Embarkation: arrived at the port at 11:45. Baggage handlers were ready at the curb. We were in the green lane and proceeded quickly thru security and onto the ship.
The ship was in great condition. We had an unexpected sea day at the start of our journey because tropical storm Ophelia caused us to leave New York Harbor a day late. The ship anchored for our first night near the Verrazano bridge. Bars and restaurants were open but the casino remained closed. We missed the first port of call, Newport. Our shore excursions were quickly refunded to our onboard account.
Enjoyed many games of trivia and several game shows. Spent some hours in Crooners playing cards and making new friends. Made a point of visiting Vines before dinner. The culinary demo on the last sea day was fun and this time it included a quick galley tour. Live music was very good.
Mini-suite was located port side just aft of midship. Enjoyed the balcony when entering and leaving ports. Did not use the balcony as much as we have a warmer weather cruises. Shower had plenty of pressure and perfect temperature. Two nice flat panel TVs mounted to the walls. Enjoyed watching old episodes of the old Love Boat TV show. Plenty of storage.
Nice New England village with plenty of shops and restaurants. Free shuttle to Acadia National Park from the Village Green.
Lots to do and see in Boston. If you haven;t been, take a tour or at least the Hop On Hop Off. We walked to the seaport which is mostly office buildings and condos. But there are some good seafood restaurants. We had lobster rolls and chowder at Legal Seafood.
Walked the boardwalk, visited the Maritime Museum and had maritime poutine at the Salt Yard.
Stayed in Brooklyn before the cruise, which left from Brooklyn. Took the subway to the WTC where we went to the top. Also visited the twin towers memorial, St. Paul's Chapel and the Oculus.
Walked around town, found a nice art glass shop with live glass blowing demos. There's a shopping area by the dock called Container Village, which also has food and live music.