We arrived in NY a week early and stayed at the Holiday Inn Midtown which turned out to my surprise to be a great area. We had a great time in NY, took in 3 shows, Promises Promises, Rock of Ages and Fela. Fela wasn't what I would call my cup of tea, the other two plays were fantastic and I would highly recommend. We had a great time in NY and it was hard to leave even though we were going on a cruise.
Embarkation was very quick. Getting there was an experience considering our driver through Carmel didn't know where he was going or how to get there. We had used Carmel earlier in the week from Newark and that driver was excellent, all depends who you get.
We got to our cabin quickly and Wilfred was our cabin steward who was great. Our room had a horrible cigar smell to it which Wilfred took care of right away, changed the drapes, deodorized the room and changed all bed linens. He did an outstanding job the entire cruise. Our cabin was nice although we did have some young 20 year olds two floors up and two cabins over who loved to blow air horns and make a whole lot of noise. We did find the occasional cigarette butt on our deck but it was nice being able to see the Pilot get off the ship as those above couldn't see a thing, they always asked what we were looking at.
Our cabin D505 was in a great location and worth the extra money. We were only 3 cabins away from the mid ship elevators. Mini suites are the way to go and even though the cabins above can look down on your cabin, it is a great place to suntan in quite and be able to see the Pilots get off the ship. I would definitely go on the Dolphin deck again. Having the extra space and the larger bathroom are a definite plus.