January 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn
First Time Cruise
I had heard rave reviews about cruising... Bluntly, I wasn't't overly impressed. The food was okay. The staff is highly trained to be pleasant and helpful. The biggest issue is that everywhere I turned the cruise line was trying to make money off of me. Art auctions... Bingo, Deal or no Deal, jewelry sales and presentations, buy extra drink packages or special dining options, shore excursions... and then if you don't buy the excursions you primarily only have shopping options at the ports of call. Cozumel was ridiculously pushy...grabbing you and pulling you into the shops or handing you merchandise and asking for money... uuuugh. My favorite port was Roatan, Honduras... the least commercialized port. It was amazing!