I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise because it was a perfect balance between 2 port stops and 11 sea days. I have been on many 7-day cruises before, and they can be quite hectic with a port stop almost every day. So if you are like me and want to actually relax for your holiday, this is the right cruise for you. It was also excellent value!
Overall, this is a great cruise which I highly recommend to people who like cruising. It was particularly convenient to be starting and ending from New York City. The cruise is in very good condition. The shows were entertaining and very high quality. The premium restaurants were all great except for the Italian one. The teen club for our son was a great way for him to meet others his age. And we spent our free time in the thermal spa which was very relaxing with heated ceramic chairs facing the front of the ship and all sorts of rooms from 2 types of saunas, steamroom, and even a salt bath room. Not to mention jacuzzis galore. We also felt treated exceptionally well as we are Gold Latitudes members, so we got priority embarkation and disembarkation as well as priority tender boats. We LOVE NCL and will cruise with them as often as we can.
The best part of this trip was the itinerary: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. I enjoyed every stop and even tried shore excursions on each, and my favourite was mountain biking in Cabo. The entertainment was a step up from other NCL ships I have been on, but still not as good as the newest ships. Food in specialty dining was excellent and highly recommended. Fitness Centre activities were disappointing as some of them were cancelled for no reason. Ship got very rocky on the last day at sea and made a lot of us queasy. Overall, a great trip with some wonderful memories. I would highly recommend it.
This was the best cruise of my life for many reasons. First and foremost, my son was chosen to be part of the Dream Quest TV show and he had the most amazing time being able to film with the film crew. He got to do things like film a wedding underwater, interview Illusionarium cast members, and go down the water slides with a GoPro. We will be forever grateful to NCL for making this dream come true for my son. The new ship is stunning in every way. The entertainment was top notch. The specialty restaurants were impeccable. The cruise director was very friendly, welcoming and had so much energy, talent, and character. The port stops were just perfect and gave us just enough time to enjoy each place. We are also grateful to the captain and his team for navigating us to avoid the hurricane in the area. By the end of the cruise, the ocean was so flat, it looked more like a lake! The Cruise Rewards/Cruise Next program is great, and the Cruise consultant was so professional, helpful and efficient. I am already booked on 5 more cruises with NCL, and I can't wait to take each one! I LOVE NCL and so does my whole family now who I am getting more of them to join.