This was our first actual cruise, having done the Southampton-Brooklyn ferry on five occasion my wife and I decided we should try a proper cruise. It should be remembered that all our views are subjective - some will agree some not. So here goes.
EMBARCATION. It was the longest queue we have ever seen at Southampton but thanks to the efficient system we were through and on board within 30 minutes. We were anxious to see the results of the refurbishment but everything looked much the same. And it was just like coming home - cabin on Deck 5 spotless and with a warm welcome from steward Jamie.
DINING. Food in the Britannia restaurant much the same - excellent service and fine quality. But two major differences - portions seemed distinctly smaller and the food, never hot in the Britannia, seemed to have dropped a degree or so. Some meals were sent back to be warmed up. No matter how they try the King's Court still remains a jumble of nooks and crannies and still resembles a works canteen, albeit an upmarket one. Food here is often lukewarm but the quality and the variety seemed greater than in the Britannia.
Cabin was exactly as expected - reasonable size, sheltered balcony. Worth considering, however, is noise. Walk along the corridor and as you approach 5142 the noise increases and as you pass that noise decreases. It's the noise of ether machinery or electrics but it is a definite noise. Being midships and reasonably low down in the ship it is ideal to combat the Force 11 experienced on the outward journey.
First-class city and terminal - everything runs smooth as clockwork
Brooklyn is still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy but is rapidly getting back to normal. Despite long queues at immigration everything moved pretty swiftly and delays were kept to a minimum. As for New York - who could ever tire of this city?