great ports and enjoyed each city. The cruise was full of Spanish people which made it very loud and chaotic at the open buffet. We thought NCL catered to North America, but these were in the minority which made the cruise somehow noisy and unorganized. People would cut in front of you with no respect to others. People were going in the hot tubs with babies and in their under wears, some others were in their clothes. The swimming pools weren't enough for the sheer number of kids, and the water color changed, not sure if it's something to do with the chlorine or the people swimming. Overall, I wouldn't except that experience on Norwegian, but rather on carnival cruises.
This was my first time in a Cruise, for that everything was wonderful. There were some things that I didn't like for example the mourning breakfast that was so crowded. The cost of the internet service was exaggerated almost 30 dolars per day. The unkind personal trainer in the gym. How people who don't take the cruise tours are treated by the port agents who were rude and not polite dealing with tourists.
overall the cruise was fabulous, we enjoyed the evening entertainment especially Howl at the Moon, and Pricilla. The gay entertainers, it was funny. The activities on board were fun as well. we also enjoyed the private sunbathing area as well.
Freestyle dining was amazing! Loved the layout of the staterooms.
Perks received by booking through was the best deal out there.
NOTE!! Bring backup documentation of all your perks, excursions and anything you reserved in advance! We had the Ultimate Beverage Drink package and when we got on the ship they didnt show that we had that perk. We went to the Guest Service Desk and they said not only do we have to prove we had it but that we had to wait for them to email the home office and get the perk confirmed! Super annoying to prove what shows on the NCL vacation summary!
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!
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!
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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