We started the cruise in NYC; actually we stayed in Newark at the Hilton Penn Station hotel and found this to be very easy to get into and out of NYC at a fraction of the price of a NYC hotel. I think we paid about $120 per night and thought it was a great deal plus we could leave our hotel room, walk across the covered ramp to Penn Station, catch the train and are at World Trade area in 15 mins.
Spent the day in NYV city walking around, doing a little shopping (who can resist?), riding the subways and eating from the street vendors. I had two hot dogs (yum) and Mr. QT ordered a hot dog and a hamburger...more on that later. Great day had, love NYC the people are so friendly.
We took advantage of the Princess transfers and caught the Hiltons free shuttle back to the Newark airport and got the Princess bus to the cruise area. The day we left a big snow storm was slated, the day before the weather was so warm, and we thought, "No way". The day of the cruise leaving, we awoke to clouds and rain, while at the airport the temp dropped a lot and, yes way, it was snowing and hard. Wind too...oh joy.