Lots of changes I did not like on this cruse. I had only one Great meal, a 2" T-Bone. Fish & Chips and hamburgers at O'Shannons were also highlights. Overall, the breakfast menu was outstanding overll, with the best varity of food.
I do have to comment the staff ooverll. I have a handicap nd they helped me with assistqance thru the lines. Entertainment was OK. The Comedy Club had no comedian. The best act was Circus ????
Overall the cruise was GOOD at best. I think I will try another Cruise Line next time.
We booked our first Med cruise for the fab destnations and were not dissapointed at all! The bonus was the ship with 4,000+ that we thought would be a problem; however we never felt crowded. The ship was beautiful and well-maintained with an excellent, friendly staff. We looked forward to coming home after a long day of touring.
Only 2 drawbacks - ship's store not open while in French waters.
We booked a airport transfer with NCL; but still had to roll and load/unload our own luggage onto/from the transfer bus!
Although this was my 25th cruise ( most on Disney) we REALLY enjoyed the Suites that the NCL ships offer. The HAVEN 2 bedrooms come with a butler and lots of amenities and offer a quiet retreat from a very very busy and crowed ship. As there are so many guests and 24 regular elevators, they seem to stop on every deck. The ONLY real negative to OUR cruise was that the HAVEN private pool got a lot of children in it every day after our share excursions (I counted 11 kids in a very small pool). Although parents must be there to supervise , they really don't and the HAVEN staff doesn't really police the situation. There was a 5 year old and a 10 year old in the jacuzzi jumping in and out and the rules state they have to at least be 12 years old. As a Disney PLATINUM cruiser, I am looking for a new cruise line to patronize and this is my 3rd NCL cruise--I MAY have found a new home!
We took a 7 day trip out of BCN, as soon as we boarded we noted that staff standards were sketchy. As the cruise progressed we understood that clients embarked and de-barked at every port, therefore there was none of that super cohesion that you get from all being together from a defined length of time.
The taste and manhattan room dining complimentary were excellent, the chinese was a joke. The buffet was good and varied, the pools lovely, the entertainment patchy due to the roll on roll off nature of the clients - no goodbye show, no captains announcements (apart from 1). Overall was an excellent cruise but no comparison to the party vibe of sailing the Getaway out of Miami!
as a point of reference, we had cruised this ship in the haven about 4-5 years ago. i thought it was ok. when we returned for this cruise, i found the service and food had improved. we did eat in specialty restaurants each night and the improvement was noticeable. i would look forward to returning on an itinerary that met my needs
I would like to rate the experience higher. We booked this because it was a family (including children) vacation. A cruise gives us flexibility for 4 different families with children traveling together. I was expecting the cabin to be better shape but it is not. See my comments below on the cabin. I saw the room staff twice.
There is always a long line for everything. The unlimited data plan for the cruise was laughable, half of the time the signal doesn't work. And there is a long line to speak with the internet manager, which doesn't really provide much except the satellite was down.
This is a BUDGET cruise, regardless how NCL might market it. Most hotel would ask you to rate the staffs' welcomes to guests. None exists...they are there to do the job, a job they don't seem to enjoy.
There are some good things, they have the embarking and disembarking procedure down pact....so it was very smooth to get on/off the ship. The specialty dining restaurants seem to be in a good place.
the ship itinery was excellent . it would show who and what going on.
my suggestion for first timers is to bring your luggage aboard with them so they can change and be comfortable and not wait till 6pm for the luggage to arrive by staff, theyre to many passenger to expect luggage to be in room.
We wish the ship would have allowed us to buy pictures at a later date online. They are very expensive and most of the time at the end of the ship you have spent all your money. We know we would have bought online at a later time if we had the opportunity to do so.
Get a room near the front, the forward elevator goes right into the buffet, and don't miss the free liquor tasting each night at 8, they give out increasingly better scotch in the liquor shop each night.
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