Hall

Hall
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Hometown: Dallas, TX
Joined: 09/27/2014
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Norwegian Breakaway

June 2015 - 7 Night Bermuda (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Allure of the Seas

March 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Allure, Blacony March 2015

Unbelievable ship.  If you need activity on a sea day....this is the ship.  Too many activities to list.  It is a big ship and a lot of people HOWEVER not really crowded except first day or two at buffet (avoid it, why eat at the buffet?), and elevators.  The elevators seemed not to be responding to the call buttons all the time (seemed like a program glitch).  There were many days we waited a substantial amount of time for an elevator.....and I don't mean they were full.....they just took forever to come.

Our Room 11262 was a nice balcony room by the elevators HOWEVER we felt cheated and I will explain.  We always say in balcony rooms.  We enjoy the seating space (a sofa) if friends drop by.  This room was a connecting bedroom to a suite and because of the connecting door location we only had 1 small lounge chair instead of the sofa.  Just a little odd, otherwise a nice room in great location.

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Norwegian Pearl

December 2014 - 10 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl

Navigator of the Seas

October 2014 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Cruise on Navigator of the Seas

10/2014 RC Navigator of the seas

Nice ship since renovations.  In fact....excellent ship in all respects for the price.

Although we have done this itenerary before, we wanted to try RC.  We found the food, entertainment, rooms, casino and staff very nice.

Great value for the price paid.  If you go cheaper you will have a very bad experience.  You can pay more and the food and entertainment may be a notch above however, all in all the ship and the rooms are very nice.  Service is great.

Balcony room floor plan is the best.  We have seen other arrangements on other cruise lines but this arrangement is the most comfortable and spacious (sofa and desk are near door and bed near balcony).  Dinner attire is a bit much for Caribbean cruise in our opinion.  Having "Formal Nights" is not our 'thing' when cruising.  We do like to wear slacks and 'Polo' type collared shirts to the dining rooms or upscale outlets however, wearing a tie or coat & tie is a bit much for us. We have noticed the newest improvements to the dining experience on RC is where all ships will eventually have  'anytime dining' with 3 or 4 outlets instead of 1 main dining room (although all are inclusive with the cruise, each has a different theme, and one is more formal every night).  This seem to be the trend for most cruise lines except the 'Luxury' brands.  The food is above average and variety is good.  It was nice to have miniature golf, flowrider, and ice rink.  Ice show was entertaining but not spectacular by any means.  The casino was nice and the staff very helpful (a little 'smokie' but not overwhelming).  The entire layout of the ship including the atrium (Royal Promanade) was well thought out and not congested.  Evevator service was a little slow most of the time.

First time cruisers or cruisers from Carnival will be very impressed.  Experienced cruisers will find it a great value for the price. 

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Norwegian Gem

September 2014 - 7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

09/2014 NCL Gem

WinkFound the ship a little 'tired'. Organization"O.K." as on other NCL cruises however, considering we departed from NYC, it was good.

Entertainment was poor, food above average.  Service good.  Balcony room was average.  Go for the ports....not the ship.  All-in-all it was o.k.  

First timers will be satisfied to impressed.  Experienced cruisers will rate as C+, like we did.  Nothing to really complain about.....just not anything to rave about.

I would write more but each category or topic would end with 'it was O.K.'

Boston, Newport, and Bay Harbor made the trip worth while.

We have sailed on NCL many times and I will in the future, but probably not this cruise.

 

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Norwegian Jewel

May 2014 - 7 Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Getaway

March 2014 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway

well organized

Been on several ships.  This one is very large however, the organization is terrific.  Many outlets and venues to choose from.  Did not seem like other ships where crowds form in certain locations all the time.  Enjoyed it considering 4000+ guests on board

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Norwegian Sun

December 2013 - 11 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Epic

April 2013 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Sun

November 2012 - 10 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Spirit

February 2012 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Spirit

Oosterdam

September 2010 - 7 Night Alaska Explorer (Seattle roundtrip) Cruise on Oosterdam

Hall's Tips

Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Getaway - Unlike most ships we ave experienced. New, bold design, and exciting. An experience to enjoy no matter what the ports and room type.
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - READ YOUR SHIPS "DAILY" with respect to what level is to be used for disembarking (they can change from port to port). Get a map of the area from the first "information" booth you see. Can be very nice if you or friends return to this port in the future (also a free souvenir).

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - 09/2014 NCL Gem