New England, USA/Canada Cruise Adventure: Caribbean Princess Cruise Review by efish5

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New England, USA/Canada Cruise Adventure

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
My family and I flew from Australia to New York, two days before the cruise. We stayed at the New York Garden Inn on 35th Street, just across the street from Macys. This was an excellent location to explore all of New York's tourist attractions. The subway was 50 metres down the street from the hotel and this proved to be an excellent way to explore the city quickly and efficiently.  The hotel organised a car transfer from the hotel to the cruise ship terminal in Brooklyn. This transfer took approximately twenty minutes.

Embarkation was very orderly and we were onboard the ship in about 15 minutes. We proceeded to the Horizon buffet for lunch. There was a huge choice of hot and cold dishes, which would appeal to all tastes.

Our cabin B705 was spacious with twin beds, leading out to the balcony, which was furnished with a small table and two outdoor chairs. The floor to ceiling glass sliding door and fixed window provided a magnificent view of the ocean and it More was great to wake up to the natural light each morning. Our cabin steward Ricardo was always in attendance and kept our cabin/bathroom exceptionally clean and tidy.

The "Princess Patter" kept us informed of all the shipboard activities and port information each day.

All production shows and entertainment in the Princess Theatre were of a very professional standard and most enjoyable.

We choose the Anytime Dining option, with evening meals taken in the Coral dining room. The standard of the food in this dining room could not be faulted. The dinner menu was very extensive with a varied choice of foods. Staff waiting on our tables were very professional and always made our dining experiences very memorable. Lunches and breakfasts were mostly eaten in the Horizon Buffet.  Food in the buffet was always of a very high standard and most enjoyable. The International Cafe was excellent for a quick coffee, tasty snacks, cakes, rolls and desserts.

We registered to do the express disembarkation, which meant having to carry your own luggage off the ship. We were off the ship and through US customs by 8:30am. We were able to organise a transfer to La Guardia Airport at the curbside for $50.00. This made transferring to La Guardia Airport extremely stress free.

We will certainly be planning another Princess Cruise in the near future. Less

Published 09/29/11

Cabin review: BGB705

Port and Shore Excursions

In Bar Harbor, we did Olle's Trolley tour to Cadillac Mountain, the Botanic Gardens and the Rock Formations along the coast. This tour was booked on the internet before we left home. The cost for this tour was much cheaper than the ship's shore excursions. In Bar Harbor there is a long street of tourist shops selling all kinds of souvenirs and clothing. There were many restaurants advertising lobster meals. Excellent scenery.

The Boston Trolley Hop On Hop Off tour was purchased on the internet before leaving home. Again, a much cheaper option to the ship's tours. We were able to travel all over central Boston via three city trolley routes. Included in the price of the tour was a one hour Boston harbor cruise with excellent commentary from the Captain. The harbor cruise left on the hour so there were many cruise times to choose from. We had an enjoyable lunch in the Quincey Market. The Boston Trolley's drivers provided excellent historical information on America's first city. The Boston Trolley stop was located a five minute walk from the shipping terminal. As you exit the terminal, you turn left, and it is just a short walk to the trolley stop (Stop 17A)

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Because of Hurricane Irene, the ship arrived in Halifax the night before our intended arrival. We did the Hop On Hop Off bus tour, which took us to all parts of the city. The central city area had very little shopping opportunities, but the wharf area had many flea market type shops selling all types of souvenirs. A boardwalk along the foreshore near the Sea Port, provided many walking opportunities.

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Little information about Newport was provided on the ship. The tender ride to the pier took about 20 minutes. We discovered a tourist information centre about a five minute walk to the left of the pier. At the information centre we were able to buy a $6.00 all day ticket for the local buses. It was a little confusing as to where the buses travelled, but after asking a couple of bus drivers, we set out on two routes, one heading to the Mansions area and the Cliff Walk and the second bus route terminated at a Walmart shopping centre. If given the chance again, we would probably book a tour/s from the ship. This would be a great port to hire a car and explore on your own, but very little car hire information is available. Doing more research about Newport would make this port a much more enjoyable stay. Newport with its beautiful harbor is a boating paradise!

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