We chose this cruise because October was a good time for us to take vacation and we liked the itinerary. It was going to be easy to depart from NYC and we enjoy cool versus warm weather so Canada in the Fall seemed like a great option. This is only our third cruise. Our last one was on Oceania Regatta to Alaska and it was *excellent*. We decided to try a larger ship this time but have decided they are not for us...so will stick to ships with 1200 or less passengers when we cruise again. Because of the cooler weather, folks were not sitting out by the pool so it often felt crowded inside - the card room and library were packed all day! The captain told us at the Q&A that the average age on the ship was 67...I would have guessed it a bit higher. As we are in our 50s, this was noticeable but did not adversely affect our overall trip.
Having been to NYC many times and being only an hour away by plane, we simply landed very early on departure day and head to the cruise terminal. We were booked in the 2-bedroom family suite (11006) so this gave us many perks that we appreciated throughout the entire cruise. The first being very easy embarkation where we met our Concierge Cholette - she was super the entire trip and gave us personalized and warm service. From the cruise terminal, she escorted up to Cagney's for lunch which was a real treat as our first onboard experience. Afterwards we wandered about the ship to learn more about our home away from home for the next 10 days. The updates to the Jade are very nice! The ship was spotless and staff were friendly as we wandered around. The cruise out of NY harbor was fabulous - we were blessed with great weather for most of the trip. We bundled up and headed to The Great Outdoors where we had a few drinks, met some fun people and took in the gorgeous views of Lady Liberty.
Overall, the seas were generally mild except for the first and last day. We had worried about that with this itinerary given the amount of time in open ocean waters. The first day was manageable but the last day was very rough. Although we did not get seasick we stayed in the cabin most of the last day as it was very unsettling to walk around. With 10-20 foot waves and wind at 50 knots, many were sick including some staff.
We loved the extra space this cabin offered us. It was only two of us, so it was very comfortable. The second bathroom is great. The shower in the master bedroom section with window is fun (although a bit small)! Having just been updated, everything seemed brand new and the more neutral colors are lovely. The Nespresso coffee maker was huge plus for us. The 'sleeping cove' in the master bedroom is cozy but did get a bit hot. The bed was very comfortable. This cabin is under the spa area and so you can sometimes hear chairs scraping the floor above (oddly, even at 3AM which must be when they clean it). We always travel with earplugs so not really a problem. There was a nasty smell in master toilet area - plumbers serviced it and it was better but not fully resolved. Fortunately, it did not permeate the rest of the suite. Since this is very close to the bow of the ship, we likely felt the rough seas a bit more so be wary of this if you tend towards seasickness (we do not).
We did a private tour. Would have liked to have spent more time outside of Halifax. Ended up feeling a bit rushed at Peggy's Cove...so request or leave more time for that part of the journey.
Gorgeous city! Really loved walking around and exploring the Old City on our own. Great restaurants, shopping and service!
Loved PEI! Charlottetown was lovely. We hired a private driver who was native to PEI and he showed us lots of hidden gems. Took us up to the northern shore for some birdwatching. It was a super day.
Book an excursion! Nothing much in Sydney to see...but we heard good things from those who ventured outside the city.