October 2016 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Eastern
We enjoyed our 2 bedroom Haven Suite which was very comfortable and spacious. Movies were included free of charge and our butler Gonsalvo was awesome. He went out of his way to pop us popcorn everyday because my daughter loves popcorn. However, NCL has made many changes in the last 3 years and we are not happy with them. First, they no longer allow passengers to bring bottled water on board but even if you purchase the ultimate drink package, they don't include bottled water. They charge $6.00 for a liter which adds up to a very hefty non-alcoholic drink bill. They no longer have a set price for specialty restaurants. You have to pay a la carte for the menu items which again translates to a larger bill. The excursion prices seem to have sky rocketed as well. Nothing is affordable with NCL anymore and the menu for the inclusive dining is just mediocre at best. Lastly, there is no longer a final jackpot bingo where the "BIG" jackpot must be won. If you don't have a cover all by the 47th ball, you play to win the consolation prize of $1000 and that is it. The ultimate bingo package costs $69 and if you add up how many passengers played during the course of the week and the amount of the prizes given away, NCL is pocketing ALOT of the proceeds. As a platinum latitudes member, and a Diamond Plus Crown & Anchor member of RCCL, I think I will stick with Royal for awhile as the perks on Royal's rewards program are so much more generous than what I get with NCL.