March 2015 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean - Western
I really wanted to rate the cruise Very Good, since NCL staff does a very nice job of running the cruise. The servers and the stewards, the entertainment, and all others work very hard and it shows. But there were a few surrounding things that made the trip unpleasant, but didn't ruin it, just made it un-fun at times. Such as, the booking. NCL plays games with providing promotional items to get you to book the cruise, then doesn't offer the same promotions to people that probably paid more for an earlier booking. I had booked 6 months prior to the cruise and wasn't offered any further promotional opportunities, yet as late as the week before the cruise other people were getting on board with free drink or meal promotions. Terrible unfair practice. And the end of the cruise financial administration is very unorganized and disappointing. I saked up front if I could split the final bill on two credit cards, they said no problem. And untimately that did happen. But not without large holds being placed on both cards, rendering them useless for a week following the cruise. Heres an example. They charged $560 to one credit card, yet they also held an additional $560 on the same card for one more week. Tying up $1120 on that card. Which caused me undo problems. These things caused a nice vacation to be a little sour.