding.
BUT it was TOTAL chaos upon disembarkation (not even a 1 rating). Squished in the waiting areas for what seemed hours,finally released in mass to a sea of look alike baggage -then lugging it through customs (so polite) to a sea of look alike airport buses amid sea of humanity. I've done a LOT of international and domestic travel in past years, but this seemed even more foreign. Eventually the tough talking natives effectively herded their bewildered & sweating post-cruisers into the right bus with little fanfare. We were barely homeward bound and already exhausted!
Didn't really do much in NYC except train in- fly out (BTW: Northwest Airlines has superior legroom in coach compared to other carriers & crews were awesome-though hours of confinment in the middle seat will never be a happy experience unless you are under 10 years old. Like the Princess Caribbean ship- NYC, while an amazing city, is simply too big & complicated for us simple country folks!