9 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 17, 2011 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
No WOW! factor. Tenders were poorly organized. Misinformation given out.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Paninis and pizza were surprisingly good. Wished the breakfast was served later than 9AM in the dining rooms. Buffet was almost always a madhouse, noisy, crowded, and difficult to find seats. Due to long lines, we were not able to eat earlier than 8:00 PM with anytime dining; had we known that we would have opted for the later traditional seating. Coffee awful, food was 75% good.
5 out of 5
Production shows & dancers left a lot to be desired, the Last Night's English humor was pretty bad. Band was good, individual players in the lounges were good, Loved the classical strings and the female piano player/song stylist (Nazdeve?)
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Almost everyone was friendly and efficient: though a few of the non-service staff, seemed snippy. (Those who sat in the Princess Theater waiting for the Cooking demonstration that was not there were actually scolded by an unseen, anonymous voice. What a bummer!) No one went "above & beyond" but that's ok.
5 out of 5
Clean and scrubbed but dated-looking.The Piazza area didn't have enough seats to accomodate everyone who wanted to listen to the music. We have several days at sea and/or bad weather and the public spaces seemed crowded. I mentioned this to a staff member and he said that the aim of that area was that people should come and go like a European piazza. Well, don't think that worked too well. Also the art-work was dull.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Loved our balcony, the steward was excellent, always efficient and cheerful. I had requested robe & slippers and they finally came (steward said she had to get approval from her manager). Bed & amenities were fine, No seasickness etc. Thought the closet took up too much room, there was no sitting area other than bed & balcony.
Crew giving out tender tickets were not so nice; We were told several times it was a 45-minute ride which it was not; (some people didn't go because they thought they'd get seasick). We asked how long we had to wait in the lounge for the tender before leaving, and crew said they had no idea. NO IDEA??? Who's running the show? But weather was beautiful.
Don't Miss: Touro synagogue had a nice little tour, interesting colonial history., Ate at Brick Alley Pub which was ok.
Toured with a private guide in a group. but would like to have skipped the Titanic cemetery, Citadel, & public park in favor of more out-of town stuff. Peggy's Cove was crawling with tourists, i can imagine what it's like in the summer!
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