beth5865

beth5865

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Joined 05/2017

8

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Norwegian Escape

May 2019 - 7 Night Bermuda (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Gem

December 2018 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Gem

Our December 8th cruise was a mix of highs and lows. We bid for a upgrade to a suite which we got. The perks of a suite or the Haven are worth every penny in my book!! Interestingly, we were chatting over the balconies with our neighbors and they told us the Upgrade Fairy had called them and offered to move them to a suite for far less than we paid. Honestly, I think we would bid again anyways because we wouldn't want to risk not hearing from the Fairy. Just wanted to let you know she does still exist despite NCLs new bidding system. We had an Aft Penthouse. Cabin was great. We were on Deck 8. I was nervous about noise from Bliss, the engine or the wake. None was a problem. Our Butler and room stewards took wonderful care of us and the cabin. The bars were another story. The bartenders definitely varied in responsiveness and personality all over the ship. Osheehan's were the worst and the Atrium Bar were the best. I don't need Disney Happy from them all the time but, come on!! I have to wonder if their lack of responsiveness/personality is due to the tipping system? The perk of having our breakfast at Moderno and lunch at Cagneys can't be beat. The servers knew us by name after our first meal there. We ate at Cagneys, Teppanyaki, and La Cucina. Service and meals were excellent at all 3. The buffet was very crowded and had limited seating on bad weather days. Magenta was OK, nothing special. Osheehan's was a disaster for food. It is so disorganized!! We actually left one day after waiting 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. I know we're supposed to relax but sometimes you're in a time crunch for activities. The shows are just OK. The singing was outstanding. The dancers, not so much. They were so out of sink that it was almost uncomfortable. Maybe a little more practice is needed. There are fees associated with several of the supplemental activities. I don't think it would be any different on a different line. In the end I don't think we would sail the Gem again. Not because we hated it but, because we like the larger ships such as the Breakaway. We're on the Escape in May so we will be able to compare.

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Norwegian Breakaway

November 2017 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Breakaway

Just returned today from a 7 day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. We had a wonderful time!! In the interest of clarity we upgraded to The Haven which certainly puts a extra shine on everything. Embarcation was very easy and efficient. The staff in the terminal were friendly and polite. We were a party of 8 with 4 in The Haven and 4 not. We all got on the ship within minutes of each other even though we were separated in the terminal. Our room was beautiful/clean with lots of storage and shelf space. Johnito (steward) kept the room in tip top shape and checked on us several times a day. Willie (butler) dropped off snacks every afternoon and also checked on us several times per day. We used room service through Willie multiple times with no problem. We ate all over the ship and never had a bad meal. The portions were huge and you could have whatever you want. We took the advice of other posters here and had the wings and omelets at Osheean's. Yumm!! We made good use of our UBP. My husband made it his goal to try all the specialty drinks. Loved them all but the Toma had a special place in his heart💖 The house Riesling was also delicious. The Casino was generous to my husband which certainly increased his happiness with the trip!! I did notice the smoke in the casino but didn't find it to be unbearable. It would be nice if there was a better way to handle it but it certainly wasn't a deal breaker. All the staff we encountered were very pleasant and helpful. As far as I could see if I started with a smile, I got one right back with a prompt response. You get what you give. There was plenty to do. If someone says they were bored, it's their own fault. Spent lots of time watching the shows in the Atrium. I do agree it can be hard to find a seat. We stood some of the time. Getting off the ship was no problem. David(concierge) was kind enough to allow all 8 of us to meet in the Haven and be escorted off together. What a stress reliever in terms of being able to stay together. They also allowed all 8 of us to stay together as we moved through the terminal. There were 6 Custom's agents on duty. The lines moved very quickly. We purchased Cruise Next vouchers. Can't wait to start planning our next trip😎

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Norwegian Breakaway

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

Norwegian Jewel

June 2011 - 7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

Celebrity Summit

May 2010 - 7 Night Bermuda (Cape Liberty Roundtrip) Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Carnival Fantasy

