My wife and I wanted to do a different cruise this year so we decided on the New England to Quebec cruise. After looking at several cruise lines we choose Princess because of the itinerary and the reputation.
We arrived 2 days early in New York and stayed in Brooklyn not far from the cruise terminal which worked out great, as we could drop our bags in the morning and then take the NYC Ferry to NYC and back to the terminal. Embarkation was smooth and so easy with the Medallions.
Our room was nice, the bathrooms are what you can expect on most ships. The bed was a bit short. Comfortable but short. Our steward was very nice and did a great job. He kept the room clean and always had ice in the fridge.
Our only real room glitch was we ordered some items to be in the room on arrival to the room but they were not there. We ordered robes to be in the room and I ordered a Stanley Bear to be in the room. The robes did not show up till a full day or more later and I had to go get the Bear at the shop, which kinda killed the surprise. Oh well.
We went to the Steakhouse on the first night and it was lovely. Wonderful food and attentive staff.
We used the buffet for breakfast a few times, had the Ernesto Burger by the pool, went to anytime dining, went to tea in the dining room twice and had our daily coffee at the International Cafe.
The buffet was your average buffet. The food was good and tasty, I would have liked to see more fruit, including bananas. Due to a gastro-intestinal issue on the previous cruise we could not handle the salt and pepper which made seasoning eggs and such a pain. We ended up buying salt/pepper shakers on an excursion as well as some hot sauce and took it to the buffet and morning dining room.
The international cafe and the coffee card were perfect for us in the AM. and the egg muffin sandwich was great for early excursions or on debarkation. Loved the International Cafe.
The Ernesto burger was very good indeed. Well worth the 15 minute wait.
The anytime dining was good. The food was on par with other cruise lines I have been on. Service was a bit slow but not terribly so until the last 3 days and it seemed to get slower and slower.
We did have a couple of mix ups at dinner. Like not having the curry sauce on a dish with curry sauce and not getting a appetizer portion of some pasta even though it was ordered. I eat too much on cruises so that last one is not a real issue.
The desserts were great especially the chocolate items. I would have like to see more vegetables though.
The itinerary was action packed. 9 stops in 10 days. All of them were excellent and offered something for every one. We planned our own excursions or simply walked around town. there was plenty of time a each to enjoy the port.
I had a couple of disappointments with the overall experience which makes me think that maybe Princess is not for me.
1. On board activities often overlapped so I could not get to all the things I liked.
for instance the photo classes and the go pro classes were at the same time or overlapped so i could not do both.
I did as much of the trivia challenges as I could but many were so tight on the schedule I could not do them all.
2. I love the medallion. It made getting off and on the ship a breeze and getting into the state room easy. Paying for stuff was also easy.
The Apps were not as flawless. there is a disconnect between the website the apps and the written items on the ship. Also the staff does not understand the app or what they can do so sometimes I ended up know more than the staff . I felt like a beta tester and that the apps were a little rushed to get out.
Overall I really did enjoy the cruise and the ship. I just don't feel that Princess is the right line for me at this time.
Spent 2 days ahead of the sailing. It was great.
Nice port, just looked around.
Did a Fenway Park tour and walked around the Common.
Olies Trollies 4 hour tour was fantastic. Lots of scenery, plenty of time at each stop. Super fun.
Just hung out in town and had Muscles and Frites.
drove out to the fort, cold day but had a lovely time.
Did a Tour by Locals. Excellent time and great food.
Such a lovely town. Lots to do and see. Took a walk around old town and the fort.