We chose this as an anniversary cruise as we got engaged in Bar Harbor and have not been back since.
We were quite concerned about Hurricane Lee but it ended up being of no consequence, we had calm seas and only rain in Boston, other wise perfect weather.
We arrived early at JFK and took a Lyft to the cruise port in Brooklyn ( It was about $ 65-70) Our plan was to dump our luggage and get breakfast near the port. The Red Hook area did not look like a good area to wander around and it's pretty industrial so I doubt we would have found much so we just waited until we could drop our luggage. They let us check in around 10, but not get on the ship so we chose to take a ferry into Manhattan. The ferry terminal is very close to the cruise terminal and will get you to lower Manhattan , or you can transfer to another ferry (which we did) and had a $4 tour of New York, and bought some wine to take with us. It was a beautiful day for the ferry ride.
Obstructed outside cabin. We usually book balconies, but this was a lot cheaper so we gave it a try. The obstruction was not too bad as only the bottom half of the window was obstructed. The cabin was a typical princess cabin with the small shower, but plenty of storage. The bed was comfortable. The lights that come on ( from the nightstand) automatically can be annoying as they are motion sensitive and would come on when the bed covers were moved. Our room steward was wonderful but we miss the old days of a chocolate on the pillow at night.