This was a first trans atlantic cruise and particularly wanted to do New York. The cruise was excellent just a few things that let it down. Firstly not enough evening entertainment on the fabulous promenade, the Boston stop should be looked at as it was so disappointing we did not get of the ship until just before 2 pm and had to be back on board by 4.30pm even though they knew the ship would not sail until after 7.30 as a lot of the tours were running late. This stop should be an overnight to allow for the lengthy customs procedure that way people would get a chance to experience this beautiful city.
The food although presented nicely was very bland and tasteless even in the speciality restaurants the only one I would say was a speciality was Givonnis were food was excellent. Other than that the cruise was excellent and the service was exceptional I am putting the food and entertainment problem being because it was a re-positioning cruise as on my previous RCI cruise food was excellent. The biggest disappointment was Boston not getting to see it properly and to add insult to injury to find an apology by the way of 2 free drinks vouchers when I was already fully inclusive does not smack of a personal service.
So hopefully RCI will look at the Boston part of the trip and re-think it or at least advertise it as a customs stop with possibility of getting of ship for a few hours. My highlight was sailing in to New York and then finding we were docked on the bottom of 50th Street which was a 15 minute walk to Times Square RCI definitely got that one right.
This cabin was ideally situated being just one floor above the promenade deck and 2 floors below the main restaurant. I am a solo traveller and my cabin was comfortable and felt safe at all times. My cabin steward Howard always kept nice and entertained me by leaving lovely towel animals and always had a kind word to say whenever you passed him.
Boston was a disaster even people who had booked a shore excursion struggled to get of ship with tours running late and some even being cancelled most disappointing part of cruise considering it was the first port of call after 6 nights at sea definitely needs a completee re-think by RCI.
The ship was docked right in the heart of Manhattan and we walked to Time Square first night and then went up Empire State Building. Did have a private car to take us exactly where we wanted to go for 4 hours which was brilliant because got to see lots of things that I wanted to see. New York was lovely place to walk around and very welcoming and not at all threatening so a solo traveller could walk about comfortably on their own if the needed to.
Stayed on ship should have took a tour as expected there to be something in the port area and there was absolutely nothing so just stayed on board and enjoyed the sunshine.
Easy embarkation but not a pretty port.