June 1997 - 4 Day Bahamas Cruise on

Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway

Sail date: November 26, 2017

Just returned today from a 7 day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. We had a wonderful time!! In the interest of clarity we upgraded to The Haven which certainly puts a extra shine on everything. Embarcation was very easy and efficient. The staff in the terminal were friendly and polite. We were a party of 8 with 4 in The Haven and 4 not. We all got on the ship within minutes of each other even though we were separated in the terminal. Our room was beautiful/clean with lots of storage and shelf space. Johnito (steward) kept the room in tip top shape and checked on us several times a day. Willie (butler) dropped off snacks every afternoon and also checked on us several times per day. We used room service through Willie multiple times with no problem. We ate all over the ship and never had a bad meal. The portions were huge and you could have whatever you want. We took the advice of other posters here and had the wings and omelets at Osheean's. Yumm!! We made good use of our UBP. My husband made it his goal to try all the specialty drinks. Loved them all but the Toma had a special place in his heart💖 The house Riesling was also delicious. The Casino was generous to my husband which certainly increased his happiness with the trip!! I did notice the smoke in the casino but didn't find it to be unbearable. It would be nice if there was a better way to handle it but it certainly wasn't a deal breaker. All the staff we encountered were very pleasant and helpful. As far as I could see if I started with a smile, I got one right back with a prompt response. You get what you give. There was plenty to do. If someone says they were bored, it's their own fault. Spent lots of time watching the shows in the Atrium. I do agree it can be hard to find a seat. We stood some of the time. Getting off the ship was no problem. David(concierge) was kind enough to allow all 8 of us to meet in the Haven and be escorted off together. What a stress reliever in terms of being able to stay together. They also allowed all 8 of us to stay together as we moved through the terminal. There were 6 Custom's agents on duty. The lines moved very quickly. We purchased Cruise Next vouchers. Can't wait to start planning our next trip😎

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Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem

Sail date: December 08, 2018

Our December 8th cruise was a mix of highs and lows. We bid for a upgrade to a suite which we got. The perks of a suite or the Haven are worth every penny in my book!! Interestingly, we were chatting over the balconies with our neighbors and they told us the Upgrade Fairy had called them and offered to move them to a suite for far less than we paid. Honestly, I think we would bid again anyways because we wouldn't want to risk not hearing from the Fairy. Just wanted to let you know she does still exist despite NCLs new bidding system. We had an Aft Penthouse. Cabin was great. We were on Deck 8. I was nervous about noise from Bliss, the engine or the wake. None was a problem. Our Butler and room stewards took wonderful care of us and the cabin. The bars were another story. The bartenders definitely varied in responsiveness and personality all over the ship. Osheehan's were the worst and the Atrium Bar were the best. I don't need Disney Happy from them all the time but, come on!! I have to wonder if their lack of responsiveness/personality is due to the tipping system? The perk of having our breakfast at Moderno and lunch at Cagneys can't be beat. The servers knew us by name after our first meal there. We ate at Cagneys, Teppanyaki, and La Cucina. Service and meals were excellent at all 3. The buffet was very crowded and had limited seating on bad weather days. Magenta was OK, nothing special. Osheehan's was a disaster for food. It is so disorganized!! We actually left one day after waiting 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. I know we're supposed to relax but sometimes you're in a time crunch for activities. The shows are just OK. The singing was outstanding. The dancers, not so much. They were so out of sink that it was almost uncomfortable. Maybe a little more practice is needed. There are fees associated with several of the supplemental activities. I don't think it would be any different on a different line. In the end I don't think we would sail the Gem again. Not because we hated it but, because we like the larger ships such as the Breakaway. We're on the Escape in May so we will be able to compare.

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Cruise tips

Nassau, Bahamas

Did a 3 hour private tour with Dudley from Cheryl's Bahamas Taxi and Tours. Can't recommend this enough!! Dudley took us all over Nassau. He showed us the good and the bad. All the while telling us stories full of history and personal experiences. Dudley stayed with us whenever we stopped at an attraction. It was nice having someone who knows the ropes at our side. If you have the chance, this is the best way to see Nassau!!

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

Only did an hour here. The seas changed quickly so we had to be emergently evacuated. Based on our ride back to the ship on the tender and the difficulty the crew had making it safe for us to get off the tender, I can understand why the had to do that even on a beautiful sunny day. We had rented a large cabana. For the few minutes we spent there I believe we would have loved it. The only problem we encountered was an untreated nest of fire ants by the shower. 2 of us were attacked and bitten. I have read other posts mentioning the fire ants by the cabanas. Not sure about the solution there but I hope NCL is looking into one. The construction on the island was disappointing/distracting but not a deal breaker. Everyone was refunded their excursion money plus $18 each for missing the port.

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