August 2014 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Eastern
We parked at the Weehawken Ferry Port and took the ferry over to Manhattan. Not only was it a nice (and surprisingly easy) way to get to the ship (View of Skyline and ship from New Jersey), it saved us about $150 on parking versus parking at the cruise port. Left out of Manhattan Cruise Center. Security and check in went smoothly and rather quickly (about 40 mins total). Ship was clean, food was good, not great (had better on the Pride out of Baltimore). Had a great cabin with an extra large balcony (room 8457). My wife and I got the CHEERS drink package and I think it saved us a boatload of money as our friends who traveled with us spent well over $600 more than we did. I would consider it if you like to have a few drinks! Crowd was definitely New York/North Jersey centric, so was a bit raucous. We like that kind of atmosphere so we were fine. Probably not the crowd if you are looking for a quiet relaxing atmosphere. Definitely more partiers than not. Weather was great. The first sea day a little rough, not bad though (to be expected in the North Atlantic). Otherwise warm and sunny. Ports were excellent (though I am not a fan of Nassau). As always, crew is excellent, bar, wait staff and room stewards were very attentive. We had fun and would do it again.