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

June 2015 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Norwegian Breakaway

June 2015 - Norwegian Breakaway to Bermuda

Allure of the Seas

March 2015 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

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 - Norwegian Pearl to Caribbean - Southern

Navigator of the Seas

October 2014 - Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

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 - Norwegian Gem to Canada, New England, New York

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 - Norwegian Jewel to Alaska - Inside Passage

Norwegian Getaway

March 2014 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean

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 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Eastern

Norwegian Epic

March 2013 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Southern

03/2014 NCL Epic Eastern Caribbean

Wink Ship ad bold, new, interesting design.  Bath in Balcony room was different.  Arrangement divided.  We liked it, other had mixed opinions.  You should look up the floor plan if this could be an issue.  Room was well lit, had soft lines.  Entertainment was superb.

Had many "optional" items in every category for those who wanted "more".  Theatre show with "BLUE MAN GROUP" was exceptional for a cruise ship.  Other shows were top notch.  Upscale dining options were 'upscale' and worth the cover.

My advise:  Anyone who likes cruising should experience this ship.  No matter what ports and/or accomodations, you will find this this ship exciting.


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Norwegian Sun

November 2012 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Southern

Norwegian Spirit

February 2012 - Norwegian Spirit to Caribbean - Western


September 2010 - Oosterdam to Alaska

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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