We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit New York and then see the autumn colours of New England and Canada. This cruise did not disappoint! Our cruise itinerary began in New York and we arranged our hotel and transfers independently of Princess. The city is well worth a visit and the highlight for us was probably 'Top of the Rock' which we visited at sun set.
Boarding Crown Princess at Brooklyn was definitely the smoothest, quickest and stress free embarkation I have experienced. The whole team onboard made us feel very welcome and, having taken our last 2 cruises with another line, it was good to be back with Princess. Sailing away in the dark from New York was magical, although there wasn't really the usual sail away party atmosphere.
Dinner in the Freedom dining restaurants was a bit haphazard that evening, probably because there had been a fairly late muster drill, followed by the sail away, after which everyone seemed to descend on the restaurant. Of course they were inundated, which was understandable. The staff could have helped the situation though by giving people clearer explanations and updates on what was happening. They should also have banned the booking of tables on that evening as well because it seemed to add another level of confusion. Maybe then there would have been fewer moaners who didn't seem to be able to understand the difficulties facing the dining room and kitchen and who rather spoiled the mood on our first evening. We didn't have to wait to be seated on any other evening though.