August 2016 - 7 Night Norway (Southampton Roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas
Flawed but fun.
Dining service and selection was the best part of the cruise. We chose MyTime dining and enjoyed the flexibility it provided. Our waiter, Ivo, and his assistant, Jakob, were pleasant and efficient.
Our cabin steward, Miguel, was helpful.
The internet connection, sold by day rather than minutes as with other cruise lines, worked well.
In Bergan we chose the RC Bergan On Your Own tour. Materials were passed out last minute. The map had no street names. I was under the impression, obviously wrong, that there would be some way to ask questions about Bergan (like where are the shops?) before we left the ship. We went to the tour director's presentation the day before, but he didn't say anything about the specifics of the city. He just repeated the online shore excursion info.
Departure of shore excursions in the theater was confusing at the beginning of the week and improved over time. However, having only one person checking out (clicking the bar code on our Sea Passes) at the stop in Flam was ridiculous.
Also, in Skjolden there was only one door open for returns. People stood in line in the rain for anywhere from half an hour to a full hour. Pitiful. When the buses dropped off those of us who booked shore excursions at the front of the line, those standing there got nasty and made ugly comments as we merged into the lines. I blame RC for not providing more entries into the ship and for having no personnel there to direct the returning bus traffic. This failure in returning to the ship is the prime reason I only rated the cruise as good.
We enjoyed the "16 feet, 4 fiddles" show immensely.
The last day's production number was a disappointment. You could see that the cast was prepared and talented, but the choice of music was deficient...loud...no subtlety, no sweet melodies, just loud. "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" distorted the original version in a weird way. Even with the Momma Mia selection it was hard to hear familiar refrains; loud and flashy. No class. Costuming was strange and tacky. It was a loud and gross show. Yuk.