I'm grinning from ear to ear - Caribbean Princess is exceeding my expectations - Once we arrived at Red Hook Port in Brooklyn (not a pleasant start getting there) everything worked seamlessly. Check-in was quick and within 15 minutes of arrival at 1PM we were in our room. You feel the excitement as you board. A band playing upbeat music in the atrium and lots of staff to direct you, although they do not accompany you to your room. Our balcony overlooked the Statue, Governor's Island and the tip of lower Manhattan - A phone message from the cruise director welcomed us aboard and within a few minutes our room steward introduced himself and brought us a fruit basket, robes, slippers and ice.....time for lunch.
We make our way to the Pool Deck - music here too...bar wiatresses with colorful cocktails - another pool area with a large movie screen and more jacuzzis - in fact, there are four pool areas on this ship that carries 3100 passengers. The two buffet areas are quite large with lots of seating and multiple stations - Wow!! We are Wowed with the choices.....Fried Scallops, Rock Fish with Beurre Blanc, Short Ribs, Carved Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Buffalo Wings, Nachos, Meatballs, Beef Medallions, Sandwiches, Salads, Soups, Cheeses in addtion to Pizza, Pasta, Burgers and Hot Dogs at the pool grill. The food is fresh looking, hot, nicely presented and constantly refilled. We overeat - naturally - all is so good.
Guests of all ages are exploring every nook and cranny - most from NY and NJ - a good group of Canadians and quite a few Europeans - kids are on vacation so we see many multigenerational families in groups of 12 - 16. - a nice way for everyone to spend time together with something offered for everyone.
The lifeboat drill was one of the better that we have attended - well organized, informational and conducted quite quickly.We are seasoned travellers and have been on many cruises of all types since the '60's - from the Horizon to the Crystal and Queen Mary. This cruise has lots of potential......Time to have fun.......Follow along and we'll tell you more in my other reviews.