We have sailed with the Captain and Cruise Director before and both did the same high quality job as before. Captain Mancuso made some decisions for our safety and comfort that did result in the Port of Dublin stop being shortened, but that was fine with us. Better safe and enjoying a smoother sail than have the entire day in one of the Ports. Nothing is guaranteed when sailing the world's oceans.
Dan Styne had the same enormous amounts of energy and this was evident in his staff's approach to all the activities. Sea days are what we prefer and they were so full of activities that I did not have time to use all my minutes of computer time. Up too early and to tired in the late evening. Having three shows each evening made it possible to see all the entertainment and not have to rush through supper. We really like this change from the two shows per evening.
Embarkation went very smoothly once the doors were opened to the port embarkation building. The line from the port doors was very long, but once it started moving we were in our cabin in less than 30 min. Disembarkation was again done in a very efficient manner and we had our luggage gathered and were through Customs in less than 30 min. from our assigned gathering time on board.
Good location, did not make much use of the extra space(no entertaining), quiet location, not much motion from the movement of the ship.
It would have been so much better to have docked in Manhattan and been able to make more use of the free transportation for us 1st timers to N.Y. Brooklyn did make for some interesting experiences using the bus system and subway. All of the people in N.Y. were very friendly eager to help one learn the ways to get around and where to get off for different sights. It is so much nicer to pull up to a normal cruise terminal in a port rather than a shipping yard area. We did ride a ferry, subway, bus, and HoHo bus in the short time we were there.
Can't really speak to this one, due to having the day there cut to only a couple of hours. Necessitated course changes on the TA meant we missed the tide that is needed for the Caribbean Princess to dock there. We did go into town for walk around and saw several things to go back and see in more detail.
This was just a disembarcation port and all we did was get our private tour for the day up to London.