We are a retired couple, usually traveling with another couple. We have sailed with NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Celebrity.
Embarkation at Cape Liberty, Bayonne, NJ was fantastic. We arrived slightly after 11 am and after a short wait, we were welcomed aboard w/ champagne and looking for lunch in the Seaside Cafe. Selection and service were good and we were soon checking out our stateroom. Luggage arrived throughout the afternoon and we were pleasantly surprised when the mandatory lifeboat drill did NOT require life jackets!Cabin 7114 is situated mid-ship, not too near elevators, with no cabins
across from it; in other words, quiet w/ easy access to everything. The
Cabin 7114 is situated mid-ship, not too near elevators, with no cabins across from it; in other words, quiet w/ easy access to everything. The balcony is equipped with 2 chairs and is 2 floors above the life boats which we looked down on. Storage is adequate, but I missed a drawer in the desk because that is usually my make-up area. Hint: we use suction cup hooks on mirrors for hats, storage bags, etc.
We took a city bus RIPTA #67, $1.75 ea way or $5 day pass, to the Bellevue Ave mansions where we bought a ticket and toured Marble House ($11 pp). Packages are available if you wish to tour more than one mansion. Then we walked a portion of the famous cliffwalk along the bay and caught a bus back to town for lunch and looking around. It was very easy and relaxing to make our own way without the time restraints or cost of an actual tour. Bus drivers were very helpful.
We purchased tickets online for the Olde Town Trolley (under $30 pp) which has a stop near the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. The terminal is not very close to anything, so a bus, tour, or taxi is advised. We walked a couple of blocks to our bus stop, our e-ticket was stamped with the date and we were free to get on and off all day. A complete guide book was sent when we purchased the tickets so we already knew which stops would be priority. With trolleys running every 15-20 minutes, we never had to wait long. The drivers were very knowledgeable and their narration described every stop. We walked part of the Freedom Trail, visited historic sites, had lunch at Faneuil Hall, completed the circuit and took another trolley back to the ship. It was a great way to see the City!
We got a day pass for the Metro ($5 pp) to the downtown area and explored a little during the morning. Dunkin Donuts had a great cup of coffee. Wadsworth-Longfellow House was very interesting (we had buy one get one free pass from online) and we stopped in the LL Bean downtown outlet. Back to the ship for lunch since we have a Celebrity Excursion leaving there at 1pm. Our excursion took us to 3 lighthouses: Bug Light, one whose name I don't remember and we only saw from a distance, and the Portland Head Light. This tour wasn't worth what we paid - we should have gone on our own (bus or taxi) to the Portland Head Light which was very interesting.
What a beautiful place! At the terminal where our tenders came in we got our tickets for Acadia National Park (our Golden Age Pass took care of admission) and directions to the FREE shuttle bus. A short walk up main street to the Village Green and we were on our way. First stop, Sandy Beach where we walked down and took pictures of the massive rocks and beautiful beach. From there, we took a 1/2 mile hike to Thunder Hole - more pictures. Back on another shuttle, we're off to Jordan Pond House, a nice restaurant (we did not eat) and beautiful grounds. Another shuttle bus back to Village Green. We had lunch at Geddy's on Main St - their 'lobsta roll' was great! Shopped our way back to the tenders. Fun day!
Oops, it's cloudy and misting rain, so after a short stroll along the beautiful shoreline boardwalk, we made our way to a bus stop and caught FRED (free ride everyday downtown). This convenient bus runs every 15 minutes or so and goes virtually anywhere you want to go in the downtown area. We got off at the Citadel and took a tour - luck was with us because we were at the gate for the changing of the guard, inside the fort when the cannon was fired at noon, saw the bagpiper play and enjoyed our tour. Near the end of our tour, the rain got worse, so we got back aboard FRED and continued around the route back to the Constellation. A great day - thanks, Halifax, for FRED.