We booked this trip, after a bad experience we had on the CB in July of 2010, after some luring by Princess to try the ship off peak time. The trip started off really rough with a freak October snow storm that dumped up to 18" of snow in the immediate NY Metro area. Even coming from North Jersey we had no problems getting to the dock and as usual checking in at the Brooklyn location was very easy. We probably arrived a bit early (11:15) and has to wait a bit before boarding but were on by 12:00 noon.
This is the last cruise prior to a dry dock and while the ship is a bit tired she is still in great shape. The crew works hard to keep it that way and the only problem we experienced were some out of service public rest rooms and also some AC issues which were corrected with a phone call.
About an hour prior to departure the Captain came on and announced that due to the weather conditions at sea we would be staying overnight in Brooklyn and leaving at 6:00 AM the next morning. The consensus of most on board was that this was more about the liability the Princess would incur, to get many of the late passengers to San Juan, as there were many delays at the airports. Reports were anywhere from 200 to 1,000 late arriving passengers. We do know two things. First a Carnival ship sailed right down the Hudson past us on time and a Royal Caribbean ship left Boston on schedule and sailed through the storm on schedule. This made us miss San Juan and made for a lengthy sea travel to St. Thomas the first port of call.