Cruises >Cornucopia Cruise
401 Riverview Drive , Perth Amboy, NJ | Directions 0886140.509623 -74.287095
I want to share my review on YELP from last year's New Years Eve experience, I want to do this because it is getting close, and I really don't want people to have the experience we had. Please read:
i dont even know where to begin. this was the worst new years eve experience of my entire life. the boat was supposed to leave at 8pm, but it didnt show up until 11p. thats hours of waiting out in the freezing cold and im extremely sick right now. They were not apologetic or accomodating. There were tourists from Australia who traveled all the way and had to have that horrible experience.
I wish there was an option for NO stars on Yelp. Because I wish I could say that once we got on the boat all was well. That wasn't the case.
The drinks were weak and the place was understaffed, meaning you're lucky if you even got a drink. The waiter came once with a smile and was never seen again. The food was the quality of a high school cafeteria, and the bathrooms were so filthy that i peed standing up.
Most importantly, there was no apologies made. It was almost as if they were doing us a favor by even showing up. I have never come across more arrogant management in my life and being from New York I've definately experienced my share.
I tried to get out of that horrible funk by requesting songs to the DJ which he did not play, just loud ridiculous music. It was just awful almost as if we were on a candid camera reality show to see how much torture guests can put up with.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CRUISE you will be lucky to even have the boat show up! Unfortunate for those like me who had last nights experience and New Years Eve was basically ruined.
The fourth of July fireworks cruise on the princess was good. The food and the DJ were great! We sailed to ny and the views were fabulous. Looking forward for their new years eve cruises.
Cruised on the Princess out of Perth Amboy with my wife Elaine four our 29th wedding anniversary. I booked the reservation over the phone to surprise Elaine with something different and special. I did not search online for reviews, my son-in-law recommended this and I am surprised at what I have read now.
We had a very nice time. We even had a private table by the window. The food was good and our waitress was friendly. We would have liked to sail to NY but they did not have it available but it was still a pleasant cruise. Will be back soon!
A bunch of my friends & I went on the 4th of July cruise on the Princess. Julie our cruise director was great. The food and open bar was worth the price. The fireworks
with the New York Skyline could not have been more beautiful. The top deck is the place to be on a warm summer night. We had music outside and partied in the moonlight. The marine crew was were very helpful.
I was told there is a New Years Eve fireworks cruise with the same deal. Just might consider it.
Mother's birthday party 5/4/12 – I did not have a problem with the aged look of the boat, the DJ’s playing deafening loud music, my party being seated in a smaller room on the upper deck, learning that the ladies rooms toilets were stopped up, the boat leaving late due to a mechanical problem, the power going out for a bit from that mechanical problem, the pier lighting not functioning and fixed by stringing LED Christmas lights along its length; people tossing their cigarette butts into the bay for the lack ashtrays, the wall of smoke that was belched out by an engine obviously needing an overhaul. I’ve been on worse ships in all these respects.
Here’s where I got hot under the collar. As dinner was being served, the wait staff did not serve everyone in my party all the meal courses then disappeared; only returning to bus those courses, empty place settings before their eyes, clueless to their error. During this “Aha” moment I realized I had not booked a party on a fine dining cruise. I had just forced 30 of my closest family and friends to endure a counterfeit upscale appropriate attire required event for the next 4 hours.
I found the ship officer in charge of our deck and expressed my displeasure in the same manner of tact that my party and I were being treated. Unfortunately, to carry on a conversation I had to yell. The music was that loud. To my surprise the wait staff attending my party doubled. Now my guests are being swarmed over like they were bears raiding the beehive. There was just no happy medium- from neglect to annoyance. Alas this did insure that everyone was receiving the dinner I promised them.
When the entrée was served, the wait staff stood before tables and barked “who gets the surf and turf, the salmon, etc.” Mind you they write these orders down at meal commencement. Nobody changed their seats, a simple diagram on that order sheet they so desperately needed to write on would have afforded them the ongoing knowledge to serve the meal with aplomb. My apologies I forgot, the music was so loud that they had to bark.
