blodg1

blodg1
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Norwegian Getaway

February 2017 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western

Big Ships = Big Letdown

NCL is our cruise line of choice (This was our 15th NCL cruise), but we hate the new ships (This is our 4th and last cruise on one of these ships).  The pool space is a joke.  NCL uses the atrium to house their game shows (i.e., Newlywed which is VERY popular) which holds maybe 100 people including the 25-50 that are left standing...for a ship that has 4000 passengers!  We also hate the fact that it appears NCL has outfitted this ship exclusively to attract the latino crowd of Miami at everyone else's expense (i.e., If you think you will be listening to a steel drum band playing bad renditions of Jimmy Buffett, think again.  You get a latino band playing music in spanish!).  And one of their main theater productions...a latino dance production called Burn the Floor.  Our disembarkation for this cruise was the worst we've ever seen.  NCL did a terrible job putting people in place to disseminate information.  On the flip side, NCL's staff is the best.  The production show Million Dollar Quartet is FANTASTIC.  The buffet & specialty restaurants are great.  Getting on and off the ship was a breeze (except disembarkation).  NCL's new island looks better on paper.  The beach is on the windward side and had a fair amount of sea grass washing up....and the food selection sucks (hamburgers and hot dogs, mainly).

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Norwegian Epic

November 2014 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Western

NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

First off, we love NCL and think the staff is the best.  And we appreciate all the cruises we get to go on, so this review highlights only the nits....there wasn't anything of a great magnitude that is negative...it just doesn't fit our style as much as other ships/cruise itineraries.  That said, the entertainment is lacking:  Blue Man Group performed the same skit as the last time we were on this ship 2 years ago.  Legends was a disappointment w/acts from Jimmy Buffet, Adele & Aretha Franklin.  Howl at the Moon is great, but was only available 1 night during hours that we are awake.  2nd City is so hit or miss, we just never go.  We didn't like the blues band, and the last time we were on this ship, the blues band was really good,but played the same set every night.  So, bottom line, is that we were lacking for some good entertainment at night.  We hate the room layout, but the size of the shower in the balcony rooms is nice.  We prefer the buffet, and it was pretty good, but I hate that the cruise ships are now serving Tilapia which is just cheap garbage.  The pool layout is bad, and when they have pool 'events' they're held all the way at one end of the pool and face away from the pool....very poor planning when they designed this ship.  Do not, under any circumstances, order the fish & chips in the Irish bar (or any NCL ship for that matter)...our last 2 cruises I ordered it and it is just awful (tons of bread, soggy and very little fish).  NCL mgmt needs to sample that b/c it used to be really good.  NCL is usually really good at arranging their times in port (not like Carnival which is the worst I've ever seen), but we were scheduled to debark in Cozumel @ 1000!?  The pier was empty when we arrived....we should have been there by 8.  To make matters worse, there was some sort of snafu at the dock, and we didn't get off the ship until 1100, and it was major mooo time b/c the entire ship was in line by that time waiting to get off the ship.  In closing, we'd still do it again at the price we paid, but there's better NCL ships & itineraries to pick from if the price is right. 

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blodg1's Tips

Cozumel, Mexico - Try the Cozumel Bar Hop....it's a great time even if you aren't a big drinker.
Harvest Caye, Belize - Do an excursion and avoid NCL's Island. It was a good idea, but a bad execution.
Cozumel, Mexico - We love going to Cozumel, but you have to run the gauntlet (twice!) to get to and from the ship to your excursions...do those vendors really think it helps their chances to pester every single bystander!?
George Town, Grand Cayman - We booked our own excursion and didn't spend much time in port....it seemed okay, but man is it pricey!!!!
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - It's hard to rate it b/c this was our first time there, and it rained off and on all day, some of it torrential, so we just hung out in the bar at Margarittaville.

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added Feb 26, 2017 cruise on Norwegian Getaway to their profile.

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Norwegian Getaway and gave it 2 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - NCL is Great, but this ship is not...

added Nov 30, 2014 cruise on Norwegian Epic to their profile.

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Norwegian Epic and gave it 3 stars!