May 2014 - Norwegian Sun to U.S. - Pacific, Northwest
I have now been on two NCL cruises: my first and my last. The best I can sayabout thecruise is that the waters were calm and it did not rain. I sure wish I had read these reviews before I signed up.
We have not cruised in some time, but I cannot believe that cruising in general has degenerated to this extent.
The crew was generally pleasant and helpful. I guess we got lucky, only two rude servers all week, but you should not have any.
Historically dining was a highlight of the trip. With NCL, the food was the worst aspect of the cruise.
Repetitive menu with limited choices. In some respects this was a plus. You knew what not to order the next night. I ordered the veal marsala one night. What a joke, It was smothered with a salty, brown gravy. Not Marsala. The next night I had pot roast, served with the same gravey. I ordered a lamb shank one night. It was anything but falling off the bone. The doner must have been 50 years old and had led a hard life. Of course NCL offers upgraded dining rooms at additional cost which one is almost force to use if you want a decent meal.
The line will nickel and dime you once you are aboard. I think that charging for a soft drink at a meal is really poor. We were encouraged to purchase an unlimited soft drink card for $44.00 per person. I don't believe a soda out of a fountain costs the line more than $.15. Certainly NCL could include soft drinks in the price of the cruise.
Lastly, we were frequently bombarded by announcements announcing a new Bingo game ($40 to play) by a guy that should be selling slice and dice machines, telling us we could have "a life changing experience if we were to win the $3000 jackpot". Everyone around me laughed. I would love to win $3000, but I suspect it would not be life changing for anyone on the ship.
There is much more to tell, but I am not enjoying re-living this cruise and you should have sufficient info to make a decision.