My husband and I celebrated our 26th anniversary on this cruise. We had wanted to do it for our 25th, but of course, Covid got in the way. We've sailed with RCI before but never a transatlantic. Overall we enjoyed our vacation though there were a few bumpy spots.
Embarkation went well. We were dropped off at the pier by my niece which was great since we didn't have to park. We had a 1:00 time slot for arrival and we were pretty close to that time when we arrived. The lines were manageable and we were onboard by 1:30, cabins ready at 2:00. Surprisingly, no gang-plank entry photos.....
It was a cold day in New Jersey with limited visibility. However, the captain was able to sail the ship close to the Statue of Liberty as we left. There were crew taking advantage of spots on the forward part of the deck so it must have been an unusual path. We finally found the wings (right off the solarium). You can get there through the solarium or you can go past all the cabins on Deck 13 and out the door to the left or right. A great view but quite crowded. We bought a sail-away drink (not that there was a sail-away special as we'd had in the past--just bought a couple of drinks from the solarium bar staff) and hung out in the solarium where it was more comfortable. We did head up to the North Star bar area for a view of the ship sliding under the Verrazano Narrows bridge! But no sail-away party up there.
We booked a balcony cabin for the first time on this cruise which I loved. I will not go back to Outside View unless it's a cold itinerary! Not every day was great for being on the balcony but there were enough times that we could enjoy the privacy, sunshine, and the view of the ocean. Our cabin steward was great. Towel animals about every-other night, but anything we asked for, he was able to accomplish or provide quickly. My family had provided us with an anniversary decoration package including champagne. The room was decorated as soon as we arrived and other than moving the hanging mobiles to a wall where we wouldn't get tangled in them as we walked around, we felt like we were on our 2nd honeymoon while in the cabin.
Highly recommend the Hungry Whales tour. It is a combination of culture and history of the island with food and drinks common to the area. Take the extra walk to the museum at the end. It's well worth the steps!