September 2015 - Regal Princess to Canada, New England, New York
This cruise started with a scenic departure from NY harbor on Saturday afternoon in beautiful weather. The day at sea on the way to Halifax was wonderful with onboard activities. Halifax and St. Johns were very nice with great shore excursions, but when we left St. Johns, the weather and seas turned ugly. The seas were so rough the Captain was forced to bypass Bar Harbor because it is an anchor and tender port where passengers have to ride tenders (lifeboats) to the pier. Since there were small craft warnings out, the Captain wisely decided to continue on the Boston. This was a great disappointment to us since Bar Harbor was an important stop for us. We did get to stay in Boston an extra half-day and the rain stopped for the shore excursions which were terrific. Leaving Boston harbor, we could tell the weather was still bad and the seas were really high. The Captain announced that Newport would have to be bypassed also because it too is an anchor and tender port. We missed the Vanderbilt Mansion! The slow trip back into NY Harbor was beyond rough. It actually affected our equilibrium with the constant rolling and tossing. We noticed there were fewer passengers in the dining rooms, common areas and shows. I attribute this to the rough seas. The ship staff did everything they could to entertain us and keep us safe, but this cruise was a big disappointment for us because of the weather. It would be nice if the cruise line could only use ports that had adequate pier accommodations to dock and tie up instead of having to tender in. This cruise would have been good even with the foul weather had we been able to take shore excursions offered.