We arrived at the Brooklyn pier to rain and snow flurries. The forecast called for the weather to get worse....Check-in was a little strange as we were directed away from the Platinum/Elite lounge. After correcting this oversight, we were ushered in like a breeze on a sail. The wait in the lounge was quite pleasant and by 11:30am we were let on the ship.....the snow was amazing.....a CC tip to line our bags with plastic garbage bags proved to be the best of tips. Our bags arrived wet--but the contents were dry. Room was ready and our cabin steward Marcardo remembered us from a year ago and greeted us by name. Sign in for the Sanctuary and Sabatini's was easy. The weather continued to get worse.
Around 4PM the Captain announced that due to 60mph winds and 30ft. waves in the open seas....we would not leave port until the next morning at 6AM. Here is where cruising can get strange. Some people were upset that we were not leaving and we would bypass San Juan P.R. Most were new cruisers--under 3 cruises--who had no clue to what havoc 30ft seas with 60mph winds could bring. Rumors flew that lots of cruisers were delayed at the airport so we actually were waiting for them....this was dispelled when we arrived in St. Thomas and spoke to RCL cruisers who traveled in the storm and told tales of TVs falling over and 50% of the ship being sick......so please be careful of what you wish for.
The ship was in good shape--this was my 4Th cruise on the Caribbean Princess in 30 months. A planned dry dock for painting, carpets etc. would spruce her up just fine. The first 3 sea days were a blessing....we were able to unwind and relieve all the stress of everyday life. This is what cruising is all about. The Horizon buffet was fine for breakfast and lunch. The Cafe Caribe was a little bland for the times we ate dinner there...the closing at midnight was a non issue for us.....The International Cafe may need to be expanded if it will be a late night food venue. We found room service to be quick and easy...The chili was great.