My wife and I decided to take the 4th of July Fireworks cruise and dinner on the Port City Princess. Unfortunately, the ship is just not designed for sightseeing in mind. For dinner, everyone is seated at tables, some tables on the lower deck with just windows to watch out of, and some table on the upper deck, with a little more open air to see from. We were seated on the lower deck and were concerned about how were going to watch the sunset and the fireworks. After asking several wait staff, we finally were told that the lower deck patrons would be allowed to sit in a small area on the upper bow of the ship. It certainly seemed like a make-shift solution. The chairs were a random collection of lawn chairs and temporary seating. If you sat, the railing was high enough it obscured your view of the shore. If you stood, people around you can't see. No matter where you sat, you did not have a 360 degree view of the area, so you could never see everything that you wanted. This was particularly bad during the fireworks. The ship captain decided to turn the ship in circles during the fireworks so everyone could view them...of course, this only means that each person got to see the fireworks only about a third of the time. This also made a number of people sick and we kept turning in circles during the evening. Dumb! On top of that, the food is only so-so. Our "All-American" buffet was not very good. Ham, smoked sausage, and bbq chicken with potato salad and cole slaw. Not nearly what you'd expect for a dinner cruise. Plus, they ran out of food for everyone! Unorganized and overpriced. For the $120 my wife and I paid, we could have celebrated our anniversary at a nice restaurant and a spot on the beach to watch the fireworks.
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