We had been planning with some friends of doing a New England Fall colors tour for more than a year and selected this cruise due to (1) reasonable cost and (2) itinerary and (3) prior experience with Princess. We have always enjoyed Princess for it's service, dependable food, and moderate pricing. Some highlights of our cruise:
A. We were a bit startled when we received an email about a day before boarding (NYC) informing us that we would be boarding late due to a virus outbreak on the previous cruise. This left us a bit apprehensive but it turned out well because very few people got sick on our week. One major reason for this was Princess went to extraordinary lengths making sure passengers didn't touch food in the buffet area and that we all washed and sanitized our hands before eating or socializing with other passengers (I've never washed my hands so much in my life!) All in all, the results were worth it though.
B. Leaving from New York City harbor at sunset is a great experience! Went close to the Statue of Liberty and a great view of Manhattan sailing away. This was partly due to great weather on most of our trip (only the last several days in Canada were a bit rainy and cool).
C. The itinerary was, for the most part, great - Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Halifax, St. John (NB) and Quebec City were spectacular. The only stop that didn't rock our boat, so to speak, was Sydney. While the tour of Alexander Graham Bell's museum was extremely interesting, we're not sure a full day stop in Sydney was warranted. All the other stops were very good - our favorites included Newport, Boston, Bay Harbor, Halifax, and Quebec City.
Princess handled all of our shore excursions and did a good job. We always feel they tend to be a bit "pricey" on excursions (compared to doing them yourselves) but they handled everything well.
The ship was in good shape and the crew handled it well - we have cruised on this "class" Princess before but this was the first one that had the higher capacity (about 3,000 passengers). It seemed a bit crowded at times (especially in the buffet and the Princess Theater) but overall they handled it well.
On the entertainment, the production (or what we refer to as "Broadway") shows were outstanding (Princess keeps getting better on entertainment). The other shows (cabaret singer and a cello/vocal duo) were also very good and the magician they had on board was the best we've every seen.
Surprisingly, for late September/early October, we didn't see as much "color" as we would have expected until we got to Quebec. There it was very good. Overall, though it was a great cruise which we would do again.
Standard Princess Balcony layout. Good size sleeping/relaxing room. Bathroom a little cramped especially on counter space. Good hangup storage and (finally for once), plenty of hangers.
There is only ONE New York City - we visit every chance we get!
A small port but we enjoyed a beautiful day. Took a local shuttle bus around town and got off to walk the famous walk along the cliffs and seaside where we enjoyed the mansions of the older day rich (Vanderbilts, etc) and also enjoyed a surprising number of surfers.
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Very historic place but traffic is almost bad as New York - enjoyed the major sights
Spectacular scenery but our tour guide was a bit too predictable and also delighted in not giving us time to take pictures from the bus (he would have been better off saying "No Pictures" than his incessant "Take a picture but you've got to be quick!"View All 236 Acadia National Park Reviews
This was a definite highlight because of the great weather plus beautiful Lunenberg and Mahone Bay (both places we will try to return to one day) - delightful beautiful small townsView All 20 Lunenberg & Mahone Bay Reviews
As mentioned earlier, while the museum is interesting, it takes 1-1/2 hours to get there by bus and the scenery isn't that great going or coming. Also the tour guide was very basic (felt like she was reading her notes to us the entire trip)View All 27 The Bell Museum Reviews
Charlottetown is a beautiful and historic stop. Did a walking tour of old downtown which ended at a theater where we saw an excellent production of 'Anne & Gilbert' (of Anne of Green Gables fame). We knew nothing of the story but the 30 cast musical was terrific and the actors excellent. The entire excursion was scenic and memorable.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Another excellent walking tour - Quebec City is gorgeous and we will definitely return one day!View All undefined undefined Reviews