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Sky Princess Review

4.5 / 5.0
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194 reviews

COVID CANADA + NEW ENGLAND TRANSATLANTIC CRUISE

Review for Sky Princess to Canada & New England
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Grill Britannia
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2022
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Very small balcony for a Mini suite although in fairness not much used on this Transatlantic cruise.
Photo of the non existent library on the Locations, hours and events section of the stateroom TV
Sky Princess moored for 3 days at the remote and totally useless facility they have the cheek to call the Brooklyn “Cruise Terminal”. Glorified cattle enclosure at best!

PRE-CRUISE INFO / ARRIVAL AT THE TERMINAL

* No reference to the need to wear masks for the first 7 days of this cruise until our arrival at the embarkation terminal. Had this been made clear earlier we would have forfeited our deposit and cancelled this cruise. Thankfully once the ship was given the all clear when we reached Canada, masks were “recommended” rather than “mandatory”.

* Moved arbitrarily to a cabin in an area of the ship (Forward) on a Deck which we would not have chosen due to the proximity of/noise from the Princess Theatre as the section of the deck we had chosen originally had been blocked off for COVID isolation.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Our mini-suite “upgrade” was anything but, as although the added space was a bonus, the location was a disaster as we reckoned we were sitting on top of the stage in the theatre as the noise, particularly during the evening shows was very irritating.

NB only US and European power sockets so remember to bring a UK adapter. We didn’t think this would have been an issue on a ship embarking from the UK

Port Reviews

Bar Harbor

Smaller port which seemed to really welcome cruise ships. Easy to navigate once off the tender boats and a good selection of local shops and businesses. Would have welcomed a longer stay here.

Boston

Location of cruise terminal necessitated transport and initially told repeatedly onboard that there would be no shuttle. Thankfully when we disembarked there was one. Too big a port to really enjoy much on such a short stay.

Corner Brook

First port of the cruise. Small port but very welcoming and local people made a great effort to provide entertainment and facilities.

Halifax

Second visit there and really enjoyed this port although quite a few new developments in the last 7 years. Brilliant waterfront area with great facilities for cruise ships unlike Brooklyn (for New York) and Boston. Again, this is a port which merits a longer stay.

Newport

Excellent small port with lots to see and do and too much for such a short stay. Again, not sure why the ship did not make better use of time in ports such as this one which really seems to cater for and welcome cruise passengers.

Saint John (New Brunswick)

We had 2 stays here instead of one due to Charlottetown and Sydney being cancelled due to Hurricane Fiona. People were very welcoming and there is a good cruise terminal facility with lots of information and helpful transport options. Second trip very short due to ridiculously early arrival time? Not much point in getting off a ship if nothing is opened?

St. John's (Newfoundland)

Again, not enough time to enjoy this port as quite a lot to see and do. Unfortunately no cruise terminal but a very easy walk into the town. Beautiful cathedral of St. John the Baptist on the top of the hill. Lovely sailing out through the very narrow channel.

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