Caribbean Princess seemed like a well-run and well-kept ship. Even with our itinerary change due to Hurricane Dorian, things went smoothly and efficiently. The lackluster food was my only real issue, but even then, there were plenty of decent options.
Embarkation in Brooklyn was smooth and quick with medallions. My only pet peeve was that the staff wouldn't accept my passport card for check-in even though a passport card was listed as an option and accepted during the online check in. (I did also have my passport book with me, so it was not a huge deal. It was just an annoyance to have to dig it out when I could have used it from the beginning if Princess was more consistent/clear about their policy.)
The food in the main dining room for dinner was generally underwhelming. Many dishes were too salty throughout all venues, including Crown Grill. Buffet selections were less plentiful and tasty than on the NCL and Celebrity ships I've sailed on. The breakfast buffet was quite good, though. The buzzer system for omelettes was the best and most efficient I've seen so far.
This minisuite is the last one on this side of the ship, so you have a bit of a wake view as well as the normal view from the balcony. This balcony is larger than others in the same category due to its position. The balcony is covered, unlike the same minisuite on the deck above. It is excellent for views and size, but the position was subject to some fumes from the ships exhaust stacks occasionally.
The room itself was clean, spacious enough for three adults, and very well maintained. Did not show ship’s age at all.
I’ve been to Newport before and so did not do any excursions. Walked around town after a short tender ride and had a nice lunch. It’s a very walkable town with plenty to see right off the tender even on your own. Historic Trinity Church and it’s tiny old churchyard right across from tender port are open to the public. Lots of nice shops as well. Would recommend walking part of the cliff walk, although we did not on this trip. Note that it’s not near where the tender port is, nor are the mansions. Unless you have a special interest, I would not do more than one mansion as they can be repetitive. Definitely do a guided tour or at least an audio tour for the best experience.
Due to an itinerary change, this became an overnight port call. I have been to Boston many times, so I did not do any excursions. The port itself is in an industrial area, and sights were not nearby or easily accessible on foot. It was the ugliest port area and terminal of the cruise, hands down. But the city has a lot to see and do once you make it out of the port. My family took Lyfts to Chinatown for a dim sum brunch. We then spent the afternoon at the New England Aquarium, which I’ve been to several times but always enjoy. Great rainy day option. We ended our day with a bowl of chowdah at Legal’s across the street from the aquarium. It’s a must do if you’re a chowder lover, and it certainly hit the spot on that chilly day.
Great port. Did not do an excursion. We walked along the beautiful boardwalk, took a fun duck boat tour, and visited the Maritime Museum. Lunch at The Bicycle Thief was very good.
The waterfront area was lovely and very walkable. Beautiful place to just sit and people watch if you like. We did just that for awhile as my mom was resting from all of the walking. Our pier was a bit far down, but it was a lovely sunny day for a walk (after Hurricane Dorian had just passed through).
The rest of the city is hilly and can climb rather steeply up from the water, so consider that if you’re planning to walk anywhere inland and away from the boardwalk area.
The Halifax Hopper duck boat was a good overview of the city. The tour was just the right length so that we had plenty of time to enjoy other activities.
The Maritime Museum is worth a stop for those interested in ships or history. The Titanic exhibit was moving and cool as there are artifacts from the ship. You can also learn about the Halifax Harbor disaster.
Did not do an excursion. We walked around the lower city and then took the funicular up to the upper city. We had quiche and cafe au lait for lunch at a sidewalk cafe, gelato on the promenade for a snack, and then dined on onion soup, salmon tartare, and poutine alfresco for dinner. We took full advantage of the ship being in port overnight and did not return until well after dark. Seeing the city lights at night and with fewer crowds was a treat. The city itself is the attraction here. It’s easy to enjoy the European atmosphere and picturesque architecture.