The quality off the meal, in my opinion, was commensurate with the brand name Cornucopia. Having dined at the Keyport namesake for years, in this respect I was comforted. At least the cooks knew what they were doing. I am grateful for having booked the intimate dinner over the buffet. Some of my party did not eat. Upon investigation I learned their concerns over the food were unwarranted really. Twelve hours later there has been no report of food borne illness from my party.
The coup de gras was when the wait staff started dropping checks on my party’s tables for the bar bill. I had made the instruction when booking this event that I wanted a tab run and presented to me for payment. I had to run the tables, apologizing, snapping up the checks and once again seeking a senior staff member to express my displeasure. It is obvious that the communication between the front office and the ship staff is limited to the number of suckers snagged for that evening’s foray into the Raritan Bay. I am not accustomed to having to repeat myself every step off the way. Not at this price point.
In the end, I was simply embarrassed to have booked this party. I believe Cornucopia needs to abandon their claim as a fine dining experience, drop their fares to $25.00 per person; make dinner service a matter of dropping some fish-n-chip on newspaper and be the business they actually are.
Cold, Miserable, Rude – If you really want to know what this cruise is like, choose a restaurant with bad food, lousy decor, rude wait staff and ask them to lock you inside for more than four hours so you can't leave.
First let's start with the ship, the picture is a stock photo, the actual ship has been whitewashed multiple times to make it look "fresh"... We were brought to our table and the table itself was too wobbly to serve as a table. The couple next to us had the same problem. The waiter's repair technique was to try and prop it up with our dinner napkins. It didn't work. They moved to another table, we had to try two more before finding one sturdy enough to be usable. In between waiting and waiting for the waitress, we began to notice things like the lamp above our table was covered in years of dust as were all the other lamps. The DJ's sub woofer speaker is cracked and any time he tried to pound the room with booming bass, it sounded like angry bees trapped in a coffee can.
Now on to the food. The appetizers were COLD and that should have been the first warning. Then came some sort of noodle and cheese sauce popcicle. When my wife told our waitress it was cold, she offered to bring another. We knew that would be cold so we instead decided to specifically ask that the main course be HOT... Then came the salad... A few tattered pieces of lettuce and what looked like a doll house piece of hardened bread... Followed by the main course.. Now remember we had complained about COLD food all along and almost begged for the main course to be HOT... Do you think they could deliver? NOPE!!! Cold main course meal... We complained that it too was cold but got nothing but an "I'm sorry", no remedies were offered to make it right.
All the while we felt like we had just backed away from the docks and were turning slow circles in the harbor... We had hoped that we would at least be able to see the NY City lights at night. No such luck, just a couple of bridges and freighters sitting in the harbor with us.
Typically most waiters/waitresses will try and bend over backwards to correct any unpleasantries that customers are experiencing. To our complete disbelief, when the desert was brough to our table, the waitress delivered it the way you'd expect a frisbee to be thrown! My wife nearly leaped out of her chair to avoid the plate skipping up off the table and making a bee line at her. The waitress didn't even notice her reaction! She then did the same to my desert!
The ship boasted that it holds 1200 passengers. There were maybe 80 at most on our cruise. Surely the wait staff should NOT have been taxed to the point of making so many mistakes. Our drinks didn't arrive until we asked for them AFTER the main course was OVER. Passengers drinking alcohol were treated like royalty as this is where the wait staff makes their tips, not with the passengers paying the dinner fare and drinking what little they have to offer from the "menu"...
Once we finally got back to the docks, 30 minutes late!!! Half the passengers crowded with us at the door to the ramp. They too felt as we did, like we were part of the song, "Hotel California".... "Last thing I remember, I was running for the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. "Relax" said the night man, "we are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!"
STAY AWAY!!! Save your MONEY and eat at any canteen truck parked alongside the road, the food there will be HOT, garaunteed!!!!
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