Sunday May 9, 2010 / 11:00amMother's Day Brunch Cruise
How was your experience?
The Mother's Day brunch cruise was a nice Mother's Day surprise for my wife. The boat arrived about half an hour late, forcing us to wait with our small children in the cold (and for a considerable line to form) before we could board, so the event started off on a sour note. However, the delay was due to wind, which I understand is beyond their control. The food was good, but not very good, and sufficient but not plentiful. As one would expect in a brunch cruise, the meal included both breakfast items (eggs, sausage, french toast) and lunch items (prime rib, etc.) but the buffet fit into two standard tables. Alcoholic drinks were additional, and required a trip to the bar. A small selection of breakfast pastries was available while the staff continued to set up the main course, and a plate of desserts was brought around at the conclusion of the meal. The real trouble was a lack of coordination in much of the cruise. Initially, they tried to seat the children apart from my wife and me, and once they had found us seats together we found that the numbering of the tables was unclear. No one pointed out the breakfast pastries or told us when we could approach the buffet. I believed we would be given a complementary mimosa, but that never occurred. It felt very much like the crew hadn't done this kind of thing before. Nonetheless, the crew was very friendly, and the ship handled well. The New York skyline is always a sure-fire backdrop for a great celebration, and we had a good time. I don't imagine I'll return - there are charters available for not too much more - but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for those who haven't spent the morning out on the water or who are budget conscious.